WWCC Graduates EMTs For First Time in 20 Years
Western Wyoming Community College graduated its first class of five Emergency Medical Technicians (Basic) in more than 20 years on Tuesday, June 18 in a ceremony at the Rock Springs campus. All five students have passed their state certification exams and are ready to begin new careers as EMTs. EMT Basic graduates included: Crystal Camacho, Danielle Kendall, Matthew Gardner, and Angela Locke, all of Rock Springs; and Eric Chase Cochrun, of Green River. Locke received a special award for perfect attendance in the class; Gardner received a special award for the highest combined average score in the class. Carole Shafer, director of Workforce and Community Development at WWCC, said that Western had graduated its last EMT class in 1992, after which the program sunset due to the existence of other training opportunities in the area. But local industry representatives had approached Western more recently about establishing a new program, she said. The State of Wyoming approved Western’s new program in September 2012. Western’s curriculum committee approved the program as a credit course in December 2012. The first class began in January 2013.