WDT students celebrate Surgical Technologists Week

WDT students celebrate Surgical Technologists Week

Students at Western Dakota Tech were treated to a special breakfast this morning to celebrate National Surgical Technologists Week.

The celebration is spearheaded by the Association of Surgical Technologists and is recognized nationally. Across the country, hospitals and other healthcare facilities throw small celebrations to show appreciation for surgical technologists.

“National Surgical Technologists Week is a time of recognition for the hard-working technologists who work tirelessly from behind the mask,” said Tiffany Howe, Program Director for Surgical Technology at WDT.

As direct patient care advocates, surgical technologists play an important role in the healthcare industry. Surgical technologists work closely with surgeons, nurses, and other industry professionals. They are trained to maintain a sterile and clean environment during surgery to prevent the risk of infections. Surgical technologists have a direct impact on the success of surgery and patient outcomes.

Howe said, “Everything a surgical technologist does on a daily basis reflects a promise to our patients to respect, protect, and be an advocate for them. Our motto is ‘aeger primo’, the patient first.”

Job outlook for surgical technologists is favorable. The industry is expected to grow 30 percent from 2012-2022, which is much faster than average. Students can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree from WDT in two years. Surgical technologists earn a median pay of $20.09 per hour or $41,790 per year.

WDT named a 2015 Military Friendly School

WDT named a Military Friendly School for fifth straight year

Western Dakota Tech announced today that it has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly School for the fifth consecutive year.

The Military Friendly Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students and dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

WDT has services in place for the 111 enrolled students who classify as active or former service members. “WDT is dedicated to the success of our student veterans, and we take pride in the services we offer. It’s an honor to make this list for the fifth year in a row,” said Curt Lauinger, WDT’s Career Services Coordinator.

The survey captures more than 50 leading practices in supporting military students and is available free of charge to the more than 8,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. As in past years, the 2015 Military Friendly Schools results were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology developed by Victory Media with input by its independent Academic Advisory Board.

For more information about WDT’s commitment to attracting and supporting military student, contact Curt Lauinger at curt.lauinger@wdt.edu.

Community Resource Fair and Part Time Job Fair

iStock_000032209140_SmallWestern Dakota Tech will host the annual Community Resource Fair and Part Time Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 3, in Wanbli Room ABCD, as well as the Commons and mail hallways.

Students will have the opportunity to discover available community services and visit with part-time job employers.

Organizations participating in the Community Service fair include family and social services, community health and wellness organizations, local parks and law enforcement agencies, and self-help organizations. The Part Time Job Fair participating organizations include representatives from the health service, food service, retail, military, and social service industries.