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Press Release                                                                                      
Date:
January 22, 2021
Contact:
Lisa Garrett, lgarrett@tctc.edu
(By Lisa Garrett)

 

MLT Program Director Deborah Brock to Retire, Reflects on 14-Year Tenure

PENDLETON --- As Deborah Brock nears her January 29 retirement date, the Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program director reflectively says after three decades as an instructor, she is ready for a new chapter in life.

She is quick to add that she can smile at the successes she and her colleagues have shared during her 14-year tenure at Tri-County.

Deborah joined the College in 2006 after 16 years as an MLT instructor and department head at Trident Technical College.  She was named our MLT program director in 2016.

Prior to her teaching experience, she worked as a medical technologist in large and small hospitals and as a lab manager in doctors’ offices.

“It’s been a wonderful lifelong career,” she said.  “I’m not retiring – I will be doing different things,” she noted.

Not one to sit idle, she soon will begin a new job as a consultant for a Florida college helping them to establish a new MLT program.  She also will teach online for our program beginning in March. She recently completed a certificate in Biblical counseling and will work with Cross Point Church in Clemson.

“It seems like there will be even more to do, but it will be on my own time frame, which is nice,” she said.

“I really enjoy teaching and in knowing this program is a quality program and our graduates are out there taking care of our community.  Everywhere I go I see my graduates.”

Several years ago, when her husband was a patient at Oconee Memorial Hospital for knee replacement surgery, she encountered her graduates in the lab on all shifts.  “I saw dedicated professionals busy doing what they were trained to do,” said Deborah.

She says her reputation for a being strict and demanding instructor initially could be daunting to students but they learned to appreciate it.  “When I see them in the workforce, they often thank me for pushing them to do their best.”

Almost every year, MLT grads have earned their national credentials by scoring a 100% pass rate on the National Certification Exam administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). “That‘s a great record and it includes our most recent May 2020 graduates,” she said.

Deborah is quick to compliment her co-workers. “It’s is a group effort of faculty members and clinical partners.  I felt privileged to work with great people here and at our clinical sites,” she said.

She also enjoyed her time spent as faculty liaison for professional development from 2008 – 2016 when she managed professional development opportunities and coordinated workshops for faculty and staff.

“I loved meeting faculty and finding out the creative things they have done on this campus. I also love helping new faculty get oriented to the college and to teaching,” she said.

She also served as the faculty advisor to the student chapter of the Future Laboratory Professionals Organization and was a regular presenter at state and national conferences focusing on topics that promote student success in the field of medical laboratory technology.

In 2009 she was elected president of the SC Society of Clinical Laboratory Sciences and represented the state at the national and regional levels.  She also served as Area I Director and Student Forum Chair for the organization.  She received the regional Omicron Sigma Award for Outstanding Service in the medical lab field. 

She was an Area III Director past president of the South Carolina State Society for Clinical Laboratory Science and is an associate member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, and a member of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

Her publications have appeared in Advance and the ASCLS newsletter, “Clinical Laboratory Science and Laboratory Medicine.”  She also has written and illustrated a children’s book titled The Adventures of the Lab Explorers:  Sometimes When You Feel Bad (2005). 

In 2013 Deborah was presented the highest faculty award, the Presidential Medallion for Instructional Excellence, at the College's spring commencement.  That same year she was named a finalist for the Governor’s Professor of the Year award.  She also was named one of the College’s Educators of the Year and was recognized at the South Carolina Technical Education Association conference.

She is a site visitor for the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, the accrediting body for MLT programs.  She also authored multiple MLT self-studies, an extensive document required for the reaccreditation process, which resulted in full reaffirmation with no deficiencies.

In 2018 the MLT advisory committee was recognized as advisory committee of the year. One of their accomplishments was to help bring the program to full reaccreditation status.  Consequently, under Deborah’s direction, the MLT program accreditation was extended by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences for 10 years following a successful self-study and site visit.  The program had no deficiencies or recommendations. 

Deborah says she will use her experiences as an instructor and leader at her new job as a consultant.  As her last days draw near, she is reminded of a presentation she delivered several years ago when she outlined the top 10 things she has learned during her 30 years of teaching. “Number one on my list is to know when it’s time to leave.  I love Tri-County but I am ready for a change I am ready for different things now.” 

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About Tri-County Technical College
Tri-County Technical College, a public two-year community and technical college serving Anderson, Oconee and Pickens Counties in South Carolina, enrolls more than 9,000 students annually and offers more than 70 major fields of study, including computer technology, industrial electronics, mechatronics, nursing, and university transfer programs. Tri-County boasts the highest student success rate among two-year colleges in the state and ranks in the top one percent nationally for successful student transfers to four-year colleges and universities.