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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date May 18, 2007

Thirty students in the Paramedicine and Emergency Medical Services Programs at Brookhaven College participated in a vehicle extraction demonstration on May 15th and a trip to the Cadaver Lab at Parker College last week. Richard Campbell, EMS professor, and Dr. Roy Yamada led the students through several advanced paramedic skills in surgical-airway management, needle thoracostomy of the chest, and peripheral intraosseous needle placement of a cadaver. The lab opportunity allows for essential skills practice in preparation for treatment of real-life, critical pre-hospital patients. The vehicle extraction took place at the college with a CareFlite helicopter landing in the parking lot, long enough for a landing-zone class. The Farmers Branch Fire Department also supplied a fire engine, truck, ambulance, heavy rescue vehicle and battalion chief to demonstrate victim extrication techniques.

Brookhaven College was the host location for the Global Elementary Model United Nations (GEMUN) on May 11-12th. GEMUN has been working with youth in grades 4-8 for seventeen years and is one of only a few model UN experiences for elementary school aged children internationally. As many as 500 students, teachers, parents and observers attended the event that attracted schools from North Texas, around the state, and beyond state and national borders with involvement by schools in Mexico and Russia. Carrie Schweitzer, assistant to the president, worked with several college departments and work groups to prepare for the event, which filled more than 10 classrooms and space in the performance hall.

Ronnie Congleton, Texas Workforce Commissioner representing Labor, visited Brookhaven College May 17th to present a $272,196 check to Dr. Sharon L. Blackman, college president, for skills development at Source Inc. The corporation is one of the nation’s largest premier providers of network communication systems. In partnership with Brookhaven College, the grant is for training 205 employees at the Source’s Farmers Branch facility. Training will be provided for 16 new employees and 189 current employees ranging from accounting clerks, customer support specialists, managers, and technicians to engineers and warehouse staff. Training topics include sales, project management, CISCO certifications, ESOL, and quality assurance. Bob Phelps, Mayor of Farmers Branch, was also in attendance.

Three Brookhaven College representatives returned May 13th from Wuxi, Jiangsu, China, after a visit to Wuxi Automotive Engineering School to assess high schools seniors’ readiness to study in the college’s Automotive Technology Program. Marilyn Lynch, associate vice president for career program resources and new program development, Winifred Clarke, testing director, and Matthew Whitten, professor of automotive technology, identified prospective students who now can proceed with discussions with their parents and school officials about studying at Brookhaven College.





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