Central Piedmont Student Awarded Bob Gay Scholarship in Cytotechnology

Jeani Orr and Beverly

Congratulations to Jeani Orr, Central Piedmont Cytotechnology student, who recently was awarded the Cytotechnology Bob Gay scholarship.

The scholarship was established by Kim Kowalczik in memory of her father, Bob Gay, who made significant contributions to the education of cytotechnology students and was a founding member of the ASCT. The scholarship awards $1,000 and sponsorship (travel and accommodations) to the upcoming ASCT annual conference to an outstanding student.

Candidates must have completed the first six months of training in an accredited cytotechnology program and must be members of the ASCT. The award is based on academic performance, financial need, service and a demonstrated potential to make significant contributions to the cytotechnology profession.  Student membership with ASCT is complimentary and is a requirement for the scholarship application.


Cytotechnology Students Find Success at CPCC

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, which makes the success of its students even that much more extraordinary. Please join us in congratulating the following students on their accomplishments in the program.

  • Congratulations to CPCC Cytotechnology students Cristina Duluc and Sarah Patterson for each being awarded a $1,000 Siemens – American Society of Clinical Pathology Scholarship, a national scholarship that provides aspiring cytotechnologists with the funding needed to help defray their education costs. As a result, Duluc and Patterson will use their scholarship monies to help pay for their cytotechnology certificate studies, the program’s pre-requisite classes and their current tuition fees.
  • CPCC Cytotechnology students Cristina Duluc and Alan Herrera presented a case study at the North Carolina Society of Cytology State Meeting on February 26-27 in Greensboro, N.C. Their presentation, which focused on metastatic melanoma to the salivary gland, was titled “Student Case Presentation – A Mystery Diagnosis.”
  • Cristina Duluc was the winner of the National Cytotechnology Day 2016 Design Contest, sponsored by the American Society of Cytotechnology (ASCT). Cristina’s design, “Let’s Take a Cellfie,” (below) will be ASCT’s slogan for National Cytotechnology Day, being held on May 13, 2016. The day promotes the importance of the Pap test in women’s health and cytotechnologist’s contributions to the healthcare field.

Cristina Duluc Design 2016-with logo


CPCC Student Receives Two Scholarships for Cytotechnology Work

Emily Boggs, a cytotechnology program student at 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.

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.

If you see Emily on campus, please congratulate her on both of these accomplishments.

You Can Save a Life! Project Life Comes to CPCC in February!

Most of us know someone suffering from leukemia, sickle cell anemia, or other blood cancers.  Did you know that some of these diseases can actually be cured?  Your willingness to become a bone marrow donor could save the life of someone living with these

Project Life

Project Life

deadly diseases.

CPCC is partnering with the Project Life Movement, a campus-based national marrow donor organization.  This winter, we intend to educate students, faculty and staff at CPCC about how simple it is to be included on the bone marrow registry.  If you are a match, it is also relatively easy, safe, and painless to donate the marrow that is so desperately needed by others suffering from these diseases.  Our goal is to recruit 300 new donors who will be added to the National Bone Marrow Registry List.  All that is needed from you is a simple cheek swab for a tissue sample.  It will only take about 20 minutes, and no blood sample is necessary.  Click here to read more about Project Life at CPCC, and be sure to read the FAQ link.

CPCC students are playing a key leadership role in this initiative.  The Association of Nursing Students, Cardiovascular Technology Association, Cytotechnology Student Association, Dental Assisting Club, Human Services Club, Medical Assisting Program, Medical Lab Technology Program, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Physical Therapy Assisting Program are all partnering with Student Life/Service-Learning to support this initiative.

CPCC will conduct two Project Life drives to recruit bone marrow donors:  February 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Overcash Lobby; and February 16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Levine Campus 2nd Floor Foyer.  The process is simple, painless and free, requiring only a cheek swab.  No blood or other tissue collection is necessary to participate and be listed in the National Bone Marrow Registry.