Sickness Prevention & Community Involvement

Drumright, Okla. – Central Tech students teach locals at schools, day cares, community groups and senior centers proper hand washing techniques throughout this year’s severe cold and flu season.


Central Tech’s Medical Assisting program has formed a group to teach people to wash their hand properly, defending them against the common microorganisms that carry sicknesses like the flu or the common cold.


“With all the germs going around this year we thought it would be a good thing to do in the community,” said Tammy Silkwood, the Medical Assisting instructor at Central Tech. “I don’t think the public understands how easy it can be.”


The students chosen to present to the community include: Lindsey Ellis, Jamie Inman, Katelyn Parson and Yvon Farmer.


The students organized this community service project as part of their participation in Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA). The goal of the project was for the class to educate the community on a specific issue affecting their community.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, keeping hands clean is one of the best way to prevent the spread of infection and illness.


“It’s neat to see how quick kids can catch on to this skill. The more people we can get in front of the better,” said Silkwood.


To arrange for a hand washing presentation for your group or organization, please contact Tammy Silkwood at 918-352-2551 or


Yvon Farmer, Lindsey Ellis, Katelyn Parson and Jamie Inman pose for a group picture at the Rotary Club in Drumright, Okla. February 8, 2013 while setting up to give a hand washing demonstration as part of their community engagement project to communities in Central Tech’s district.