Southeast Community College (SCC,, is proud of their Surgical Technology students who took part in a hands-on learning session with orthopedic devices June 8. The session, conducted by representatives from DePuy Synthes, the orthopedic division of Johnson & Johnson, was held in SCC’s Health Sciences building. They demonstrated the latest innovations in knee and hip replacements.

“The patient is always first, and we view ourselves as an important part of the surgical team,” said Seth Brown, senior sales representative from DePuy Synthes. “We prepare the operating room for a successful surgery 20-30 minutes before the surgeon walks in. From my perspective, providing a hands-on experience for these students is priceless.”

The SCC Surgical Technology program has trained surgical technologists for nearly 50 years. The program takes five semesters to complete, and students are awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree. Classes are taught on the Lincoln Campus or online. Learn more at

“Our students are getting their hands dirty in their clinicals, but this type of classroom experience allows them to see the procedural sequence before they are in a high-pressure situation,” Elliot Wagner, 2018 SCC Surgical Technology program graduate, explained. “There is a lot of detail involved with surgery, and learning all aspects of the process is important.”

SCC plays a vital role for our communities in southeast Nebraska by bridging the higher education affordability gap and filling a need for a qualified workforce in Nebraska. Find more information about Southeast Community College at