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Surgical Technology Instructor Receives National Rising Star Constellation Award

Western Dakota Tech Surgical Technology Instructor Krista Hagemann has been selected to receive the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) Rising Star Constellation Award. This national award recognizes hard-working surgical technology educators who are in their first five years of teaching.

The award places emphasis on educators who nurture future surgical technologists, are passionate about education, and promote the profession at the local and national level.

Hagemann received her A.A.S. in Surgical Technology at Rasmussen College in Moorhead, Minn. She has been a practicing Certified Surgical Technologist since 2010 and an Instructor at Western Dakota Tech since 2017. She is an active member of the AST and has served as Treasurer and Board of Directors for the South Dakota State Assembly.

In 2019, Hagemann was the recipient of the AST Chris Keegan Conference Scholarship. She was a presenter at the 2019 AST Educator's Conference detailing Inter-Professional Simulation.
About Western Dakota Tech

Western Dakota Tech was established in 1968 and is the only technical college serving the western South Dakota region.

Western Dakota Tech offers programs in a variety of fields, including Business and Computers, Construction and Manufacturing, Energy and Environmental Technologies, Health Sciences, Legal and Public Services, and Transportation Technologies.

Ninety-nine percent of Western Dakota Tech's most recent graduates are working, continuing their education, or are enlisted in the military. [Placement information is derived from graduate surveys, faculty-collected data, placement surveys started six months after graduation, and the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation. Overall placement rate is figured by: (responding graduates employed, continuing education, or in military service)/(responding graduates who are seeking employment). The number of program graduates are unduplicated by CIP code.]

Western Dakota Tech faculty, staff, and administration focus their efforts on helping students gain the skills and experiences they need to succeed. Through hands-on learning, internships, and industry partnerships, Western Dakota Tech students graduate ready to make a real and immediate contribution to their employers and to their communities.

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