911 Program Produces First Eastern Florida Graduates

By  //  July 18, 2013

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Fourteen students from the 911 Public Safety Telecommunications Program received their certification Monday as members of its inaugural class. (EFSC image)

Fourteen students from the 911 Public Safety Telecommunications Program received their certification last Monday as members of its inaugural class. (EFSC image)

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – The first students to graduate since the name change to Eastern Florida State College have come from one of its new programs: Emergency 911 dispatchers who help protect the community and save lives.

Fourteen students from the 911 Public Safety Telecommunications Program received their certification Monday as members of its inaugural class.

The ceremony at the Simpkins Fine Arts Center on the Cocoa campus also marked the first time students have completed their studies at Eastern Florida, which was born July 1 to reflect an expanded mission to offer Bachelor Degrees. Eastern Florida was previously called Brevard Community College.

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Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, Rockledge Police Chief Joseph LaSata, Port Canaveral Police Chief Joe Hellebrand, Titusville Police Chief John Lau and Palm Bay Police Chief Doug Muldoon congratulate the grads. (EFSC image)

“It’s extremely gratifying that Eastern Florida’s first graduates will protect and serve the community,” said Eastern Florida President, Dr. Jim Richey.

“It reflects the college’s own mission of community service, and I commend them and the program’s faculty and staff. The graduates are meeting an important need.”

The 911 program is among 20 new four-year, two-year and certificate programs that Eastern Florida is starting this year and in 2014.

14 graduates from the Insitute of Public Safety's 911 Dispatcher program have become the first official graduates since BCC became Eastern Florida State College on July 1, 2013. These graduates from what's known as the Public Safety Telecommunication program had a ceremony on Monday evening, July 15 at the Simpkins Center on the Cocoa Campus. (EFSC image)

These graduates were among 14 from from the Public Safety Telecommunication program who had a ceremony on July 15 at the Simpkins Center on the Cocoa Campus. (EFSC image)

The college’s first two Bachelor Degree programs in general business administration and health care administration begin in August. Another eight Bachelor Degree tracks in business, health care and information technologies are scheduled for launch in August 2014.

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A range of other new offerings includes the 911 program to fill ranks in law enforcement, firefighting and other public safety fields. Several of the graduates have already been hired by the Titusville, Cocoa and Port Canaveral police departments.

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