A look at campus life at various community and junior colleges
Dyersburg State Community College (Tenn.) nursing student Christy Kimbro of Yorkville volunteered to assist local beekeeper Kevin Klutts of Newbern (kneeling) as he safely removed a swarm of honey bees from an iron sculpture on at the Dyersburg campus. For several years the bees have made their home inside a hive on one of the sassafras trees adjacent from the Learning Resource Center. Possibly due to overpopulation, the bees moved to this new location just a few feet away. The sculpture marks the location where a large oak tree once stood years ago, a symbol of strength that was incorporated into the college’s logo.
Wind students from Clovis Community College (N.M.) recently had the opportunity to climb the 1.5 megawatt wind turbine, located adjacent to the North American Wind Research and Training Center at Mesalands Community College. After successfully completing a one-credit course at Mesalands, the students received certification in Tower Rescue Training and gained invaluable training in their chosen field. Eli Garcia, a wind student from Clovis Community College, describes his first experience climbing a wind turbine. “The climb at first was a little difficult, but it was well worth the wait for that experience,” Garcia said. “Going up the turbine and looking at everything inside gave me a physical picture of actually what I’ve been studying. It was fun!” Garcia is pursuing an associate of applied science degree in industrial technology with a concentration in wind energy from Clovis Community College. He plans to graduate next year. Mesalands Community College has been partnering with Clovis Community College on this project for the past four years. Jim Mitchel, Instructor of Industrial Technology in Wind at Clovis Community College says the hands-on experience that his students gain at Mesalands Community College, will add to their college education and beyond.
Students from Springfield Technical Community College (Mass.), Bay Path University, and Western New England University worked together across disciplines in their first-ever Interprofessional Day. About 80 students from STCC’s nursing program, 80 junior pharmacy students from Western New England University, and 25 physician assistant students from Bay Path University participated in the training at STCC’s SIMS Medical Center, the region’s premier patient simulation facility where students receive hands on training in a safe, controlled, and professional environment. The inter-professional day brought together students from different educational backgrounds who may eventually work together in a professional capacity in a simulated setting to collaborate, something they wouldn’t normally get to do outside of the medical setting.