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Stephanie Crawford

Stephanie Carwford Surgical Technology TestimonialGraduates chooses Gateway for its flexible course scheduling, resources

Surgical technologist Stephanie Crawford says Gateway’s flexible course scheduling and full access to the college lab and instructors gave her the foundation to quickly earn a degree and begin her professional career.

Stephanie works as a surgical technologist on the Wheaton-Franciscan Healthcare-All Saints neuro team in Racine, and says her Gateway training prepared her well for the skills she would need in the operating room.

“I have a great, full-time job I enjoy,” says Stephanie. “I have benefits. I have vacation time. I have sick time. And, in these times, I think medicine is a more stable career field to get into than others. I’m happy.”

Stephanie says she’s wanted to work in the medical field since childhood. She chose entering the Surgical Technology program because she wanted to be “up-close and hands-on” in the operating room. Stephanie says that was the type of training she received at Gateway – up-close and hands-on, gaining exactly the type of skills she needed – and uses – in her career.

“The training was spot-on,” says Stephanie. “You also were able to participate in a clinical at hospitals. So, as you were learning in it in the classroom, you were able to apply what you learned in the lab and then in the hospital. We were learning what was happening in the actual workplace.”

Stephanie enrolled at Gateway after becoming increasingly frustrated at her inability to be able to sign up for the courses she needed at the two four-year colleges she attended. Gateway’s flexible course scheduling allowed her to work full-time but continue to pursue an education.

“I never had a problem getting in the classes I needed at Gateway,” says Stephanie. “I didn’t have to wait a semester or two for a chemistry class, like at the four-year colleges – I was able to enroll in the courses I needed, and I was able to earn my degree pretty quickly. I wish I would have enrolled at Gateway from the beginning.”