But thanks to the great people at Michigan Blood, the community at Career Quest Learning Centers did come together to pull off a successful blood drive last month. Both Mt. Pleasant and Bay City hosted the organization and just to make things a little more interesting, we even had a friendly competition. Who could enlist more donors from their school and the local community to this worthy cause? Halloween drum roll, please…
Bay City takes top honors!
“We had a fun event that was for a really important cause,” said Bay City Campus President Cassandra Ferrer. “A single unit of blood has the potential to save three lives so we advertised ‘come in and you could save a life.’ We had a good turnout and it went really well. Michigan Blood was so easy to work with.”
As head of the Bay City campus, Cassie says she wants to do community events to invite people to the campus so they can get to know their neighbors and also so Career Quest can give back. The blood drive was the first event she has hosted, and she said it was a natural fit. Medical Assistant and Phlebotomy students got to welcome donors and help out at the after-care table. They also had the opportunity to learn how proper blood draws are done in a donor setting and the challenges phlebotomists might face.
“We had a few fainting spells,” said Cassie. She also said that one of their donors was really afraid of needles, but she wanted to beat Mt. Pleasant so she rolled up her sleeve and took one for the team.
“Mt. Pleasant is our sister school so adding the friendly competition aspect made this even more interesting for the students and staff,” said Cassie.
According to Mt. Pleasant Campus President Shelby Dalgleish, her students were equally in it to win it. They were just two units shy of a tie. One student who wasn’t allowed to donate because of a recent tattoo felt badly but everyone understood the importance of the rules. The students also knew they wouldn’t be allowed to perform the actual blood draws, but they could ask questions! And they helped in other ways.
“Our Student Association brought in cookies and juice,” said Shelby. “They made sure everyone was settled in and comfortable too, and sat with them after they donated.”
Like Cassie, Shelby wants to have Career Quest give back to the community on a regular basis. She said working with Michigan Blood was an easy decision.
“Moving into October, Michigan Blood was only 70 percent to their blood donation goal, and every little bit helps,” said Shelby. “We were happy to help.”
If you’d like to learn what it takes to be a Medical Assistant or Phlebotomy Technician, check out all Career Quest Learning Centers has to offer. We have four Michigan campuses: Bay City, Mt. Pleasant, Lansing, and Jackson.