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).

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. 

Dear WCUI Community:  

We have created a Coronavirus web page for all our web sites: wcui.edu/coronavirus and we will be updating this page as we receive new information.  

We encourage WCUI students, faculty and staff to check this page routinely for updates.  

As the coronavirus has begun to make a presence in the US, we want to provide some education on the virus and the best means of protection. At WCUI, the health and safety of our students, staff, faculty, and community is crucial and we are monitoring the coronavirus situation carefully. New information about the coronavirus is being updated daily and sometimes hourly on the CDC website. For the most up to date news on the situation please visit: CDC Website

What is the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

COVID-19, more commonly known as the coronavirus, is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an outbreak investigation in Wuhan, China. Similar to influenza, the people who are most likely to have severe disease and complications from COVID-19 are older individuals (>60 years old) and those with other medical conditions like heart and lung disease or diabetes. 81% of people diagnosed with COVID-19 in China had mild disease, including most children. 

What are the symptoms?

Current symptoms reported for patients with coronavirus have included mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing/Shortness of breath.

Many patients with severe complications from the virus have developed pneumonia in both lungs.

How Does it Spread?

According to the CDC, person-to-person is the most common way the coronavirus spreads, similar to a cold or the flu. This can happen:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • People are thought to be most contagious when they present the most symptoms or are the sickest. 
  • Some spread of the virus might be possible before a person has symptoms; there have been reports of this with COVID-19, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. 
  • It may be possible that a person to contract the disease by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is also not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How do I protect myself from COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

Healthy Hygiene wash your hands Healthy Hygiene use alcohol based hand sanitizer Healthy Hygiene- If you feel ill stay home Healthy Hygiene- cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue 

  • Wash your hands OFTEN with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

    • Especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. To make sure you are washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, sing the ABC’s slowly!
  • If you are not able to wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol until soap and water are available to wash your hands.

    • Check the label on the back of your hand sanitizer and make sure there is at least 60% alcohol in the ingredients.
    • Make sure to rub the hand sanitizer into your hands for 20 seconds until it is absorbed and dry.
  • STAY HOME if you feel sick! Do NOT go to work or to class!

    • If you become ill, notify your instructor or Campus Director and contact your healthcare provider for instructions on medical care.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay at least 3-6 feet away from anyone showing signs of illness.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue and immediately throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Travel

We recommend that WCUI students, faculty and staff refrain from non-essential travel, including business or personal, to international and local areas which the CDC has determined to have experienced a “widespread sustained(ongoing) and sustained(ongoing) community transmission” of the COVID-19. If you travel to an area that had previously or during the course of your travels becomes an area of widespread sustained or sustained community transmission, you will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days following your return home by WCUI. For a list of countries with travel advisories, visit travel.state.gov and the CDC website.

Students who self-quarantine as a result of travel to impacted countries will be excused from classes during this period. However, as WCUI School of Medical Imaging and Nursing remains operating as normal, these students will be expected to complete their coursework upon their return. 

Students who have or are going to travel must contact your Campus Director:

Your Health Is a Priority!

We want to make sure everyone at WCUI is healthy and safe. Since we are also in peak flu season it is important to take precautions and take care of your hygiene and health. Wash your hands with soap and water frequently, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and STAY HOME if you feel ill. If you become sick, contact your healthcare provider before going to the hospital/clinic and discuss your symptoms. It is crucial to take care of yourself or you could risk worsening your symptoms or infecting others with the flu and other respiratory illnesses. If you have any questions about missing classes or labs due to illness, please contact your instructor or your Campus Director. 

 

For more resources about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and protecting your health and those around you, please visit:

The World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Helpful documents and videos: 

What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

World Health Organization (WHO) – What is Coronavirus Video

CDC Handwashing Video

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