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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. COC-Media Advisory-MLTpinning
Aug. 2, 2012
 
Invitation to Cover First Medical Lab Technician Pinning Ceremony
Subject: College of the Canyons first medical lab technician (MLT) graduation and pinning ceremony.
Time: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, 2012
Place: Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, Room 258
Contact: Cynthia Dorroh, (661) 362-3366; COC Allied Health & Public Safety Division, main office (661) 362-3557.
Event: The first eight graduates of the College of the Canyons medical lab technician (MLT) program will participate in symbolic pinning ceremony, marking the completion of each student’s training and their advancement into this essential, but often overlooked, branch of the medical health care industry.
 
The College of the Canyons MLT program is one of only seven such programs in the entire state, and the only program of its kind within the Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara regions.
 
“Not only do these students represent the first eight graduates from College of the Canyons, they are also among the first MLT graduates in the region,” said Cynthia Dorroh, dean of allied health. “Our program model is ‘saving lives behind the scenes,’ and that’s exactly what these graduating students will now be able to go out and do.”
 
Inspired by the traditional pinning ceremonies that are held in honor of the college’s graduating class of registered nurses each semester, Friday’s event will feature faculty members from the college’s MLT program presenting each graduate with a commemorative pin.
 
Students graduating from the program will receive an associate in science degree in MLT and be eligible to sit for the national certification exam needed in order to receive licensing from the California Department of Health Services Laboratory Field Services Branch.
 
Note to Editors: Photo opportunities will be available.
 
More About MLTs
MLT professionals play critical roles in collecting the data and information needed to provide care to patients and/or perform research used in the scientific exploration of many areas throughout the larger medical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. In fact, it’s estimated that approximately 80 percent of all medical diagnosis require lab work as confirmation. 
 
As a result, this emerging career field is experiencing an increased demand for qualified technicians to work in hospitals and biotechnical labs, particularly pharmaceutical labs conducting human research.
 
A recent report by the U.S. Department of Labor indicates that employment of clinical laboratory workers is expected to grow by 14 percent between 2008 and 2018, a rate faster than the average for all occupations.
 
Certified MLT professionals often find employment in hospitals, clinics, public health facilities and other commercial laboratories, where their training and communication and research skills are highly valued.
 
The college’s two-year MLT program prepares students for employment in a variety of these settings, through an integration of program curriculum, classroom lectures, student laboratories and clinical training activities, which help to foster a development of the analytical and problem solving skills required to work throughout the industry.
 
For more information about the College of the Canyons medical lab technician (MLT) program please visitwww.canyons.edu/mlt or contact the Allied Health Office at (661) 362-3557.