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Ontario class teaches students to draw blood

Kamryn Palomo, a student from Deb Ayers' phlebotomy class at Ontario High School, is one of four students to pass her Certified Phlebotomy Technician exam in May 2021. (Submitted photo)

ONTARIO – Normally, blood is not good in the classroom. 

But in Deb Ayers’ phlebotomy class at Ontario High School, it was the focus and the reward of her students’ hours of study as they learned to draw blood for medical purposes. 

The class, part of Ontario’s certified nursing assistant program, had nine students who spent their third trimester pursuing a phlebotomy certification. Despite the Covid pandemic’s interference with the majority of in-person classes, the phlebotomy class was allowed to meet. 

During the 2019-2020 school year, the first attempt to train phlebotomists was cut short by Covid, so it . . .