TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (December 17, 2010) --
The season of giving is upon us, yet for Tallahassee Community College’s health care students giving is a year-round tradition. Every semester, TCC students from a variety of health care disciplines use their skills to give back to the local community.
Throughout 2010, TCC’s nursing students participated in a variety of community service events. They raised money for the National Down Syndrome Society, Big Bend Cares and the American Heart Association. TCC nursing students volunteered with residents at Riverchase Care Center and Consulate Health Center. Students even used their training to provide health screenings at the Leon County Health Department.
TCC’s dental students used their skills to provide sealants to elementary students’ teeth for free at Shanks Middle School in Quincy. Their volunteer work was part of a program that targets schools where more than 90 percent of children qualify for free or reduced lunch, the same children who are at greatest risk for decay but have not had access to preventive treatment, such as dental sealants. TCC’s dental students also provided dental screenings for 20 children who attend a Greensboro childcare center serving migrant families, and participated in health fairs at Gadsden County schools and other community sites.
All of these contributions act not only as excellent hands-on experience for students, but also instill a sense of service in the future nurses, dental hygienists, paramedics, therapists and technicians of the Big Bend.
With 2010 coming to a close, TCC health care students are already looking ahead to 2011 for more opportunities to serve. Several nursing students are making arrangements with the Tallahassee-Haiti Medical Team to visit the disaster-torn nation during TCC’s spring break in March. Others are helping Haiti while staying in Tallahassee, gathering food and hygiene supplies to be sent to the island.
TCC students follow the example set by their committed and generous mentors. TCC’s Division of Health Care Professions is expanding to meet growing community needs, and as a show of support for TCC’s current and future students, all 26 full-time faculty and staff members of the division have contributed to the TCC Foundation’s Health Care Provision and Excellence Campaign. This campaign supports TCC’s expanding health care programs by seeking investments for facilities, state-of-the-art technology, student support services, scholarships and more. Those interested in supporting the TCC students and programs that give so much of their time and knowledge towards helping the community can contact Robin Johnston at (850) 201-8580 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the Health Care Provision and Excellence Campaign.