Assistant students Kenneth McKee and Nicole Paresi have been honored for their
academic achievements and community involvement. The two Clackamas Community
College students have received National Student Honor Awards from the American
Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). They are the only Oregon students to
receive the award this year.
The ASCP honor awards
recognize students in the laboratory profession who demonstrate academic
excellence and a commitment to community service and leadership activities. The
ASCP oversees board certification for laboratory personnel.
Over the past year, McKee
worked with college staff on high school outreach to encourage young men to
pursue careers in health science. He graduated from CCC in June and is going on
to pursue a bachelor’s degree in laboratory science. Paresi supported outreach
to bring students pursuing their GED into the laboratory field. She graduated
from the Clinical Lab Assistant (CLA) program and is working in the field.
The CLA program at CCC is
the only one of its kind on the West Coast. It prepares students for work in a
laboratory or clinical setting, an area where workers are in demand. Students
are often employed before they complete the program.
assistants are trained in all aspects of the medical laboratory including
phlebotomy, specimen processing and quality control, and work with a variety of
laboratory personnel, physicians and often patients. In hospitals or research
institutes, clinical lab assistants provide support for specialized labs like
hematology or microbiology
about the CLA program at CCC, contact program director Helen Wand at 503-594-0694.