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Waterloo students appreciate new hands-on programs

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Even though Waterloo voters decided not to move forward with a nearly $35 million career center, educators are starting the school year with some alternatives to promote higher learning without costing students money.

Even though educators are not moving forward with a career center, they were able to afford two new courses this semester, which include a digital graphics design course and a nursing course for students.

It's all being taught at Central Middle School.

"It's actually pretty fun. We have a good teacher, Dr. Mingo. She's pretty awesome. So, it's a fun experience," high school student, Samantha Swope said.

With a few short weeks into school, Samantha said she's already learned from hands-on experience.

"We've done moving in the beds and gloving and washing our hands procedures. It's pretty basic stuff," Swope said.

School officials were able to retrofit this old locker room into a look-a-like hospital, to give students hands-on training to treat patients.

"I"m really looking forward to working with the patients and meeting new people with new opportunities," Swope said.

And, by the end of the semester, students say they will have the tools to pursue a degree in nursing.

"I think I want to go to Allen College and pursue nursing," Swope said.

Courses are taught each semester, and if high school students still want to enroll for this fall, there's time left.

Educators say they hope to unveil new courses for Fall 2017 in the near future.

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