November 19, 2013
From hispanicbusiness.com: “Lakeshore Technical College receives Department of Labor grant to train health care IT workers” – Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) recently received a grant of$897,039 to enhance and expand career pathways for dislocated workers, veterans, and other adult learners, to build a skilled workforce in the information technology (IT) sector within health care. The grant is part of a larger $23.1 millioninvestment by the U.S. Department of Labor to Wisconsin’s 16 technical colleges to address emerging needs in the IT sector.
The announcement was made by LTC President Dr. Michael Lanser to kick off a presentation at LTC’s Cleveland campus onNovember 6 on Health Care and the Health Care Workforce in Wisconsin. LTC plans to use the grant dollars to establish three new programs which will combine health and information technology skills to create more career pathways.
The Health Information Management Program will be accessible completely online. The Health Information Technician Certificate will provide Information Technology students with the knowledge & skills needed to put their IT degree to work in a health care setting, while students pursuing clinical careers will have the opportunity to add an information technology certificate to their education credentials. The grant will also impact future Pharmacy Technician students who will work with a new, state-of-the-art Pharmacy software system. Students in these areas will be immersed in hands-on learning throughout these programs and will be issued a tablet computer for regular and ongoing use throughout their program.
“We are excited about these initiatives and we look forward to ensuring our future students graduate with the most relevant health care education to meet employer needs, ” said Lanser.
Judy Warmuth, Vice President-Workforce Development Wisconsin Hospital Association was the keynote speaker for the event. In her presentation, Warmuth expressed the need for having qualified individuals in these career fields.
“Health care will be a strong employment sector well into the future,” said Warmuth. “There are many, many kinds of jobs in health care and new ones will emerge and jobs in health information technology, care management and population health will be especially strong.”
Wisconsin’s technical colleges received one of the largest single awards from the Department of Labor’s investment, and the collaboration makes the technical college system one of the few applicants to receive back-to-back grants. In the previous round, LTC shared in an $18.3 million grant to expand innovative programs that produce high-skilled workers in advanced manufacturing.
November 11, 2013
From chippewa.com: “Real-world scenarios challenge health care students” – An alarm sounded and the blue light flashed. Paramedics, nurses and a respiratory therapist sprang into action. Each member of the team had a role to play, and they worked together, communicating constantly through each step of the life-saving procedures.
The scene last week in one of the labs at the Health Education Center at Chippewa Valley Technical College was only a simulation, and the students had worked frequently in the past with the human patient simulators. But there was something vastly different about this exercise.
This time, the students from nursing, respiratory therapy and paramedic technician programs were working with resident physicians from the UW-Health Clinic, all under the observation of professionals and faculty members. And this time simulator patients actually spoke to the students with complaints, questions and realistic reactions through instructors wired to microphones in another room.
Adding a little more flavor to the mix were volunteers playing the parts of family members who provided comfort to their loved ones, but also sometimes got in the way.
The hours-long scene was as close to a real, live critical patient care situation as the students would see prior to their upcoming graduations. In planning the training session, organizers could not find anything similar being done elsewhere.
“This is fairly groundbreaking,” said CVTC respiratory therapist instructor Don Raymond, who helped put together the scenarios. “Multidisciplinary education is becoming more important. It teaches collaborative teamwork, communication, respect across disciplines and professionalism.”
“This is to help all the disciplines understand the roles of team members and the importance of collaboration and communication, with the ultimate goal of improving patient care,” said CVTC associate dean of health Linda Krueger.
Four patient simulators were used, simulating a pediatric patient, a pulmonary embolism, a heart attack, and severe COPD symptoms. Students were used to working with the simulators, but typically they learned to do specific procedures involved in their disciplines, one at a time. The multidisciplinary training involved more than one patient in the unit to care for, with more than one problem, with other health care workers helping, and sometimes with unexpected results.
“Sometimes we operate in separate silos,” said Kim Ernstmeyer, CVTC nursing instructor. “We do our nursing thing, respiratory does its thing … in scenarios like this, we all work together.”
“In true hospital settings, everyone works as a team,” Raymond said.
“This gives them a chance to work together as a team like they will be doing when they graduate,” Krueger said.
Part of the purpose was to get students out of their comfort zones. One scenario involved a “code blue” – a patient going into cardiac arrest. In a fast-paced simulation, a respiratory therapist worked to maintain air flow while a paramedic did chest compressions, and nurses monitored signs and operated the defibrillator. A nurse eventually took over chest compressions for the fatigued paramedic.
The “patient” ultimately died.
“We were really hesitant to have that patient die. We did not want the students to feel they did something wrong or had failed. But sometimes you do everything perfectly and a patient still dies,” Krueger said.
That point was emphasized in a post-exercise debriefing with the students. Ernstmeyer told them that death was decided no matter what they did. Mike Miller, a critical care paramedic with the Eau Claire Fire Department and a CVTC adjunct faculty member, told students dealing with death is part of the job.
“Don’t get down on yourself if someone dies. It happens,” Miller said.
“We want you walking away thinking you did everything you could,” Ernstmeyer added.
Nursing student Sarah Crotty of Alma found herself out of her comfort zone when a person playing a family member tried to wake the deceased person. She had to deliver the news.
“I said, ‘Well, he passed away,’ ” Crotty related. “I’ve never been faced with that before.”
“Acting it out instead of just looking at it in a textbook really puts things into your mind,” said Emily Nelson, a nursing student from Jim Falls. “And not knowing what you are coming into is what is going to happen in the real world.”
The pace of the exercise was new to the students. Respiratory therapy student Kayla Bowe of Bloomer said she learned to “Keep calm, and keep doing what you’re doing.”
All student participants were in their last semester of their CVTC programs.
October 25, 2013
From dailyunion.com: “Jefferson High health occupations class gives dual credit with MATC” – JEFFERSON — Longtime Jefferson High School teacher Carolyn Behrens started the Jefferson High School health occupations class several years ago as a pipeline to the Certified Nursing Assistant program.
The program has expanded since teacher Kimberly Hart-Shatswell took it over eight years ago, and now Hart-Shatswell has teamed up with Madison Area Technical College to offer the course for dual credit for both the high school and MATC.
In addition, Hart-Shatswell is putting together a new course on medical terminology that will be offered next semester as an advanced standing class, and she’s working on a dual-credit ar rangement for that class as well.
The teacher said that when she found out about the opportunity to enter into a dual-credit arrangement with MATC, known as Madison College, she signed up for summer training and submitted her course profile, to make sure it meets MATC’s requirements.
