Trustees approve EMS Bridge program, land swap for truck driver training

HAMLET – The board of directors of Richmond Community College has approved a bridging program that will allow paramedic training to count toward credits in the associate’s degree program in emergency medical sciences. The board of directors granted this motion at its monthly meeting on December 14 at the Hamlet campus.

According to the articulation agreement, students who have completed the paramedic course through the division of manpower and economic development of RichmondCC and are listed in the register of the office of medical services North Carolina Emergency Department and / or the National Emergency Medical Technician Training Registry will receive college credit in emergency medical science. program. This will allow a certified paramedic to enter the program with 45 credits. Obtaining the associate degree requires a total of 68 to 69 credits.

“This bridging program will be of benefit to paramedics who are licensed and working but have not yet completed a full two-year degree,” said Dr. Dale McInnis, President of RichmondCC. “The degree will give them more job opportunities and allow them to advance more competitively in their careers.”

The Trustees also approved an agreement between the College, the County Commissioners of Scotland and the South Eastern Regional Airport Authority (SERAA) that would grant property in RichmondCC near Laurinburg / Maxton Airport to host a training program of truck drivers.

The state budget 2021-2022 recently adopted by the General Assembly includes an allocation of $ 1.5 million for the Richmond CC Truck Driver Training Program. For the past five years, RichmondCC has partnered with Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute to provide training for truck drivers, but the state award and this ownership transfer agreement will allow RichmondCC to have its own truck driver program.

“Our goal has always been to have our own program,” said McInnis. “This allowance helps make this a reality, but another need to make this program permanent and regularly operated is space for a driving range and a fenced area to hold vehicles and trailers.”

The College is currently announcing an architect to design the necessary improvements to the property and is looking to hire someone to manage the program and be the lead instructor. RichmondCC intends to offer the Truck Driver Training Program in the County of Scotland this spring.

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