Faculty Spotlight - Stephanie Allen
Faculty Spotlight – Stephanie Allen, Surgical Technology Program Director
Have you always worked in Education?
No, I started working in Education after working as a CST for 3 years. I still continue to work in the Operating Room while being an educator.
What specifically is your role here at CBD College?
I am the Surgical Technology Program Director and Subject Matter Expert. I run all the background paperwork to ensure that the instructors are providing the students with the most updated technologically advised curriculum.
When did you start working at CBD College?
I started working for CBD in 2021. I helped develop the Associate program curriculum before moving into the Program Director position.
Before working at CBD College, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
The most interesting job that I have had prior to CBD College was being a Sterile Processing Manager.
Who is your greatest inspiration or mentor?
The greatest inspiration to me even today, was my grandmother that passed away 20+ years ago. She survived so much in her life from the depression, to WWII, working a full-time job in a bicycle factory all while raising 6 children at home. She woke up every day ready to conquer whatever was thrown at her. She always gave me the best advice.
What do you find most inspiring or fulfilling about your job?
The students are the best part of the job. The ability to help a student find their purpose in life and joy for being a Surgical Technologist makes the job the best one to have.
Do you have any advice for potential students interested in pursuing a career as a healthcare professional?
One piece of advice that I give all my students is to never give up! Surgical Technologist is one of the most challenging career fields to get into and it is not for the weak, but it definitely is the MOST rewarding career in healthcare. Once you give up on yourself, you give up on your patients too.
Interested in becoming a Surgical Technologist? If you would like to prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment, and help doctors during surgeries, then this is the career for you! We’re here to help you start your successful career in healthcare. Don’t wait any longer! Give us a call at (213) 427-2200 or visit our Surgical Technology program page to schedule a tour today!