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ECHS students get hands-on at Ogeechee Tech
10.02 ECHS students at OTC
ECHS students Danielle Monroe and Whitney Edwards practice drawing “blood” from a mannequin arm on their field trip to learn about health care career options at Ogeechee Technical College. - photo by Photo provided

“Amazing! I actually drew blood from a mannequin arm.”  

Twenty-four students from Effingham County High School spent the day at Ogeechee Technical College recently to explore career options in health care training that are available at Ogeechee Tech. The students spent the day rotating through dental assisting, pharmacy tech, radiology technology, sonography, medical assisting and surgical assisting.
Instructors from each of the health care areas were on hand to explain each specific career path and to give each student some “hands-on” experience. In the medical assisting area, students learned how to use a butterfly needle to collect tubes of “blood” from a life-like mannequin arm with life-like veins.

Students were allowed to experiment with the sonography equipment on a pre-term mannequin “baby,” to observe the making of dental molds, and to count and blister-wrap candy “pills.”

The students also received information about the college admissions process, and financial aid, including the HOPE Grant, which funds most technical education regardless of the student’s high school grade point average.

The trip was coordinated by ECHS counselors and Medical Assisting Coordinator at Ogeechee Tech, Marilyn Turner.