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Mayor Declares Medical Laboratory Professionals Week; Hartnell College Has First Nationally Accredited Program in State

April 21st, 2006

It seems appropriate that Salinas Mayor Anna Caballero has proclaimed April 23-29 as Medical Laboratory Professional Week since Hartnell College has the first and only nationally accredited medical laboratory technician program in the state of California.

In her proclamation, Caballero said "the health of all Americans depends upon educated minds and trained hands." The proclamation goes on to say that medical laboratory technicians "have made a vital contribution to the quality of healthcare."

Hartnell's program prepares students for immediate entry into technician-level positions in clinical labs. Technicians provide clinical information for disease prevention, medical diagnosis, and treatment of patients by processing specimens and performing lab tests, according to Susan A. McQuiston, the program's new director.

"With the critical shortage of laboratory professionals nationwide," McQuiston said, "Hartnell's program not only provides education and training for medical lab technicians and phlebotomists who are critical to the healthcare of Salinas and Monterey Country residents, but our program also provides excellent employment opportunities for our students."

She said the program, which currently has 15 students enrolled, is planning several activities during April 23-29.

For more information, contact Susan McQuiston at (831) 770-6152.