Peer Teaching Links Health Care and Construction Students at Clovis High – GV Wire

Green-shirted construction students in Jay Eichmann’s Career Technical Education class at Clovis High School listened attentively as turquoise-jacketed instructors taught them how to treat burns, bandage and break bones, and deal with other injuries Which may be on the job site.

They may even have been listening more attentively than usual, because their teachers were students of the same age – health care students who had come from Clovis East to do peer teaching.

Dr. Kelly Eichmann said she’s been bringing career technical education students into her husband’s class for a few years. This has a twofold benefit, says Eichmann, who was recently named one of Fresno County’s 2022 Educators of the Year. Construction class students get practical training in how to handle common first aid situations, and health care students reinforce their knowledge of first aid while teaching it.


Also in the school sector:

  • The longstanding parking woes of Fresno City College students are about to end.
  • Tech apprenticeships started for low-income community college students.
  • Kids in Madera County will stay a little warmer this winter.
  • Kudos to these award winners!

“It’s very different from teaching their peers who already know the material versus teaching a group that doesn’t know,” she said. “He’s already asked me some clarifying questions, he’s even made some adjustments to his presentation this morning. And what usually happens is we go back to class, we re-tool, what do we add What should we end up with? And then knowing our audience, so we try to create our productions that speak to that audience. That matter to them.

“Throughout the year, their presentation skills get better and better. And then when opportunities arise to do an event in the community, at a health fair or a hospital, they are more likely to step up because they feel confident.

Construction students learn about treating burns from a peer teacher. (GV Wire/Nancy Price)

And this confidence extends to students learning from peer teachers as well. Construction student Giovanna Ficke said she “certainly learned a lot” from how to use a defibrillator to restart someone’s heart.

“I definitely feel more comfortable that I can do that too, and if I go down then everyone around me in this class will be able to do it.”

Construction students learn to use a portable defibrillator from a health care student. (GV Wire/Nancy Price)

Ribbon cutting ceremony welcomes the opening of the new parking garage

The days of arriving extra early to secure a parking space on the Fresno City College campus or in surrounding areas may end with the opening of the college’s long-awaited parking structure.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the garage at 1525 E. Weldon Ave. near Blackstone Ave. on the east side of campus. Refreshments will be served, and guests are asked to register on Eventbrite to help the college know how many cookies to order.

College President Robert Pimentel acknowledged that lauding the opening of a parking garage is somewhat unusual: “While some may be pleased that we ‘celebrate’ the opening of this parking structure, we feel it is a great accomplishment.” Because we know how much it will contribute to our students’ success. Helping them find parking quickly won’t worry them about being late to class. The simple act of finding parking can help make the college experience less stressful. can make a big difference.

Construction of the five-level structure began in October 2020, and yes, it was delayed, postponing the completion of 864 much-needed parking stalls (there are an additional 125 stalls in an adjacent lot). Total Cost: $18.3 million. Who do we thank? District taxpayers whose property tax underwriting is Measure C, which was passed by voters in 2016 and which funded the project.

New parking garage at Fresno City College. (Photo/Fresno City College)

Bitwise joins college to launch Tech Apprenticeship

Bitwise Industries announced this month that it is partnering with Calbright College, California’s first statewide online community college focused on workforce development training, on an apprenticeship program to support low-income and other underrepresented students. who traditionally do not have access to such programs.

The year-long program will provide paid opportunities for training, education and employment in technical jobs such as Salesforce and information technology support.

Calbright will provide pre-apprenticeship training, and graduates will then go under the tutelage of Bitwise senior-level developers who will guide them into real work projects.

“This partnership aligns with our mission to provide a pathway to high-paying, high-growth quality tech jobs through training for in-demand skills,” said Michelle Schor, Chief Workforce Officer, Bitwise Industries. “This type of collaboration is an example of how organizations across sectors can invest directly to create a diverse and equitable workforce that includes underserved individuals.”

Madera students receive new sweaters

Madera Unified recently gave 500 sweaters to students at Nishimoto Elementary School thanks to a gift from Madera Unified alum Ahmed “Mike” Almari, now president of Pacific Farm Management and Cal-Pacific Supply Inc.

Madera Grown-Up Wardrobe gave 500 jackets to Madera Integrated students last year.

“Receiving a donation like this is of great benefit to the families we serve. The percentage of students living below the poverty level in our district is higher than the percentage in California overall,” said Elia Medina, director of the Madera Unified Community Services and Parent Resource Center. “Therefore, a donation to our community is more than a simple donation. Beyond that – they make a real difference in our families.”

Congratulations to these award winners

  • Alisha Curtis Honored as the 2022 Collegiate New Face of Civil Engineering by the American Society of Civil Engineers. New Faces of Civil Engineering highlights 10 up-and-coming civil engineering leaders from across the country and celebrates their academic achievements and commitment to serving others. Curtis, the only woman in her graduating class at Visalia’s College of the Sequoias to earn an engineering degree, will transfer to Fresno State in 2021 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a minor in construction management from Lyles College of Engineering to be done. “It’s probably the biggest recognition I’ve ever received,” Curtis said. “Many times during my academic career I have been the only woman in a room full of men, so receiving this honor confirms that I have chosen the right path.”
  • The Office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools has won two excellence awards for its Fresno Rural Teacher Residency Program – California School Boards Association Golden Bell Award and Apple for Excellence Award. The goal of Fresno County’s program, which is a model for the state, is to recruit, retain and support a teacher workforce that reflects community demographics in the respective geographic areas within Fresno County. In its first year, Rural Residency recruited 19 residents, 80% of whom self-identified as Latino and 60% identified as from the rural community. Upon successful completion of the program, 74% of rural district residences were rented by partners and neighboring rural districts.
  • Fresno State’s College of Health and Human Services celebrated 10 individuals — all Fresno State alumni — for their contributions to the community during the 12th annual Health and Human Services Hero Awards on Nov. 17. are award winners Steve Aoki, director of event services at Save Mart Center; Fresno Police Department Chaplain thomas broach, interpreter Nikki Chancewho helped head Fresno State’s Interpreting Degree Program; carol johnsonFormer Licensed Clinical Social Worker for Mariposa County and the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla; Connie NegreteSanger Integrated Physical Education Teacher and Athletic Director; Wendy Osifakochild welfare worker; Joe Pradoassistant director of the Fresno County Department of Public Health; Chris RamirezPediatric Physical Therapists at Exceptional Parents Unlimited; retired athletic trainer Russ Richardson, And robin woodHealth Program Manager for the Valuable Trust of California.

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