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2015 March 6 - 10:49 am

Around Campus

A look at Campus Life at Various Community and Junior Colleges

Nursing students at Central Carolina Community College’s Harnett Health Sciences Center assess a patient who has just been brought into the emergency room. A man of about six feet, the patient opens his eyes, blinks, and says, “I have chest pain.” This isn’t a real life event because the patient is a high-fidelity simulator known as “Sim Man,” but the technological advances this newest piece of equipment can offer the nursing program at CCCC greatly enhances student skills. According to a study conducted by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the value of simulation is unquestionable. It harbors patients from unnecessary risk and discomfort, increases opportunities for students to encounter infrequent and atypical clinical problems, and better prepares graduates to enter the workforce. In fact, high-fidelity simulation with the increased level of sophistication and realism it brings to the laboratory setting has prompted some healthcare professionals to argue that it could even be used as s substitute for clinical experience, the study asserts. CCCC’s “Sim Man” has dark hair, blue eyes, and movable parts that are operated by a computer software program. He can simulate nausea, breathing, speaking, and is equipped with portals that can receive intravenous therapies.

The Houston City Council has approved funding for Lone Star College instructors to train Houston Airport System for Bush Intercontinental, Hobby and Ellington airports, including a new international terminal at Bush. Workers will be trained via the Houston Area Construction Collaborative and operate out of an existing facility located at Bush. Instructors from LSC will be joined by Houston Community College and San Jacinto College, and offer a variety of courses in various skill training including plumbing, pipe fitting and electrician work. City officials noted that once the training center is operational, all employees working on construction projects will be required to attend a mandatory training class to learn OSHA and HAS safety and security guidelines and requirements.

Ballet can be intense, fun and make statements about the human condition, Davidson County Community College (N.C.) students learned during a performance by a Charlotte Ballet ensemble held on the Davidson Campus. The dancers narrated and performed classic and original contemporary works from the ballet company’s current repertoire. Their program ranged from an intense dance depicting the emotional sacrifices of civil rights activists of the 1960s, performed to the backdrop of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech to a fun, flirtatious ballet set to jazz music. Three student volunteers were invited to the stage to participate in an impromptu performance with the ensemble.

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