MAC Paramedic Program Holds Graduation for 12
After more than a year of intense classroom work and clinical/field internship rotations, 13 paramedic students of MAC’s Class of 2013 graduated before a “standing room only” crowd at the North College Center. Top row, from left: Dean Meenach (EMS Director), Daytona Brown (Fredericktown), James Heimos (Arnold), Steven Beard (Bonne Terre), Nick Million (St. Louis), Kevin Jones (Fredericktown). Bottom row: Jamie Williams (Potosi), Emily Smith (Bonne Terre), Angela Stump (Farmington), Jacinda Roth (Saint Mary), Destiny McDaniel (Farmington), Christina Proffer (Bonne Terre), Sarah Twomey (Park Hills), Amanda Johnson (Farmington).
Hard work paid off for the graduates of the Mineral Area College Paramedic Program on July 12. After more than a year of intense classroom work and clinical/field internship rotations, 13 paramedic students of MAC’s Class of 2013 graduated before a “standing room only” crowd at the North College Center.
A special award was presented to valedictorian Sarah Twomey of Park Hills, and to Christina Proffer of Bonne Terre for Clinical Excellence.
Dean Meenach, director of EMS education, described the graduating class as one that supported and cared for one another. He said it was especially exemplified by Angela Stump of Farmington, who was the honored recipient of The Servant’s Heart Award. Dedication and perseverance toward noble character was best demonstrated by Daytona Brown of Fredericktown who received The Honor Code Award.
“The students inspired me with their dedication, compassion, and patient advocacy,” he said.
MAC EMS Educator Charlene Jansen also addressed the crowd, and talked about how each student personally demonstrated attributes of professionalism. Chris Hoover, a veteran paramedic at St. Francois County Ambulance District (SFCAD), was a guest speaker who spoke of personal responsibility and dedication towards excellence in service to the community.
The graduation was attended by several members of the community including MAC adjunct instructor and SFCAD supervisor Chris Hoover and MAC adjunct instructors Russell Leonard, Lindsey Murphy, Jamie Dunn, and Amy Hoover.
The Paramedic Program is offered through Mineral Area College department of Allied Health. MAC offers a certificate program in Paramedic Technology as well as an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Paramedic Technology. The Associate Degree Program is becoming the standard in the profession. The next class begins in August. For more information about training in Emergency Medical Services, including open enrollment for the EMT program, contact Dean Meenach, Director of EMS Education, at (573) 518-2113. Please visit their website at www.Mineralarea.edu.