Career and technology center open house

Northumberland County Career and Technology Center students Donovan Beaver, left, Andrew Druckenmiller and Kaitlyn Merlino simulate CPR on a mannequin during the an open house Wednesday. Students enrolled in the school’s nine programs held demonstrations throughout the day.

COAL TOWNSHIP — Students enrolled at the Northumberland County Career and Technology Center held live demonstrations during an open house Wednesday.

Preparing food, painting visitors’ nails and simulating CPR on a mannequin were among the many skills conducted by students from Shamokin Area, Mount Carmel Area, Line Mountain and Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School during the event, which was held noon to 7 p.m. In addition to watching the demonstrations, the public was also welcome to view labs and speak to instructors.

Dr. James Catino, administrative director, said the format was changed from previous open houses that ran from 6 to 8 p.m. to allow people who work second shift the opportunity to attend and to allow for the demonstrations. The change seemed to work, he said, with visitors arriving as early as 11:45 a.m.

Catino said of the annual open house, “It allows the parents and guardians of current students to visit, and talk to teachers and see the labs and (students’) work. It also allows an opportunity for future students to come and visit and get an idea for what they might want to do in the future.”

Overall, approximately 200 students are enrolled in either construction trades, welding, collision repair, automotive technology, occupational child care, culinary arts, cosmetology, health occupations or protective services.

Donovan Beaver, Andrew Druckenmiller and Kaitlyn Merlino were among several students enrolled in protective services to demonstrate treatment of a victim having a medical emergency. In one scenario, instructor Matthew Dunn told the students that a person, or a mannequin in this case, was in cardiac arrest.

Visitors watched the students perform CPR, place the “victim” on a stretcher and transport the victim to a neighboring classroom. In another incident, a fellow student played an aggravated person who was not feeling well.

Dunn said the program offers entry-level training in law enforcement, such as use of force and how to use restraints, and basic life support (BLS) designed for students who are interested in entering the medical field.

“A handful of students are interested in becoming an EMT,” Dunn said. “Some students involved in the program are also interested in seeking a criminal justice degree.”

He noted that several graduates of the program are now using their skills while working at the Norhumberland County Jail.

Catino said the center continues to be an asset to local school districts, adding that it gives the students an opportunity to shine.

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