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Surgical Tech Grad Ahead of the Curve

Sarah Miller at work

Sarah Miller, Lebanon, Surgical Technology Class of 2021, is employed and pursuing further education as she works toward her career goals. We checked in with Sarah recently after her mom, Wendy, contacted us to let us know how well the program prepared Sarah for her future.

“I wanted to give you both an update on Sarah and how well she has done since graduating from WCCC in Surgical Tech,” Wendy Miller said in an email to instructor Bayleigh Roberts and director Kim Gambill. “She easily obtained a job with Premier Network at Miami Valley South Hospital in the Sterile Processing Department as soon as she turned 18. Sarah copied her (Career) Passport and put it in a presentation folder for her interview. The lady who interviewed her was impressed with her credentials and the professional way they were presented and after the interview showed the Passport to the Director of Surgical Services at MVS and MVN.  The Director agreed and took the Passport to an executive meeting at Premier to share.”

Even though Premier Health only offered full-time job openings when Sarah applied, she asked for a part-time position so she could pursue her Surgical Tech degree at Sinclair College and they agreed. Now, she is earning a good wage with full benefits at Premier, and was fast-tracked through training since she had already gained the skills in high school and is ahead of their typical new-hire.

“Sarah is working hard to impress her new team and she had a very solid foundation thanks to Ms. Roberts and WCCC,” her mother said. “She is also excelling at Sinclair and is ahead of the timeline to get into the Surgical Tech program there. This program absolutely has jobs waiting for its graduates and students can walk in the door and get hired.  Sarah is the youngest person in her unit so if there are students or adults who want to go into sterile processing and no further, there is a place for them too, with benefits and good wages. I cannot thank Ms. Roberts enough for all she did for Sarah and her continued encouragement.  Sarah is really making a success of her life and has so many opportunities available to her that started with her choice to attend WCCC and the Surgical Tech program. WCCC prepared Sarah for the real world and I sincerely thank you.”

“When I decided to go to WCCC, I knew I wanted a career in the medical field but not in nursing,” Sarah said. “I saw the brand-new Surgical Tech program and that it would be in the operating room, and that interested me. I love the idea of being a part of the surgery and being able to start as a Surgical Tech but with education move into other roles in the operating room. The Sterile Processing Certification and externship experience that I was able to obtain while still at WCCC gave me an advantage when applying at Miami Valley Hospital because I had more knowledge and experience than most entry level employees. I bypassed job shadowing and fast tracked through training.”

Because of Sarah’s experience in the Surgical Technology program, other employees in the unit were surprised how much she already knew on day one. She also got a higher rate of pay by having the certification in sterile processing. Sarah is working part time and attending Sinclair full time in the Surgical Tech program. She plans to graduate and transfer to Wright State to work on a Bachelor’s degree. Future plans are undecided but she plans to continue in the medical field. Her immediate goals are to begin working as a Surgical Tech in the operating room as soon as she obtains the degree and also to work toward specializing in cardiac surgeries.

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