Mount Partners with Penn Highlands Healthcare on New Surgical Technology Program | News

CRESSON, Pa. — Mount Aloysius College and Penn Highlands Healthcare, DuBois, announced a new partnership for a surgical technology program beginning this fall.

“Our mission is to meet the needs of our community with quality education programs,” Mount John McKeegan president said in a statement.

“Penn Highlands Healthcare has expressed a need for surgical technologists, and through this collaboration, we will be providing students with an exceptional education at very little cost.”

The offer will include up to $44,000 in educational funding for incoming students, hiring incentives, and guaranteed employment at any Penn Highlands hospital in Brookville, Clearfield, DuBois, Elk, Huntingdon, Mon Valley and Tyrone.

The two-year program will also include a mix of in-person and online classes at Penn Highlands DuBois, and the Mount will offer a $14,000 scholarship to new students in the program.

These undergraduates will also be eligible to receive up to $15,000 in educational funding from Penn Highlands Healthcare and up to $15,000 in signing bonuses when hired.

“We are excited to create a career path with Mount Aloysius College to create new educational opportunities and incentives for students seeking careers in surgical technology,” said Heather Franci, Penn’s chief nursing officer. Highlands Healthcare and Service Line Director for The Heart Center, The Lung Centre, Brain and Spine and Oncology Services.

“Together, our partnership will support the education and training of students and provide them with a smooth transition as they provide care to our patients and communities. »

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Christine E. Phillips