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Teddy Bear Triage

If you can't stand the sight of stuffed animal blood, this might not be the blog post for you.

But assuming you're still reading, give it up for one of the most creative approaches to teaching you'll find in a modern day classroom - one that our brilliant nursing faculty pulled off with an army of capable, eager, and talented students from our nursing program - the Mass Casualty Teddy Bear Triage Simulation!

Here's the scene - there was an explosion in one of our teaching classrooms in the Talbot Building on Middle Street, and there were multiple victims. These pics tell the tale of the destructive impact of the explosion.  As you can see, there's bodies everywhere!

Luckily, and thankfully, all of the "victims" in this training exercise were stuffed animals, ranging from teddy bears to Mickey Mouse to minions and beyond!

"This type of teaching opportunity helps us engage our students in a way that presents a theoretical, academic discussion of disaster preparedness, using a hands-on, low impact simulated learning drill," said Professor Susan Lavallee.

Lavallee oversaw the exercise, along with fellow nursing faculty Ann McDonough, Alison Lawrence, Mary Rohnstock, and from Framingham State University, Katie Kurland.

When the students entered the classroom, they found victims scattered throughout the rooms.

Some of the learning outcomes of the exercise included using respiration and mental status checks to assess and treat injured victims, quickly categorizing and treating the injured, ensuring efforts did the most good for the greatest number of victims, communicating effectively to patients, families and the health care team and developing an emergency response plan.

After the event, all of the students gathered to debrief and discuss what they learned during the drill.  Trust us - the exercise might have knocked the stuffing out of some of the victims, but our students were  pros.  They treated the event seriously, and immersed themselves in the learning environment.

Take a peek at the gallery of our awesome students putting their skills to use, and give a big teddy bear hug to the faculty who pulled the event off to help teach our students! 

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Posted: Thursday, December 14, 2017 2:39 PM by MCC Blog Admin | 0 Comments
SUGA in the Spotlight

The holidays bring great memories and experiences for all, and here on the MCC campuses, it's also an opportunity for one of our favorite networking moments of the year, when the inspirational leaders from our Student Union Government Association (SUGA) break bread with our MCC Board of Trustees at the trustees' annual holiday dinner at the historic Nesmith House. 

After the board of trustees conducted the business portion of its agenda, they opened up the floor for SUGA leadership to step up and detail their personal MCC stories.  And SUGA did not disappoint.

Each student talked about their course of study, their future plans, and in many cases, the roads they traveled that brought them to either of MCC's Bedford or Lowell campuses.

For many of the students, MCC provided an opportunity for them to reinvent themselves after a high school experience that for some, didn't provide them with the personal growth opportunities they were looking for.

From business majors, to environmentalists, to actors, to political interests, the students ran the gamut with their future goals.  And judging from the responses they got in the face-to-face conversations over dinner that they had with trustees, their stories resonated and helped remind not just the trustees, but the MCC administrators in attendance, of the good work that gets done at MCC helping students succeed all year 'round.

Nicely done, SUGA!

And while we're at it, a big thank you to the current slate of Trustees who serve our campuses, and thank you for engaging our student leaders and helping propel them forward on their career paths!

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Posted: Friday, December 08, 2017 2:10 PM by MCC Blog Admin | 0 Comments
Featuring the First Lady

Massachusetts First Lady Lauren Baker visited the college's Lowell campus this week, and spent nearly two hours chatting with student leaders about getting involved with their communities, entrepreneurship, and leadership development skills.

The visit emanated from a Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce dinner that two students from the Paul Sullivan Leadership Institute attended with college administrators.  The students - Eno Adoghe and Gillian Nsuh, both of Lowell, listened intently as Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker spoke to the roomful of business leaders.  But it was when Baker's wife, Lauren, spoke about engagement work that she does with a Massachusetts non-profit - the Wonderfund - that the two students really got animated.

They asked if they could chat personally with Mrs. Baker, and did so backstage, but the conversation had to be abbreviated because of time constraints.  Mrs. Baker promised to follow up, and sure enough, with an official invite from MCC, came to campus this week to continue the dialogue with a larger audience.


MCC student stars from the Student Union Government Association (SUGA), the Leadership in Action class, the Entrepreneur Club, the Women's Leadership Club, and the Asian Connections program joined fellow classmates for the back-and-forth question session.


Mrs. Baker challenged the students to take risks and not be afraid to change course and try something different if an initial plan of study or employment takes an unexpected detour.

The First Lady also invited all of the students to explore internship opportunities with the administrative program of their interested area of study at the Massachusetts State House.

As always, our students are our best ambassadors, and did us proud once again in an engaging, informative, and hopefully education dialogue with the First Lady of Massachusetts government!


A special shoutout to Eno and Gillian for daring to take that first step and ask the questions to help broaden their own horizons!

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Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017 12:00 PM by MCC Blog Admin | 0 Comments