Ribbon cutting ceremony moves Lackawanna’s Surgical Technology program to Scranton
SCRANTON, Pa. – With a snip of surgical gauze, Lackawanna College formally announced the relocation of its successful Surgical Technology program to the Scranton campus at a unique ribbon cutting ceremony today, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017.
The program began at Lackawanna’s Towanda Center several years ago where it trained surgical technologists. Moving the program to Scranton fulfills the greater needs of the hospital systems in and around Lackawanna County as it continues to meet the requirements of program accreditors at the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), College officials said.
“It’s an important day and another step forward for the College as we continue to elevate our Allied Health programs that lead to valuable healthcare careers,” Lackawanna College President Mark Volk said.
Lackawanna’s Surgical Technology program boasts a 100% job placement rate, 100% employer satisfaction rate, and an 87% certification exam pass rate over the last three years, according to Surgical Technology Program Director Kimberlee Norton, CST.
“There’s a reason why hospitals like to hire our graduates, and that’s because they’re prepared to walk into an operating room on day one. We prepare our students for all of the circumstances that can arise,” Norton said. “My goal for our students upon completing the program is that they will be skilled enough to operate on my own kids and on your family members.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for surgical technologists is $44,330 per year. The BLS also says that it anticipates 15% job growth in the field through 2024.
President Volk said that the program’s success depends upon support from hospital systems in and around Bradford and Lackawanna Counties that often serve as clinical training sites for students.
“We would not be here today if we hadn’t already established partnerships with local hospital systems. We also know that as the area grows, it will have a tremendous need for an educated workforce and that healthcare is a cornerstone of the jobs that are out there,” Volk said.
Surgical Technology classes begin in Scranton in the Fall 2017 semester, and enrollment is open now. Interested students should contact the Office of Admissions at (570) 961-7814 or visit www.lackawanna.edu.
Founded in 1894, Lackawanna College is a private, accredited college serving the people of northeastern Pennsylvania. With a main campus situated in downtown Scranton, Lackawanna’s expanding footprint also includes satellite centers in Hawley, Hazleton, New Milford, and Towanda.