Seven receive EMT certificates after completing summer course

Summer 2017 EMT grad2 Seven students graduated from Victoria College’s Summer EMT class on Aug. 10.

Victoria College graduated seven students from its Summer EMT course on Aug. 10 at VC’s Student Center.

Sarah Biffle was named the class valedictorian and Hunter Sparks was named class salutatorian. Biffle and Kaycee Baker were co-recipients of the Best Skills Award. Lisa Singer received the Best in Clinic Award.

Other graduates were Daniel Metivier, Xavier Villareal and Samantha Flores.

The class viewed all of their lectures online via recordings.

“This was a complete ‘flipped’ class, so students were able to spend 80 percent of class time in lab doing skills and scenarios,” Victoria College EMS Coordinator Susie Jechow said.

“Flipped” classes are more personalized and allow students an opportunity to gain more hands-on learning.

Students completed 80 hours of clinicals – 40 in EMS, 32 in emergency room and eight in respiratory therapy.

“This resulted in outstanding clinic results with students mastering content in the emergency department, respiratory therapy and EMS,” Victoria College EMS Clinical Coordinator Emilio Reyes said.

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Photo caption: Pictured from left are Victoria College EMS Coordinator Susie Jechow, EMS Instructor Bruce Verdecanna, students Sarah Biffle, Kaycee Baker, Samantha Flores, Daniel Metivier, Lisa Singer, Xavier Villareal and Hunter Sparks and Victoria College EMS Medical Director Dr. John McNeill.