Crafton Hills College’s 89th paramedic class graduated Aug. 3 in a ceremony at the Redlands Seventh-day Adventist Church.
The 25 graduates are from San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles counties.
They are Nathan Allen, Aaron Cornejo and Daylon Kennedy of Yucaipa; Tanner Baker of Highland; Kyle Goins and Eric Ross of Mentone; Lori Fisher and Israel Jaquez of San Bernardino; Ismael Gonzalez, Claire Kelly and Alex Rodriguez of Colton; Collin Ortega of Big Bear City; Brandon Riggans of Rancho Cucamonga; Matthew Steele of Upland; Alberto Paz of Rialto; Jesus Chavez, Kory LaBella of Menifee; Jared Danley of Romoland; Jose Gallegos of Banning; Shelby Johns of Hemet; Mark Mireles of Canyon Lake; Keith Normandin of Winchester; Joseph Wilson of Murrieta; Andrew Viken of Moreno Valley; and Julian Silva of Covina.
The graduates completed a 10-month program, attending classes Monday through Thursday and doing more than 600 hours of field work.
The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office recently recognized Crafton Hills College’s paramedic program as a Strong Workforce Star, according to a press release from the college. Criteria for becoming a Strong Workforce Star are a substantial increase in earnings, attainment of a living wage and a job closely matched with the field of study for graduates. Crafton has a 96 percent employment rate, according to the press release.
Run under the auspices of the emergency medical services division, the Crafton Hills College paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions.
Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, one of the 115 colleges in the California community college system, offers more than 50 degree programs and 25 career certificates.
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