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ICTC: Health students hold blood drive

by KATELYN DOWNEY, Gazette Student News Reporter on November 30, 2012 11:15 AM

On Oct, 25, the students in Health Occupations Technology at the Indiana County Technology Center teamed up with the American Red Cross to host their annual blood drive.

Donations were received from students, faculty and community members. Health Occupations was able to collect a total of 41 pints of blood, which can save up to 123 lives.

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This year the Health Occupations students are getting used to a new instructor. In August, we welcomed Dina Rhodes to the faculty of the Indiana County Technology Center.

When asked her feelings on the new instructor, Kaleigh Edgar replied, "Mrs. Rhodes is a very responsible, caring and fun teacher. When students ask for assistance, she is always understanding and willing to help."

Students are currently learning the skeletal system and the functions of the 206 bones in the body. Students in Health Occupations will have the opportunity to receive additional hands-on training as they participate in clinical experience at area nursing homes such as Beacon Ridge and St. Andrew's Village.

Students will attend clinical on Tuesday and Wednesday starting in January. They will be involved with direct resident care.

Students who satisfactorily achieve 112 theory hours and 38 clinical hours may be eligible to take the PA Nurse Aide (NA) Competency Exam.

Passing the NA exam provides a student's immediate entry into the job market.

I asked senior Kayla Patterson why she chose to be in the Health Occupations program area and she said, "I chose Health Occupations because I like helping people and knowing that I am making a difference. I like the fact that it prepares you really well to go out to clinical and I can earn college credits while I am here."

After graduation, Patterson plans to attend Mount Aloysius for radiology. She hopes to participate in the X-ray/ultrasound 2+2 program.

The Health Occupations Technology program at ICTC solidifies a broad exposure to medical terminology, nurse aide training, anatomy and physiology, and CPR and first-aid training. The health care industry has the fastest-growing careers. Health Occupations Technology's goal is to expose students to these career choices with real-life experiences before making a life-changing career decision.

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