Surgical Technology faculty appointed to state leadership

Columbia Area Career Center’s Professional & Community Education Surgical Technology program attended the Association of Surgical Technologists state conference earlier this month. This year’s AST conference was held in Saint Louis, Mo March 4-6. The purpose of the conference is to hold the annual business meeting, participate in workshops, appoint members to the board of directors, hold delegate elections and compete in industry related trivia known as the “scrub bowl.”

CACC participated in all of these events and proved themselves state leaders in the surgical technology industry. Julie Bruns, CACC instructor, was elected to the MO-AST board of directors. She joins Carrie Golightly, current MO-AST treasurer, on the current leadership team.

“We couldn’t be prouder of Ms. Golightly and Ms. Bruns,” states Jim Sharrock, CACC adult programs supervisor. “Their leadership and professionalism is evident in their everyday work in the classroom. It is exciting to also see the state recognize what we already know—CACC is a leader in their field.”

Surgical technology students also had a successful conference and placed second place in the scrub bowl. The scrub bowl is equivalent to a quiz bowl, but only tests on the knowledge of surgical technology.

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