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rtists in Residence

he Harris Center for the Arts, located on Folsom Lake College’s (FLC) main campus, not only plays host to renowned touring companies from all over the world, it is also home to the college’s visual and performing arts instructional offerings. And inside the stately steel and slate building perched atop the hill overlooking the city resides the Bank of America Gallery, which routinely features the works of talented FLC students as well as the working artists that serve as their guiding faculty. “I enjoy teaching students the techniques that have been handed down through the generations of artists and the

innovations that have emerged in recent years,” said Visual Arts Professor Marisa Sayago (pictured) whose own work is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Latin American Art. “I enjoy seeing that ‘eureka’ moment in students, when they grasp and really understand a concept or technique.” Professor Heike Schmid, whose work has been featured in a solo exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, adds, “I love it when students take the techniques to another level of discovery and come up with interesting ways to use paint or drawing mediums that does not fit the conventional norms or that come unexpectedly. When creating art, there is a give and take of inspiration and excitement that is not tangible. It happens on another level.” For those considering turning their passion into a career, Professor Sayago advises, “They need to LOVE what they do; it’s not about the money or the accolades. It’s about truly needing to do what they do in order to be fulfilled. Art is not an easy path and rarely a straight one. You need to believe in yourself and not be afraid to fail. You need to be faithful to your voice. You need a thick skin; be humble, be open to and reflect upon constructive criticism, and always continue to learn if you want to grow and advance your technique.” To see the latest creations by the college’s burgeoning visual arts students, visit the FLC Student Art Show on exhibit through May 14 at the Bank of America Gallery. For more information, go to

Healthcare Heroes


n hospitals and research laboratories across the region, students in Folsom Lake College’s (FLC) Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program are completing their clinical rotations. Once licensed, they will enter one of the fastest growing professions in the Sacramento region that pays well, but does not require a four-year degree. “Medical Laboratory Technicians play a critical role in the health and quality of life of the patients they serve,” explains Program Director Jason Pedro. “They are the behindthe-scenes heroes that ensure the accuracy of the clinical laboratory results and play a crucial role in detection and diagnosis of disease.” As one of only four MLT programs in California, the intensive, nationally accredited program was launched in 2010 and sited at the college’s El Dorado Center in Placerville. After taking the required prerequisite science courses, MLT students undergo 18 months of classroom and clinical training to prepare them to take the national exam of which 100% of FLC’s first-time test takers have passed. The full program costs students under $5,000 and culminates in a hospital internship. MLTs on average make $28-$36/hour and find immense fulfillment in what they do. Following completion of the program, graduates have been

hired locally by Kaiser Permanente, Dignity Health, Sutter Health, and Lodi Memorial. The next opportunity to apply for entry into the program will open on July 1. For more information, go to Also of note, additional allied health offerings in the field of medical imaging will be launched this fall to provide specialized training for current radiologic technologists. Los Rios Matters | SPRING 2017 11 

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