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Nursing students get new equipment

March 9, 2004

Moultrie - A partnership between a south Georgia hospital and two colleges is keeping future nurses off the road. A new science lab is up and running in Moultrie.

Now, the students not only get hands on lab experience, but they can spend more time studying.

Jennifer Pope is weighing the possibilities of becoming a nurse. Pope says, "I like stuff like this."

Pope and the rest of these Moultrie Technical College students just got brand new learning equipment to magnify their careers. Pope adds, "They show you pictures in the textbook, but it's not seeing it under a microscope."

The Colquitt Regional Medical Foundation spent $60,000 in this lab. Student, Latoya Terry, says, "I've learned to look at different muscle types and tissue types."

MTC future nurses will share the lab with students at ABAC on the Square in Moultrie.

Before the new science lab opened at Moultrie Technical College, ABAC on the Square students had to travel from Moultrie to Tifton a few nights a week. ABAC student, Holli Coppock, "It just gets old having to drive back and forth so much."

Coppock missed the opportunity to work in the new lab, she's a soon-to-be nursing graduate. She says, "I'm happy for them, they get more time to study and spend time with their family."

Instead of riding in the car, which means a lot when you think about this, one day these students could end up taking care of you.

ABAC on the Square in Moultrie has seen an increase in interested nurses. Right now, they have 400 students enrolled in the nursing program.

posted at 6:00PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com