Jefferson High School junior Jessica Milbrath said that the dual credit course will help set her on her way in her chosen career.
Born two months premature, she always has been interested in healthcare and decided at a fairly young age that she wanted to help others as others had helped give her a healthy start in life.
“I want to be an OB nurse,” the student said. “I already volunteer at the hospital, which I’ve done for the past three years now.”
She said her experience working at the hospital has only solidified her desire to work in healthcare, particularly in obstetrics.
“I have a lot of fun up there and I have met some great people through the hospital,” Milbrath said.
The junior said it’s good to be able to get some of the prerequisites for her future studies out of the way while still in high school, “and it’s still free through the local school district.”
Next year, she said, she plans to take medical terminology and enter Certified Nursing Assistant training. From there, she hopes to go on to nursing school.
Senior Amanda Watts said she hopes to become a nurse as well, with the idea of eventually entering pediatrics.
She said the dual-credit course is boosting her resume while she’s still in high school and she knows if she continues with MATC or the University of Wisconsin System, she will already have credits in her chosen field.
Right now, she’s looking at attending Rasmussen College in Wausau, so she’s not sure how credits obtained in high school would transfer to that program, but it should at least give her a background in the basics.
“I always kind of wanted to be a doctor, since about second grade,” she said.
She noted that the class has given students valuable hands-on experience, as well as a lot of information about the field. For some, she said, that’s led them to decide to go in a different direction, but the class has strengthened her feeling that she wants to enter medicine.
Watts, too, hopes to take the medical terminology class next semester and to enter Certified Nursing Assistant training as a first step toward working in the medical field.
Hart-Shatswell said that she proposed the new medical terminology class last year. Now that Jefferson High School has a Latin program, she thought her new class, in combination with the anatomy and physiology class the school already offers, would be a good fit for students planning to enter the medical field.
“The school board and administration have been really supportive of these efforts,” Hart-Shatswell said.
The teacher is in her eighth year at Jefferson High School. She actually worked as a pharmacy technician for 15 years before entering education. She said healthcare is an important field, and people with medical training at any level are always in demand.
“There are a wide variety of jobs available in the field, and not all of them involve direct patient care,” she said, listing medical illustrators, biomedical engineers, hospital architects and pharmacists as other options.
“What we’re doing here at Jefferson High School is giving students a good background to enter one of these fields, and even if they choose to go in another direction, they’re getting good information,” she said.
“Health is always going to be part of people’s lives.”
October 24, 2013
From wearegreenbay.com: “New FVTC medical training center dedicated” – Fox Valley Technical College held a ceremony Wednesday afternoon to officially dedicate the campus’ health simulation and technology center.
The $66 million facility allows students in numerous medical fields to perform real-life simulations in a realistic hospital setting. The center is the state’s only virtual hospital training center, designed to integrate numerous medical fields into one facility.
The ceremony today honored the completion of the building, as well as the people who made it all happen.
“This building wouldn’t exist without our taxpayers,” Human Patient Simulation Coordinator Bob Sternhagen says,”and they approved the referendum by a major large majority and we’re very happy they did that so we’re going to give them the best possible health care providers we can with this facility.”
The center includes fourteen human simulators, a new ambulance simulator, and a full ER .
October 7, 2013
From fox11online.com: ” ‘Virtual hospital’ opens at Fox Valley Technical College” – GRAND CHUTE – In a mock emergency, paramedic, EMT and nursing students work together at Fox Valley Technical College to treat Mary Roberts’ possible heart attack. Roberts is a human simulator at the Grand Chute college.
The mock emergency took place Wednesday in FVTC’s $12 million Health Simulation and Technology Center. The virtual hospital also features occupational therapy and a clinic.
“We can do a lot more with our students, we can expose them to a lot of different situations that they might not have been able to see in the past,” FVTC simulator coordinator Bob Sternhagen said.
“It’s extremely life-like,” nursing student Daisie Hanson said. “It’s got pulses in all the places that a human being has pulses. You can listen to the heart, you can listen to the lungs, you can listen to their stomach.”
The virtual hospital is geared toward more than just students at the college. Other health care professionals may use the facility as well.
“It is a re-certification process. For others, it’s just the world of health care is changing so rapidly, so what we thought we knew a couple of years ago, well there’s new information, new research,” said Sharon Schumacher, director of talent development at Appleton-based ThedaCare health system.
The emergency may be an exercise, but the training is very real.
“You can kill the simulator as many times as you want and it comes back,” Hanson said. “And then you know what not to do on a real patient.”
“It helps prepare not only those students to have more competence, so that when they actually come into the clinical setting, they’re much more prepared,” Schumacher said.
And in this virtual case, Mary Roberts is going to make it.
The simulator center is part of a $66.5 million referendum voters passed in the spring of last year.
September 23, 2013
From fdlreporter.com: “Good news for Wisconsin job seekers” – There’s good news on the horizon for Wisconsin residents looking for work.
Though the state’s labor market continues to recover from the Great Recession of 2007-09, Wisconsin economists say prospects for job seekers are looking up.
“The picture is improving significantly,” said Jeff Sachse, an economist for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) who monitors the labor market in northeastern Wisconsin. “We’re seeing demand pretty much all over the place in fairly large numbers statewide. We have about 42,000 job openings on our Job Center of Wisconsin website right now.”
Wisconsin’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July 2013 was 6.8 percent, unchanged from June and down from 7.0 percent in July 2012, according to the most recent numbers from the DWD and the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Across the U.S., the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July 2013 was 7.4 percent, down from 7.6 percent in June and 8.2 percent in July 2012.
While Sachse anticipates Wisconsin’s unemployment numbers would remain relatively high in August because of the number of high school and college students looking for summer work, he predicts the jobless rate will dip below 6 percent in fall in many parts of the state, including the Fox Valley.
“That’s an indication that the labor market itself is getting back to normal,” Sachse said. “The real growth areas in the state are the Fox Valley into Green Bay. If you’re looking at central Wisconsin, there’s a lot of activity in Wausau around insurance as well as metal manufacturing.”
Wider range of manufacturing jobs
Economists continue to see strong hiring activity in manufacturing, especially in the Fox Valley and Sheboygan.
In central Wisconsin, economists are beginning to see an uptick in metal fabrication and machinery manufacturing jobs.
“We got hit pretty hard in paper manufacturing and wood product manufacturing over the course of the recession,” said Tom Walsh, a DWD economist who monitors the labor market in north-central Wisconsin. “But we’re now starting to see some other manufacturing sectors start to grow.”
