HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (8/13/19) — Madisonville Community College and Hopkinsville Community College announced a formal partnership to offer the associate in applied science degree in surgical technology through a new consortium agreement today in Hopkinsville.

Under the new agreement, students will be able to complete all of the surgical technology program requirements at either institution, college officials said. Surgical technologists are important members of the healthcare team and support surgeons in a variety of complex operations and procedures. Students are trained to perform specific functions in the operating room, to prepare supplies and equipment and assist in preparing patients for surgery.

The latest U.S. Department of Labor data shows that the demand for surgical technologists remains high, with projected growth of more than 15 percent in the next decade.

Madisonville’s program, first launched in 1979, is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Faculty from Madisonville will staff the courses taught on campus at Hopkinsville.

MCC President Dr. Cindy Kelley was happy about the partnership with HCC.

“I want to thank Dr. Young and the team at Hopkinsville Community College being such wonderful partners in creating this new opportunity for students," Kelley said. "We are truly stronger together as we work to meet the needs of the communities we serve.”

HCC President Dr. Alissa Young pointed out that collaboration in education is critical.

"Our partners in healthcare are counting on us to provide a prepared workforce today, tomorrow and decades from now," Young said. "Together, we are able to train more students, provide additional clinical sites and ensure excellence in education.”

For information about the program and how to apply, interested students can find more on the websites for MCC at or HCC at

Picture above on back row, left to right: Rep. Myron Dossett, surgical technology students and Rep. Lynn Bechler; front row: MCC Surgical Technology Program Coordinator Jeff Bidwell, MCC President Dr. Cindy Kelley, HCC President Dr. Alissa Young and HCC Director of Allied Health Dr. Beth Beverly.

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