Two Great Plains Surgical Technology students serving on HOSA!

For the first time in Great Plains Technology Center history two of its students are serving simultaneously on a statewide student organization.!

Kyle Carroll and Anthony Scales

Kyle Carroll and Anthony Scales, both Great Plains Surgical Technology students, were elected to the Oklahoma chapter of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), an international student organization created to promote career opportunities in the health care industry while enhancing the delivery of quality health care. Carroll was named reporter, while Scales will serve as parliamentarian.

Ann Tahah, director of Great Plains’ surgical technology program, said it is the first time Great Plains has had two students serving on HOSA at the same time, and only one other Great Plains student has served as a state HOSA officer.

Carroll and Scales, already engrossed in a demanding 10-month surgical technician program, said they understand the commitment of time the positions will require, noting their service to HOSA will continue after they graduate from Great Plains in May. But, the men said they believe in the goals HOSA sets and the benefits the organization brings to student participants.

Scales, who entered Great Plains’ program after leaving the military, said he knows HOSA will help further the education he and other students want, noting that, among other things, HOSA is focused on maintaining peak health profession standards.

“It really is very good for us,” he said.

Carroll said he also knows the organization will provide leadership opportunities as he finishes the training he needs for a health profession that he chose deliberately as his life’s work.

“I know what I wanted to do,” he said.

Tahah said the selection process was rigorous, involving an online test and an interview. Applicants with the highest scores advanced to the HOSA Conference where each technology center chapter was allowed to vote. Candidates with the most votes were elected to the 10 statewide positions and completed leadership training in early November.

The men said their work on behalf of HOSA already has begun, noting the organization has selected mental health awareness as this year’s focus.

Scales said he is pleased by the opportunity to serve HOSA and to receive his training at Great Plains.

“It’s hard to get and maintain certification,” he said, noting the quality education that is given to students.

Carroll also said he is pleased by the opportunity to participate in HOSA on a statewide level.

“It provides good, professional health care training,” he said.