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Commercial Diving students solve a problem by donating blood

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Students from the college’s Commercial Diving program headed up to the University of Prince Edward Island to donate blood at a recent donation clinic. I asked Steve White, learning manager for the program, why the students decided to do this as a group.

“The students need to know their blood type for medical reasons and most of them have no idea what type they are, so they decided to give blood because they get a donor card with their blood type on it!” he explained. “It was their idea, and I thought a good one, sort of a win/win.”

The Commercial Diving program is currently located at the Georgetown Centre, but will be moving to the Marine Training Centre in Summerside next year.

Commercial diving is a demanding profession. Divers often work in dangerous conditions inspecting and repairing pipe lines connected to offshore drilling rigs, so students in this program have to be in top physical condition.

Commercial Diving studentsI’m not sure if it’s the nature of their training – divers have to look out for each other when they are on the job – or the kind of people who are attracted to the program, but these students form strong bonds with each other during the 9 month program.

 Graduates from the program get a Divers Certification Board of Canada (DCBC) Unrestricted Surface Supplied Diver certificate also an Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) Entry Level Diver Tender certificate, credentials that are recognized in most jurisdictions worldwide.

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Written by Sara Underwood

November 11, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Posted in Students, Uncategorized

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