Students Gain Experiences at WITC Career Day

November 10, 2017 07:37 AM

Saving a life can be a rewarding volunteer opportunity, or a career. Those were options laid out during the EMS portion of Career Day at WITC. Joe Belany, a firefighter from Ashland, lead the discussion. He told high school students that there's a shortage of EMTs in Wisconsin.

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Then he gave them a chance to try CPR and other medical practices.

"I had a splint put on my arm. Then I tried CPR, and putting tubes down a throat to help a person breathe. It was really interesting," Cassidy Pooler said. She's an 11th grader at Northwestern High School in Maple.

Other sections included Criminal Justice, where kids had the chance to try on handcuffs or be belted into the restraint chair. They also had a short lesson on self-defense.

WITC students do some of the teaching, along with the instructors. John Palmer is a welding instructor. He has been at the school for nearly 20 years. He told us being a good welder is important. But more critical, is building a good employee. "You can also refine the welding skills. But can you show up on time? Can you work with others? Can you respect tools and equipment? Those are things that employers think are critical." So Palmer incorporates much of that into their curriculum.

12 schools participated in Career Day, and about 450 kids signed up.



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