Victoria College and Del Mar College have entered into a partnership giving students in the Victoria area the opportunity to complete Del Mar’s Medical Laboratory Technology program without leaving Crossroads.
The partnership grew after local healthcare facilities approached Victoria College about their need to hire qualified medical laboratory technicians.
“Although Victoria College has not had a medical laboratory technology program for 10 years, we are responsible for finding a solution that will provide the skilled workforce needed in the region,” said Jennifer Kent, President from Victoria College. “The MLT partnership with Del Mar College does just that, and I couldn’t be prouder.”
Students can complete their prerequisite courses and electives at Victoria College and then transfer to Del Mar College’s Allied Health Department to complete their MLT coursework. Their laboratory needs will be met through virtual simulations and they will perform clinical rotations at health facilities in the Victoria area. Students will also have access to support services, student life, computer labs, libraries and on-campus restaurants at both institutions.
Del Mar College considered offering the program online to help students commute from area Victoria, and when colleges across the country began offering distance learning in response to COVID-19, it was the perfect time to start offering virtual simulations.
“Del Mar College is thrilled to be able to partner with Victoria College to serve the needs of its local healthcare facilities, students and community,” said Jennifer Sramek, Dean of Business, Entrepreneurship and DMC Health Sciences. “We were proud to see Victoria’s first graduate complete the Medical Laboratory Technology program in May 2022, and we now have nine additional Victoria students currently working to meet the program requirements. »
The program has appealed to phlebotomists, many of whom received their training at Victoria College and now work in local health facilities. Earning an associate’s degree in medical laboratory technology is a natural next step for phlebotomists who want to apply their skills and increase their earning potential while pursuing the same career path.
Mark Escamilla, president and CEO of Del Mar College, said the partnership demonstrates how community colleges can work together to share services to meet community needs, a key recommendation being considered by the Texas Commission on Community College. Finance.
“Del Mar College’s partnership with Victoria College shows how community colleges across the state can work together to meet specific workforce needs in their regions and, in this case, target the need for medical laboratory technicians. in the Victoria area,” Escamilla said. “Joining our educational resources builds on the two colleges’ shared goal of ensuring South Texas communities have the workforce essential to the health care of their residents. Del Mar College is delighted to offer Victoria College students the opportunity to train as medical laboratory technicians to meet this need.
For more information about the partnership, call 361-573-3291 or visit Victoria College’s main campus to meet with the Health Careers Advisor.