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MACC CTE Students are Breaking Traditions

For nineteen years, Breaking Traditions has honored outstanding students who have chosen specific career and technical education programs based on their interests and abilities, and who have not let their gender influence their career decisions. Outstanding educators who are teaching in a nontraditional career program and who are supportive of nontraditional students are also recognized. Nontraditional means occupations in which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25 percent of the individuals employed in that occupation or field.

State winners of this award receive scholarship offers from every Missouri Community College and from Linn State Technical College. In addition, each state and regional winner will receive a scholarship from the Friends of the Missouri Women’s Council on behalf of the Missouri Women’s Council.

In the 2012 Breaking Traditions contest, MACC student Jason Bunce, Moberly, was recognized as the Region II Post-secondary male winner. Jason is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree in the Medical Lab Technology (MLT) program at Moberly Area Community College’s Advanced Technology Center located in Mexico, MO. Jason was nominated by his instructor, Kristine Hayes, MLT Coordinator.

Bunce’s advice for students considering non-traditional majors was, “A person's gender should never be a determining factor in choosing a career path. If you choose a career field based solely on the idea that women and men are inclined to doing a certain job, you are limiting your options. Everyone has the right to work in a career field that provides a sense of personal satisfaction, pays competitive wages, and matches an individual's abilities and talents.”

In his student esssay, Bunce wrote, “Entering the medical laboratory progam has given me the skills and talents to be successful and make a difference in this profession. An occupation in this nontraditional field will give me a better opportunity for advancement and future job security. It’s very important not to stick to gender stereotypes when choosing a career. Working as a medical laboratory technician is a way for me to push against those stereotypes.”

Hayes wrote that her reason for nominating Bunce for this award was, “Jason is bright, funny, easy going and works hard at learning his newly chosen profession. He will be an asset for any laboratory he works for in the future and a great representative of MACC's MLT program and the quality student we aspire to put through our program. I also feel that he would represent the profession well as the face of what laboratory medicine is moving towards.”

Sponsored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the Missouri Center for Career Education (MCCE) and the MCCE Career Education Coordinators, the Breaking Traditions awards are an excellent opportunity for students, career-technical programs, educators and schools to receive recognition and statewide publicity.

For more information and a complete list of State, Regional and Honorable Mention winners, please check the Breaking Traditions website at www.breakingtraditionsmissouri.org

Jason Bunce, MACC student and Breaking Traditions Region II Post-secondary male winner is pictured with Pat Twaddle, MACC Director of Career and Placement Services and Kristine Hayes, MACC’s Medical Laboratory Technician Coordinator. Hayes nominated Bunce to receive this recognition.


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