Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured, front row, from left, are CCC EMT Program Director Rhett Nelson; Elizabeth Henry of Cleveland, MS; Amber Brooks of Clarksdale, MS; (back row) CCC Board of Trustees member Johnny McGlown; John Harris of Greenwood, MS; Phillip Gary of Cleveland, MS; CCC President Valmadge Towner; and CCC EMT Clinical Coordinator Chris Whitfield.
CLARKSDALE – A group of Coahoma Community College students are now prepared to “bring the emergency room to the patient” after being recognized for successfully completing CCC’s Paramedic program during a graduation ceremony Wednesday.
The ceremony, hosted at 10 a.m. in the Georgia Lewis Theater, featured four graduates who completed the intensive, three-semester certificate program. The graduates were: Amber Brooks of Clarksdale, MS; Phillip Gary of Cleveland, MS; John Harris of Greenwood, MS; and Elizabeth Henry of Cleveland, MS.
The group marks the third class to successfully complete the program since its inception.
“This is a world-class program. Our two instructors (Program Director Rhett Nelson and Clinical Coordinator Chris Whitfield) can work anywhere on the planet, and we’re grateful to have them here at Coahoma,” said CCC President Dr. Valmadge Towner. “Graduates, I’m really happy for you and your families. If you can stay in the area, I encourage you to do so … the Mississippi Delta needs good, highly-trained individuals.”
During the presentation of certificates, graduate Amber Brooks received the Childress-Mitchell Award—the department’s highest honor named in honor of the late Gene Childress and Paul Mitchell, both Bolivar County paramedics who were well-known for providing exemplary patient care and embodying the spirit of providing service to others.
Chris Elliott, who has over 20 year of EMS experience and serves as the EMT/Paramedic instructor for East Mississippi Community College, gave the keynote address.
Elliott used the opportunity to elaborate on what the graduates can expect as paramedics and encouraged them to always remain students of the profession.
“No one said the journey was easy. I applaud each of you for your dedication this past year and a half,” Elliott said. “However, the knowledge that you will need to gain does not stop here—you have to continue to learn and grow with the profession. You will see, hear and do things that some of us older paramedics only dreamed about because of technology.”
CCC’s Paramedic program is designed to prepare individuals for careers as paramedics in a variety of healthcare settings and for the National Registry for EMTs testing program leading to national certification.
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CLICK HERE to view more photos from the ceremony on CCC's Facebook page!