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January 2012 News Releases

Winter Community Blood Drive Friday at Washburn Tech

Washburn Tech’s Fall 2010 Community Blood Drive will be held tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Building “A” on the Washburn Tech campus. The Drive is being held in recognition of National Blood Donor Month.

Students in the Washburn Tech Healthcare Technology Program have been conducting the drive since 2000. Individuals 16 years and older with a minimum weight of 115 pounds are eligible to donate. Those age 16 must bring a completed parental or guardian permission form which is available at the Washburn Tech administrative office. All registered donors will receive a t-shirt from the Community Blood Center.

Leann DeLong, Donor Recruiter with the Community Blood Center, states “Donations have been down as much as 40 percent some days through the holidays which has left the Blood Center critically low on several blood types.”

The Washburn Tech Healthcare Technology Program offers a 13 credit technical certificate that is designed to prepare graduates for entry level positions as Nurse Aides and Home Health Aides. The program provides the foundation for more advanced health care careers such as Practical Nursing and Surgical Technology. The HealthCare Technology program introduces the student to basic patient care skills, medical terminology, basic medical math, and systems of the human body. Hands on experience is an integral part of the program.

Washburn Tech is a 2-year institution where students can obtain relevant technical skills, taught by highly skilled, knowledgeable instructors, that prepare them for the job market. Washburn Tech offers 24 technical programs, most of which are about 48 credits in length, in one of five departments - Construction, Health Care, Transportation, Human Services, and Technology. In addition, short-term continuing education and custom courses are also offered. Approximately 90 percent of Washburn Tech graduates go either into jobs related to their training, into the military, or go on to further their education.

Washburn Tech is located at 5724 SW Huntoon Street approximately one-half mile east of Wanamaker Road in Topeka. To inquire about technical programs or future courses please contact Washburn Tech at (785) 273-7140 or visit our website:

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Jonathan Wimer, Washburn Tech coordinator of continuing education and marketing, (785) 228-6390