Our Year: Collaboration Driving Momentum
In February 2012, ASCP joined the Clinton Global Initiative and made a Commitment to Action to create more medical laboratory job opportunities and expand educational access to laboratory science programs. As part of ASCP’s Expanding the Laboratory Workforce for the 21st Century commitment, the project includes a five-year commitment with a coalition of clinical laboratory programs through the State University of New York (SUNY), government agencies, and industry partners to increase the number of graduating laboratory professionals in the state of New York by 10 percent each year over five years. ASCP is partnering with the University at Buffalo, Stony Brook University, and Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, all part of SUNY. The long-term goal of the project is to create a model for New York that can ultimately be replicated in other states across the country.
“The Clinton Global Initiative and its many commitments have shown repeatedly that collaboration creates success and that there is strength in numbers,” Dr. Holladay said. “The economy continues to falter. People are looking for work and real jobs. This Clinton Global Initiative commitment by ASCP will bring together like-minded organizations committed to connecting job seekers with a real career opportunity in this growing profession and improving health care along the way. We are a strong organization, but we also know that collaboration is key, and that we are stronger together.”