SCC’s Emergency Medical Science program graduates

Jackson County residents who were honored in a May 16 pinning ceremony for SCC’s Emergency Medical Science program include, from left: Bobby Wilson of Cashiers, Kayla Sloan of Sylva, David Pope of Sylva and Tina McCall of Tuckasegee.

The first people to respond in the case of a medical emergency were honored in a pinning ceremony on May 16 at Southwestern Community College.

The eight graduates, including four from Jackson County, received their pins in the ceremony, and they were awarded their associate degrees two days later in SCC’s graduation ceremony.

“We challenge our students every single day they are in our program, so these graduates are fully prepared to start their careers in emergency medicine – or to continue their education if they choose,” said Eric Hester, EMS program coordinator and instructor. “Our profession is not an easy one, but all of our graduates are ready to make a positive difference in the lives of those they serve in the months and years ahead.”

Graduates are eligible to take state and national certification examinations, and they can find employment with providers of emergency medical services, fire departments, rescue agencies and a wide range of other employers.

SCC is now accepting applications for prospective EMS students. For more information about the program, contact Hester at 339-4277 or