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Morrisville State College Dietetic Technician Students Present School Nutrition Workshop

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.­ —Seniors in the Morrisville State College dietetic technician program recently presented a school nutrition workshop at Oneida Healthcare.


Members from the Mohawk Valley Chapter of the New York School Nutrition Association and local school districts participated in the workshop, entitled “What Can the School Food Service do to Aid in Combating Childhood Weight Issues?”


Aided by their instructor, Assistant Professor of Dietetics, Joan Nicholson, students conducted focus groups to address key questions concerning school lunch programs and childhood weight issues. The goal of this workshop was to not only share information about how school food service programs are improving food quality, but also create a hands-on learning environment for Morrisville State College students.


“Participation in these workshops is the capstone to our two-year dietetic technician program,” Nicholson said.  “Students have researched the topic, prepared questions for the workshop, have an introductory experience in conducting focus group interviews for population assessment in public health, and hear the complexity of the issues directly from the individuals who work daily in the schools.”


The results from the workshop will be complied and sent to the local director of the New York School Nutrition Association, JoAnn McGowan, and also shared with members from the local chapter.


The dietetic technician program at Morrisville State College focuses on the role of human nutrition in health and disease as well as the application of nutrition principles in wellness, fitness, and total health. Nutrition also encompasses the areas of food systems management and spa cuisine. Students gain practical experience along with the theoretical content presented in the classroom.

Students who graduate from the program will be able to become members of health care, wellness, or food management teams. Graduates are also eligible for employment in community nutrition settings as well as health and fitness clubs, corporate wellness programs, school lunch programs, hospitals, nursing homes and other health care settings.


 The dietetic technician degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) by the American Dietetic Association (ADA), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. 

Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, Morrisville State College offers more than 80 bachelor and associate degrees and options.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the Morrisville campus.