Carolyn Blake is the instructor for the Diagnostic Healthcare Professionals program at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market satellite location. Carolyn is an ASCP certified Medical Technologist who transitioned from hospitals to teaching for Kent ISD in 2008. She worked in a variety of hospital and for-profit laboratories in the Chicago/NW Indiana region prior to relocating to Michigan, including 8 years as the Director for Laboratory and Respiratory Care Services at a suburban Chicago area hospital. She was also an adjunct professor for South Suburban College and Indiana University NW.
The best thing about teaching at the Health Science EC Academy is "being able to bring my experience as an educator and a laboratory professional to the classroom." She states that "students may not know of the diagnostic professions as a career choice unless they have had a medical test experience such as an x-ray, blood draw, or an ecg." Carolyn also thinks that "regardless of whether students plan to go into therapeutic or diagnostic health careers it is important to experience both so you know how the health care professionals work as a team."
A self-professed "life long learner", Carolyn obtained her Master of Arts in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix. She also has a Master of Public Health/Healthcare Administration degree from Benedictine University a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from Northern Michigan University. Most recently Carolyn completed a post-Bacalaurette certification in Molecular Laboratory Diagnostics from Michigan State University.