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Huntingdon County Residents Graduate from Medical Laboratory Science Program
ALTOONA, Pa., July 13, 2017 - Huntingdon County residents Ashlyn DeArmitt and Emily Eichelberger graduated June 23 from the UPMC Altoona Medical Laboratory Science Program.
DeArmitt is the daughter of Leslie and Jerry DeArmitt of Huntingdon. Eichelberger is the daughter of Tim and Tammy Eichelberger of Saxton.
The Medical Laboratory Science program at UPMC Altoona is one of only two hospitals in the UPMC system that sponsors a medical laboratory science program, said Joe Pufka, director of UPMC Altoona’s Laboratory Services.
Both students received scholarship assistance from the UPMC Altoona Foundation. The scholarships help students gain practical, hands-on experience while enabling the hospital to recruit and retain prospective laboratory professionals.
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