CTE Month : From the military to the lab

February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month at ICC. This month ICC is highlighting students from various CTE programs.

Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) student Brandon Birdsell didn’t always know he wanted to pursue a job in the MLT field. An Army veteran, Brandon served several years in the military before deciding to return to school.

“I wanted a career in the medical field that I would enjoy doing and had great job security.”

After speaking to the MLT program director, Brandon found just what he was looking for in the healthcare field.

“[I] have never been happier with my decision,” he says of his choice to pursue the MLT program.

As a military veteran, Brandon came to ICC with a unique mindset that he says was modified a bit by his return to the classroom.

“The teachers here…helped me shift gears from the military mindset to a mixture of military dedication and…a less rigid method of problem solving.”

After ICC, Brandon plans to work for a few years before potentially pursuing a four-year bachelor’s degree in the Medical Laboratory Scientist field.

For now, Brandon is busy with his studies and the job he has already obtained in the MLT field.

“I have been hired at Graham Hospital in a Student Tech position and I have found that this is the dream job I didn’t even know I wanted.”

A Career and Technical Program at ICC might be the path to your dream job, too. Find out more today!

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