GEMS students to learn about technical fields and nursing during WVU Parkersburg visit

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Parkersburg, W.Va. 4/11/12 – GEMS (Girls Enriched by Mentoring and Shadowing) students from area middle schools will visit West Virginia University at Parkersburg on Friday to experience demonstrations from faculty members in the college’s 3-D modeling, criminal justice and nursing programs. Following the programs, students will enjoy a luncheon where they can ask questions about the college and its programs. The visit will be April 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Presentations include:

3-D Modeling with Eric Underwood – The college’s new 3-D modeling and simulation design program offers a high quality and diversified curriculum that prepares students for work in the fields of engineering, simulation software design, architecture and graphic design. Underwood will demonstrate 3-D software and equipment.
Criminal Justice Lab with Louis Roy – The criminal justice demonstration will display fumigation fingerprinting and presumptive blood tests. Roy will show the modern ways that fingerprints are lifted off surfaces. Students will also learn new ways to determine if crime scene substances are blood.
Nursing Simulations/iStan with Debbie Murphy – WVU Parkersburg’s associate of applied science in nursing is designed to guide qualified students through structured learning experiences in laboratory and healthcare settings to meet the requirements for licensure as registered nurses. Simulation is a significant part of the program that enhances critical thinking, problem-solving and application of theory to practice in an environment that is safe. Students will interact with a patient simulator and observe a simulation in action. They will also visit the surgical technology and pharmacy technician labs.
The GEMS project is for young women in grades 7 – 8 in Wood County Schools who have been nominated by their guidance counselors to participate in this special program. Last year, approximately 30 young women attended the GEMS session at WVU Parkersburg. The GEMS project is sponsored by the Altrusa Club in Parkersburg and is designed to acquaint young women to careers and to college.

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