FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Chris Bender (619) 482 – 6564
SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE PARAMEDIC STUDENTS COMPLETE TERRORISM RESPONSE TRAINING PROGRAM
CHULA VISTA, CA – Southwestern College today announced that 28 students in its Paramedic Program finished their training in Weapons of Mass Destruction held at the Center for Domestic Preparedness at Fort McClellan, in Anniston, Alabama. Fully funded by the Department of Homeland Security, Southwestern College was the first paramedic training program from the Western United States to send their entire class to the training.
Students enrolled in the five-day program receive:
- hands-on training with equipment they will encounter as first responders throughout their career; and
- up-to-date information on domestic and international terrorism, chemical and biological warfare.
Located at the College’s Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa, the Paramedic and EMT program focuses on technical and practical knowledge while teaching skills to evaluate and treat medical emergencies. Students learn to administer medication, start intravenous lines, interpret EKG rhythm strips, defibrillate patients in cardiac arrest and administer advanced life support procedures.
Graduates of the College’s 2008, 2009 and summer 2010 Paramedic and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) programs significantly exceeded the national average on their certification exams. Paramedic students received a 100 percent pass rate and the EMT students a 90 percent pass rate.
About Southwestern College
Accredited since 1964, Southwestern College is the only public institution of higher education in southern San Diego County, serving approximately 400,000 residents of communities including Bonita, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, Nestor, Otay Mesa, Palm City, San Ysidro, Sunnyside and Coronado. The College offers more than 312 associate degree and certificate options.