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2011 March 7 - 12:00 am


  • Michigan’s Jackson Community College Foundation has announced that the Weatherwax Foundation has committed $226,000 for the purchase three state-of-the-art patient simulators for the new health laboratory center addition to Justin Whiting Hall, now under construction. The donated funds will cover the costs of three iStan Patient Simulator units and all necessary related software, equipment and training needs, purchased from METI Learning. The simulators are adult mannequins that can be used by nursing students in health scenarios to help prepare for what they may encounter in a clinical setting. Each mannequin features different “personas,” allowing students to experience the different physiology of an adult man or woman, an elderly patient, smoker, pregnant female and car accident victim. They have the ability to speak and indicate the conditions being simulated as well as respond verbally to procedures being conducted.JCC has ordered the simulators and expects to put them into use for the fall 2011 semester.

  • Caprock Wind Farms recently donated $2,300 to the Wind Energy Technology Program at Mesalands Community College in New Mexico. James Phipps, asset manager at Caprock, presented Mesalands President Phillip O. Barry with the donation. Phipps spoke to the freshmen class of wind energy students at the new North American Wind Research and Training Center at Mesalands. He encouraged the students to continue their college educations and hands-on training on the 1.5 megawatt wind turbine at the school’s research center. Phipps said this is the third donation by Caprock Wind Farms to Mesalands, and says the company plans to continue to donate to the program in the future.

  • Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and Iowa Western Community College, have announced the largest in-kind corporate contribution ever received by the college. The grant of computer software, with a commercial value of $65.2 million, was presented at a recognition ceremony held at the college in the presence of Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. The grant includes training and specialized software certification programs. It will enable IWCC to begin a design technology program to help meet the growing demand for a well-trained, well-qualified workforce. The program will prepare graduates to enter the workforce in a high-demand career field or transfer to a four-year institution.
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