More Than 100 Applaud CCC Graduates of EMT, EKG, Nursing Assistant Programs
CLARKSDALE – Graduates of three Coahoma Community College Health Science short-term programs – EKG Technician, Nursing Assistant – and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) were cheered by more than 100 educators, family members, and friends Thursday night at the Allied Health Training Center.
With program coordinator Tony Brooks presiding and praising the graduates, Beverly Overton, CCC assistant vice president of health sciences, defined the group as “completers.”
“If opportunity does not knock, they build a door,” she said.
Guest speaker Johnny Brister, a veteran paramedic, said he began his health care career after losing three friends in one week.
“I wanted to make a difference, to help save someone,” said Brister who became an ambulance driver in the small town of Rosedale.
“Things have changed since those days with an army surplus ambulance run by volunteers,” he said.
Relaying practical advice, Brister charged graduates to give patients their full attention, to make eye contact, to speak with language patients can understand, and to be humble.
“If you make mistakes, admit it, face up to it, and think before you speak,” he said.
Brister was introduced by Rhett Nelson, program director for EMTs and Paramedics.