Two local foundations have stepped forward with contributions that will benefit students in the Medical Laboratory Technician program on the Fergus Falls campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College.
The Lake Region Healthcare Foundation in Fergus Falls has provided a $17,500 grant that is being used to update MLT laboratory equipment. MLT Director Wanda Haberer said the grant will enhance the hands-on lab experience in the program, which trains medical lab technicians for health care facilities throughout the region.
“The Lake Region Healthcare Foundation believes this support of higher education for medical careers is a critical way to maintain the highly qualified and dedicated workforce needed to continue our mission of helping people in our region improve their health and serving our communities with the best possible clinical and service excellence,” said Solveig Halbakken, chair of the LRH Foundation Grant Committee.
Additional support for the program comes from Fergus Area College Foundation, which has agreed to assist recent M State MLT program graduates by covering a portion of the cost of the MLT professional certification exam for students with financial need. The foundation’s contribution will total up to $100 per student, with the goal of strengthening the program by enabling students to take the certification exam soon after graduation.
The 60-credit Associate of Science degree program accepts up to 15 students per year. It’s a hybrid program, with MLT students having the option of taking general education and science courses online and coming to campus once a week for labs. Students also must spend 20 weeks in a clinical experience at affiliate hospital labs.
M State has an articulation agreement that allows graduates of the program to continue their studies for a bachelor’s degree at the University of North Dakota, and numerous other colleges accept the credits earned in M State’s MLT program.