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Students Gain Practical Experience Through Local Partnerships

Students Gain Practical Experience Through Local Partnerships
Posted on 05/03/2017
Students Gain Practical Experience Through Local PartnershipsPort Angeles, Wash. – It was a busy day for teddy bears needing extra stuffing, a fresh ribbon, or minor stitching at the April 22nd Olympic Medical Center’s Teddy Bear Clinic held during the Center’s Grand Opening & Health Fair.  

North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center (NOPSC) health sciences students, along with OMC staff and volunteers, checked vital signs and temperatures of a variety of stuffed bears and beloved animals, inquiring about primary concerns and teddy bears’ problems.  

Accompanying photo shows NOPSC health sciences student, Shania Dumdie, junior at Port Angeles High School, with Chase Latimer, Dry Creek Elementary second grader, as his teddy bear has a checkup during the Teddy Bear Clinic.

Instructor Lillian Easton reports health science students are gearing up to assist with the May 21st Olympic Medical Foundation Duck Derby next.  The team sells ducks as part of the fundraiser. They volunteer at the Derby event and help at the Olympic Medical Foundation office. 

“Right now students spend three days a week at off-campus clinical sites,” Easton said. “We had our first day of clinical at Highline Court Memory Care last week and my students did really well. We have also recently started working at Sequim Health & Rehabilitation Center.”

“We’re also partnering with several local dental clinics to learn about dental health,” she added. “Specifically, we’re working with Dr. Todd Irwin, Eleven Eleven Dental, which is with Dr. Gregory Birch, and SeaMar Dental Clinic.”

“We hope to strengthen our OMC partnership,” Easton continued, “especially with the hospital expansion. We are looking forward to growing students’ experiences in allied health.” 

“Theory can only get you so far in a professional technical area of study like this,” Easton explained.  “The greatest thing about the block schedule in the health sciences program is students can see it, touch it, and experience it before college to see if it’s a good fit for them.  They can test the waters before making a three or four year commitment.”

Health Science students are busy with plans for the Friday, May 5 Summer Health and Activity Recreation Event (S.H.A.R.E.), scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Port Angeles High School Student Center. Community partners will be in attendance to promote wellness and healthy, fun summer activities based on students’ and interests. 

Contact Lillian Easton for program information by phone at 360.565.1566 or email, leaston@portangelesschools.org.

Photo Credit:  Port Angeles School District

For additional assistance, contact:

Tina Smith-O’Hara
Communications and Community Relations Coordinator
Port Angeles School District
360.565.3703
tsmithohara@portangelesschools.org