JWCC Celebrates Surgical Technology Week

September 20, 2023

John Wood Community College (JWCC) is proud to announce its participation in Surgical Technology Week, a nationwide celebration of the vital role surgical technologists play in ensuring the safety and success of surgical procedures. This annual event, observed from September 18-23 provides an opportunity to recognize and appreciate the dedication and expertise of surgical technologists who work tirelessly behind the scenes in operating rooms.

Surgical technologists are integral members of the healthcare team, working alongside surgeons, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to provide exceptional patient care. Their responsibilities include preparing the operating room, sterilizing instruments, assisting during surgery, and maintaining a sterile environment. Their commitment to precision, attention to detail, and patient safety makes them unsung heroes in the healthcare industry.

JWCC’s Surgical Technology program began in 2000.  On average, 7-15 students graduate each year, earning an Associate in Applied Science Degree with a concentration in surgical technology. Today, it is a shared program with Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Career opportunities include positions such as a Certified Surgical Technologist, Surgeon’s Scrub/Scribe, Organ Procurement Team member, Surgical Equipment Sales Representative, Sterile Processing Manager, and Traveling Surgical Technologist.

“At JWCC, we are committed to providing top-notch education and training for surgical technologists,” said Jori Bottorff, JWCC Surgical Technology Instructor. “Often students think nurse or doctor are the only two career pathways in healthcare.  Surgical Technologists are key members of surgery teams and are in very high demand locally and across the country. We encourage any student of any age with an interest to visit us so we can show them behind-the-scenes activities so they can see if this career might be for them.”

More information about JWCC’s Surgical Technology Program can be found at www.jwcc.edu/programs/health-sciences/surgical-technology.

John Wood Community College is the educational link between business and community. JWCC collaboratively creates innovative and relevant academic and training programs with business leaders to educate young people and the workforce for today's needs and tomorrow's opportunities. JWCC has centers in Quincy, Pittsfield, Baylis and Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Programs include a comprehensive baccalaureate transfer curriculum, customized business training, career/technical degrees, certificates, and personal enrichment courses.