For more of this story visit fdlreporter.com
September 20, 2013
From The Dunn County News: “CVTC students help seniors stay on their feet” — Valeriya Argo used a cell phone as a stopwatch and kept time as an elderly woman walked a pre-determined distance, turned and walked back. For the patient, the exercise was to test balance and help gauge her risk of falling. For Argo, it was a step closer to a return to a career working with patients.
Now a Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) student from Menomonie in the Physical Therapist Assistant program, Argo is a native of Russia, where she was a medical doctor. She visited the United States five years ago, where she met her now-husband. She’s not licensed to practice here, so she turned to CVTC for a new healthcare career.
She misses working with patients.
Tuesday, Sept. 10, the second-year student had that opportunity. She was one of a small group of program students who volunteered to help with a Falls Prevention Screening event at the L.E. Phillips Senior Center in Eau Claire. The event was sponsored by the Aging and Disabilities Resource Center of Eau Claire County, which partnered with CVTC, Marshfield Clinic and others in recognition of Septem-ber as Falls Prevention Month.
“Falls are a leading cause of death among people age 65 and over,” said Deb Bruning, prevention program coordinator with the resource center. “Seventy percent of emergency room visits for people over age 65 are due to falls. And 40 percent of falls are 100 percent preventable. Falling is not a normal part of aging.”
The event, and one like it scheduled for Sept. 25 at the Senior and Community Center in Augusta, was designed to determine a person’s risk of falling. For those at higher risk, follow-up with a physician or other professional is recommended.
“We were asked to provide students for each event to do balance screenings,” said Alissa Amundson, CVTC Physical Therapist Assistant instructor. “There are different short, simple tests that can be done that give a general idea of a person’s balance ability. There’s some correlation with balance as a pre-dictor of falls.”
“We’re going to find out who is at large risk. Sometimes it’s just muscle weakness. If we find out, we can help them,” said Argo.
“It’s creating an awareness for them on where their balance is. If they are at high risk, they can meet with their doctor and see what they can do to prevent falls,” said Angella Niblett, a CVTC student from Chippewa Falls.
Argo timed people starting out from a seated position, standing and walking a few steps at a meas-ured distance, then returning to sit down.
Stand up, sit down
“I’m helping with the 30-second chair stand,” said Angie Burgess, a student from Eau Claire. “They cross their arms and put their hands on their shoulders and completely sit down and completely stand up as many times as they can in 30 seconds.”
Burgess was excited about getting started in her new career. A university graduate with degrees in Spanish and kinesiology, she hit the job market just as the economy turned bad.
“I heard about a job as a physical therapist assistant, but found I wasn’t qualified, so I went back to school.”
“This is a change of careers for me,” said Niblett. “I previously did management (in healthcare) and decided I wanted to be on the side that was working with patients.”
Amundson said the work the students were doing at the screening is typical for physical therapy assistants. Students in the program also volunteer at other events where their skills can come in handy, such as helping Special Olympics with athlete screenings.
Bruning was excited to have the students and other volunteers who helped with the event, which included a dietician from the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources with help from a UW-Stout student, vision screening with a volunteer from the UW Health Family Medical Clinic in CVTC’s Health Education Center, a medication review station with a Sacred Heart Hospital pharmacist and University of Minnesota students, and a physical therapist from Marshfield Clinic.
Those wishing to attend the upcoming screening in Augusta should contact the Aging & Disability Resource Center at 715-839-4735 or 1-888-338-4636.
September 12, 2013
From wkow.com: “Inside the new MATC health ed building” – A new health education building is open this semester at Madison College.
The new addition allows students to have hands-on experience in the medical field, with rooms simulating hospitals, hospice facilities, and triage situations.
“In this building here we have theory they teach, they practice in the same space. And then the next day they go out to the clinical site and actually implement what they’ve learned here,” said Mark Lausch of the School of Health Education.
The more than $40 million dollar project was approved by voters in a 2010 referendum.
1,100 students were surveyed to get their ideas on what they wanted to see, as well as the faculty and stakeholders.
From postcrescent.com: “From referendum to reality” – These are heady times at Fox Valley Technical College, as finishing touches are being put on two major projects authorized in a 2012 referendum.
By a 2-1 margin, voters approved a $66.5 million referendum that called for the construction of three new facilities and the expansion of two existing buildings.
The college will host a media event Wednesday at its Appleton campus to unveil the $11.9 million Health Simulation and Technology Center.
The focus this week was a naming rights agreement with Service Motor Co. of Dale for the agriculture center, which received a $3.5 million expansion from the referendum. The facility is almost completed. An open house for both facilities is set for Oct. 1.
Nearly 2,800 square feet of classrooms and computer labs were added for agribusiness courses. Existing spaces were renovated into labs for hands-on learning.
Dustin Korth, a 20-year-old agribusiness and science technology student from Waldo, likes the flexibility of the new spaces.
“This is beautiful … the new classrooms are 10 times better than they were before,” Korth said. “It’s nice to have more room to accommodate more students. Like last year, packing 28 students into some rooms with four rows of tables was not comfortable at all.”
The agriculture industry is not just alive and well in Wisconsin, but flourishing, said Jim Sommer, president of Service Motor Co. The increased demand for agriculture programs — which has grown at FVTC by 87 percent since 2008 — is why the company continues its 30-plus year relationship with the college.
The equipment dealer solidified its ties to FVTC even further by donating $1.1 million for naming rights to the newly expanded agriculture center, now known as the Service Motor Co. Agriculture Center at Fox Valley Technical College.
The gift is a combination of student scholarships, equipment donations and financial support, Sommer said.
The need for skilled workers in precision agriculture, agricultural power and agribusiness will increase as technology advances, Sommer said.
“We know there’s going to be a growing need. Over the next 10 to 20 years, we’ll need employees,” Sommer said. “By providing financial support, we’re hoping to ensure quality graduates.”
The new Health Simulation and Technology Center will be a hub for the college’s medical-related programs. The three-story building features a virtual hospital, classrooms, a computer lab and physical therapy suites.
The facility will provide students with experience in real-world situations.
Bob Sternhagen, human patient simulation coordinator, said every major institution that trains medical professionals has a simulation lab.
“That’s the beauty of simulation: students can mess up, they can make mistakes and nobody gets harmed,” Sternhagen said.
Students also will learn how to work with professionals in other areas, including police officers, firefighters, paramedics, medical assistants, nurses and occupational therapy assistants.
