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Laboratory Technician Comprehensive Programme

First person completed new Laboratory Technician Comprehensive Programme

Palmerston North 29 March 2018 - Shamma Coronado Santa Agata was the the first person to complete REAL.AC.NZ's Laboratory Technician Comprehensive Programme, the first programme accredited as a way to earn the New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 6). As part of that programme, Ms Santa Agata had a very successful placement in a large industrial microbiology laboratory. From multiple job offers, Ms Santa Agata selected to accept a full time, permanent laboratory position at Analytica Laboratories in Hamilton.

Part way through the programme, Ms Santa Agata also earned the New Zealand Certificate in Applied Science (Level 4). She also earned a special certification through REAL.AC.NZ. Becky Demchick, REAL.AC.NZ’s Laboratory Systems Education Coordinator said “Shamma was an excellent participant to have in the programme. It was a pleasure to work with her on her ISO17025 quality systems project.”

Ms Santa Agata was presented the award by Tangi Utikere, the Deputy Mayor of Palmerston North and the city council’s spokesperson for Education, Science and Innovation. The Deputy Mayor brought special words of congratulations to Ms Santa Agata on being the first person to complete the programme.

REAL.AC.NZ (Real World Education) is a Category 1 (NZQA's highest rating) provider specialising in preparing people to start or advance laboratory careers. It offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes aimed at the needs of testing and research laboratories, and a range of programmes aimed at the needs of school laboratories. All programmes include practical work in real, working laboratories.

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