I am the director of the Surgical Technology program at the Ontario campus. I’ve been with ACC since March 2005.
I enjoy the people the most. I like to be a part of changing people’s lives, the reward when graduates come back to the campus to say “Thank you for all you did to help me.” That means a lot to me.
Surgical Technology program director
Completing my educational degrees and retiring from the US Navy after almost 30 years of service. Being elected to the Board of the Association of Surgical Technologists and serving as an advisor for ABHES, our accreditation institution.
It has been about what I was expecting. The lecture classes were easier to adapt, the challenge has been the laboratory hands-on practical. We had to use innovation and imagination to capture our student’s attention. I believe we have been successful because our attendance percentage has been in the high-90s.
Always give respect and in return, you will receive respect back.
My favorite thing about ACC is what I call, the “ACC way” of taking care of our students, and the way we serve our students. ACC students know that they are important to us the moment they walk onto our campus.
Knowing that I’m paying it forward. I always tell my students, “I was not born in this position. I went through the ranks. I started where you are now, but I had mentors to help me and now I’m in the position to help you. My question is: ‘What can I do to help you?’”
People skills, love for what you do. Be passionate about what you do and never be afraid to say “I don’t know the answer” — but make sure that you find the correct answer and get back to your student.
I would describe it as hands-on, getting everyone involved in class, and having students research information and be part of the learning and teaching process.
I don’t have a favorite. I like every aspect of our program. It also keeps me updated on everything about of program and profession.
The healthcare field is a vocation, and it is not for everyone. Make sure that if you are getting into the medical field, it is in your heart, that you want to do it for the right reason — to help people.
Hiking, biking, and traveling, which at this time is not possible due to our current world situation.
We used video demonstrations, we record the instructor demonstrating the next lab practical, so when students come to campus for real hands-on practical, there is no wasted time and students go directly to do their practice, especially now that our lab times are limited.
If I was looking for a school to go and become a certified surgical technologist, I will come to ACC, because of what we do to prepare our students. It is second to none. Students need to bring their 100% as well, but we are going to meet them halfway. I don’t say this because I work here, I say it because I believe it and I know what we do the help our students.
ACC cannot guarantee employment. Programs vary by campus. The views and opinions expressed are those of the individuals and do not necessarily reflect the beliefs or position of the school or of any instructor or student.
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