“This is patient care as a cooperative type of event because whatever a police officer does on the scene of an auto crash will impact what a paramedic or EMT does, which will impact what an ER doctor does … it may mean the difference between a patient not surviving or surviving with a poor outcome,” Sternhagen said.
Officials invited members of the Fox Valley Healthcare Alliance to tour the facility earlier this week. Education consultant Jen Meyer represented ThedaCare, and she was impressed.
“It’s unreal,” Meyer said. “This is such a valuable asset for our community. Not only will it provide an amazing opportunity for area students, but for our existing health care workforce as well.”
September 6, 2013
From wbay.com: “FVTC teaches future health care providers with futuristic technology” — By Kristyn Allen - Grand Chute - Fox Valley Technical College unveiled its new Health Simulation and Technology Center on Wednesday.
It’s the first completed project funded by the referendum that passed in April 2012 to expand FVTC.
The three-story, 66,000-square foot facility looks more like a hospital than a classroom, and is designed to give students critical hands-on clinical training.
“Just very impressed with the potential this facility has for developing our new health care providers,” Sharon Schumacher reacted. Schumacher is director of talent development for ThedaCare.
Much of the training is focused on human patient simulators, designed to make students feel like they’re working on an actual human and prepare them for real-life emergencies.
“It is extremely life-like. It’s got pulses in all the places a human being has pulses. You can listen to the heart. You can listen to the lungs. You can listen to their stomach. Their tongue can swell up,” nursing student Daisie Hanson said.
Wednesday, nursing students simulated a patient having heart problems, taking the patient from an ambulance to a hospital room, and doing everything from performing tests to giving the “patient” medicine.
Staff at Fox Valley Tech say cutting-edge technology like this is the new wave in education.
“Almost every major college or university that teaches high-level health care has a simulation lab or they’re developing a simulation lab,” said Robert Sternhagen, coordinator of the Human Patient Simulation.
The $12 million facility also integrates training for law enforcement and occupational therapists, in addition to medical responders and nurses.
August 30, 2013
From nwtc.edu: “NWTC medical program achieves national distinction” – Northeast Wisconsin Technical College has received a Certificate of Merit from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting for achieving a graduate pass rate above 90 percent on the national Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) credentialing exam.
NWTC is one of only 152 colleges in the nation to achieve the distinction.
Students in NWTC’s Surgical Technologist program prepare the operating room by setting up surgical instruments, equipment, drapes and solutions. They also provide safe patient care, check charts, assist the surgeon mid-surgery, and help transfer patients to the recovery room among a variety of other duties.
In a 2011-2012 Graduate Follow-up, Surgical Technologist graduates reported job placement rates of nearly 90 percent, working as surgical technologists, central supply technicians, private scrub technologists, and claims approvers. Median wages for graduates was over $36,000.
NWTC’s Surgical Technologist technical diploma is a three-semester program that is completed in 37 credits. For more information on the Surgical Technologist technical diploma and other programs and degrees, visit http://www.nwtc.edu/programs.
From weau.com: “Sen. Baldwin tours construction, talks to students in Chippewa Falls” – CHIPPEWA FALLS - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin made a stop in our area to tour construction and meet with area technical college graduates.
Monday, Baldwin visit Chippewa Valley Technical College’s Chippewa Falls campus to learn about the colleges ”Bridges to Health Care” workforce training program.
Since she took office, Baldwin says she has made stops at technical colleges around the state to see how they are training students for high skilled positions.
Earlier in the day, Baldwin also toured the construction happening in downtown Chippewa Falls. “I see progress that’s what I see when I see construction I see people working I see opportunities springing from the ground and I really think remaking the gateway into Chippewa Falls is a fabulous opportunity for the community,” Baldwin said.
She says she is excited to new business opportunities coming to the area as the construction continues.
July 29, 2013
From chippewa.com: “Chippewa Falls mom reinvents herself for new career” – EAU CLAIRE — In her early 30s, Mandi Leos found her life in crisis. With four children under age 10 at the time, she was going through a divorce and facing the prospect of living on her own and raising her children without a good enough job to bring in the income and benefits she would need. She had long-term concerns about her health, too.
Five years later and weighing 70 pounds less, Leos crossed the stage to receive her associate degree in radiography from Chippewa Valley Technical College. She’s ready to launch a new career, has high hopes for a job interview coming up next week, and has her eyes on a bachelor’s degree and saving some money for her children for college. Her oldest is now 14.
A great example of how to take control of one’s own life, Leos was the student speaker at the CVTC summer commencement ceremony, held at Memorial High School in Eau Claire. Leos, though, says she didn’t take control on her own, but let a higher power take the lead.
“My faith is what made me strong,” she said. I couldn’t have done it without faith.“
A 1993 Chippewa Falls Senior High School graduate, Leos took some training to be a hair stylist and worked in that field in Texas, where she and her husband lived for a time, and in Wisconsin. When her marriage ended, she realized the hair care business wasn’t going to cut it.
“You really can’t support four kids on that and help them with college or anything,” she said. “I thought to myself that I should look into the medical field. My mother is a nurse.“
She also thought she needed to be strong physically to meet the challenges of her changing life. There’s a history of diabetes in her family.
“I thought, if I am going to do this, I have to take better care of myself. I started running and changed my diet,” she said.
Leos explored the radiography program at CVTC and found some decisions she made in high school came back to haunt her. She was pretty light on the math and science credits. She then started attending CVTC to get the prerequisites she needed to attend CVTC’s radiography program.
“When I started I was terrified. I could hardly send an email,” she said.
Now, five years later, she’s one of the top graduates in the program and was selected as the student speaker for the ceremony.
“Whatever your field, this journey has not been an easy one,” she told her fellow graduates. “As a single mother of four, I can attest that this path has been perilous. I have had to expand my focus to include not just my family and current employment, but also my program requirements and future career path.
“When I chose to continue my education, it wasn’t just my decision, but a decision that required the support and patience of the people around me.“
The faculty speaker also came from the radiography program. Instructor Deb Kjelstad noted that all of the graduates were more self-assured and confident after two years in the program, and she predicted that Leos two years ago never would have dreamt that she would be the speaker.
“Knowledge gives us the inner strength and power to do things we never thought we were capable of,” Kjelstad said. “I have had the privilege of watching the graduates grow and develop into the future workforce and leaders of our community. Confidence is the companion of success.“
CVTC President Bruce Barker in his remarks to the graduates referenced a quote from Albert Einstein in urging the graduates not to settle for success.
