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ASCP Career Ambassador Program

The ASCP Career Ambassador Program aims to raise awareness of the laboratory professions among high school students. Each year, ASCP selects laboratory professionals share their personal stories about why they became laboratory professionals. Career Ambassadors who make a specified number of presentations receive a monetary award at the end of their one-year tenure.

The goal of the program is to expose pre-college students to the critical role that laboratory professionals play as members of the healthcare team and in delivering patient care.



Recent ASCP surveys have shown an interesting phenomenon: The medical laboratory science field is undergoing a critical workforce shortage but there are not enough qualified people to fill the void. A number of issues have led to the shortage including the retirement of baby boomers and lack of funding for educational programs in many of the country’s colleges and universities. However, one of the major culprits is lack of awareness. A survey by the Coordinating Council for the Clinical Laboratory Workforce showed that 76 percent of people in the profession didn’t find out about the medical laboratory science field until after high school. The Career Ambassador Program is ASCP’s initiative to create awareness to pre-college students. Each Year, ASCP-certified laboratory professionals share their personal stories about why they became laboratory professionals as part of the ASCP Career Ambassador program.

Career Ambassadors who make a specified number of presentations receive a monetary award at the end of their one-year tenure.  They are also involved with making videos, creating library displays and other projects to bring awareness to the laboratory profession.  A select few are chosen each year to be a part of a special onsite program to a local high school during the ASCP Annual Meeting.

The goal of the Career Ambassador program is to expose pre-college students to the critical role that laboratory professionals play as members of the healthcare team and in delivering patient care.

View the 2013-2014 Career Ambassadors here.  

Applications for the 2014-2015 Career Ambassador Program will be accepted beginning in April 2014.

    Why should you consider becoming a Career Ambassador? 
    The prestigious Career Ambassador Program, in collaboration with Roche, was created to address the laboratory workforce shortage. Select Ambassadors in the Program are compensated financially (choose from access to the complete ASCP Lab Management University courses or $500 cash for five completed presentations). You'll have the unique opportunity to develop your presentation and communication skills in creative ways. Participants are asked to complete at least five presentations during the school year.

    What are the responsibilities of a Career Ambassador?
    Career Ambassadors will be responsible for preparing their own presentations and for making arrangements for their own classroom presentations. Presentations may also be made at career fairs and other appropriate venues. ASCP will determine whether presentations at alternate venues count toward the award requirements. ASCP will provide a presentation template and suggested talking points, but Career Ambassadors are expected to tailor their presentations to draw on their personal experiences. ASCP will provide Career Ambassadors with career brochures to be distributed to students, as well as evaluation forms to be completed by students and teachers. Students will complete the evaluation forms and Career Ambassadors will forward these to ASCP to document their presentations.  

    Who provides funding for the program?

    The ASCP Career Ambassador Program is generously sponsored by Roche, one of the world’s leading research-oriented healthcare groups with core business in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics.

    Questions?

    For more information or questions about this program, please contact the Career Ambassador Program Administrator via email 
    careerambassador@ascp.org or by calling 312-541-4978.

     

      The ASCP Career Ambassador Program aims to raise awareness of the laboratory professions among high school students. Each year, ASCP selects laboratory professionals share their personal stories about why they became laboratory professionals. Career Ambassadors who make a specified number of presentations receive a monetary award at the end of their one-year tenure.

      The goal of the program is to expose pre-college students to the critical role that laboratory professionals play as members of the healthcare team and in delivering patient care.  

      View the 2012-2013 Career Ambassadors here.  

      Applications for the 2013-2014 Career Ambassador Program are being accepted until July 10, 2013.

      Who is Eligible to Apply to the Program?

      • Member of ASCP

      • Certified by the ASCP Board of Certification

      • Graduate of a NAACLS- or CAAHEP- accredited laboratory science program

      • Have graduated with a cumulative 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)

      Application Checklist

      1. Complete the application form in its entirety.

      2. Three-minute video answering the question “Why did I become a laboratory professional?”  The video should be sent via a YouTube link, CD in .wav file format, or DVD in .mov file format.  No other file formats will be accepted.  Please make sure links to video are working prior to submission.

      3. A one-page letter of recommendation.  The letter should come from a supervisor, hospital administrator, clinical director or professor that speaks to the applicant’s passion for the profession.

      4. A transcript that clearly shows your grades/GPA throughout your degree/certification program.  Note: Military applicants, please submit phase completion paperwork signed by education head.

      Where to Send Your Application Materials

      ASCP Career Ambassador Program

      33 W. Monroe Street, Suite #1600

      Chicago, IL 60603

      Questions?  E-mail CareerAmbassador@ascp.org.



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