COLA recently sponsored a “Give Back Day” program for students in the Biomedical Allied Health Magnet Program of Anne Arundel County Public Schools to educate them about careers in the laboratory sciences. The event, which was held at Glen Burnie High School, Glen Burnie, MD, coincided with National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 22-26, which celebrates the role laboratorians play in every aspect of health care.
During the program, about 10 COLA employees as well as teachers from the Anne Arundel County Public Schools exposed Magnet program students to the world of laboratory science by letting them participate in a series of exciting lab demonstrations. Chief Operating Officer Paul Campognone and Chief Marketing Officer James Liggins offered remarks during the demonstrations, which included over 100 students in four separate sessions.
COLA also made a presentation to a group of Prince George County public school system professionals who were on hand to observe the Magnet training in action.
COLA’s Give Back Day initiative is designed to educate young people about the many job opportunities that exist in laboratory science careers and the contributions these workers make to the delivery of safe, effective health care. Job growth in the lab sector is projected to rise about 16 percent between 2008 and 2018. But there are more than 40,000 current lab job vacancies in the U.S., and about half of clinical laboratories across the nation report difficulties in recruiting new staff.