“Don’t be satisfied with success,” Barker said. “Strive to be a person of value.“
July 26, 2013
From marshfieldnewsherald.com: “New online option for radiography students” – WAUSAU — Northcentral Technical College, or NTC, in Wausau and Marian University in Fond du Lac have announced a new articulation agreement for radiography graduates. Students graduating from the Radiography Associate Degree program at NTC will be able to seamlessly enter the Radiologic Technology Bachelor Degree program at Marian University with junior status.
“Marian University is thrilled to have formed this relationship with NTC. Giving students options to continue their education is what this is all about,” said Tracy Qualmann, director of enrollment partnerships at Marian University. “This articulation takes into account all the work students completed through their associate degree, coupling that with additional coursework to equate to a bachelor’s degree. We’re all in this together to help craft an educated workforce.”
All of the classes necessary to complete the Radiologic Technology program at Marian can be taken online.
For more information regarding transfer opportunities and to view the transfer guides, visit http://www.ntc.edu/transfer.
From huffingtonpost.com: “From Wisconsin to Africa: Technical education translates to lives saved” — By Lee Rasch, president Western Technical College - Healthcare facilities in Cameroon need much more than staff with medical training. This third world country needs to link clinics isolated by thick rainforest, desert, and rugged terrain. Sharing medical expertise via a reliable connection could mean the difference between life and death. Recognizing that need was the first step in what would be a three-year, 6,400-mile journey to another country.
Picture this: two women from West-Central Africa, neither with a technology background, given an opportunity to study computer networking in the United States, with a goal of returning to their homeland to set up a viable network serving 16 hospitals and clinics in this remote land.
That mental image briefly summarizes the challenge facing Sister Kathleen Shela and Sister Virgilia Zamah of the Tertiary Sisters of St. Francis in Cameroon.
Five years ago, both women were working in clerical positions. Neither had any formal education beyond the secondary level, nor any technology background. But when they were invited by their Provincial Superior to study computer networking at Western Technical College, they embraced the opportunity.
To be certain, this was a rapid and unexpected change in their career plans. And neither was familiar with the plans to embed computer technology into the operations of the extensive hospital and clinic network operated by the Tertiary Sisters of St. Francis in Cameroon and parts of Nigeria and the Central African Republic. But they did agree to accept the challenge.
Western Technical College in La Crosse, Wisconsin, is a far cry from Cameroon. However, the college had prior connections with the Tertiary Sisters, providing instruction in dental assisting and basic education. The college offered the opportunity for these two sisters to study in La Crosse and pledged to raise the scholarship funds needed for their education.
Sister Kathleen arrived first in January of 2009. She was joined by Sister Virgilia in the fall of that year. Both sisters started with a basic education skills refresher in their first semester. Both acknowledged that there was a culture shock of sorts. In fact, Virgilia said she was on the verge of returning to Cameroon before her first semester ended. They faced such a rapid redirection in their lives, in an unfamiliar field of study and in a foreign country (with cold winters). And the task ahead seemed so daunting.
Despite a literacy rate on the higher end by African standards, Cameroon is clearly a third world nation with massive poverty, a high rate of HIV and other diseases, and huge gaps in infrastructure. In spite of these challenges, both women persevered. They received positive encouragement from the La Crosse-based Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and a number of faculty and staff members at Western.
They credit their many new found friends in La Crosse for their success so far. Both credit Western faculty member Don Thesing with incredible instructional leadership and technical assistance. Don helped them acquire donated materials and assemble two servers (as a class project). The servers were shipped (shipping to Cameroon is a whole story in itself!) to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital to serve as the backbone for the Shisong-based flagship facility.
Recognize that these two women are smart and very capable. But, their story also involves courage and incredible determination. They both graduated in 2012 – Kathleen with associate’s degrees in computer networking and office technology support, and Virgilia with an associate’s degree in computer networking. Both became members of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community and technical college students. And both are now back in Cameroon at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, hard at work in advancing their project.
I feel the world will be learning more about these two wonderful women. Their work is really just beginning.
From wausaudailyherald.com: “Medical school announces new Wausau locations” – The Medical College of Wisconsin will train new doctors at Aspirus and Northcentral Technical College as it works in cooperation with all central Wisconsin physician groups, the school announced Tuesday.
The Aspirus space will house the medical education program’s classrooms and administrative offices, and NTC will share anatomy and simulation space.
The school’s board decided on the two locations after determining that the Liberty Mutual Insurance building on Wausau’s west side was too large to house operations.
Marita Hattem, interim president and chief operating officer for Aspirus Wausau Hospital, said health care is an important part of any community, and training and maintaining doctors in rural areas such as north central Wisconsin is crucial.
“It (will be) fun for us as employees to see students coming and going,” she said. “Anything we can do to encourage their education and support them in that as much as we can is important.”
The medical college will have 75 students a year once it is running at full capacity and will have dozens of employees, educators or physicians who will need places to eat, live and occasionally have fun, creating a need for restaurants, apartments and entertainment near the campus.
The college will begin training students in 2015 to participate in local residency programs at central Wisconsin hospitals. The hope is that those students will establish careers in the state’s rural areas to resolve a looming physician shortage in the next two decades.
In addition to Aspirus and NTC, the new campus also plans to partner with Ministry Health Care and Marshfield Clinic, along with the University of Wisconsin Marathon County.
Last fall, college representatives were approached by business and community leaders in Wausau to consider the former Liberty headquarters as the home for its community-based medical education program.
“We strongly considered the use of the Liberty Mutual Insurance building and are extremely grateful for the assistance of Liberty Mutual’s executives as well as numerous community leaders,” John R. Raymond Sr., Medical College of Wisconsin president and CEO, said in the release. “We regret that ultimately the beautiful building was just too large for the needs of the program.”
The medical college will make its temporary home in the third floor of an addition to Aspirus’ operating rooms. Hattem said hospital officials did not have a definite plan for the space, and are happy to allow the medical college to use the space for the short-term future.
Officials from Northcentral Technical College could not be reached for comment Tuesday; the school is closed July 1 through July 5.
The community medical education program addresses the need for providers in under-served communities across Wisconsin and uses a teaching model in which students receive core basic science and clinical experience in the community, teaching with other practitioners and encouraging students to practice in the communities where they train.
The medical college in coming months will begin design development for the facilities within both Aspirus and Northcentral Technical College. Student recruitment will begin in spring 2014.
June 24, 2013
From homehealthcarenews.com: “Higher Education Puts Home Health on the Map” – As the number of home health workers are expected to grow by 1.6 million jobs by 2020, according to a report from Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, colleges are recognizing a demand to include home health care training into their curriculums.
