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BSCTC RESPIRATORY THERAPY STUDENTS COMPLETE PALS CERTIFICATION

Second-year students in the respiratory therapy program are shown with Gina Lester, education coordinator at Tug Valley ARH, following completion of their PALS Pediatric Advanced Life Support certification on Friday, October 2. Second-year students in the respiratory therapy program at Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) completed the PALS (Pediatric Life Support) training on Friday, October 2.

The group also completed their ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) training in August. Both trainings were provided by Gina Lester, RRT-NPS, RPFT, education coordinator at Tug Valley Appalachian Regional Healthcare. Lester is a 1998 graduate of the respiratory therapy program at BSCTC.

This is a significant step in our students completing our program, said Melissa Skeens, coordinator of the respiratory therapy program at BSCTC. I am proud of this accomplishment, and I am equally as proud to see that one of our graduates is providing the training.

Dr. Devin Stephenson, president of BSCTC, congratulated students for their accomplishment.

This is the next step in an exciting chapter of their lives, he said. I look forward to handing them their degree in May.

Second-year students in the program are: Second-year students are: Stephanie Burkett, Amanda Crisp, Rebecca Justice, Evelyn Martin, Tyra McKinney and Ashley Mullins.

For more information on the respiratory therapy program at BSCTC, contact Melissa Skeens at (606) 788-2822 or email Melissa Skeens at melissa.skeens@kctcs.edu.