News Release

Published on Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Western Technical College’s Clinical Laboratory Technician program recently received equipment donations from two area medical centers to help students gain hands-on training.

Black River Memorial Hospital donated an advanced automated hematology analyzer and supplies, which performs a complete blood count of red and white cells and platelets. The instrumentation will allow students to experience current technology in hematology automation. The estimated value of the equipment and supplies is over $7,000.

Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse donated an ID-MTS Gel System that will enable students in the blood bank lab to experience an alternative testing methodology for blood typing and cross-matching. The estimated value of the system is in excess of $5,000.

“We are extremely appreciative to receive this type of support from our medical partners,” said Diane Osterhaus Neefe, Dean of Health and Public Safety at Western. “And, during difficult budget situations, these types of donations are even more critical.”

Both facilities serve as clinical sites for students in Western’s CLT program, and employees also serve on the program advisory committee.

Neefe notes that it is also important for the students to have technology and equipment in on-campus laboratories. “We prepare students in our classroom labs before sending them into the field,” said Neefe. “Since both of the facilities employ Western Clinical Lab Technician graduates, they are really helping prepare their future workforce.”