Rappahannock Community College’s Emergency Medical Services department head, assistant professor Ellen Vest, has recently qualified as a Nationally Certified EMS Educator.
A letter from John Todaro, president of the National Association of Emergency Medical Services Educators, called her “one of a group of dedicated professionals who continuously strive for excellence in all that you do.”
The National Emergency Medical Services Educator Certification Services (NEMSECS) examination aims to define the difference between entry level and master level EMS educators. It promotes excellence in EMS education by assessing the knowledge and skills associated with competent, relevant, and structurally sound educational practices.
Todaro congratulated Vest on “achieving a level of knowledge and expertise that your peers and colleagues consider mastery,” and thanked her for her dedication to the education of “the selfless individuals who strive to help those in need of emergency care.”
Vest has played a pivotal role in bringing accredited college-level certification and training programs to the geographically remote and historically under-served areas of the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck.
She has been instrumental in advancing EMS education at RCC: successfully coordinating the curricula at the college’s Glenns and Warsaw campuses, as well as the Kilmarnock Center, and strengthening the program through curriculum enhancements and innovation. Her more than a quarter century of experience in EMS education ensures that RCC students will be well prepared for the real-world work of saving lives.