Community Service, Optimized to its Best
Published on May 24, 2013 by Scott Rudeen
It all happened on campus: bathing dogs, drawing blood, computer optimization and chair massages. Students applied what they are learning in the classroom during Broadview University-Layton’s Community Service Day, and community members benefitted from the students’ skills. By offering a Community Service Day, we helped those who had a need and helped students practice. This teaching methodology—called applied learning—is an integral part of the education students receive at Broadview.
Veterinary technology students offered several services including nail trimming, ear cleaning, and baths for dogs. The dogs got along well and students worked hard to ensure happy dogs were presentable. Despite the cold day and slight wind, vet tech students did a great job practicing those skills necessary to enter their career field.
Medical assisting students set up shop in their classroom upstairs. They offered blood pressure measurements, blood sugar level tests, and body mass index assessments. One grandma showed up and was thrilled to have her granddaughter practice on her.
Information technology students were prepared to optimize computers. Having a good running computer is important in this high technology age we live in. When computers get bogged down they slow down. A slow computer can be frustrating. Thanks to the IT program, students have learned to care for computers and clean them up.
Massage students used their chair massage skills to give quick relaxing massages to those passing by. They used different techniques to help visitors relax, and people were lined up waiting their turn.
Overall the day was successful. Staff, faculty and students all worked together to provide much needed services to the community.
Campus Director Mark Staats had this to say about the day: “Excellent practical application demonstration was computed in many fields with considerable interest in the Information Technology, Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting and Veterinary Technology fields. Again, a marvelous event and one that showcased the high degree of integration that is being built within our community with our academic community.”