MEDFORD, NJ -- Burlington County Institute of Technology (BCIT) students in the Allied Health and Veterinary Technology program recently teamed up to expand their surgical skills. Working in a hybrid schedule since September, BCIT instructors in both programs teach synchronously -- based upon teacher & students’ schedules -- which allows remote students to participate in the learning environment virtually at the same time as their classmates.

“I am very proud of our Allied Health program and Veterinary Technology instructors who bring state-of-the-art delivery of instruction, content and technology to position students to follow multiple career pathways, stackable credentials and post-secondary advantages for those who pursue a terminal degree and to our students who take full advantage of such an opportunity," said Dr. Christopher Nagy, superintendent of Burlington County Institute of Technology.

In this instance, the students learned how to remove surgical sutures on a dog. The instructors of both programs recognized that the procedure of removing surgical sutures and staples is not really different in animals or people, so they collaborated to plan and execute a dynamic lesson for students to participate in a real-life application of skills that they are learning about in their classroom.

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The remote students were able to view the procedure and engage in inquisitive discussion through a Google Meet. The students on campus were able to actively participate in the removal of sutures of the instructor’s dog. The entire procedure was captured through video with live instruction and interaction by students and staff.

“During a time of so much change, it was wonderful to unite our shops and provide this unique experience for our students. Hands-on is such a part of what we do here at BCIT, and this opportunity brought that back into the classroom," said Kelly Brown, the instructor for the Allied Health program.

The instructor for the Veterinary Technology program, Leigha Allen, noted the importance of creating engaging lessons for both the in-person students and the remote learners.

“I want my students, whether in-person or at home, to feel like they are still getting a quality education despite not being able to do most of the hands-on activities they are used to doing," said Allen. 

BCIT is a career and technical school with more than 30 career pathways for students who reside in Burlington County. Students can apply, and if accepted, they can attend free of charge.

The application for admission for incoming 9th and 10th grade students is now open. For the past two years, BCIT has experienced record admission applications based on explosive industry needs, the opportunity to earn stackable industry credentials and the ability to earn up to two years of college credits while leaving high school to college or entering the workforce with little or no debt. 

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