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Phlebotomy TechnicianRenaissance Hospital
“I’ve been in related medical fields for a while and am most interested in the medical side of biotechnology. I was a paramedic for several years until I had kids; then I was a stay-at-home mom for several years. After the kids were a little older, I figured it was time for me to find something productive to do, and I earned a Phlebotomy Technician certificate from Cedar Valley College. I worked for about three months in that field, but I really wanted more of an education.
“I originally enrolled in El Centro’s Biology program, but then I saw Biotechnology on their Web site and switched. I like the whole aspect of being able to manipulate genes. I have a son with a genetic problem — an autoimmune disorder — so it’s of very personal interest. I’m fascinated with how biotechnology can help in the prevention and control of disease. My dream job would be to do research and be in the forefront of medical discovery.
“I look in the newspaper occasionally to see what jobs are available in this field; oil companies, Frito Lay, all sorts of industries are hiring biotechnologists. It looks like a field that will continue to have a lot of jobs.
“Dr. Kaur is a great professor, very knowledgeable, who always allows you to ask questions and explore. I love the small classes at El Centro; there’s so much opportunity to interact with the professor and with each other. It’s a neat environment where we’ve all really become good friends.”
Sieglinde E. Alexander earned an associate degree in Biotechnology from El Centro in the summer of 2008 and plans to transfer to the University of Texas at Arlington to pursue a bachelor’s degree. She may eventually pursue a master’s degree in biotechnology at the University of Texas at Dallas. She also owns and teaches at a branch of Chang Lee’s Tae Kwon Do Studio in northeast Dallas and will soon earn her second black belt.