a look at campus life at various community and junior colleges
Four dozen firefighters from across the nation hewed their way through structures with axes and chainsaws as they engaged in advanced training through Rio Hondo College’s (Calif.) annual Regional Truck Academy in Santa Fe Springs. The 88-hour training program provides a mix of instructional lectures and visual hands-on exercises, including axe work, forcible entry into burning structures, structure ventilation, high-rise operations, elevator rescues, rope rescues, thermal imaging, auto extraction and rapid intervention tactics. Firefighters from departments in California, South Carolina, Nevada and the Barona Indian Reservation are taking the program at the Rio Hondo Fire Training Center. The program repeatedly draws far more applications than the college can accommodate — more than 20 were turned away this January — prompting the academy to consider adding a second class to the schedule this year or in 2016.The firefighters will be ripping open 25 cars with the Jaws of Life as they practice emergency rescues. The academy was launched in 2006 as part of an expansion of a suite of firefighting and emergency service training offered by Rio Hondo. This is the 10th class of firefighters to be trained.
The Economic and Community Development Division of Central Carolina Community College (N.C.) announces the opening of its new Student Support Center. It’s a one-stop shop — one center and one telephone number — for all people interested in the college’s Continuing Education program. The center is a resource that assists with questions regarding Continuing Education classes (books, materials and supply lists), WebAdvisor (online inquiry and registration system), telephone call-in registration, drop/add requests, and ed2go (online instruction center).
Ramona Leftwich is the center coordinator. The center includes two full-time staff members, Susan Carlson and Linda Rhodes, as well as a rotation of administrative staff from the college’s three-county service area, and assistance from work study students. The Center’s mission is great customer service. The Student Support Center will help students stay informed. The SSC will provide new class information, registration and scholarship information, as well as a variety of other services.