DOBSON — Twenty-three students recently graduated from Surry Community College’s Paramedic Program, which follows the National EMS Educational Standards and is approved by the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services.
Students enrolled in the Paramedic Program put in more than 1,200 hours of class time including 700 hours of clinical study in order to prepare to serve their communities in emergency situations.
The paramedic graduation was held April 28 on the college campus in Dobson. Class of 1990 alum Jeffery Hinshaw was the guest speaker for the ceremony. A physician’s assistant and credentialed National Registry and North Carolina Paramedic, Hinshaw shared his experience and insight with the graduates.
He reflected on how he began working in Emergency medical services and how far things have come in the industry since graduating from the program 27 years ago. Hinshaw also encouraged those graduating to never stop learning due to the constantly evolving nature of the emergency medical field, and the many lessons one learns on the job as a paramedic.
Other guests included college President Dr. David Shockley, Vice President of Corporate and Continuing Education Dr. George Sappenfield, Emergency Medical Programs Director Vickie Ramey, Emergency Medical Programs Coordinator Kenneth Vaught, Accreditation Program Director Dr. Douglas Underwood, and EMS Program Medical Director Dr. Steven Isaacs.
Each offered brief words of congratulation and encouragement to those graduating. Graduates and those in attendance were also treated to a video presentation compiled of photos and videos of the students throughout their journey to becoming paramedics.
Class representative Howard Cheek spoke on behalf of the class to express his gratitude for all who helped the graduates accomplish their goals and succeed in the program. Cheek also addressed the challenges he and his classmates overcame in order to get to their graduation and expressed excitement for the future as the class begins working as paramedics. In addition, Cheek was voted “Most Supportive” by his classmates.
Additional superlative awards were given out during the ceremony. Jordan Beketov was recognized as valedictorian and was also voted “Most Dedicated” by her classmates. The graduates also voted Katie Cooper as “Ideal Partner.” Madeline Hedrick was recognized as “Most Improved,” and Abby Samuels received the Star of Life Award for performing the most clinical hours by a student; 568 hours are required for the program, but Samuels completed 878 hours.
Graduates are: Jordan Beketov of Mount Airy, Lane Bolatto of Ararat, Joshua Breese of Millers Creek, Lindsay Carrier of Piney Creek, Howard Cheek of Walnut Cove, Katie Marie Cooper of Mount Airy, Taylor Dollyhigh of Mount Airy, Bryn Easter of Pfafftown, Kelly Graham of Rural Hall, Chas Graves of Mount Airy, Lacey Grubbs of Pinnacle, Katelyn Hearl of Ennice, Madeline Hedrick of Winston-Salem, Kayla Goins Johnson of Mount Airy, Susan Ford Johnson of State Road, Chasidy Lawson of King, Christina Butero Layell of Traphill, John Matthews of East Bend, Elizabeth Royal of Wilkesboro, Ted Radford of Pinnacle, Allison Roberts of Galax, Virginia, Abby Samuels of Ararat, and Mark Anthony Vogler of Mount Airy.
Surry Community College offers an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) – Paramedic Initial course each year beginning in March. The course is designed to develop knowledge and skills for the advanced emergency care of ill or injured persons, and is approved by the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services. The principle methods of instruction include lecture, demonstrations, skills evaluations, and both hospital and field internships. Specific training areas include administration of IV fluids, advanced airway management, the administration of pre-hospital advanced life support medications, and cardiac monitoring.
Students must have successfully completed the EMT – Basic course prior to enrolling in the paramedic course. The course encompasses 596 didactic hours, 250 clinical hours and 350 hours of field internship experience. For questions about any of Surry’s Emergency Medical courses, contact Vickie Ramey, director of EMS Programs, at 336-386-3330 or [email protected] or learn more by following the EMS Programs on Facebook @surryems.