Saturday – April 21, 2018

Contact: Ginny Gnadt, Senior Public Relations Specialist
(414) 297-6770,

Free Career Exploration Course in Surgical Technology for Men Offered

A free hands-on, introductory career exploration course in surgical technology, including a focus on sports surgery, will be offered by Milwaukee Area Technical College from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturdays, April 13, 20 and 27, at MATC's Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 700 W. State St. Funded by a federal Non-Traditional Occupations Grant, the course is designed to offer men a chance to explore a career field traditionally occupied by women.

Students will don surgical attire, learn names of common instruments, and practice passing instruments at an operating room table with a draped manikin, learn surgical hand washing procedures, create and open items used in surgery, work with syringes and more.

“Men are underrepresented in high-demand healthcare fields such as surgical technology,” said Richard Ammon, MATC associate dean of health sciences. “We feel it is in the best interests of the health fields to have a diverse workforce, so we are trying to offer men a chance to take this healthcare career for a test drive.” The course is open to adults and high school men 16 and older.

An additional one-hour orientation session will be held before the course begins. Parents should attend the orientation session with interested high school students.

Space is limited, so participants should register no later than April 5. For more information and to obtain registration materials, contact Nutan Amrute, or call (414) 297-7334.