DCCC Programs Work Together to Provide Students with Ambulance as Teaching Tool

December 6, 2012 – Students in the School of Health, Wellness and Public Safety at Davidson County Community College now have another ambulance to use as a teaching tool thanks to hard work from students enrolled in the School of Business, Engineering and Technical Studies.

They bought the ambulance for just $1 from Davidson County after Davidson County Commissioners voted to sell the vehicle to the college for the purpose of education. The vehicle needed some work in order for it to be used as an effective academic tool for students, though. In fact, the ambulance had damage to the engine.

“Tony Ramsey, the program director for Health and Public Safety, asked if we could look at the ambulance to see if we could repair it,” explains Larry Dollars, Transportation Technology instructor at DCCC. “We got the vehicle at the end of August, and determined it could be fixed.”

Students in the Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology program worked intensively, providing the labor, and Ramsey supplied the needed parts.

“I was teaching a class on engines during the fall, and that’s how the ambulance project was selected for this class,” Dollars says. “It gave our students an excellent opportunity to see a real world breakdown, and the problems that a diesel technician often faces.”

Dollars says that the entire cost of the project was $2,500 for parts with the additional $1 that the school paid for the vehicle.

“Now, students here have another ambulance as a tool for classes,” Dollars says. "This is a $50,000+ piece of equipment for a fraction of that cost. Our students in transportation technology are learning the skills to help keep America moving.”

Ramsey says he is grateful for the work students completed to the ambulance.

“The ambulances afford our students the opportunity to become familiar with the EMS environment,” Ramsey says. “For many who aspire to a career in the medical field, it allows them for the first time to get the feel of working in real life situations. With our departments and students working together, we can accomplish any goal.”

Jeannine Woody, vice president of Academic Programs and Services, notes that the project served as a remarkable teaching tool.

“This is an excellent example of our programs working together to provide tremendous learning opportunities while saving the college a great deal of money,” Woody says.

*Editor’s Note: Pictured, from left to right, are DCCC students Michael Castillo and Jonathan Smith. Both are first year Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology students who helped work on the ambulance.

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2013. It is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.