MINDEN, Louisiana, January 21,2014—Northwest Louisiana Technical College (NWLTC) is pleased to announce that 100% of the first patient care technician (PCT) graduates at its Minden Campus passed the national certification exam offered by the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians.


Pictured (left to right) in the training lab: Ted Doughty, Kathy McManus (instructor), Jessica Gilbert, Aarion Story (seated), Que’Nesha Germany, and Rochelle Blackwell (instructor)


The following students passed the phlebotomy technician certification exam:

  • Kourtney Adams
  • Rochelle Blackwell
  • Kristel Gasque
  • Treneisha Jackson
  • Yasmine McDonald
  • Bianca Ramey
  • Shanterio Taylor
  • Brandi Vernon
  • LaTonya Williams


Phlebotomy technicians are skilled in the collection of blood from patients in order to perform a variety of tests, or blood donation, and are one of three specialty areas offered with PCT training. Aspiring PCTs spend one year at NWLTC where they earn certification in nursing assistant, EKG technician, and phlebotomy technician. “After becoming a PCT our graduates can seek employment in any of the three specialty areas,” said Cathy Maddry, Assistant Dean for Academics at NWLTC.


Founded in 1936, Northwest Louisiana Technical College is a member of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. The main campus is located in Minden and other campuses operate in Mansfield, Many, Natchitoches, and Shreveport. For more information about NWLTC and its programs, visit www.nwltc.edu or contact Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. at: rickbateman@nwltc.edu.


Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr., Ph.D.
Interim Director, NWLTC