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School in Lights: DCI Career Institute

DCI Career Institute in Monaca, Pennsylvania, may be small, but students and staff believe they can make a difference in their community each month in their own way.

DCI Career Institute in Monaca, Pennsylvania, may be small, but students and staff believe they can make a difference in their community each month in their own way. They focus on learning about health and wellness services available in the local community in anticipation of their future careers. This arms them with valuable information so that when they encounter a client in need of services, they can help make the connection to these valuable organizations.

Students have participated in a variety of events and fundraisers. Here are some recent highlights:

  • Students raised $100 for Living in Liberty, a local organization that helps human trafficking victims. Additionally, the students learned about human trafficking in their area, how to identify it, how to help and resources available through Living in Liberty.
  • At another event, students learned about Be the Match: The National Bone Marrow Donor Program, and many swabbed their cheeks to be placed on the donor registry.
  • Students recently donated $60 to Pittsburgh Aids Task Force. They also listened to a volunteer present their personal perspective of HIV/AIDS and explain how PATF helps clients in the local community.
  • Students conducted a Light It Up Blue Dress Down. All student donations from the dress down went to a local family participating in the Autism Speaks Walk in Pittsburgh. They donated $50 to support a local family and their team, Zach’s Pumpkin Pirates, for the Autism Speaks Walk.
  • Students donated household supplies and $110 to the Women’s Shelter of Beaver County. Students also received an informative presentation about domestic violence, sexual assault, bystander assistance and the services the shelter provides.
  • Students volunteered at Global Links, an organization working to save medical waste from ending up in local landfills. They cleaned wheelchairs, sorted and packed syringes, and pledged to donate their scrubs. These items are shipped to various organizations throughout the world that desperately need them. If items have expired, they are donated to animal clinics to save furry friends.
  • Students also donate their time on the first Thursday of every month to provide health screenings to members of the Center at the Mall, the largest senior community center in Beaver County. The health screenings provide free blood pressure and blood sugar readings.

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