Wayne Community College recognized the eight members of its 2018 Medical Laboratory Technology class recently in a formal pinning ceremony.

The annual service included presentation of MLT pins by faculty of the program and the recitation of the American Society for Clinical Pathology Code of Ethics. The event represented the graduates’ passage from students to professionals in their field.

New graduates include Brittany Carmichael, Karla Flores, Megan Howard, Jamie Jones, Quiana Pollard, Skylar Raynor, Kristen Rochelle and Amanda Stuckey.

Cole Eslyn, a former instructor in the program, addressed the graduates. Eslyn served a preceptor for some of the graduates in hospitals where she has worked. Eslyn was also a member of the college’s first medical laboratory technology class and is nationally certified in the field.

She told the class they had chosen an exciting field, one which is always changing and advancing.

“Even though you are out of sight, you will play a key role” in the health of the patient, she said. “Behind every bar code is someone’s mother, brother or child.”

The outstanding MLT student award was presented to Rochelle, who reportedly excelled in the clinical setting and the classroom, earning the highest

Grade Point Average in the class. She was also recognized for being an exceptional team member.

Jan Bradley, program director, challenged the students on the threshold of entering the medical profession.

“Wherever this degree takes you, I hope you leave your mark,” Bradley said. “I welcome you as colleagues.”

The MLT program is a limited admission, associate in science degree program. It is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

Graduates are eligible to take the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification Exam to be credentialed as a medical laboratory professional.