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PC's Stiak Named 'Health Care Hero'

September 01, 2011
Julie Stiak - Healthcare Hero
Julie Stiak - Healthcare Hero

PC's Stiak Named 'Health Care Hero'

Phoenix College residential faculty member Julie Stiak, who co-created and directs a unique Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program in partnership with Arizona State University to address the shortage of medical lab scientists, was named a Health Care Hero by the Phoenix Business Journal.

The 10th annual Health Care Heroes event celebrated and honored “unsung heroes” from theValley’s medical community.

Stiak was recognized for her role in creating a pilot program that addresses the shortage of medical laboratory scientists by increasing the pipeline of MLS graduates with a four-year degree.

“This really puts Phoenix College in a different light,” she said. “I had people approach me at the Health Care Heroes event and say how remarkable it is that PC and ASU could collaborate so collegially. The partnership program is having a great impact in the community.”

The award “validates what our PC program has been doing in partnership with ASU to address the shortage of Medical Laboratory Scientists.”

The 16-month program provides opportunities for students to earn a Bachelor’s of Applied Science by taking the majority, if not all, of their courses at Phoenix College.

Called the 90-30 program, students earn 90 credits from Phoenix College and 30 credits from Arizona State University. Not only can students save money by paying PC’s lower tuition for 90 credits, they can take university-level courses on the PC campus because ASU provides associate professors to teach those courses at PC.

Stiak was recognized in the nonphysician category. She was chosen from among four finalists in that category for the award bestowed during a breakfast awards program in August at the Arizona Biltmore. The nonphysician award was presented by Jon Bartlett, president of Abrazo Health Care.