More Than 100 Applaud CCC Graduates of EMT, EKG, Nursing Assistant Programs

2012-12-10 | Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations – 12/9/12 – Panny Mayfield, director; – 662-621-4157Bookmark and Share

(Top Left) Nursing assistant graduates honored Thursday night include (seated from left) Stephanie Lynn Christian of Alligator; Allenia K.Farmer of Clarksdale; Belinda Zamora of Duncan; Jameria Ann Holmes of Clarksdale; (standing from left) Instructor Nora Skelton; Tabbitha Deserra Gooch of Webb; Kenyatrice Lattice Mays of Ruleville; Geneva Angeline Evans of Clarksdale; Ara Kanchetta Gamble of Clarksdale; Jerrica Renee Sims of Clarksdale; Shanice Latorie Hill of Glendora; and instructor Undra Haggan. (Top Right) Graduates of CCC's Emergency Medical Technician class are (seated from left) Rhett Nelson, program director; Emily Annette McCain of Cleveland; Bruce E. Lakes Jr. of Drew; Mareisha D. James of Clarksdale; (standing from left) Aaron Orlando Vence III of Cleveland; Colton Hunter Pugh of Clarksdale; Cordaro Lenail Mays of Mound Bayou; Phillip Michael Gray of Cleveland; Benjamin J. Gooden of Cleveland; speaker Johnny Brister (standing in suit at far right,) (Bottom) EKG Technician graduates include (seated from left) Rekedia LaShon Jones of Helena; Jimmelle Jeane Field of Cleveland; Courtney Nichole Ford of Tunica; Valarie Michelle Jefferson of Clarksdale; back row from left: Tovet L. Tucker-Scott of Winstonville; Mikela Chante Lindsey of Clarksdale, and Bob Swatzell, instructor.

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.