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Community Event at Kentucky Campuses Gives Students an Opportunity to Hone Their Skills



Aug 11, 2014

On Saturday, August 2nd, the Florence, Richmond, Danville, Louisville, and Lexington Campuses held community yard sales which offered free booth space to the public and gave those who attended a chance to learn more about National College and its programs.  In Florence, the event also served as a “Moving Sale” for the campus as it prepares to move into a larger, newly renovated facility at 8095 Connector Drive.

During the events, free health screenings were offered by students in the medical assisting program at each campus.  Blood pressure and blood glucose screenings were provided by many of the campuses.  The Richmond Campus also provided a “Jump Rope For Heart” activity for children, as medical assistants measured the child’s pulse rate before and after jumping rope, to help demonstrate that exercise is good for your heart.

In addition, students from several other programs participated in the event.  At the Lexington Campus, surgical technology students set up full instrumentation for a surgery, and provided information about their career field to those who visited their booth. In Florence, IT students conducted a PC Clinic during the event.

“It was awesome being able to utilize the skills I have been learning in my invasive and non-invasive classes at the community yard sale,” said Tiffany Harper, a medical assisting student from the Richmond Campus.  “I felt such empowerment in myself that I did the screenings correctly, and I felt confident that I was making a small difference in someone’s life.  I even checked my children’s blood glucose, and they didn’t even cry.  National College is most certainly preparing me for the medical assisting field.  I couldn’t be happier.”

A-Jessica Green, a medical assisting student at the Richmond Campus, is shown performing a blood glucose screening during the community yard sale.  Pictured in the back row (l) to (r) are: students Tiffany Hopper and Jennifer Harney, director of health care education Paula Beth Ciolek, and student Rebecca Evans.  All participated in the event.

B- Pictured (l) to (r)are:  Instructor Jennifer Schnelle; Instructor Regina Shumard, surgical technology department chair; and students Craig Harris,  Dominique Chilton, and Brook Sprigler from the Lexington Campus are shown with the surgical instruments that they displayed during the community yard sale.

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tags: Medical: Medical Assisting - Associate Degree (MAA)