DCCC to Offer New Surgical Technology and Central Sterile Processing Programs This Fall

Renee Fortenberry

March 11, 2015 – Davidson County Community College starts new programs in Surgical Technology and Central Sterile Processing in fall 2015 that will supply area health care facilities with qualified health care professionals in these fields. The host site for both programs is the Davie Medical Center – Mocksville surgical suite.

Renee Fortenberry, recently hired to serve as program director/faculty for the new programs, oversees the organization, administration, continuous review, planning, development and general effectiveness of both programs.

The Surgical Technology two-year associate degree program prepares students to assist in the care of patients in the operating room as members of the surgical team. Students learn to prepare supplies, equipment and instruments, maintain clean surgical conditions, prepare patients for surgery and assist surgeons during surgical procedures.

The Central Sterile Processing certificate program prepares students to properly disinfect, prepare, process, store and issue both sterile and non-sterile supplies and equipment for patient care. Students learn how to operate sterilizing units and monitor the sterilization process. 

“DCCC continues its commitment to offer programs that prepare the health care providers needed by hospitals, surgical centers and other health care facilities to provide quality care for area citizens,” says Rose McDaniel, dean for the School of Health, Wellness and Public Safety.  “We’re delighted to add a highly qualified professional like Renee Fortenberry to facilitate that learning process.”

Fortenberry earned a diploma in Surgical Technology from the Carolinas College of Health Sciences and an associate degree in General Education from Cleveland Community College. She has 13 years experience in all surgical specialties, including five years of trauma experience at Carolinas Medical Center. She formerly taught as an adjunct instructor for the Foothills Surgical Technology Consortium that includes Cleveland, Isothermal and McDowell Technical community colleges.

“I’m focusing on establishing an educational opportunity that will secure a future for students who find surgical technology as a fast-paced profession and help them become essential members of the surgical team,” Fortenberry says.

For additional information about the Surgical Technology and Central Sterile Processing programs, contact Fortenberry at 336-249-8186, ext. 6477.

*Editor’s Note: The photo features Renee Fortenberry, who was recently hired to serve as program director/faculty for the new Surgical Technology and Central Sterile Processing programs at DCCC. 

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College at davidsonccc.edu.