Joint School Board Approves Simulator Equipment Purchase

Health science students at the Greene Technology Center will soon have state-of-the-art patient communication simulators for use in their courses.

The purchase of three patient communication simulators for the technology center was approved Thursday by the Greeneville-Greene County Joint Board of Education. The simulators are to be purchased from Simulaids Saugerties of New York for a total of nearly $67,000. Funds for the purchase are provided through Gov. Bill Haslam’s CTE Funding Initiative Grant that the center was awarded for this fiscal year.

Greene Technology Center Principal Randy Wells explained that the interactive simulators will replace older equipment that does not have all the capabilities of the newer technology. The new simulators will verbally interact with students in the health science programs, helping them better learn how to effectively talk to patients about symptoms, he said.

The simulators will join other new machinery and computers recently obtained and installed at the center in a variety of programs through the equipment grant, Wells reported.

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