The grant will go toward purchasing an autoclave, or steam
sterilizer. The machine decontaminates items using pressurized
steam and is a standard piece of equipment in sterile processing
departments in health care facilities.
The College program’s previous autoclave was inoperable and
needed to be replaced.
“Hands-on training with the latest equipment is crucial for our
students,” said Beth Stokes, who oversees Tri-C’s Sterile
Processing program. “This new steam sterilizer builds on our
efforts to prepare graduates to step into a job and succeed.”
The College offers a nine-month sterile processing training
curiculum as part of its health careers program. Graduates are
eligible to sit for the professional certification
test given by the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and
Coursework can also be applied toward requirements for several
health care-focused degrees, including
an Associate of Applied Science in surgical technology.
Sterile processing technicians play an important role in medical
care to ensure patient safety and combat infection in hospitals
and surgical facilities. Employment forecasts show high demand
in the field.
for more information on the College’s program.
is a charitable trust dedicated to the support and advancement
of health care, primarily in Greater Cleveland. It has awarded
the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation a half-dozen grants
since 2000 to support Tri-C programs.