JANESVILLE — The alarm sounds. A man has been stabbed in the nursing home and is bleeding to death. Fortunately, help is on the way.

An ambulance arrives, the gurney is wheeled in and the suffering man is stabilized.

Did emergency medical technicians save the man?

No, they were students at Blackhawk Technical College (BTC) performing lifelike drills with the latest technologies. Thanks to BTC’s $8.7 million investment in renovations to the Health Science Division, medical mannequins and video technology, students are getting prepared for real-world challenges in medical and public safety careers.

Although BTC always had a Health Science Division, it moved to 50,000-square-feet of newly renovated space at the lower level of the main campus building in August. Previously, the space housed BTC’s manufacturing programs. Those programs moved to the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in Milton, according to BTC Marketing and Communications Manager Gary Kohn.

With double the space in the Health Science Division, the newly renovated area consists of hospital simulation rooms, faux assisted living wings and more. The space also features six operatories, or spaces designed to imitate dental treatment rooms, as well as realistic waiting rooms for dental and medical assistants. BTC’s Pharmacy Tech classroom features a pharmacy style training room and equipment.

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