Vital Signs Workshop at Mitchell High

Mitchell High School Career and Technical Education Department strives to offer innovative instruction for the CTE students at Mitchell High School.  In order to give Mitchell High CTE students a variety of opportunites our program works with various groups in the community.  This year the CTE Department is working with MEHEC to provide SOAR professional development sessions and after school workshops for students at Mitchell. 
One such event was held on Monday, November 27th that allowed Career and Technical Education Health Science students the opportunity to take part in an after school Basic Vital Sign's Workshop through MAHEC.  The basic vital signs workshop teaches students the importance of the major vitals signs, how to find/take them, and also why they are important. This workshop was half lecture and half hands-on, where students were taught not only how to take vitals but why vitals are taken, and how they can help you quickly diagnosis an underlying problem. These fundamental vital signs are key building blocks for anyone who is interested in pursing a career in the medical field whether they are interested in becoming a CNA, or a Family Medicine Physician.

The Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) was established in 1974 and is a leader in healthcare, education and innovation.  Located in Asheville, MAHEC serves a 16-county region in Western North Carolina the largest Area Health Education Center in North Carolina, has evolved to address national and state concerns with the supply, retention and quality of health professionals. New this year MAHEC has started workshop programs in four counties (Yancey, Mitchell, McDowell, and Madison) to help boost pipeline efforts in rural Western North Carolina. These workshops are a mix of professional development courses, along with hands on medical courses that are being held at each of the high schools. The workshops were carefully selected by MAHEC staff after holding various meetings with school representative in each of the four counties. MAHEC wants to help rural students “beef up” their resume’s and also skill sets to be more competitive when applying to medical school as identified by UNC school of medicine’s rural advisory board. Plans are in the works to expand the pipeline programs to two more counties starting in the Spring 2018 semester, with hopes of eventually being able to serve all 16 rural counties inside of MAHEC’s service area. For more information about the rural pipeline programming please contact Bryan McClure ( .

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