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Mount Wachusett Community College Honors Newest Paramedics in Pinning Ceremony

MWCC Paramedic Class of 2021The Paramedic Technology Program at MWCC welcomed eight new practitioners to the Paramedic profession in a pinning ceremony on May 20, 2021. This is the second class of students to graduate from MWCC’s Paramedic program.

Peter H Laitinen, Paramedic Program Director congratulated students and recognized them for their perseverance despite the interruptions to their clinical placements caused by the pandemic. “I am so proud to call you alumni of the Mount and look forward to seeing you in the field.”

“What you have accomplished is remarkable,” MWCC President James Vander Hooven told graduates. “Anyone who has achieved their educational goals and is graduating deserves high praise, to do it as you have, working through the program while navigating the challenges the pandemic has placed on us all, is incredibly admirable.”

“We all entered the paramedic program with a wide range of experience and goals for the future. COVID completely changed the landscape in which we studied and worked, and we will forever be known as the “Covid class,” Paramedic Class Vice President Jonathan Kinney told fellow students. “I think I can speak for everyone when I say it was well worth it. The paramedic program at MWCC has been phenomenal.”

“The journey has been hard and long, longer than intended due to COVID-19, and it is not lost on any of us the challenges you faced because of the delays the pandemic caused your program,” Dean of Health Professions, Public Service Programs and Social Sciences Margaret Jaillet told the graduates. “We appreciate your patience and professionalism and congratulate you on your achievement.”

“I know in my heart that our communities, our neighbors, our families and friends will be better served by having you men and women out there as paramedics, doing what you do to sustain life and decrease suffering in emergent situations,” Dr Daniel Wilson, Program Medical Director added. “Never forget that you have been given a privilege and responsibility to utilize your skills and knowledge to aid the sick and the injured. Strive always to be your best, do your best, and continue to learn and grow.”

The eight students of the Paramedic Program Class 002 are:

Robert Barrett, Fitchburg MA

Jennifer Bertrand, Fitchburg MA

Jewlia Durning, Holliston MA

Austin Flagg, Lunenburg MA

Amanda Griffith, Athol MA

Trevor Jones, Chelmsford, MA

Jonathan Kinney, Pepperell, MA

Daniel McCall, Ware MA