Celebrating 5 Years of Partnership with Peoria MET Academy

This month, WCUI is celebrating 5 years of a wonderful partnership with Peoria MET Academy! Five years ago, Peoria MET brought their first class of medical students to WCUI’s original WCUI Phoenix campus to take a tour of our medical imaging labs. Since then, WCUI has hosted field trips for Peoria MET’s medical students to visit our campus. During the visits, students tour our labs and get a first-hand experience of what it takes to become a sonographer, MRI technologist, and nurse.

Our Partnership 

Throughout the years, WCUI has donated ultrasound machines to Peoria MET. The ultrasound machines allow their class of over 50 medical students a chance to learn the basics of ultrasound while completing their high school education. By receiving this hands-on experience, Peoria students are able to discover all aspects of the medical field including the exciting field of medical imaging!

During our five-year partnership, WCUI has provided student volunteers to help train Peoria’s students and sometimes their other faculty members on the donated ultrasound machines, sharing the amazing feat of seeing with sound.

In February 2021, WCUI donated four ultrasound machines to Peoria MET

New Donations & A Tour of the New Campus

In February 2021, we had the opportunity to donate four more ultrasound machines to continue to support Peoria MET programs. After a year of canceled field trips, Peoria MET’s Medical Strand Instructor, Kathy Kasney, and two MET students took a tour of the brand new Phoenix campus.

During their visit, Kathy and her students presented the WCUI Phoenix campus with a signed poster and student-made, machine etched tokens of appreciation featuring their logo and ours. A wonderful heartfelt gesture that symbolizes our collaboration with them over the years.

Kathy and her students were able to learn more about our new Practical Nursing program and meet with our Director of Practical Nursing Catherine Jagos. Catherine invited Kathy and her students to practice a few nursing skills in our brand new nursing simulation lab!

We are thrilled to continue this partnership with Peoria MET. Together we help their students gain knowledge and skills to pursue their goals of becoming our future healthcare professionals.

About Peoria MET

Peoria MET is a local Arizona Profesional Academy whose programs allow students to realize their strengths and passions by exploring potential science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM) professions. The MET Professional Academy is designed to motivate students by treating them as working professionals. The programs prepare them for post-secondary education and careers in high-demand STEM fields. You can learn more about Peoria MET by visiting their website (www.peoriaunified.org/MET) and following them on Facebook (@PeoriaMET)and Instagram (@peoriaunifiedmet).

Earlier this year, the WCUI Smith Library was 1 of only 50 institutions around the country chosen to participate in the ‘Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters’ grant. The Lift Every Voice grant is a national public humanities program dedicated to enhancing appreciation of the extraordinary range and richness of the 250-year-long African American poetic tradition. The focus is to provide a voice and discover what African American poetry can tell us about American history, our national identity, and how we can build on the work of earlier generations to improve our world today. Representing Los Angeles, WCUI joins New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, and public institutions around the country in offering two free public events. 

The first of the two sponsored events will be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, from 1:30 – 3:00 pm PST, in a live Zoom webinar. In part one, spoken artist, Michael D. McCarty will guide a 1.5-hour reading and discussion “Ode to Herb Kent” (2015) written by poet and R&B singer Jamila Woods. The poem reflects on Herb Kent, “the longest-running DJ in the history of radio” and is set in Chicago where our webinar speaker, Mr. McCarty, was born and raised. Register today join! 

Register here and join us on Wednesday, October 21st at 1:30 pm PST: https://wcui.zoom.us/webinar/register/5015984792590/WN_rcJ9OFd1Ssyul1Mb9XNc6Q 

The Lift Every Voice program will stimulate discussion about family and community service to stress the importance of volunteering in communities and its subsequent benefits. The event is complimentary and open to the public and all WCUI campuses, students, staff, faculty, and friends so please feel free to share with others who may be interested!

