'Hands-On' at a Whole New Level

Last month, students in CTE’s Criminal Justice and Health Occupations programs were participants in a special demonstration. Sandi Erickson and Jessica Heska from Compassus Hospice provided hands-on training through several simulations.

“The purpose of this activity was to provide students with the opportunity to experience in a small way what it is like to have to deal with a disability,” said Criminal Justice Instuctor Jeff Erickson. “We hope that by experiencing first-hand the struggles that some face on a daily basis, students will have a better understanding of others and become more empathetic when dealing with people. This is especially important in human service fields like public safety and health services.”

Erickson asked several of his students to share their perspectives of the day’s events, and they responded with a series of thoughtful essays. Read those below.