Georgetown Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) students Joyce Hastings, of Lewes, and Zackary Hurley, of Delmar, received National Student Honor Awards from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
These honors, awarded every year, are based on academic achievement, leadership ability, community activities, professional goals, and endorsements from faculty and community leaders.
Receiving this award is very meaningful for both Hastings and Hurley.
It was quite an honor for me to receive the national students honor award from the American Society for Clinical Pathology, said Hastings. ASCP is the national accreditation board through which I will become certified as an MLT once I graduate from the program here at Delaware Tech.
This award reminds me that Ive been doing the right thing by focusing on my education and career first, said Hurley. All of the sacrifices that I have made in the last two years will pay off as long as I keep my focus.
They are both exceptional students who were drawn to MLT for different reasons.
Hastings, a native of Sussex County, has a masters degree in virology for the University of Delaware; she chose to study MLT after she was unable to find a job in the field upon her return to Sussex County.
I feel that I am receiving a quality education that includes essential hands-on practical experience, said Hastings, who is completing the two-year degree in one year. My professional goal is to get a good, recession-proof job in a medical lab in the Sussex County area.
Hurley has always been interested in health care but was not sure what he wanted to do until he discovered MLT.
Everyone I knew swore that I would go on to become a doctor, but Ive found that direct patient contact