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Surgical Technology students awarded $3,500 in scholarships

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Posted: Monday, August 27, 2012 4:16 pm | Updated: 4:36 pm, Mon Aug 27, 2012.

Two adult students in the Surgical Technology program at the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) were recently awarded scholarships totaling $3,500 for their outstanding academic achievement.

Mesa resident Deveanna German, 34, was awarded a $3,000 scholarship from the Fountain Hills Rotary Club. Lisa Ricke, 48 of Gilbert, received the Association of Surgical Technologist Sandra Edwards award for $500. German and Ricke are currently doing their clinical training at Banner Desert Medical Center and Chandler Regional Medical Center respectively.

“Lisa and Deveanna are very strong students in the classroom, mock operating room lab and in clinical training. They are dynamic, caring students that have already been offered jobs upon graduation” said Rod Jaynes, Surgical Technology program director and clinical coordinator. “I am confident they will be a great fit in any hospital or operating room they choose.”

Surgical technologists are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients. They work under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures by ensuring the operating room environment is safe, equipment functions properly, and the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

The Surgical Technology program at EVIT is an 11-month program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). It offers a convenient class schedule, affordable tuition and small classes. Applications are currently being accepted for the next course starting in January 2013.

EVIT also offers a 20-hour CST Exam Review course open to any Surgical Technology graduate, regardless of school attended. The course is designed to help students prepare for the national certification exam. Surgical Technologists with a national certification credential typically earn higher wages and have additional opportunities for promotion. The next review course will start on Sept. 6.

The East Valley Institute of Technology is one of the best resources Arizona's students have to guarantee themselves success. Upheld as a model for career and technical education by the U.S. Department of Education, EVIT provides students with the advanced skills and training needed to thrive in today's competitive job market. EVIT offers high-quality, affordable adult training programs in the areas of health care and nursing, industrial and commercial technology, human services and collision repair to help you get trained and get to work. For more information, call 480-461-4028 or visit

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