About 23 students in the occupational therapy assistant program recently shared ergonomic recommendations with GRCC dental students.
“To apply information about ergonomic interventions learned in class, the OTA students observed the dental students at work in the dental clinic,” said Lynda Jansen, of Workforce Development. “The OTA students hoped to provide some valuable instruction to help the dental students prevent work-related injuries throughout their careers.”
Christine Dobberstein, a faculty member with the dental program, said her students learned a lot in last week’s presentation.
“They did a fantastic job of gathering pertinent information for our students,” she said. “Our students recognized many of the risk factors the OTA group outlined and have set some personal goals around the recommendations.”
Both Dobberstein and Jansen said they hope to continue the collaboration between their departments.
Please welcome, Claudia “Claud” Galvez, Dental, Rad Tech, and OTA Educational Support Professional. Claud has worked for Michigan Works! for 10 years as a full time staff and 3 years as a temporary. She is currently taking classes to get a general degree and will transfer to Ferris to get a bachelor in Computers. She has one son whose name is Anthony Galvez and is 15 years old. Claud currently plays on 4 different teams for softball during the week. She loves sports, but most of all she loves GRCC. After leaving for a short period of time she cannot see herself working with any other company or institution.
SARANAC, Mich. (WOOD) — Police and family members Thursday looked for an 18-year-old who was 8 months pregnant with her first child after her 25-year-old boyfriend’s body was found.
…Oppenneer was a father of two other young children and a graduate of West Catholic High School in Grand Rapids. According to his Facebook page, he went to Grand Rapids Community College and Alma College and was a sander at Grand Rapids Carvers.
Five contestants participated in the 2014 Queen’s Contest, and each showcased their love of and history with the Ionia Free Fair. After an evening of interviews, Kelbie Stout of Ionia was named the 2014 Ionia Free Fair Queen.
…Allen graduated from Ionia High School and plans to study pediatric occupational therapy at Grand Rapids Community College.
The fourth and fifth floors of Cook are being completely renovated, and the project is nearing completion! Furniture and equipment installation is scheduled for August 5 through 14, with finishing touches scheduled for the week of August 19. These floors will both be complete for the start of the fall semester!
The fourth floor will now support Nursing, the Occupational Therapy Assistant program and Workforce Training instruction with new bed labs, general-purpose learning environments and a state-of-the-art simulation lab. The Health Sciences Resources and Tutoring lab will be located on this floor, with expanded computer resources and study spaces for student use. There is also a secure room for breast feeding activities on the fourth floor available to GRCC students and employees.
The fifth floor will have 12 general-purpose classrooms and several smaller study spaces and breakout rooms for small group use. The Reading, Writing and Language Arts Tutoring Lab will also be located on this floor, with expanded computer lab services for individuals and entire classes. Two new computer labs have been added!
Both floors will now have a business center, providing faculty with access to computers, phone and printing resources close to classrooms!
Restroom facilities on both floors have been completely renovated as well.
Karen Walker from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program with her husband Terry joined other kayaker to attempt to paddle into the Guiness Book of World Records to make the world’s largest flotilla. The event was on September 1st at Suttons Bay, Michigan. The final count was 1,750 which fell short of the record 1,902 set in Inlet, New York last fall. The event was a fund raiser for the Suttons Bay school district. Attached is the aerial picture of the flotilla. Where’s Walker?
The GRCC OAT program hosted a Student Symposium for the Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant students from GVSU, Baker College and the GRCC on November 5, 2010. The symposium provided continuing educational opportunities for the students in areas of Occupational Therapy practice. Occupational Therapy professionals presented on topics such as; treatment of low vision, neonatal care, driver’s rehabilitation and sensory processing for children. This activity also gave the students an opportunity to network with peers from other colleges.
The GRCC Occupational Therapy Assistant Program hosted a seminar on Friday, July 16th on Functional Cognition. The presenters were Pat Jakubiec, OTR/L and Jennifer Friesema, COTA/L, a GRCC OTA graduate.This presentation was designed for Occupational Therapists who work with clients with dementia and psychiatric disabilities. The seminar topics included assessments for clients with cognitive impairments, identifying their behaviors and therapeutic interventions. The participants received practical examples and application for practice.
GRCC’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program (OTA) hosted a conference on October 2, 2009 on Specialty Products for Home Accessibility and Independence. Airway Oxygen, Inc. sponsored the conference featuring Scott Anderle, PT from Specialized Home Design. Continue reading →
The Grand Rapids Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant students participated in a ramp building activity through Home Repair Services on Saturday September 12, 2009. These ramps are attached to homes for wheelchair-bound residents. The Home Repair Services constructed 12 ramps for recipients who have disabilities such as diabetes, fractures and fibromyalgia. They are referred to Home Repair Services through agencies such as Disability Advocates, Visiting Nurses Association and rehabilitation hospitals.
Ramp building is beneficial to the Occupational Therapy Assistant students to prepare them for their future careers by developing skills in evaluations, home modification and assisting the homebound residents in gaining access to their community. Ann Pedersen, a GRCC student, coordinated this activity and was joined by Norma Herrera, Amy Hawke, Debra Grubaugh and Nichole Merren.