Stanly Community College (SCC) held a Pinning Ceremony for the graduating Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) students on May 2, at the Crutchfield Education Center in Locust. Ten students completed the program this year.
The MLT curriculum prepares individuals, under the supervision of clinical laboratory scientists/medical technologists, to perform routine medical laboratory procedures and tests, and to apply preset strategies to record and analyze data that may be used in the maintenance of health and diagnosis or treatment of disease.
Melissa Jackson, Program Director, Medical Laboratory Technology, along with Dorothy Patterson, Clinical Coordinator, Revathi Suresh and Richard Davenport, Adjunct Faculty, welcomed the guests, followed by graduate comments, presentation of pins and certificates, lighting of candles, reading of laboratory pledge to the profession, and presenting the class of 2016, respectively.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, employment for MLT is projected to grow 14 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Additionally, “An increase in the aging population is expected to lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures.”
For more information on the Medical Laboratory Technology program at SCC, contact Melissa Jackson at 704-991-0382 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medical Laboratory Technology Class of 2016, from left to right (first row): Debi Lewis, Ashley Helms, Sone Kannika and Cathryn Efird. Second row: Morgan Ford, Rebecca Laws and Courtney Dotson. Third row: Jillian Huneycutt, Selinda Allen and Darren Cook.