Tradewinds grad receives commendation


UTICA — Upstate Cerebral Palsy’s Tradewinds Education Center in Utica recently held its 2019 graduation ceremony. One of this year’s graduates, Nathaniel Van Deusen, a fan of law enforcement, created a poster highlighting safety and the work that the Sheriff’s Department does within the community.

During the commencement exercises, Van Deusen received his diploma from Herkimer High School and he was also awarded a plaque from the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department naming him an honorary Oneida County Deputy Sheriff for the day.

Joe Jarmula, a special education teacher at the Utica Tradewinds Education Center, was also recognized upon his impending retirement “after 26 years of devoted service and dedication to the children at Upstate Cerebral Palsy,” according to a UCP announcement.

The Tradewinds Education Center provides educational and residential services to children between the ages of 5 and 21 who have been diagnosed with a developmental or other disability. The program offers services for students who attend the Tradewinds program and return home at the end of the day as well as for students who attend school and live in residences on UCP campuses located in Utica, Rome and Chadwicks.

The Tradewinds program provides a therapeutic environment for children, supporting the development of social skills and communication, UCP says, adding that the program uses a comprehensive approach with each child, the education, clinical and residential staff, in conjunction with families, develop and implement goals and objectives focused on the overall development of each student, providing a supportive, positive environment.

For more information on the Tradewinds program, contact UCP at 315-798-4006, ext. 2828 or visit the agency’s website at


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