Eight Victoria College EMT students earn certificates

Victoria College’s Emergency Medical Services Program graduated eight candidates for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification on May 3 at VC’s Student Center.

The students completed 80 hours of hands-on clinical training in emergency room, respiratory therapy and EMS while also completing six credit hours of classroom lecture and labs totaling over 124 hours.

The eight graduates were Ben Martinez of Victoria, Ann Sanchez of Victoria, Jaime Lopez of Victoria, Christine Brown of Yoakum, Chris Lassmann of Cuero, Makayla Arellano of Victoria, Caleb Kenner of Odessa and Jason Brunson of Edna. They are now eligible to sit for the National Registry of EMTs examination for certification.

“Students take the one-semester EMT course for a variety of reasons,” said Victoria College EMS Coordinator Susie Jechow. “Most of them go on and gain employment in EMS. Jaime recently graduated from Baylor with a degree in biology. He took the course to help him gain admission into medical school. Caleb came to VC to complete his requirements for fire certification after attending the Odessa College Fire Academy.”

Lopez was named class valedictorian and Kenner was named salutatorian. Arellano earned the “Best Skills and Best in Clinic” recognition.

“The eight graduates completed all assignments and all skills without missing a single class date,” Jechow said. “They were not even tardy, ever. This was our best class thus far in clinical documentation."

The next EMT course begins Tuesday, May 23 for the summer session. For more information, contact Jechow at (361) 572-6447 or

Photo caption: Pictured from left are Ben Martinez, Ann Sanchez, Jaime Lopez, Christine Brown, Chris Lassmann, Makayla Arellano, Caleb Kenner and Jason Brunson.