The students from the GA Learning Center got a pleasant surprise when they arrived for their tour of the WCA laboratories. Michele G. Harms, program director of the School of Medical Technology at WCA Hospital, gathered the students and explained the guidelines of the lab tour. Harms then invited them into the student lab where the college program participants had set up different research stations for the students to explore.
The stations included histology, cytology and microbiology as well as general microscope basics. The program students were welcoming and knowledgeable. They provided a group of high school students that were struggling to understand the importance of science, with real life applications of the exact techniques they are using in the living environment lab at the Learning Center.
Emily Diamond, biology/living environment teacher, and aide Kelly Swanson and their students would like to express their gratitude to Michele Harms, Lynn Silk, the students and staff of the lab for a wonderful educational experience.
Top two photos show students working on analyzing of urinalysis and diabetes, fake urine samples. Their station instructor was Danielle Budzinski. Pictured above, students work on parasitology and Histology: Parasites (Ascaris worm and eggs, bed bugs, lice), gall stones, tissue samples (ovary, uterus, knee bones, gall bladder) Station instructors were Paul Kuznik, left and Noah Allen, right.