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Published December 02, 2019
A University of Wyoming instructor with the UW-Casper Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program is the recipient of the 2019 America’s Finest Teacher Award-Ulirang Guro, presented by the Association of Fil-Am Teachers of America (AFTA).
Charlie Cruz was honored during AFTA’s pearl anniversary gala Nov. 10 in Astoria, N.Y. The award is in recognition of teachers whose commitment and exemplary service seek to develop youth through quintessential competence and meaningful, progressive and creative teaching practices.
“It has been an honor to be recognized for this prestigious national teaching award and to represent the University of Wyoming in New York City,” Cruz says.
Cruz is one of four faculty members in the MLS program, which is part of the UW College of Health Sciences’ School of Pharmacy. Students enrolled in the program take classes on the UW-Casper campus.
Cruz earned a bachelor’s degree in medical technology at Lorma Colleges; a master’s degree in medical laboratory science at the Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas; and a second master’s degree in science education at Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University. He then earned a Ph.D. in management at Saint Louis College.
He holds professional licenses as an international medical laboratory scientist with the American Society for Clinical Pathology and as a clinical laboratory scientist with the California Department of Public Health. He also is a registered medical technologist in the Philippines.
“As an educator, Charlie devotes time and energy to continually enhance his teaching strategies and improve his learning materials,” says one of Cruz’s nominators. “His use of technology-enabled pedagogies and laboratory informatics optimizes the learning experiences among his students. Mentorship, peer evaluation and rubric-based laboratory activities are the rudiments of Charlie’s formula in training students to become competent medical laboratory scientists, ready for employment and career advancement.”
Students receiving a bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory sciences begin their careers as highly skilled professionals, qualified by academic and applied science education, using state-of-the-art instrumentation and methodologies to develop, perform, evaluate and correlate medical laboratory testing while assuring quality and accuracy. Medical laboratory professionals practice independently and collaboratively, and possess skills for financial, operations, marketing and human resource management of the clinical laboratory.
Successful completion of all required MLS course offerings results in a B.S. degree from UW and candidacy for the national certification examination.
To learn more about the MLS program at UW-Casper, visit www.uwyo.edu/pharmacy/mls-program/index.html.