, Muskogee, OK

November 13, 2012

Careers go on display at ICTC

Tech Fest lets students take a look into career fields

By Cathy Spaulding
Phoenix Staff Writer

— Hilldale sophomore Breanna Brown rode in a sling Tuesday while visiting Indian Capital Technology Center.

The sling transports disabled people from wheelchairs to beds or baths. Breanna might use such a sling if she pursues a health care career.

Health care was one of many career and class options on display this week during ICTC’s Tech Fest. Each year, ICTC invites sophomores from surrounding schools to visit the Muskogee campus to see what classes they could take there as juniors or seniors, said ICTC district marketing and public information coordinator Anesa Hooper. She called Tech Fest one of ICTC’s main recruiting activities.

About 1,200 area sophomores attended the two-day open house, Hooper said. They toured several classrooms, including health care, machine tool technology, computer graphics, construction, auto work and cosmetology.

Breanna said the ride in the sling was fun and “felt like a big diaper.”

It also helped her get an idea of what to expect in a health care career, she said.

“I think I’m going into nursing,” Breanna said. “I thought about it earlier, but I changed my mind.”

ICTC health careers students showed visiting sophomores various aspects of basic nursing. Sophomores donned surgical masks, hairnets and booties to learn infection control. They watched a demonstration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. They poked their hands under a blue light to see the value of washing them.

“They washed their hands with a glowing soap that showed where the germs were on the hands,” said ICTC student Amanda Garcia of Coweta. Amanda explained that many people miss important areas, such as the backs of the hands or between fingers when they wash hands.

Coweta student Miranda Smith looked at her own glowing spots and concluded her hands were “not that clean.”

Students also heard how classes at ICTC could lead to jobs.

Welding instructor Bruce Jacobs said students trained in welding can find jobs starting at $11 to $13 an hour. Students experienced in a more specialized welding could earn $24 an hour.

“We have one graduate earning $24 an hour working in Tulsa, and he’s just out of high school,” Jacobs said.

Dana Chandler, who teaches ICTC’s nursing transition program, said high school students can earn a certified nurses aid certificate. Another program helps students get their licensed practical nurse degree six months after high school graduation.

Students touring auto mechanics got to see the insides of classic Ford Thunderbirds or Chevy Camaros.

Checotah sophomore Adam Nail said he was interested in auto mechanics.

“It looks like you get to work on a lot of vehicles,” Adam said. “You can fix your own car and not have to pay anyone else to fix your car.”

Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or cspaulding@muskogee