BSCTC programs participate in Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates’ Life is Cool program

Staff Report

MILLARD – The nursing and respiratory therapy programs at Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) participated in the “Life is Cool” program sponsored by the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates at Millard Elementary/Middle School on Thursday, September 29.

Nursing students provided support to learning stations on different aspects of the body and organ donation including, the blood, eyes, tissue, kidneys, lungs, heart and liver.

“I want to commend the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates and Lauren Salyer for their work on putting together such a tremendous event,” said Teddie Ratliff, assistant professor of nursing at BSCTC. “It is important that we educate our youth on the importance of good health and organ donation.”

Respiratory therapy students provided information on the functions of the respiratory system. Melissa Skeens, coordinator of the respiratory therapy program, said community outreach is an important component of learning.

“It is always nice to get out of the classroom and into the communities we serve,” she said. “Education is so important at this age, and I am happy we are able to be a small part of successful events such as this.”

For more information on BSCTC’s nursing program, contact Ratliff at (606) 889-4741 or email For more information on BSCTC’s respiratory therapy program, contact Skeens at (606) 788-2822 or email

Staff Report

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