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