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SOWELA’s Surgical Technology Students Celebrate Program Completion with Pinning Ceremony


Students are the First Surgical Technology Cohort to Participate in New Curriculum Requiring a Work-based Clinical

(Lake Charles, Louisiana – July 22, 2021)

SOWELA Morgan Smith’s Surgical Technology program in Jennings, Louisiana will host a pinning ceremony on Tuesday, July 27, at 1:00 PM to honor 10 students’ academic achievements. The ceremony celebrates the successful completion of rigorous educational and clinical requirements in the curriculum, and it signifies their transition from clinical students to members of the surgical technology profession.

“I am extremely proud of this group of students on their recent achievement of completing the Surgical Technology program. Not only were they the first class to complete the new curriculum, but they also had to contend with Hurricanes Laura and Delta altering their Fall 2020 semester. They persevered through to get to today. This says a lot about the dedication of the students and faculty,” said School of Nursing and Allied Health Dean Kristine Stout.

Surgical Technology students to be honored include Brittany Beroid, Madison Fontenot, Kennedy Green, Baylee McBride, Taylor Menard, Alexis Pappion, Stevi Smith, Alyssa Stevens, Sierra Suttles, and Ashley Wilson.

In addition to the pinning portion of the ceremony, faculty will announce program, academic and performance awards, as well as the induction into academic and professional honor societies. Following the pinning ceremony, students will sit for the national Certified Surgical Technologist (CST®) Exam.

“I am excited to watch these students enter the workforce after all their sacrifice and dedication. They are already outstanding healthcare providers and have done a tremendous job completing the requirements of the program,” said Surgical Technology Program Coordinator Amy Broussard.

New to the curriculum for this cohort of Surgical Technology students is the addition of a capstone clinical course offered in a work-based learning environment through clinical partnerships with major hospital systems and privately-owned surgical outpatient facilities.

The Surgical Technology program provides individuals with high-quality didactic, simulation and clinical learning opportunities to meet the needs of local healthcare partners. Students earn an Associate of Applied Science degree and acquire the skills needed to enter the workforce as entry-level Surgical Technologists serving as part of the surgical team.

For more information about the program, visit this webpage or contact onestop@sowela.edu or (337) 824-4811.

About SOWELA Technical Community College

SOWELA Technical Community College provides traditional, online, and lifelong learning experiences and awards associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates. The College empowers learners in career and technical education and enables transfer students to pursue a four-year degree, so all learners excel as globally competitive citizens. The College has been educating the region’s workforce for more than 80 years and has locations in Jennings, Lake Charles and Oakdale, Louisiana.