• November 28, 2020
 EPCC Dual Credit High School students to participate in Virtual International Competition

Dayra Barron, Jizel Lucero, Adriana Corona, and Chathrini Kularatne-(missing Mariana Frias) | Photo courtesy EPCC

EPCC Dual Credit High School students to participate in Virtual International Competition

Teams made up of El Paso Community College (EPCC) Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Dual Credit students earned an invitation to the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) International Leadership Conference.

Students from Bel Air and Socorro High Schools placed in the top three in the Texas competition allowing them to advance to the international event, scheduled to take place June 24-27.

The team from Socorro High School included Dayra Barron, Jizel Lucero, Adriana Corona, Mariana Frias and Chathrini Kularatne. They qualified for the international conference in the category of Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). The focus of their winning project was visiting 24 Socorro Independent School District (SISD) schools, monitoring and improving the emergency awareness programs.

 “My students have volunteered countless hours ensuring the schools are well prepared in the event of a mass casualty or medical emergency,” Adrianna Knight, EPCC Emergency Medical Services Instructor, said. “It is a great honor to earn a top three placement in the state competition and advance to the International Leadership Conference in June.”

Three competitors from Bel Air High School competed in two different categories. Sierrah Bessler & Isabella Canales placed 2nd in the

EMT category and Ariadne Falcon placed 3rd in the Clinical Nursing category.

As part of the competition, they developed and demonstrated knowledge in emergency medical care that included a written exam and a scenario, which required use of critical thinking skills. “It is fantastic news that our two teams qualified for the HOSA International Conference through the programs we have with EPCC,” Kerry Murray, Bel Air Center for Health Professions, said.

El Paso Community College’s Dual Credit Program offers qualified high school students quality college courses aligned with academic or workforce degrees and/or certificates. Students earn both high school and college credit while receiving a positive collegiate learning experience.

HOSA is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division of ACTE.

HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA’s goal is to encourage all health science instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSE-HOSA Partnership.

Isabella Canales & Sierrah Bessler 2nd place HOSA State in EMT 2020 | Photo courtesy EPCC
Ariadne Falcon 3rd place HOSA State in Clinical Nursing 2020 (2) | Photo courtesy EPCC

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