JCJC’s assistant director of the Emergency Technology program Eric Williams (right) received the prestigious Excellence in Action award from the Advance CTE organizations’ meeting recently in Washington, D.C. Pictured from left are Jean Massey, executive director of Mississippi Secondary Education; and Jo Ann Honeycutt, president of Advance CTE and State CTE director for North Carolina.

JCJC EMT program honored for excellence

Jones County Junior College’s Emergency Medical Technology program recently received the prestigious “Excellence in Action” award, which recognizes the best Career Technical Education programs across the nation by Advance CTE.

Jones was one of 11 programs selected nationwide to earn this award in the Health Science career cluster category. All programs recognized by Advance CTE provided compelling data demonstrating impressive graduation rates, credential attainment, dual enrollment completion and work-based learning participation and glowing letters of recommendation. These programs are preparing their students for a lifetime of career success.

The Emergency Medical Technology program at JCJC trains EMTs and paramedics to become knowledgeable health care providers through a strong relationship with secondary education schools and industry, ensuring a seamless pathway across systems.

The program is critical to providing a pipeline of qualified healthcare professionals and it has emerged as one of the top programs in the south, boasting a 90 percent first-time pass rate on the National Registry of EMTs, compared to a national average of 60 percent.