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Giving back

CCTC Senior Day provides services to community

GETAWAY — On Monday, Collins Career and Technical Center opened its doors to the community, as part of the Senior Day event it hosts twice a year.

Students in all programs at the vocational school provided free services to attendees, ranging from haircuts and manicures in the cosmetology program, to flu shots and vitals checks from STEM and health academy students, to car washes from the auto collision program.

“We’ve washed 11 so far,” Don Edwards, a teacher in the auto program said. “This is our second van.”

Michael Gleichauf, program assistant for Collins, said the event is free and open to any senior citizen to attend. In addition to the services, seniors also got the chance to play bingo, win door prizes and get a meal from the cafeteria, while forensic sciences students guided them around the campus.

“Collins Career Center just wants to give back to the community,” Gleichauf said.

Brandon Bennett, the school’s assistant director, said the event saw attendance from a record 250 seniors.

“It grows each time, and, by far, this is the biggest,” he said.