Paramedic Program holds graduation

After more than a year of intense classroom work and clinical/field internship rotations, 9 paramedic students of MAC’s Class of 2017 graduated Dec. 15 before their family and guests at MAC’s Fine Arts Theater. They are: Kevin Mesey; Rachel Wiser; Samantha Morgan; Madison Benson; Dustin Tate; Ariel Nicholson, Joe Waldrop, Mackenzy Rooneo; John Colwell. They’re joined by EMS Instructors Dean Meenach and Amy Zuellig.

Provided by Sarah Haas

PARK HILLS — Hard work paid off for the graduates of the Mineral Area College Paramedic Program on Dec. 15. After more than a year of intense classroom work and clinical/field internship rotations, 9 paramedic students of MAC’s Class of 2017 graduated before their family and guests at MAC’s Fine Arts Theater.

The graduating students were: Madison Benson, Farmington; John Colwell, Bismarck; Kevin Mesey, Bonne Terre; Samantha Morgan, Potosi; Ariel Nicholson, Bonne Terre; Mackenzy Rooneo, Park Hills; Dustin Tate, Farmington; Joe Waldrop, Caledonia; and Rachel Wiser, Fredericktown. Nicholson gave the invocation, and Tate presented the graduated class.

Dean Meenach, director of EMS Education, and Roger McMillian, dean of Career & Technical Education, congratulated the students for their hard work, and thanked the friends and family in attendance for supporting the students throughout their rigorous training. Chief Justin Duncan, chief of Washington County Ambulance District, and Dr. Shayne Keddy, ER physician for Mercy Medical Center in Jefferson County, shared words of wisdom to the graduates.

The paramedic program is offered through MAC’s Allied Health Dept. MAC offers a certificate program and an associate of applied science degree in paramedic technology. The AAS is becoming the standard in the profession. The next class begins in August 2017. For more information about training in emergency medical services, including open enrollment for the EMT program, contact Dean Meenach, director of EMS Education, at 518-2113 (or dmeenach@mineralarea.edu). Please visit their website at http://www.mineralarea.edu/programsandcourses/

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