This month, Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) in Green Bay embarked on an expansion of the school’s health sciences building. The already existing three-story structure looks to add on another floor to accommodate three new training labs—one of which specifically designated for home health care worker training.
The first college in Wisconsin to offer an Associates Degree in Wellness, NWTC’s expansion was a necessity, especially when considering recent healthcare trends, according to Cynthia Theys, associate dean of health sciences.
“We’re always trying to stay a step ahead of the trends we’re seeing in patient healthcare,” said Theys. “Right now, we see a big shift coming in keeping people out of costly institutions.”
This is where the school’s personal care worker program comes into play. The program is only one third of the expansion plans, joining a wellness lab focusing on exercise physiology and a simulation lab for NWTC nursing students.
Don’t expect to find Bunsen burners or glass beakers in NWTC’s home health lab. Instead, the training space will resemble a home-like setting to give students a feel for the working environment they will experience after graduation.
“These graduates are doing work in people’s homes, not in a nursing center,” said Theys. “We worked with designers to say that we want [the lab] to look like one of the homes in the area.”
The lab’s design will take after a 1970s ranch-style home, as these types of single-story homes resemble many of the residences in the particular area, according to Associate Dean Scott Anderson, who is also organizing the school’s new wellness center.
“One of the trends we’re seeing is the whole concept of aging in place and keeping people healthy in their homes longer,” said Anderson. “Now we’re designing a learning space that will have an impact on that.”
Other features of the home health lab include built-in barriers—such as narrow doorways and other non-compliant features under the Americans with Disabilities Act—so students learning and working in this environment can learn how to care for individuals with these obstacles in place, said Anderson.
Reason for the expansion is two-fold, as it addresses an increasing demand from the number of students enrolling in NTWC’s health programs and also creates partnerships with nearby home health agencies in town.
While the school’s personal care aides program is only about a year old, according to Theys, the training program had 70-80 graduates in its first year. On average, the program looks to graduate about 10 students a month, which NWTC has relayed in the past to Helping Hands, a local home health agency, to help expand its business.
NWTC is not the only school to implement home health worker training into its curriculum. Also noticing a nationwide demand for home health workers, the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) has designed a course to prepare students for jobs as home care aides.
The CSN course, developed by the Department of Labor with federal funding, has already seen two of its recent graduates find positions with a Nevada home care agency.
Growth looks promising for home health workers, according to Steve Gleicher, owner and operations director for Right at Home—the agency that hired the CSN graduates—in an article from Las Vegas Review-Journal.
“The growth prospect for health care aides is huge and the task before us is getting trained, qualified and responsible people to work in this industry,” said Gleicher in the article. “The CSN program is positioning itself to provide these individuals to grow with us.”
NWTC is also confident it will see even further interest from students wanting to enroll into its various health programs, home health included.
“Demand will increase as we’re hoping, but we may be a little ahead of our time,” said Theys. “As things evolve and some of the federal healthcare reforms fall into place, demand for the personal aide course will rise.”
NWTC received substantial community support in terms of capital dollars for the $3.5 million expansion project before its late May groundbreaking.
“We went out on a fundraising campaign, with various businesses and private donors donating over a million dollars to see this vision happen,” said Anderson. “They responded with enthusiasm and with dollars.”
School officials anticipate full occupancy for its three health labs in January 2014.
June 17, 2013
From greenbaypressgazette.com: “Oral health impact is far-reaching” – Brown County 20/20 participants agreed that the community should have “a culture of health and wellness — in mind, body and spirit — that has minimized reliance on the medical system and exceeds the experience of any other comparable city in the Great Lakes region.”
Studies have shown that there is a relationship between oral health and improved outcomes for diabetes and pregnancy and to improved nutrition. There is a connection between oral health and other diseases as well. There can even be an impact on employability. Thus, oral health has an important role in achieving the 20/20 vision.
However, accessing preventive or restorative dental services can be a challenge for low income or Medicaid recipients. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reports that just over 20 percent of Brown County Medicaid members received a dental service in 2008, down from 24 percent in 2004.
There are many reasons for this. Medicaid reimburses dentists roughly 30 percent or less for Medicaid recipients’ services. Issues with transportation or child care can lead to a higher-than-average no-show rate for these patients, making it difficult for dental offices to manage schedules and remain efficient.
Dental care for the low income and uninsured is fragmented. Finding services for adults can be especially challenging. There are services for veterans, the developmentally disabled and AIDS patients, but many private providers find it financially untenable to accept Medicaid patients.
To begin to solve this problem, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in 2008 began a small dental clinic, using grant funding from U.S. Oil and the Brown Door Kewaunee Dental Society. Planners quickly learned that the need was far greater than anyone had anticipated. They also learned that logistically, NWTC was a good fit for a clinic operation, as dental hygiene and dental assistant students were able to provide needed services while gaining valuable experience.
Administering the program was better left to a community partner, so NEW Community Clinic and NWTC developed a collaboration whereby NEW clinic became the administrator. It was also clear that without charitable support, it would not be financially feasible to provide services for the same reasons private providers were challenged — reimbursement of less than 30 percent of charges made it impossible to be self-supporting. The college and the clinic also saw that the long-term need was to provide a six-chair dental clinic.
In 2012, a community health needs assessment was conducted by the Brown County and De Pere health departments, Bellin Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center and St. Vincent Hospital. Oral health was identified as one of the top three community health issues, and St Mary’s/St Vincent was asked to lead a community action group. This provided a forum for NWTC, NEW Clinic and St. Mary’s/St. Vincent to discuss adult restorative services and to see if together, they could provide a six-chair clinic.
As a result of these discussions, St. Mary’s and St. Vincent provided the dollars to purchase equipment to outfit the clinic in space donated by NWTC. The equipment was installed in February. NEW Community Clinic was named a Federally Qualified Health Center during 2012, enabling it to be reimbursed at cost for seeing Medicaid patients.
Thus, a dental clinic for Medicaid and uninsured patients opened this spring with a dentist on staff. Knowing that the need can far exceed the resources available, the clinic’s focus will be on addressing acute dental pain, and secondarily on treating diabetics and pregnant women because of the connection to improved health status.
Now, as many as 6,000 patients will be able to have dental visits over the course of a year, providing them with a community resource, where before hospital emergency departments were one of their only options.
How to help
Tax-deductible donations to support the operation of the dental clinic can be sent to the NEW Community Clinic at 633 Bodart St., Green Bay.
