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SCC hosts pinning ceremony for medical laboratory technology graduates

Faculty, staff and students from the Medical Laboratory Technology program at Stanly Community College held a pinning ceremony at the Albemarle campus on May 5.

Quiosha Allen, who has accepted a position with Atrium Health Stanly laboratory.

In an effort to maintain social distancing guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SCC held the pinning ceremony on a stage set-up outdoors on the Albemarle campus. Each student was able to approach the stage to recite the pledge to the profession and receive their MLT pin as family and friends watched from their vehicles.

Stanly Community College President Dr. John Enamait gave the opening remarks and welcomed all in attendance.

Board Trustee for the College and Trustee Liaison for the SCC Foundation Lisa Burris was in attendance to help celebrate the graduates.

John Bangle, who has accepted a position with Atrium Health Kings Mountain laboratory.

Enamait spoke to the students about perseverance and how extraordinary it was that each student was able to succeed with their academics under the most challenging circumstances and how that perseverance will help them succeed in their next chapter in life.

“I am so proud of the work these students have accomplished,” said Dadrienne Johnson, program director and instructor for the MLT program. “Our clinical partners want to thank the students for their help as the laboratory workload increased during the pandemic. Even now, just as students, you have helped so many patients. During your 600+ hours of clinicals, you have impacted the lives of thousands of patients. Keep moving forward with the same attitude and passion as you have demonstrated in the program. Remember to always work hard, be kind, and you will do amazing things.”

Jessica Carriker, who is a prospective candidate for a position with Union County Health Department laboratory.

Tonia King, MLT clinical coordinator and instructor, congratulated the students and encouraged them to keep learning. King presented Johnson with flowers to thank her for her hard work and leadership during the academic year.

Yvette Hilgers, who is a prospective candidate for a position with Atrium Health Union laboratory.

Not pictured is Jessica McRae, who was not able to be at the ceremony because she was working at her new job with FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital; however, McRae was able to recite the pledge and accept her pin from her current supervisor, Jennifer Rogers, all via Facetime.