Community College receives “part body, part computer” technology

By Jenna Tidey

Like several other community colleges in Michigan, Kirtland Community College is benefiting from the Community College Skilled Trades Equipment Program (CCSTEP). KCC received a $2.6 million CCSTEP grant and used the money for a variety of programs including electrical, HVAC, machining, mechatronics, welding, health care, automotive technology and criminal justice programs.

L to R: CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. Steve Arwood, Gov. Rick Snyder, a Kirtland professor, and Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh.

On Wednesday, Gov. Snyder visited the Kirtland Regional Health Sciences Center to view a state-of-the-art simulation trainer specifically for nursing students. The college calls the Anatomage Table “part body, part computer,” because of its ability to realistically resemble a patient. The digital table shows a virtual body and instructors can program the table to have different health issues. Students can examine the “patient” and come up with a diagnosis. Kirtland was the first college in Michigan to obtain this cutting-edge technology. Check out more about the Anatomage Table at Kirtland.

Gov. Snyder with the cardiac sonography instructor and Pumpkin.

Also in the Regional Health Sciences Center, a cardiac sonograpy unit prepares students for careers in identifying life-threatening issues of the heart. While local residents often volunteer in the center, the most popular patient is Pumpkin, who commands Milk-Bones for his participation in cardio thoracic research.

The CCSTEP investments — one of the largest of its kind in the country — are preparing our top-notch community colleges for the future by teaching students and adults looking for new opportunities the skills sought by companies looking to grow and expand, creating more and better jobs in Michigan.

Gov. Snyder has positioned Michigan to become a national leader in developing talent. He has toured community colleges across the state to see how they have benefited from CCSTEP equipment. Michigan’s skilled trade industry is growing, and providing our residents with the skills they need for a successful career will ensure we adequately prepare our workforce for the jobs available today and tomorrow.