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PDCC honors those who completed Allied Health program

Paul Ruppert, left, congratulates his students. Attending from left are: Shae Masters of Suffolk; Mohammad Sajid of Chesapeake; Charlotte Cifers of Courtland; Nick Stickney of Newsoms; Patricia Barber of Lynchburg; Sylvia White of Smithfield; Elizabeth Williams of Carrsville; Tonja Vinson of Southampton County; and Macayla Servais of Carrsville. Not pictured are Paul Bangley and Pamela Smith. — Submitted Wendy Harrison

By Wendy Harrison

FRANKLIN

Nineteen students were celebrated during the Paul D. Camp Community College 2019 Allied Health Completion Ceremonies held at the Regional Workforce Development Center in Franklin.

The midday event got underway with a welcome from PDCCC President Dr. Daniel Lufkin, followed by the presentation of a prestigious award — the International Ambulance and Medics Commendation— presented to EMS Program Director and Paramedic Paul Ruppert.

“[Mr. Ruppert’s] dynamic leadership and exemplary foresight consistently forged powerful results in every area of endeavor,” said Lufkin. “On short notice and without any additional manpower, he developed the EMS Academy curriculum based on instructor and student critiques, and refined courses to absolute perfection.”

The pinning of the medal was conducted by Adjunct Associate Professor and EMS Clinical Coordinator Charles McLeod.

Lead Phlebotomy Instructor Nancy Cook presented certificates to her six students, followed by Ruppert presenting certificates to nine of the 11 completers able to participate from the EMT/EMS program. The two students successfully finishing the Pharmacy Technician program, headed by director and instructor Elaine Beale, were not able to attend the ceremonies. They are Alyssa Aguilar and Alyssia Ricks, both of Franklin.

For more information about the PDCCC Nursing and Allied Health programs, email Tasha Taylor at ttaylor@pdc.edu.