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Martin Middle School Students Get a First-Hand Look at the Engineering and Nursing Programs at the Island University

November 20, 2013

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Local Corpus Christi students from Martin Middle School were given a first-hand look into college life with the help of students representing the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CONHS) and the College of Science and Engineering (COSE) on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

This is the third year Martin Middle School students have visited the University, this time with 50 prospective students. Students from the CONHS offered tours of the six nursing labs in Island Hall and demonstrated hands-on interactive activities such as monitoring heart rates and caring for intensive care unit (ICU) patients.

“The lab tours provide an opportunity for middle and high school students to learn about the nursing profession, utilize our state-of-the-art nursing labs for hands-on activities, and consider their future higher education plans,” said Johanna Garcia DuBose, CAREER Program Coordinator. “Additionally, Student Nurses Association volunteers who assist with the lab tours gain leadership and teaching experience as they walk the students through the correct procedure for IV insertion or demonstrate how to take blood pressure.”

During the morning portion, the students attended a presentation by Engineering Education Program Coordinator, Korinne Caruso, and toured the Engineering labs.

“This tour is for the younger members in the community,” said Caruso. “We want them to know what the University’s programs have to offer.”

Martin Middle School is one of many schools across the nation that is part of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), which is a program that helps low- income students prepare for college. 

The main purpose of the tour was to promote college education and recruit future nursing and engineering students from Martin Middle School. As a Hispanic Serving Institution, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi aims to close educational gaps, especially in the local area.

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