Natalya Camacho (Florida, N.Y.) and the SUNY Orange BRIDGES program were front and center on WTBQ AM and FM radio on Tuesday, Oct. 12 in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
Camacho, a third-year BRIDGES student, has been interning behind the scenes at the station this semester as part of the program’s career readiness course; but this event marked her on-air debut. S
itting in with Taylor Sterling, host of the station’s weekly “The Non-Profit Notebook” segment, and Michael Kochler, BRIDGES internship coordinator, Camacho provided listeners with a robust overview of the SUNY Orange BRIDGES program - a comprehensive three-year suite of noncredit workshops for students who fall outside traditional matriculated programming who are in interested learning and improving the basic skills of adulthood.
She followed up by taking calls, and interviewing fellow BRIDGES students Gerald Healey (Otisville), and Will Culmer (Middletown) as they discussed their experiences in the program.
Camacho is the parent of a child with autism, a swim coach, a NY Choose LOVE Ambassador, and a wealth of knowledge with relatable experiences when it comes to children on the spectrum.
Camacho has been preparing for her internship and radio debut by auditing the College’s Digital Radio Production class with Professor Jarett Galeno, himself an on-air personality with WSPK (104.7 FM).
For more information on the BRIDGES program, contact Tarah Miller at email@example.com or at (845) 341-4443; or Lisa Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (845) 341-4694.