Parkland sets open houses next week for surgical-technology program

Parkland sets open houses next week for surgical-technology program

CHAMPAIGN — Parkland College is set to showcase its surgical-technology program at two open houses next week.

Surgical technologists, who work as trained assistants in operating rooms, are in big demand.

Parkland's program takes about two years to complete. It's been recognized for a 100-percent pass rate on the national exam given to graduates, the college said.

The 10-year job outlook for surgical technologists projects growth of 12 percent through 2026, which is faster than average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 2017 median annual pay for surgical technologists was $46,310.

One local medical group in need of more surgical technologists is the Carle health system, especially with a new surgery center set to open at the new Carle at the Fields campus in Champaign next year, said Carle spokeswoman Laura Mabry.

"We're regularly in contact with Parkland and another half-dozen schools in the region to let students know about opportunities at Carle," she said.

The Parkland open houses will be held from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to noon Friday in Room L-143 on the Parkland campus.

Students will demonstrate their jobs in a simulated-operating-room setting, and faculty will be present to answer questions, the college said.

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