Meridian Star

January 22, 2014

Phlebotomy students mark success at recognition ceremony


The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — special to The Star

Fifteen Meridian Community College phlebotomy essentials students were honored during a recognition and celebration ceremony. The students recently completed the 140-hour course offered through MCC’s Workforce Development Program.

In the class students learn the anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system, venipuncture skin puncture, coagulation theory, equipment and order of draw, and infection control and safety. Upon successful completion of this program students are eligible to take a certifying exam from an approved organization for formal certification.

Dr. Richie McAlister, associate vice president for Workforce Education, delivered the keynote address and commended the students on the accomplishments they have achieved thus far and encouraged them to continue to pursue their dreams.

“This accomplishment is a significant milestone for each of you,” McAlister said. “You will see the human side of how your work impacts each person you help. You will play an important role in each life you touch.”

"We teach students workplace skills that provide them with a potential career path,” said Sheila Johnson, Medical Laboratory Technology Program coordinator.

“They can use this program as a stepping stone into a healthcare career and receive all their formal training through MCC from Medical Laboratory Technology to Medical Assisting Technology,” Johnson said.

To learn more about training opportunities and partnerships with MCC Workforce Development, call MCC Workforce Development at (601) 482-7445.