Thirty-Four Cadets Graduate From Hancock's EMS Academy

The cadets were recognized at the college's Public Safety Training Complex

EMS GraduationMAY 23, 2019--After 16 weeks of classroom and field instruction, 34 cadets graduated from Allan Hancock College’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Academy on May 23. The cadets were recognized for completing the Emergency Medical Services Academy 1A during a ceremony at Hancock’s Public Safety Training Complex in Lompoc.

Upon completion of the training, the cadets can provide basic life-saving skills and have passed a national registry test to become emergency medical technicians (EMTs).

“We train people who are there to help you on the worst day of your life,” said Hancock Superintendent/President Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D. “I can assure you that on your worst day, you want the person helping you to come from Hancock because they have been trained properly and trained well.”

During their time at the academy, the cadets learned critical skills such as patient handling and moving, emergency vehicle driving and more. Much of the training was hands-on and utilized the state-of-the-art equipment and technology available at Hancock’s Public Safety Training Complex. In addition to the traditional classroom learning environment, the cadets were able to train in one of the only community college EMS simulation labs in the state. Hancock’s high-tech lab includes simulation manikins and an ambulance simulator that allows students to experience and practice treatment of a patient while in a moving ambulance.

Mind and body wellness expert Jean Steel delivered the graduation’s keynote address. She told the cadets that their new careers would be challenging, but assured them that they had what it took to help those in their communities as newly-minted EMTs.

“Why are doing it? You are special and you are willing to make a difference in the world,” said Steel. “You are amazing.”

Several of the graduating cadets earned awards determined by their trainers and peers. Addison Cory was named class valedictorian. Cory thanked his trainers and expressed confidence that the skills he and his fellow cadets learned would help them save lives in the field.

“The skills we learned are going to allow us to get people the help that they need, as well as deliver the very best care,” said Cory. “I feel confident that we are all going to be able to carry out that role very well. I hope you all feel that same confidence.”

This full list of graduating cadets include: Victoria Arias; Ramiro Carlos; Addison Cory; Carlos Cruz; Jovanny Cruzrojas; Amanda Ecarma; Jonathan Edwards; Raelene Elisan; Alexis Flores; Fernando Garibay-Zamora; Jose Guardado; Alan Gudino; Anthony Guerrero; Phoenix Herrigel; Jackson James; Desmond Julius; Krystle Kaden; Kiera Lindberg; Andres Melgoza; Yareli Mendez; Nicole Mora; Chyann Morris; Arturo Nunez; Izack Perez; Daniel Porras; Edgar Ramirez; Nathan Ramirez; Renz Ramirez; Carrie Rodreguiz; Antonio Rodriguez; Christian Romero; Jacob Sabatino; Sabrina Sanchez; and Andrew Soto.

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Caption: A total of 34 cadets graduated from Allan Hancock College’s Emergency Medical Services Academy on May 23 in Lompoc.

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Last Modified May 23, 2019