June 12, 2013
From gazettextra.com: “Tech Knowledge College shifting focus to high school students” – ROCK TOWNSHIP — Tech Knowledge College will be reborn this summer, but this time it’s for disadvantaged high school students rather than middle-schoolers.
The pre-college summer program at Blackhawk Technical College’s central campus gave middle-schoolers a hands-on feel for programs the campus offered. It continued for many years but died as part of belt-tightening measures in 2012. The new program will have the same name, but it will focus on sharpening high school students’ math and English skills so they can do well on college-entrance exams and become better prepared for college, said Stephanie Williams, student engagement coordinator.
National studies have shown that upwards of 60 percent of high school graduates who enter community colleges need remedial classes before they can take college-level courses in math and English.
At Blackhawk Technical College, 57.7 percent of the 2012 high school graduates who enrolled last fall needed remedial coursework in writing, as determined by entrance tests. Of those same students, 45.7 percent needed remediation in math and 33.7 percent in reading. Tech Knowledge College would benefit any student that plans on attending any college or university, Williams said.
The program, funded through the state Department of Public Instruction, will be able to take 80 students, divided into two sessions, Williams said. Tech Knowledge College Camp will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the weeks of July 8-12 and July 22-26. The program is free to students entering ninth, 10, 11th or 12th grades this fall and who meet household income guidelines.
Campers also will be able to explore two of five Blackhawk Technical College program options. They can choose from culinary arts, health care, information technology, welding and public safety.
Students will begin the camp with a test so they know where they need to improve, Williams said. The program is open to any income-eligible high school student in the college’s district, which comprises most of Rock and Green counties. Free bus transportation will be provided each day from Beloit Memorial, Janesville Craig and Janesville Parker high schools. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Program availability will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis until each camp is filled.
From wbay.com: “NWTC constructs new learning labs for health care students” – Northeast Wisconsin Technical College is expanding its health sciences building to add three new cutting-edge learning labs. They include a wellness lab focusing on exercise physiology, a caregiver lab to train home health workers and a simulation lab for nursing students.
Together, they’ll fill the additional 13,500 foot space that is being constructed.
“We went on a road trip last year looking at simulation labs in our state and also reviewed online other simulation labs in other settings,” explains NWTC’s Health Sciences Dean Kay Tupala.
A picture is posted near the construction site of what the building will look like on the outside, but inside, it will be filled with upgraded equipment to help students develop the critical skills they need for their careers.
Tupala adds ”what we can do in simulation is give students scenarios they may not get exposed to at the hospital.”
Nursing students say even though it’s a simulation lab, the skills they learn are invaluable.
“When you go into a simulation lab you totally lose sight that it’s just a mannequin there,” describes Young. ”The kind of equipment they have, they have real blood pressures, they change. You can see if they have loss of circulation because their finger tips turn blue.”
The $3.5 million dollar project is expected to be completed by January 2014.
From wuwm.com: “New College Grads May Be Entering An Improving Job Market” – Thousands of local college students graduated over the weekend. UWM and Marquette were among those holding commencement ceremonies. More grads will pick up their diplomas next weekend, including at MSOE and MATC.
The last few years have been tough for college grads. They entered the labor force amid a slow-moving economy, when employers were hesitant to hire. And the competition often included experienced people, laid off during the recession. Dennis Winters says now however, there are hints the job hunt may be a bit easier. He works for the state Department of Workforce Development.
“The economy is growing slowly and the employment situation is a bit laggard yet, but I think things are picking up throughout the rest of the year and in the future, so graduates have something a little better to look at,” Winters says.
Another agency that sees promising data is Milwaukee-based Manpower Group. It tracks hiring trends.
“There was healthy hiring last quarter, so I think we’re going to see continuous improvement. It’s certainly not going backwards,” says Chris Layden, who heads one of the Wisconsin divisions of ManpowerGroup. He says some new grads have an advantage over experienced people looking for work.
“Companies are looking for fresh talent out of college, particularly leading companies within the Milwaukee market that are always trying to bring in fresh perspectives and hiring potential.”
Layden says the greatest demand for graduates remains in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The trend puts graduates from the Milwaukee School of Engineering in good standing. Erik Oswald works in MSOE’s careers office. He says employers sought out the school’s students throughout the economic downturn.
“Even in the height of the recession, our students were getting jobs. They maybe were just having one offer at a time. But as things are recovering, the biggest thing we’re seeing is that students are able to choose between two or three offers again,” Oswald says.
Oswald says the pay is good, even for those just entering the workforce.
“The average starting salaries for the 2011-2012 class for all of our graduates was $55,368,” Oswald says.
On the other edge of downtown, Marquette University reports high demand for its grads, across the spectrum. Andy Brodzeller is spokesman.
“One anecdote is that involvement in our career fairs that we host in the fall and spring semester — we’ve seen additional participation by companies and employees. This past year, actually we had to turn down employees, because we simply didn’t have enough space for them in the ballrooms at the career fair,” Brodzeller says.
Brodzeller says grads with a leg up are those who participated in internships and got work experience. The head of UW-Milwaukee’s career development center echoes the sentiment. Cindy Petrites says students’ resourcefulness outside the classroom can be as important as their field of study.
“The person graduating today is probably looking at over a dozen job changes over the course of their lifetime. So it’s really important for us to be helping students to be really nimble in the way they are developing their skills, in the way they are thinking about how they can be marketable — not just for the jobs of today, but for the jobs of tomorrow,” Petrites says.
Another local institution has seen first-hand the changing employment picture graduates face. Mike Kuehnl is with MATC, who says “4,500 of our students already have bachelor’s or master’s degrees and they’ve come to MATC to get the skills that employers are looking for.”
Kuehnl says graduates in the greatest demand are those in the fields of information technology, manufacturing and health care.
May 15, 2013
From chippewa.com: “Dreams come true for local CVTC grads” – Eau Claire — Friday night was a dream come true for Lori Hruza of Chippewa Falls and Devyne Gass of Cornell. Their paths were longer and a bit more winding than many of their fellow Chippewa Valley Technical College graduates, but they all came to the same place together: walking across the stage to receive their diplomas.
Hruza, 42, and Gass, 45, received associate degrees in nursing. They are now well prepared to pass their exams and become registered nurses, opening up greater career opportunities than they have experienced before in their lives.
“Dreams do come true,” said Hruza. “I always wanted to do nursing, and after my third child I decided to go back to school.“
Hruza has been many places in her adult life, as her husband pursued a military career. She worked in child care and taught preschool, at one point in Hawaii. But she always dreamt of becoming a nurse.
