KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – A local community college offers over 20 courses on the weekends to help students get ahead. The goal is to promote more flexibility to students.
The Paramedic Academy at Lenoir Community College provides hands on experience to teach future emergency responders.
“I’m a firefighter and a full time college student getting a bachelor’s degree and this kind of fit better with my schedule to get this certification,” said Arthur Swartz.
Swartz says he’s learned basic lifesaving skills as well as how to administer medicine through Adam, the high fidelity sim man. He’s able to blink his eyes, vomit, and even talk which helps students prepare for real-life scenarios.
“Practice makes perfect, this allows us to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes without harming someone, so it’s a great help to have a simulator like this,” explained Swartz.
Over twenty courses are available on the weekends.
“Heating and ventilation, we have insurance licensed, EMS and EMT intermediate or EMT paramedic,” said Deborah Grimes. Grimes is the Senior Vice President of Instruction and Student Services.
LCC even teaches cosmetology in Spanish. Grimes says it’s important to offer diversity and flexibility to students. “They look at an advanced degree or they look at bettering themselves and that’s what the community college is all about, training and re-training and helping people advance in whatever field they are in.”
Another course at LCC shows students how to ride a motorcycle. It’s a 4-week program and then when the students graduate. They’ll be able to teach new riders.
Swartz says if you want to advance your career, this is a great way to help you get started.
“It allowed me to do other things while I was still advancing my education,” Swartz said.
For more information on LCC classes, click here.