Georgia Northwestern, Kaleidoscope Kids Work On Futures

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Rock Spring Elementary students, from left, are Ethan Kruger, Cameron Clark, and Joshua Perea. Georgia Northwestern Technical Practical Nursing Student Molly Rodgers assists the children in an examination of Meti-Man, a medical simulator used in the college’s nursing labs.
Rock Spring Elementary students, from left, are Ethan Kruger, Cameron Clark, and Joshua Perea. Georgia Northwestern Technical Practical Nursing Student Molly Rodgers assists the children in an examination of Meti-Man, a medical simulator used in the college’s nursing labs.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Practical Nursing program is spending the spring reaching out to elementary school students in Northwest Georgia.

This week, Practical Nursing instructor Suzanne Pauley and nursing students from the Walker County Campus of Georgia Northwestern reached out to the Kaleidoscope program of Rock Spring Elementary in Walker County Georgia.

On March 25, Mrs. Shawn Turner’s gifted fifth-grade class took part in an informative field trip to Georgia Northwestern. Students have been studying human body systems. “They learned, first-hand, through simulation in our nursing labs on campus,” said Ms. Pauley. “The students worked with our nursing students in learning how the body works and what examinations are done to gather the medical information necessary on each patient.”

From the birthing process to the examination of a Meti-Man mannequin, these fifth-graders got a close-up look at the future of the healthcare world. “Students got to listen to the heartbeat, the breathing, and other symptoms of the simulated patient,” said Ms. Pauley. “If they are interested in healthcare as a future career, they definitely got a jump start on the process today.”

The Rock Spring Kaleidoscope class asked a lot of questions about becoming a physician, as well. Georgia Northwestern is a member of the Technical College System of Georgia. “We offer two years of core classes which can transfer to any University in the University System of Georgia, as well,” said Ms. Pauley. “So, no matter how far these future college students want to take their educational careers, we have something to offer them right here at home.”

Approximately 16,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in Georgia. For more information on the Practical Nursing program, call 706-764-3851 or e-mail to dcarson@gntc.edu.


Cleveland State Employees Receive In-Service Awards

Two Cleveland State Community College employees received awards at a staff in-service.   Emily Hill received the Rising Star Award, while Sheila Smith received the Excellence Award.  The Rising Star Award goes to an employee who has less than three years and a minimum of six months of service to CSCC, displays a positive attitude and a spirit of enthusiasm, ... (click for more)

Lee's Summer Honors Program Has Record Attendance

Lee University’s Summer Honors residential program concluded another two-week term, exposing high-achieving students to numerous aspects of college life at Lee.  This year’s Summer Honors drew 173 students to Lee’s campus, an all-time record for attendance.   While at Summer Honors, students got a head start on their college career by earning six hours of academic ... (click for more)

Plumbers Bring Complaints To WWTA; Told New Contracts Are Ready

Several plumbers on Thursday brought complaints to a committee of the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority (WWTA) and got little response other than being told that new contracts are ready. Kay Keefe of Keefe Plumbing said the small number of plumbing companies still participating in the program to repair leaky lines to homes, have long been operating without ... (click for more)

Commissioner Haynes Calls For Public Meetings On Discretionary Funds; Says Public Against Keeping Them

County Commissioner Marty Haynes on Thursday called for public meetings on the subject of the commissioners continuing to have $100,000 each in discretionary money. He said he had already been meeting with Hixson leaders on the topic. Commissioner Haynes was one of three commissioners who supported a move by County Mayor Jim Coppinger to remove $900,000 in discretionary funds ... (click for more)

Could The Marriage Decision Spark A New Independence Day?

I confess that this year I am having a hard time with the idea of celebrating the 4th of July Independence Day. It is not because I am not thankful to God for what was done on that day, what it represents, and the blessings I’ve experienced that flow from it. On the other hand, I want to think that maybe this year’s celebration will mark a period in our history in which a new movement ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Pre-Fourth Observations

I hate to do this, right on the heels of my monthly ‘Walk in the Garden,’ but I have more things on my desk that I dare not leave unnoticed before tomorrow’s Star-Spangled celebration. Foremost is the plea to anyone who shoots off firecrackers to please wear eye protection and ask watchers to stand back. Our eye doctors say firecracker-related injuries have doubled in the last three ... (click for more)