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EMS students honored at pinning ceremony

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May 30 2019
A group of students and instructors pose for a photo indoors on SCC's Jackson Campus.
Instructors and students in SCC’s Emergency Medical Science program are shown here at their pinning ceremony, which was held on May 16 at the college’s Jackson Campus. Pictured are, from left: EMS Clinical Coordinator and Instructor Tony Belcher, James Roberson of Franklin, David Pope of Sylva, Levi Ledford of Franklin, Bobby Wilson of Cashiers, Sean Patrick Moore of Franklin, Kayla Sloan of Sylva, Paiton Ray of Franklin, Tina McCall of Tuckasegee and EMS Program Coordinator and Instructor Eric Hester.

The first people to respond in the case of a medical emergency were honored in a pinning ceremony on May 16 at Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus.

Recently obtaining their degrees in Emergency Medical Science from SCC were Levi Ledford of Franklin, Tina McCall of Tuckasegee, Sean Patrick Moore, Jr., of Franklin, David Pope of Sylva, Paiton Ray of Franklin, James Roberson of Franklin, Kayla Sloan of Sylva and Bobby Wilson of Cashiers.

All eight received their pins in the ceremony, and they were awarded their associate degrees two days later in SCC’s graduation ceremony.

“We challenge our students every single day they are in our program, so these graduates are fully prepared to start their careers in emergency medicine – or to continue their education if they choose,” said Eric Hester, EMS Program Coordinator and Instructor at SCC. “Our profession is not an easy one, but all of our graduates are ready to make a positive difference in the lives of those they serve in the months and years ahead.”

Graduates are eligible to take state and national certification examinations, and they can find employment with providers of emergency medical services, fire departments, rescue agencies and a wide range of other employers.

SCC is now accepting applications for prospective EMS students. For more information about the program at SCC, contact Hester at 828.339.4277 or ehester[at]southwesterncc[dot]edu.