Nine receive Paramedic Certificates at VC
Nine students were honored recently for earning their Paramedic Certificates after graduating from Victoria College’s Emergency Medical Services Program.

John Edwards is glad he stuck out the 11-month Emergency Medical Services Program at Victoria College.

Edwards was one of nine students honored recently at VC’s Johnson Symposium for graduating from the EMS Program with a Paramedic Certificate. He and the eight other students learned such skills as assessing emergency scenes, mitigating scene hazards, conducting comprehensive patient assessment, developing a field diagnosis, implementing treatment plans for acutely ill and injured patients of all ages, and transporting patients to appropriate healthcare facilities.

“It was a long program, but, overall, the outcome went very well and it was well worth it,” said Edwards, who completed the course while also working full time for the Victoria Fire Department.

“We were at work, we had school the next day and then the next day we had hospital rotations,” Edwards said. “So we literally had no days off. But the amount of information and knowledge we got out of this program was better than I could have expected.”

Victoria College EMS Coordinator Susie Jechow said the 2016 class was the most impressive group she has instructed at VC. Jechow dubbed the class “The Noble IX” on its challenge coin.

“These nine students were the best class I have coordinated in my nine paramedic courses,” Jechow said. “They possess not only competent skills and mastery of the ‘when and why’ of EMS response, but also a team chemistry, concern for patient care and outstanding integrity.”

Chelsea Ramay, an employee of Calhoun County EMS, was the class valedictorian. Victoria Fire Department employee Jorge Casias was named salutatorian. Edwards was the recipient of the J. Alan Baker Award. Other graduates were Victoria Fire Department employees Gary Daniels, Zachary Thorpe, Joshua Jones, Dylan Lopez, Roman Mancias and Jorge Mora.

“We all became really close,” Edwards said. “We did everything together. We ate together. We hung out outside the classroom together and outside of work. We basically became a small family. Since there were only nine of us, we got to do a lot of things together. That’s what made us really close.”

According to Jechow, six of the nine graduates have already passed their national examinations after graduating from the VC program.

“It was an amazing program,” Edwards said. “Susie is a great instructor. She really knows what she’s teaching. Everything she teaches really sticks.”

Since 2015, the job placement rate for graduates of the program is 100 percent.

Registration is now underway for the fall EMT-Basic Certificate. Students who earn an EMT-Basic Certificate this fall can then apply for the Paramedic Certificate or Associate of Applied Science degree beginning in January. The Fall 2016 EMT-Basic courses at Victoria College will begin Aug. 31 and are scheduled to complete on Dec. 7. Classes are held at VC’s Allied Health Building.

Pictured are, front row from left, students John Edwards, Joshua Jones, Dylan Lopez, Roman Mancias, Jorge Mora and Chelsea Ramay; and, back row, VC EMS Coordinator Susie Jechow, VC EMS Program Clinical Coordinator Emilio Reyes, students Jorge Casias, Gary Daniels and Zachary Thorpe, and VC Vice President of Instruction Marjorie Price-Seeger.

For more information, contact Jechow at (361) 572-6447 or at or Ricki Van Horn at (361) 582-3470 or at
Pictured is the challenge coin for Victoria College’s 2016 Paramedic graduating class.
Published: Wednesday, 03 August 2016

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