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Thursday, January 13, 2011

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Southwestern College Students first in San Diego County to pass national Pathology board exam

Students are Graduates of College's Nationally Accredited Medical Laboratory Technician Program

CHULA VISTA, CA Southwestern College today announced that students Dennis Danao, Kim Sweeting, Monalisa Pedroso and Victor La Fond were the first in the San Diego County to pass the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board Certification Exam. The students are graduates of the College's nationally accredited Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program.

"Passing this exam is a mark of distinction for these students and Southwestern College. It says our graduates have received the education and training they need to be leaders in their field," Dr. Angelica Suarez, Acting Superintendent/President of Southwestern College, said. "We appreciate the faculty, staff and community partners who are dedicated to our students and their success."

Located at the College's Higher Education Center in National City, the MLT program prepares students for a position in a clinical laboratory setting aiding medical diagnosis and patient treatment. Upon graduation from the 18-month program, which combines classroom instruction and laboratory internship, students must pass the ASCP exam before they can apply for their California MLT license.

"This is yet another milestone for the MLT program and our students," Luis A. Nuňez Jr., Medical Laboratory Technician Program Director, said. "Passing the national exam allows them to gain their license as credentialed MLTs and begin their new careers."

In October, the College's MLT program received its accreditation from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, making it only the second community college program in the state to receive the status.

About Southwestern College

Fully accredited since 1964, Southwestern College is the only public institution of higher education in southern San Diego County and the primary source of higher education for approximately 400,000 residents of communities including Bonita, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, Nestor, Otay Mesa, Palm City, San Ysidro, Sunnyside and Coronado. The College offers more than 312 associate degree and certificate options.