What a memorable day it was!
Western Nevada College celebrated the first graduates of its Paramedicine program on Saturday, Feb. 20 in Carson Nugget Hall on the Carson City campus.
Graduates are Joshua Adams, Anthony Abuan, Josef Almeida, Melissa Fraguela, Megan Jackson, Heather Alexander, Sarah Minkle, Connor Nicholas, Kraig Palmer, Jerry Sanchez and Paul White.
“This has been a huge achievement and a tremendous amount of work this past year,” Adams said. “I’ve learned so many lessons throughout this program and process: lessons in life, education and plenty of professional lessons. It has been a humbling process that I am thankful for, showing me that we can always improve, learn and grow.”
By completing the Paramedicine program at Western, the graduates are eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) National Certification Test.
“They have completed almost 600 hours of didactic and lab coursework, over 200 hours of hospital clinical time and almost 500 hours of field internship time, and this class completed this during the largest pandemic since 1918!” said Paramedicine Program Coordinator Terry Mendez.
KOLO TV in Reno provided coverage of the graduation. View its report at
https://www.kolotv.com/video/2021/02/21/western-nevada-college-holds-first-paramedic-graduation/. CarsonNow also provided coverage of the graduation: https://carsonnow.org/story/02/21/2021/wnc-graduates-first-paramedic-students-saturday-ceremony.
U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen sent their congratulations to the graduates in a ceremony that was limited to the number of attendees because of COVID restrictions.
“We are very proud of these students to not only become the first graduates of the program but to accomplish this milestone during a health pandemic that has presented many different challenges to the medical field,” said WNC President Dr. Vincent Solis. “We wish them the very best in their futures as paramedics and other positions in emergency medical services as they help people in their times of need.”
Mendez said that potential candidates of the program can learn more by contacting him at email@example.com or 775-445-3231 and Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 775-445-3267. Scholarships are also available to students through WNC Foundation.