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January Good News

Students from the first graduating cohort of the Emergency Medical Responder course at Hug High School.
Rebecca A. Eckland

First Cohort of Emergency Medical Responder Course Graduates at Hug High

Six students at Hug High School recently graduated as a part of the first cohort of the Emergency Medical Responder Course, a dual credit class made possible through a partnership between the TMCC EMS program and Hug High. The semester-long program taught the students skills to receive their certifications as a first-responder at the state level as well as a CPR certification and that can be used as the first step into an educational and professional journey in healthcare. 

“It was an eye-opening experience for these students,” said Stephanie Mead, EMS Instructor at TMCC who taught the class. Students participated in a ride-along with REMSA in an ambulance to get firsthand experience of what it is like to work as a first responder.

After completing the class, students are eligible to volunteer at a Fire Department, and that qualifies them to participate in Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), who can respond to communities in need following natural disasters. 

The next dual-credit Emergency Medical Responder Course will be offered in the Fall of 2022 at Hug High School. The class is intended for students who are juniors or seniors and over the age of 16 for their first responder certification and students must be 17 or older to participate in the ride-along program. 

“This really gets students going in the healthcare profession,” said Mead. “Some of the students in the class were trying to decide what they wanted to do with their future, and the class helped them to determine whether a career in healthcare was right for them.”

Tips for Success from the Learning Commons 

With the Spring Semester right around the corner, the TMCC Learning Commons wants you to remember that they have resources available to help you succeed. What kind of resources? Whether you prefer to meet in-person or online,TMCC our librarians in the Elizabeth Sturm Library are prepared to help you succeed in your classes, no matter the subject, assignment type, or deadline with their specialized knowledge of where to find the information you need.

This is especially important if you are prone to “research search term overload,” which is a common condition in today’s age when all the information on a specific topic is literally a click away. A librarian can help you narrow your search to what is relevant for your specific assignment, and even help you to filter your search to the most relevant (and peer-reviewed) sources.  In addition to offering more direct search strategies to maximize your valuable time, librarians can also point you to library research guides that contain targeted resources for various academic subjects and information that can make your search move a lot faster.

Not sure if your source is a good one? Librarians can also help you to identify quality research and information sources, helping you to steer clear of information that may not be beneficial to your paper’s argument… or your grade.

Additionally, study spaces, computers, printers, and study rooms are available for student use. “The study rooms are especially popular,” said Librarian John Fitzsimmons, noting that the whiteboard walls provide ample space for even the longest and most complex equations you may come across in upper-level mathematics, engineering, and other physical science classes. In addition to that, the Tutoring and Learning Center (TLC) is also available to provide you with free tutoring across most academic subjects. 

Have trouble accessing the WebCollege? The WebCollege department, which is also located upstairs in the Learning Commons, is open and available to provide you with help and support, as needed. 
 
No matter what your question or level of academic support, the Learning Commons can help you make Spring 2022 the best semester yet. “We’re here and willing to work with anybody on anything they need, whether that’s consulting with you on how to go about doing your research, how to cite your sources or even now to narrow your research topic to something that’s manageable, to name a few examples,” said Fitzsimmons.

Sentry MD Donates to Good Cause on Behalf of TMCC

Sentry MD, the compliance and tracking software for the Nursing, CNA, and Public Safety Departments, made a donation to Doctors Without Borders in honor of TMCC. The gift supports the humanitarian efforts of this worldwide organization that offers medical aid where it is needed the most. Founded in 1971, the organization was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999 for its important work. The gift made in TMCC’s honor will support medical care that is offered to victims of armed conflict, natural disasters, malnutrition, and epidemics in more than 70 countries around the world.