“It’s interesting learning about the human body, and I always enjoyed helping people,” she said. It became easier to pursue her dream after her children were older, and she chose CVTC’s nursing program.
Now, ready to enter the nursing profession and after seven years living in Chippewa Falls, she’s excited about a new adventure. “We’re moving to Hawaii!” she said.
Gass has already been working as a licensed practical nurse at a nursing home in Ladysmith. She attended Northcentral Technical College in Wausau some years ago for that training. She’s been wanting to advance her career.
“I wanted to get into a school that’s closer,” she said. “But it took a while to get back into the program.“
Now she’s on the verge of being an RN. It won’t mean an immediate change of scenery for her, but Gass knows it will open up many more employment possibilities.
“It’s been a long time coming,” she said.
That feeling was shared by hundreds of people at UW-Eau Claire’s Zorn Arena, which hosts the CVTC graduation each fall and spring.
CVTC honored 626 graduates in 47 different programs Friday night, with 375 graduates receiving associate degrees and 251 receiving technical diplomas. On Thursday night, CVTC honored 67 graduates at its River Falls campus, including 60 receiving associate degrees and seven receiving technical diplomas.
The most popular programs among this spring’s graduates were nursing, with 60 graduates, criminal justice/law enforcement with 54 graduates, and business management with 53.
Among the graduates was Randi Johnson of Eau Claire, in the dental hygienist program, who was chosen as the student speaker. She urged the graduates to get out of their comfort zones.
“Being willing to step out of our comfort zones led us here,” she said. “Now that we’ve gotten to this point in life, we should push ourselves to keep improving. We will feel uncomfortable in the future, whether it’s in an interview for our dream job or buying our first house. But the moments where we feel unsure usually turn out to be the ones that change our lives and help define who we are.“
Featured speaker Paul Gabriel, executive director of the Wisconsin Technical College District Boards Association, put a new twist on the notion of wishing graduates “good luck.“
“For years, I’ve heard graduates refer to themselves as ’lucky’ to have made it here,” he said. “But, what’s luck really got to do with it? … If you feel fortunate to be here, it’s not luck at all. It’s the success that you have created for yourself.“
May 6, 2013
From wxow.com: “A walk in the shoes of a dementia patient” — More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. The number could rise to as many as 16 million by 2050.
Alzheimer’s is the largest category of dementia. Dementia is not a disease, but a term used to describe symptoms caused by disorders affecting the brain. Seven of 10 Alzheimer’s patients live at home, but many caregivers aren’t equipped to deal with the symptoms.
In the Coulee Region, The Alzheimer’s Association provides assistance to families.
“I think it’s definitely a difficult disease for caregivers to understand because it effects every person differently,” said Brett Williams of The Alzheimer’s Association. “So someone can learn about Alzheimer’s Disease, but until you really learn how each person is going through it, there’s no way to really understand it.”
At Western Technical College, students entering healthcare fields have a tool allowing them to walk in the shoes of a dementia patient. The virtual dementia tour is part of an Alzheimer’s training course. Participants are asked to perform simple tasks but with limitations that simulate those of a person suffering from dementia.
“It helps the worker communicate effectively and communicate appropriately,” said Linda Schneider, an adjunct instructor at Western.
The course limits all your senses, from sight to motor skills to hearing, so even listening to the instructions is difficult. There are even inserts in the participants shoes to create a pins and needles sensation dementia patients experience.
“Dementia is not normal aging at all,” Schneider said. “Dementia is a problem happening in the brain. It’s a disease within the brain.”
And it’s a common disease, according to the National Institute on Aging, half of those over 85 suffer from some type of dementia.
“One thing I learned on the dementia virtual tour was how confused I was,” said Jacquelyn Ross, a Western student who went through the simulation. “I just couldn’t’ believe how much was really going on and then still expected to act like a normal person.”
Experiencing just how frustrating it can be to just fold a sheet, helps caregivers understand the struggles their patient faces.
“A lot of people need to know,” Ross said. “Not enough people know.”
Despite being told exactly what to do and having an instruction sheet, when News 19′s Kristen Barbaresi only managed to do one of the five tasks correctly. She set the table for two instead of four, filled both glasses instead of just one and wrote a letter about her family, instead of a letter to her family.
“Help with the expectation that they have of working with a person that’s got these kinds of cognitive impairments as well as impairments of aging with hearing and feeling,” Schneider said.
27 percent of Alzheimer’s patients suffer from minor depression and 22 percent have major depression and the course helps participants understand why.
“I’ve put myself in their shoes,” Ross said. “You know that there’s no cutting corners. It’s just what it is.”
The Alzheimer’s course is funded by the Bridges to Healthcare grant Western received in 2011. The course is the result of feedback from employers who said personal care workers need more training in dementia, especially with the aging population.
The course isn’t only helpful for students. The idea is expanding to the community and professions dealing with the elderly.
“We’re looking at doing some additional training in the next year,” said Sandra Schultz, Bridges to Healthcare Grant coordinator. “We’re doing a foundation course with the Alzheimer’s association. And we’re also looking at doing specific training with various groups such as the law enforcement and we’re looking at the EMT group.”
May 1, 2013
From ntc.edu: “Caring for Aging Population Seminar at NTC” – Northcentral Technical College (NTC) is providing an opportunity to learn the latest information on geriatric care with a seminar entitled “Caring for our Aging Population” on Thursday, May 16, from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the NTC Wausau Center for Health Sciences Auditorium. The event will also be available at NTC’s Antigo, Medford, Phillips and Spencer campuses via Interactive Video Conferencing (IVC).
April 16, 2013
From bizjournals.com: “MATC adds associate degree and technical diploma programs” – Milwaukee Area Technical College will introduce 12 new associate degree and technical diploma programs in 2013-2014 to address growing demand in a number of industries.
The new programs in the School of Business are eBusiness fundamentals technical diploma, financial services technical diploma, food manufacturing and processing technical diploma and food science technology associate degree.
In the School of Health Sciences there is a new health information technician associate degree. The School of Media and Creative Arts has a new audio production associate degree, creative advertising strategist associate degree, eProduction associate degree, mobile application developer technical diploma, and a mobile designer associate degree. In the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences there is a new early childhood education technical diploma.
“The new programs exemplify MATC’s response to the needs of area businesses,” said MATC president Michael Burke, in a press release. “Students will have an opportunity to prepare for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries.”