Saturday 18 Jan 2020

Medical Laboratory Technology Class Pinned

Wayne Community College recognized the seven members of its 2019 Medical Laboratory Technology class in a formal pinning ceremony.

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

This year’s graduates are Bertha Carr of La Grange; Madeline Dutton, Tonya Russell, and Jesseca Shaw of Goldsboro; Fernanda Esquivel of Dudley; Jennifer Gaeta of Raleigh; and Kristine Smith of Pikeville.

Members of the Wayne Community College Medical Laboratory Technician Class of 2019 are (left to right) Kristine Smith, Jennifer Gaeta, Bertha Carr, Madeline Dutton, Fernanda Esquivel, Jessica Shaw, and Tonya Russell.

The ceremony’s guest speakers were program alumni Cole Eslyn and Jolene Simmons. Eslyn is a former WCC MLT instructor and Simmons currently teaches in it. Both are nationally certified medical laboratory technicians and have served as preceptors (clinical supervisors) for WCC MLT students at the facilities at which they practice.

Eslyn lauded the program’s successes in the five years since its establishment at the college, such as earning national accreditation, having a very high percent graduation and certification exam passage rates, and most students already having jobs waiting for them when they graduate.

Simmons complimented the graduates. “Completing this program is a significant accomplishment,” she told them. “I see heroes sitting in front of me,” she said, reminding them that their work will save lives.

“You are the future of one of our fastest growing technology groups,” Simmons said. “I hope you feel each day the way I do – happy, excited, and ready to face the day.”

The 2019 Outstanding MLT Student Award was presented to Dutton. She excelled in the clinical setting and the classroom, earning the highest grade point average in her MLT courses. Her ability to work as a team member was also noted as exceptional. Dutton’s preceptor commented that she “handles chaos very well.”

Wayne Community College Medical Laboratory Program Director Jan Bradley (right) presents the 2019 Outstanding MLT Student Award to Madeline Dutton.

After leading the graduates through the Code of Ethics, Program Director Jan Bradley told them, “Wherever this degree takes you, I hope you leave your mark. I welcome you as colleagues into the medical science profession.”

Wayne Community College’s Medical Laboratory Technology program is a limited-admission, six-semester program that leads to an associate in science degree. Graduates are eligible to take the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification Exam to be credentialed as a medical laboratory professional and thus far, 100 percent of them have passed the exam.

WCC’s program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.


  1. Wanda says:

    Good job MLT students. As a lab tech myself for 15 years, I hope you all succeed in your career.

  2. Forokara Charity says:

    I’m really glad to be one!

  3. Muhammad sani says:

    What a good things


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