Dorchester Career & Technology Center: Nine students awarded in Lab Coat Ceremony

By Dave Ryan
Posted 11/18/22

CAMBRIDGE – Nine students in the Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science Program at Dorchester Career & Technology Center received their personalized lab coats on Nov. 9. The event marked …

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Dorchester Career & Technology Center: Nine students awarded in Lab Coat Ceremony

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CAMBRIDGE – Nine students in the Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science Program at Dorchester Career & Technology Center received their personalized lab coats on Nov. 9. The event marked their successes as they continue their studies in the program, which covers a variety of disciplines in the medical field.

“These students are combining critical thinking and problem-solving skills with cutting-edge technologies to role play numerous different medical professionals in their high school classrooms,” a statement from the school said. “These experiences are ones that most students do not have until college.”

The 2022-2023 Lab Coat Ceremony recipients were Laila Insley, Brandon Martinez, Peairi McKnight, Amijah Nutter, Madison Robbins, Maggie Ryan, Kory St. Cyr, Natalie Woolford and Kassidy Young.

They were welcomed onstage by previous recipients Emma Lehmann, Ta’Tyana Maradiaga, Makayla Smith, Ariel Montgomery, Emilee Cohee, Eden Hitch, Landon Green, Maddie Tobat, Cristina Lopez and Sydney Santos.

The courses comprising the program are Principles of Biomedical Science, Human Body Systems, Medical Interventions and Biomedical Innovation.

Throughout the year, students tackle challenges including investigating a crime scene to solve a mystery, diagnosing and proposing treatments to patients, and containing a medical outbreak at a hospital.

The work is conducted in the classrooms and laboratory at DCTC, under the supervision of teachers Linda Barnes and Lauren Varner.

DCTC Principal Ashley Robinson said, “PLTW has provided them with opportunities most students don’t get until much later in their college careers.”

Their perseverance as they work through the challenging material “has made them stand out among their peers,” Ms. Robinson said.

PLTW, which also includes Engineering and Computer Sciences tracks, as well as courses for younger students, has been offered for nine years at local schools. This year, the four-year programs at North Dorchester and Cambridge-South Dorchester high schools were unified at DCTC.

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