DOBSON — Sixteen 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 May 7 on the SCC campus in Dobson. The Director of Surgical Services at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital Dr. Douglas Underwood was invited to attend as the guest speaker for the ceremony. Underwood spoke to the graduates about the importance of a solid educational foundation and emphasized the tremendous responsibility they have as healthcare providers. Additionally, Underwood challenged graduates to forgo complacency in their careers, instead striving for excellence in all that they do.
Special guests included SCC President Dr. David Shockley, SCC Vice President of Corporate and Continuing Education Dr. George Sappenfield, SCC Center for Public Safety Division Chair Kirk Killon, SCC Emergency Medical Programs Coordinator Vickie Ramey, and SCC Medical Director Dr. Jason Stopyra. Each offered brief words of congratulation and encouragement to those graduating.
Class President and Valedictorian Ethan Hooker spoke on behalf of the class to express immense gratitude for all who helped the graduates accomplish their goals and succeed in the program. Hooker was also voted “Most Supportive” by his classmates and instructors.
Additional superlative awards were given out during the ceremony also. T.J. Woodfin was recognized as “Most Dedicated Paramedic Student” as well as “Ideal Paramedic Partner,” and Amanda Holt was voted “Most Improved Paramedic Student.”
Graduates are Amanda Holt of Rural Hall; Abigail Carmichael of King; Alsina Mei of Winston-Salem; Staphany Blizard, Stephanie Carson, Landon Horton, Ethan Hooker and Jason Leeds of Mount Airy; Francisco Linares of Dobson; Daniel Callaway of Mocksville; John Shipton of Walkertown; Chase Needham of Ararat; Matt Shouse of Mayodan; Scott Gambill and Claudia Vanhoy of Elkin; and T.J. Woodfin of Clemmons.