Emergency Workers 100% at SCC

[Clinton, N.C.] – Sampson Community College is serious about its health care programs. While nursing has been a jewel in the crown of SCC for some time already, emergency workers have a strong showing on campus as well.

SCC’s first Emergency Medical Technician class under the Continuing Education umbrella graduated 100% on their North Carolina State Exam and all passed on their first attempt. The successful candidates included Matthew Farthing, Keelie Febres, Taylor Grady, Colin Marley and Andrea Ryals.

Their instructor, Zackary Odum, who has served on the Sampson County EMS for more than a decade says it isn’t easy. “These students have to work hands-on in many different scenarios under stringent timelines and often under pressure,” he says. “We try to prepare them for anything they may see when they pull up on a scene not knowing what to expect.”

emergency Workers 100 percent at SCCPHOTO: Instructor Odum teaches hands-on to future EMT’s.

This course introduces basic emergency medical care. Topics include preparatory, airway, patient assessment, medical emergencies, trauma, infants and children, and operations. Upon completion, students demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve North Carolina State or National Registry EMT certification.

Recently, the college’s Emergency Medical Science curriculum also graduated 100% on their first try and at least one of the students is already employed as a paramedic. “It takes a lot of hard work and a lot of patience,” says Angela Magill, title. “These students have to work hard if they’re going to reach their goals but they know if they do, they have the potential to work in the field they choose. We are proud of them and look forward to these classes growing as we go forward.” For more information about either program, contact Angela Magill at amagill@sampsoncc.edu or at 910.900.4009.


About Sampson Community College:  Sampson Community College is a member of the North Carolina Community College System, located in Clinton, NC in Sampson County. The college offers many programs to include two-year degrees, college transfer, continuing education and workforce development options and early college education.