With essential, frontline healthcare workers in the spotlight during the battle against COVID-19, El Paso Community College (EPCC) is highlighting their contribution to the community’s safety and the college’s role in training them.
“El Paso Community College has a long history of training our community’s workforce,” EPCC President Dr. William Serrata said. “EPCC has prepared many of our region’s first responders and health care workers with a high-quality education so they can help you and your family. We are proud of our graduates working in many fields throughout our community.” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President said.
Each year, more than 125 students graduate from EPCC in a variety of healthcare fields, including the Nursing Program and the Respiratory Care Technology Program, which are the types of fields directly involved in the care of patients with various forms of acute or chronic respiratory illnesses, such as the Coronavirus.
In addition to these healthcare workers, EPCC trains first responders such as Firefighters and Emergency Medical Techs (EMT) and Paramedics.
The Emergency Medical Services Professionals program trains Emergency Medical Techs and Paramedics, graduating almost 150 first responders each year in a variety of settings.
“At EPCC the Emergency Medical Services Professions program, not only trains traditional EPCC students, but trains soldiers from Fort Bliss and students from area high schools through the college’s Dual Credit program,” Antonio Ayub, EPCC Emergency Medical Services Instructor, explains.
EPCC also trains other heroes who have key roles assisting in this pandemic such as Medical Assistants, Surgical Technologists, Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) students, and Medical Imaging Technology-Radiographers.