Congratulations to the recent Health Occupation students for successfully passing the state competency test held on February 12. All 17 students have become Certified Nursing Assistants. Many students have began working in the health care field since completing the program. Congratulations!
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The Early Childhood Education I, students continue their work experience at Gale Elementary and Bright Futures. Students receive valuable hands-on training during these experiences with mentoring teachers in the district. The students are at these job sites for 4 days a week where they learn about the ins and outs of teaching. Students really enjoy this hands-on learning experience and even get the experience of being the “Teacher” as they teach lessons to their classes. These are valuable experiences that the Early Childhood Education students will use in their future as they go into the occupation of working with children.
Early Childcare Education II, student Jordan Donnley is continuing her experience at Gale Elementary. Jordan works with both the First and Fourth grade class under the supervision of both Mrs. Saey and Mrs. Green. Jordan continues to gain hands-on experience while she is works with the children on rocket math, reading chapter books and various other activities.
Tessa Hobbs-Curly from Illinois extension delivers a presentation to the Health Occupation students about how it feels to become elderly or have chronic diseases, such as arthritis, vision impairment, or hearing impairment. The students wear amber colored glasses and try to accomplish task while having their first two fingers taped together while their hands are inserted into gloves that are too big. While wearing the glasses and gloves, the students have to open a pill bottle and take out a certain colored pill (hard to distinguish the color of pills with the amber color glasses on). The students also have to try and make exact change. The students have to look up a phone number in a phone book with the glasses on and gloves. It is hard for the students to differentiate between yellow and white pages. One goal of this presentation is for the students to learn to be empathetic and not sympathetic to residents or patients. A second goal of this presentation is to give the students an real-world simulation of what it feels like to become elderly, have a hearing impairment, or having a vision impairment.
The Health Occupation students have been learning about the different type of abuses, resident rights, making a bed, transferring a resident, lifting a resident, moving a resident, and the Integumentary system. On 2/18, the students completed their fingerprint background checks at KCCDD to be able to complete the clinical portion of the class. Illinois Department of Public Health requires nursing assistant to students to have a fingerprint background check completed before beginning the clinical rotation.
The Culinary Occupation students have been out at work sites for the last month completing their internships. Each day the students come back eager to share their experiences with their peers. The goal of this internship is to help the students network with different culinary avenues that the community offers, in hopes it opens a door for them that they will pursue for future employment. From this internship experience, many students come back with job applications. There is currently a former culinary occupation student who started off gaining experience thru this internship and is now a shift manager at one of the local restaurants!
Recently Master Sgt. Rod Scherp and Sgt. Clint Smith crime scene technicians visited the GAVC Law Enforcement class to speak about their jobs with the Illinois State Police. Sgt. Smith put together a crime scene in the lecture room, where he walked students through a crime scene pointing out different types of evidence, and how he would process a scene from the beginning to the end. He also explained to students about blood evidence and how they test the blood to see if it human or animal blood. Master Sgt. Scherpe also spoke about shoe impressions and how they solve burglaries and other crimes by using shoe impressions alone. Our guests were very informative and they were able to give students insight into their career paths with the Illinois State Police and in crime scene Investigations.
This month the Engineering Design class was featured in The Register Mail February 8, issues. The article explained the students past and future project and how they are using technology such as 3D printing in the classroom. Because of the news report, Carl Sandburg College recently visited the Engineering Class to get first hand look at the technology used. They were shown by the student how they used the AutoDesk Inventor program to create a 3D print of their car. The class was asked to visits Carl Sandburg TechConnect in May to introduce staff on how they could use 3D printer in their curriculum.