Jim Payne is currently the medical laboratory assisting and phlebotomy instructor at the WEMOCO Career and Technical Education Center in Spencerport, NY. Prior to his current position, Jim worked at the University of Rochester as a research technician in the laboratory of Dr. Howard Federoff and then in the laboratory of Dr. Elizabeth Grayhack. Jim started his program from the ground up. Over the course of ten years, he developed a top-level medical laboratory program for high school juniors and seniors. The program not only prepares students for direct employment in a medical laboratory but also puts them ahead of the game by teaching them collegiate level content.