HAMLET — In an effort to advertise collaboration over competitors, Richmond Group School is partnering with Bladen Group School to make out there its new 911 telecommunications program to extra college students throughout the state of North Carolina.
Dr. Dale McInnis, president of RichmondCC, and Dr. Amanda Lee, president of Bladen Group School, signed an settlement on Monday that might permit BCC college students to enroll within the on-line program and full an affiliate diploma in 911 Communications and Operations.
The diploma program gives a pathway for people who’re interested by beginning a profession on this subject, in addition to offering abilities enhancement for these already working as 911 telecommunicators. This system, which is able to open this fall semester, is exclusive to RichmondCC, as it isn’t at the moment supplied wherever else in North Carolina.
“We’re grateful to Dr. McInnis for working with the 911 state board to give you this program to coach new dispatchers, and we’re much more excited that Richmond Group School is prepared to associate with us,” Lee stated.
Lee stated there are about 25 vacancies for 911 operators in Bladen County and surrounding counties.
“There’s a massive demand for dispatchers, and we’re excited to be working collectively to meet that want,” Lee stated.
Bladen college students will full the core programs and the work-based studying portion of this system by means of RichmondCC, whereas finishing different normal training necessities at Bladen Group School.
RichmondCC has labored intently with the N.C. 911 Board and the N.C. Division of Info Know-how to develop this system.
“911 telecommunicators are critically necessary positions that we’ve all throughout our state, and we have to entice extra individuals into this profession subject with higher pay, higher coaching and extra skilled alternatives,” McInnis stated. “With a specialised program like this being supplied in rural North Carolina, our aim is to come back collectively to construct up our collective strengths to construct a very sturdy program that may assist everybody throughout the state, moderately than duplicate and replicate unnecessarily.”
RichmondCC is now registering college students for the 2023 Fall Semester. College students can apply totally free on-line at www.richmondcc.edu/admissions. For extra data, name RichmondCC at (910) 410-1700. For extra details about Bladen Group School, go to www.bladencc.edu or name (910) 879-5500.