A Look at Campus Life at Various Community Colleges
The Central Carolina Community College (N.C.) dental programs have begun a new partnership with the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine’s Community Service Learning Center in Lillington. The CCCC dental hygiene and dental assisting students will begin working with ECU’s dental students to care for patients. In fostering this important team approach, it leads to improving the future of all dental providers and ultimately improves the lives of patients. “The partnership between the East Carolina University Community Service Learning Center and Central Carolina Community College Dental Programs serves as a unique opportunity to train dental, dental hygiene, and dental assisting students in a collaborative environment that simulates the dental team in practice while simultaneously improving the health and quality of life for underserved patients for years to come,” said Lisa Godfrey, CCCC dean of health sciences and human services. “This collaboration is the ultimate service learning experience as the team learning approach integrates community service with instruction to enrich the learning experience for students and strengthen the health of the community.” Michael Bradley, clinical assistant professor and director of dentistry at the ECU School of Dental Medicine in Lillington, said the partnership is based on service. “I know that Central Carolina and our ECU School of Dental Medicine we live service,” said Bradley. “We live service to each other, service to our patients, and service to the community. To have this relationship just increases that opportunity. It benefits our community. It benefits our staff. Mostly, it benefits our students in their training and our residents.”
Advocate & Educate 2017, an occupational therapy conference to be held at Macomb Community College (Michigan) is the handiwork of the students in the college’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. These students, members of the OTA Student Leadership Organization, are handling all of the conference details from marketing the event and securing meeting rooms to making sure everyone gets their right meal. “The conference this year is very important because it’s the 20th anniversary of the OTA program at Macomb Community College and the 100th anniversary of the profession,” said Samantha Elsesser, 24, of St. Clair Shores, an officer with the OTA student leadership organization and member of the planning team. “We’re really trying to make this year something special.” Advocate & Educate 2017 will provide occupational therapists, assistants and program students the opportunity to acquire up to 11 professional development units to apply toward continuing certification.
Over the two-day conference, participants will learn from a variety of experts, including this year’s keynote speaker, Alex Lopiccolo, an alumnus of Macomb’s OTA program and expert in sensory integration. This is the fifth year Macomb has held the conference. The committee expects more than 100 attendees this year. Under the guidance of Pennie Wysocki-Dubay and Sue Robosan-Burt, Macomb OTA instructors and co-advisors to the student organization, Elsesser and the committee have been hard at work with all conference details including identifying and recruiting speakers to cover topics including animal assisted therapy, orthotics, kinesiotaping, fall prevention, crainosacral/reflex integration, dementia and other emerging practice areas. Elsesser recounts spending many hours at the keyboard and on the phone contacting people who may one day be prospective employers. The funds raised by the conference will go toward creating an endowed scholarship through the Macomb Community College Foundation for future OTA students. Over the past four conferences, the students have nearly reached their goal of $15,000. After completing her associate degree, Elsesser plans to continue on to earn her bachelor’s degree and hopes to work in pediatrics. Macomb’s occupational therapy assistant program combines lecture presentations, labs and supervised clinical fieldwork to instruct students in the occupational therapy process and its application.
The program prepares students for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy exam. Occupational therapy is a form of therapy developed for those recuperating from physical or mental illness that promotes rehabilitation through the performance of activities required in daily life. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.