 

Meet the Speaker: Michael D. McCarty

Michael McCarty

Michael D. McCarty has been telling stories for almost three decades. Michael’s multicultural stories reveal the struggles, joys, triumphs, and beauty of African and African-American history and culture, urban legends, international folk tales, historical tales, stories of science, spiritual stories, and stories of the brilliant and absolutely stupid things he has done in his life, in order to inform, educate, inspire and amuse communities at schools, libraries, and prisons. We are thrilled to have him lead this program alongside the WCUI Smith Library and hope to see you there! 

This program is part of Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters, a national public humanities initiative of Library of America presented in partnership with The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Emerson Collective

 

To learn more about the Lift Every Voice programs visit: https://www.africanamericanpoetry.org/ 

 Stay tuned for information about Part Two of the Lift Every Voice program at WCUI on Wednesday, November 18th! For questions about the event, please email cat.herzon@wcui.edu 

 

This year, the CDC is recommending everyone receive the flu shot this flu season​. The vaccine will help protect yourself and the people around you from the  flu. In addition, the flu shot can help reduce the impact on healthcare systems currently fighting to protect our communities from COVID-19. Call your healthcare provider or connect with your local pharmacy today to learn more about the flu shot and schedule an appointment before the flu season is upon us!

Where Can I Get a Flu Shot?

In addition to connecting with your healthcare provider, you can use the below resources to find a clinic and schedule a flu shot. Most insurance companies will cover the cost of the flu shot, but there are low-cost options for those without healthcare insurance:

Why Should I Get A Flu Shot?

Flu shots can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu.  In addition, the vaccine can help protect others in your community who are at higher risk to have flu-related hospitalizations and deaths. With the current pandemic still underway, it’s important to reduce the number of respiratory illnesses, like the flu from spreading throughout your community and potentially threatening the health of yourself and others.

Who Can Get a Flu Shot?

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu shot every flu season with rare exceptions. More information on who should and who should not get a flu vaccine is available on the CDC website.

When Should I Get My Flu Shot?

The CDC recommends getting your flu shot before flu viruses begin spreading in your community. This is because it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu. Be sure to make plans to get vaccinated early in fall, before flu season begins. In fact, this year, the CDC recommends getting your flu shot by September or October to provide the best protection at the start of the flu season.

For the most up-to-date information or questions about the flu vaccine, please visit the CDC website and talk with your healthcare provider.

On Monday, June 1, 2020, WCUI released this statement to our students, staff, and faculty:

Dear WCUI Students,   

We are deeply appreciative of all members of the WCUI community and we believe that WCUI, as a community of Students, Staff, and Faculty, has an obligation to work to end social injustice and systemic racism. The losses of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and too many others to violence driven by hate and prejudice affirm our responsibility to work together to create a society where discrimination and racism are no longer tolerated.   

WCUI has structured a continual donation to Color of Change, which leads campaigns to fight for racial justice and build strength for Black communities. Racial injustice must be our focus not only in times of civil unrest but also in times when injustice may go unnoticed. WCUI is committed to driving change in our communities and working to end unequal justice and systemic racism. As always, we are open to your feedback on how we can do better as a school on these issues, please use Text-the-Top for your thoughts, concerns, or suggestions.  

The safety of our students, staff, faculty, and surrounding communities have always been a top priority at WCUI, this is why our campuses are closed today and likely tomorrow. We will monitor the situation on a day-to-day basis. For MRI and Nursing, please wait to hear from your instructor or Program Director.    

We encourage everyone to speak out, reject hatred, share peace, and always be safe. If you have any concerns, our Student Advocates and the WCUI team are here to support you and listen. Please connect with us by emailing your students advocate at:  

Mental Health Resources:  

  • https://www.crisistextline.org/  Text HOME to (741741) from anywhere in the United States, anytime. Crisis Text Line is here for any crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.  
  • California Peer-Run Warm Line – https://www.mentalhealthsf.org/peer-run-warmline/   

 Thank you WCUI, we appreciate everything you do. Please join us as we continue to get better and promote positive change. 

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