CPCC student Emily Boggs receives two scholarships for cytotechnology work

last modified Feb 27, 2012 08:54 AM

Emily Boggs, a student at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) and a resident of Charlotte, N.C., is the recipient of two scholarships – the North Carolina Society of Cytology $500 Scholarship, awarded at the organization’s annual winter meeting on Feb. 4 in Raleigh-Durham; and a $1,000 Siemens-American Society of Clinical Pathology Scholarship, a national scholarship that recognizes excellence in the cytotechnology field.

Cytotechnology is the microscopic study of cells that have been shed, scraped or aspirated from body tissues. A cytotechnologist is a highly skilled laboratory professional. These specialists prepare samples obtained from various body areas for examination by using staining techniques that make the specimen more visible. Cytotechnologists are trained to recognize minute abnormalities in the color, size and shape of the cell structures.

To qualify for the North Carolina Society of Cytology Scholarship, Emily had to write an essay that answered the following questions: “Why did you choose the field of cytology?” and “What is your career path based on that decision.” Emily read her “winning” essay at the Society’s annual meeting before an audience that included the meeting’s national keynote speakers, as well as cytotechnologists and pathologists from across the state.

The Siemens-American Society of Clinical Pathology Scholarship recognizes medical laboratory students across the country. The company has a vested interest in promoting the field of medical laboratory science; its Healthcare Diagnostics division strictly focuses on providing the health care industry with diagnostic solutions that provide more effective ways to assist in the diagnosis, monitoring and management of disease. With this in mind, the Siemens-American Society of Clinical Pathology Scholarship provides aspiring cytotechnologists with the funding needed to help defray their education costs. As a result, Emily will use her scholarship monies to help pay for her cytotechnology certificate studies, the program’s pre-requisite classes and her current tuition fees.

“Successful cytotechnology students embrace challenge and responsibility, are problem solvers, work well under pressure, are reliable, set high standards for themselves and expect quality in the work they perform,” said Arlene Parrish, program director of CPCC’s Cytotechnology program. “Emily possesses all of these qualities and is a deserving recipient of these scholarship awards.

CPCC’s Cytotechnology program is the only one in the southeastern United States and the only program of its kind in the country to be housed at a community college. There are a total of 33 programs in the nation. The one-year, post-baccalaureate program trains students to be experienced cytotechnologists, individuals who are able to detect abnormalities such as cancerous cells, pre-cancerous cells or infectious diseases in their earliest stages. The program’s curriculum is both challenging and intensive; CPCC students receive 480 clinical hours of training at a variety of health care sites around Charlotte and the Carolinas.

To learn more about CPCC’s cytotechnology program, please visit http://www.cpcc.edu/health_sciences/cytotechnology.

Central Piedmont Community College is the largest community college in North Carolina, offering close to 300 degree and certification programs, customized corporate training, market-focused continuing education, and special interest classes. CPCC is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. In 2002, the National Alliance of Business named CPCC the Community College of the Year for its response to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies.