Crowder GEAR UP students tour Platt College


WILBURTON, OK (April 22, 2016) – Crowder GEAR UP students boarded a school bus very early recently to travel to Tulsa and tour Platt College. Students were met by Platt College High School Relations and Tour Coordinator Dawn Bonebrake. She led the students interested in medical degrees to the medical center. Culinary Arts Lead Instructor Lead Jeff Howard met the group and led them to view the features of the Culinary Arts program.

Students were amazed as they watched Platt students preparing to be chefs. They were learning some international cuisine terms such as” Garde manger,” a cool, well–ventilated area where cold dishes are prepared and other foods are stored under refrigeration. The Culinary Arts program is 18 months long and includes many areas of study. Students are trained on international menus, dishes, restaurant finances, vocabulary, and a wide variety of pastry skills. Crowder students were allowed to go into the kitchen where the future chefs were learning to preserve the prepared meats in their own fat, thus sealing off the oxygen. The term for this is “Confit,” which means, “to preserve", according to Chef Howard.

Platt’s Director of Nursing Gaye Pierce guided students through the Platt Medical Center. Students were taken into the area of instruction known as the trauma room. As students examined the many mechanical mannequins, Pierce explained some of the devices used by students. GEAR UP students learned about CPR certification as well as a device called an external defibrillator, or A.E.D. The portable device checks the heart rhythm and can deliver an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. Students were amazed at the obstetric mannequin used to train future pediatric and obstetric nurses. The mannequin is detailed with a fetus and all of the female structures.

Students proceeded down the hall to learn about the Pharmacy Technician certificate offered by Platt College. The Pharmacy Tech Chief Instructor Laura Richey had some of her students speak to the GEAR UP group. The Platt students were friendly and provided valuable information as they listed many advantages of the Platt program, including job externship and placement.

GEAR UP students reunited at the Culinary Center near the restaurant. A fine dining experience of internationally–influenced gourmet food at a fraction of the cost of other five star restaurants, called “Foundations,” was explained to the students. The upper–level culinary arts students prepare the meals each lunch and evening. Crowder GEAR UP students were invited back to dine at the college any time.

“The students had a great tour and were given lots of great information about the programs offered by the college,” said GEAR UP Education Coordinator Lori Douglas. “Several of the students remarked, ‘There is so much more to learn than I realized.’ This made the instructors smile.”

The field trip was sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP. Participating schools take two field trips each academic year—one to tour a college or university and one that is cultural or educational in nature.

Crowder GEAR UP students recently toured Platt College in Tulsa. Pictured are: Front Row: Aurora Buss, Olivia Rolland, Laurissa Ragan, Kaytlen Sennett, Kaitlyn Daniel, Destinee McGuire, Kaitlyn Motley Shelby Burks, Jennifer Heaslet, GEAR UP Education Coordinator Lori Douglas and Keaton Hackler. Back Row: Elizabeth Franklin, MaKanaan Sartin, Presley Clements, Ian Ledford, Trinity McKee, Robert Hicks, Liam Morris, Dayton Pace, Isabel Ibarra, Colin Smith, Brianna Henley, Gina D’Angelillo and Bracie Donathan.

Culinary Arts Lead Instructor Jeff Howard explains the many areas of study included in the Culinary Arts AS degree program. Pictured are Robert Harris, Colin Smith, Keaton Hackler, Liam Morris and Robert Hicks.

Presley Clements, Aurora Buss and Olivia Rolland listen as Chef Jeff Howard explains culinary terms such as “pancetta” (an Italian bacon made of pork belly meat that is salt cured and spiced with black pepper and sometimes other spices).

Crowder GEAR UP students MaKanaan Sartin and Elizabeth Franklin explore the library at Platt College.

Platt College Nursing Instructor Gaye Pierce shows students classrooms used for incoming freshmen nursing students. Pictured are: Jennifer Heaslet, Shelby Burks, Destinee McGuire, Elizabeth Franklin, Laurissa Ragan, MaKanaan Sartin, Kaitlyn Daniel, Keaton Hackler, Kaitlyn Motley, Kaytlen Sennett and Gina D’Angelillo.

Crowder sophomore Kaitlyn Daniel observes the infant twin mannequins.

Nursing Instructor Gaye Pierce explains the female functions of the body during the birthing process while Crowder students Kaitlyn Motley and Elizabeth Franklin and Platt High School Relations Coordinator Dawn Bonebrake listen.

GEAR UP students ask Pharmacy Technician students about the program at Platt College. Pictured are Kaitlyn Motley, Destinee McGuire, Laurissa Ragan, Kaytlen Sennett, Kaitlyn Daniel, Platt College High School Relations Coordinator Dawn Bonebrake and Instructor Laura Richey.

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