Last week, 180 local high school students took over the halls and conference rooms of Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s headquarters for the 2014 High School Workshop.
The annual workshop is designed to give students who help host blood drives at their schools an inside look at Blood Center operations, develop leadership skills and provide a hands-on learning experience for those interested in careers in the medical field.
High school donors make up a large part of The Blood Center’s donor base: more than 24,000 donors are between the ages of 16 and 18 and high school blood drives account for 20 percent of all mobile blood drives.
During the workshop, hosted over three days in October, students had the opportunity to learn about their own blood type and participate in several labs using the same training equipment and techniques used in Blood Center phlebotomy training, as shown at left.
Thanks to all who attended – we look forward to a very successful fall high school blood drive season!