AVON PARK, Fla. – April 9, 2018 – SFSC graduated a class of 16 paramedics during an evening ceremony at the SFSC University Center Auditorium at the Highlands Campus on April 4.

Receiving their paramedic certificates were Robert Brown, Cameron Durham, Chris Holland, Scott Huff, Ryan Jenkins, Glen Karnes II, Adam Magee, Jamey Pynes, Phillip Riddle, Clifton Sellers, Michael Smith Jr., Joseph Stanislowski, Sean Sweat, Derek Walsh, Joshua, Whitehead, and Robert Williams.

Captain Jay Schwartz of the Polk County Fire Rescue served as the ceremony’s guest speaker. Addressing the graduates, he said, “The most important thing to remember is that you are the patient’s advocate. The information that you share with the hospital can make all the difference in the world.”

Three students were recognized for special achievement. Derek Walsh, the class leader, was acknowledged for having the Highest GPA in Lab and Clifton Sellers for the Highest GPA in Lecture. Scott Huff was awarded with Most Heart, the student who showed the most determination and drive.

The graduates had just completed an 11-month college credit certificate course offered through SFSC’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program. Paramedics work as part of an emergency response team called out to traffic accidents, fires, and other life-threatening situations.

SFSC also offers a 300-hour course leading to employment as an emergency medical technician (EMT). EMTs provide entry-level patient care as part of an emergency response team.

SFSC also offers a two-year Associate in Science degree program in Emergency Medical Services, which includes training in both EMT and paramedic programs. Upon completing this program, graduates can work in a supervisory EMS capacity.

For more information, contact Steve Ashworth at 863-784-7272 or ashworths@southflorida.edu.