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Creative hands-on learning at home turns into a success

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As students in the Biomedical Electronics program finished up the spring semester virtually, instructor Don Cormier still wanted to give them some hands-on experience.

So he turned to a common household electronic—the vacuum.

“One of the main reasons for going to a technical college was for the hands-on experience, so to be in this kind of situation is a little bit more difficult,” student Evan Reed said. 

Biomedical Electronics is the installation, maintenance, and technical support for medical equipment. Old used vacuums fit right into the lesson plan. 

Whether it is an old vacuum or medical equipment, the assignment principles were the same: students need to know how to find a problem and fix it.  
“I’m glad that our instructors were finding ways to work around that and still giving us that opportunity to be able to work and collaborate as classmates and still get that education we need,” Reed said.