BU's Empty Bowls helps fill empty stomachs
BLOOMSBURG - Empty Bowls, an international hunger awareness and fundraising event, will return to Bloomsburg University to benefit the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard.
The 12th annual Empty Bowls event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 30 in the Kehr Union Ballroom. A donation is required for unlimited soups. Children under 5 eat free.
Dozens of area restaurants, chefs and community groups will donate soups and breads, which will be served by hundreds of volunteers consisting of BU students, faculty, staff and community members. Activities for children will be available. Event participants can buy keepsake bowls decorated by local artists. Baked dessert items and raffle items will also be available for purchase.
In Columbia County, 13.2 percent of residents are termed "food insecure," according to feedamerica.org, meaning they lack consistent access to adequate food. The Bloomsburg Food Cupboard reaches out to feed hundreds of families in the area.
BU's Empty Bowls event was established in 2003 by the SOLVE volunteer office and the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard. For more information on this year's event, contact Jean Downing, SOLVE director at BU, at email@example.com or call 570-389-4798.
Lock Haven's Workforce Development to offer courses
LOCK HAVEN - The Workforce Development and Continuing Education program of Lock Haven University will offer new courses at Lock Haven's East Campus, 301 W. Church St.
April 5 - The veterinary assistant course will prepare students to assist the veterinarian or veterinarian technician in daily tasks such as feeding, watering and examining pets for signs of illness, disease or injury. This program combines 35 hours of classroom instruction with a 24-hour local volunteer experience students will coordinate.
Over the course of five weeks the class prepares students to clean and disinfect cages and work areas, as well as sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment in laboratories, animal hospitals and clinics. Class meets Saturdays.
April 7 - The clinical medical assistant program will prepare an individual to assist a physician, provide care to help patients in a doctor's office or clinic, and sit for a national medical assistant credentialing exam. The program combines 134 hours of classroom instruction with 160 hours in a medical office externship (externship hours vary by class and location).
Over the course of seven months students will gain exposure to job duties that include assisting physicians with exams and minor surgery, taking patient vital signs, caring for patients, performing lab tests, administering medications, electrocardiography and more. Class meets Mondays and Wednesdays.
Spring - The phlebotomy technician course will prepare individuals to draw blood samples from patients in a clinical laboratory or public health setting and prepares individuals for a national credentialing exam. The program combines 63 hours of classroom instruction with a 40-hour phlebotomy externship to provide practical experience (externship hours vary by state).
Over the course of five months, students will gain exposure to on-the-job duties that include drawing blood samples from patients, producing quality laboratory results, gaining the trust and confidence of patients and more. Class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays.
For more information, contact Shannon Tyson at 570-484-3131, or visit www.lhup.edu/About/finance-administration/workforce/maincampusopportunities. To register online, visit www.lhup.edu/About/finance -administration/workforce/registration.
Misericordia to hold open houses
The Misericordia University adult admissions office will hold a series of adult learner and transfer open houses in April for adult students who have general questions about entering or returning to college and who are interested in Misericordia University's expressway accelerated degree program.
The first open house will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. April 8 in Room 431, building 4 of Luzerne County Community College (LCCC), 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke.
The second open house will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. April 9 in the board room, second floor of Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton.
The Expressway Program offers adult students the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree as a part-time student in as little as two and a half years. Expressway classes are offered online and at convenient locations in Nanticoke and Scranton with shortened sessions to fit into a busy work and family schedule.
Students in the Expressway Program can choose from majors and programs in business, health care, applied behavioral sciences, government, law and national security. Tuition is the lowest among the four-year colleges in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties.
Traditional-aged students who are interested in transferring to Misericordia either from another four-year college or from an associate's degree program will have the chance to talk to Misericordia admissions counselors and financial aid representatives.
For those unable to attend the open house, adult students may also register for an upcoming virtual open house where they will be able to speak with a representative from admissions in real time by logging on to misericordia.edu/expressway. The Virtual Open House is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 10 and 11.
For more information or to RSVP to an open house, call 570-674-6791, or email admissmu@misericor dia.edu.