RCC's Prof. Ellen Vest

EMS director named “Educator of the Year”

RCC's Prof. Ellen Vest

RCC’s Prof. Ellen Vest, recognized as the Peninsulas EMS Pre-Hospital Educator of the Year Award.

Rappahannock Community College is proud to recognize Ellen Vest, the director of its emergency medical services (EMS) programs, as the winner of the Peninsulas EMS Pre-Hospital Educator of the Year Award for the entire area of coastal Virginia bounded by the James and Potomac Rivers. This honor, based on Vest’s outstanding work with RCC’s EMS programs, makes her eligible for a further award as Virginia’s State EMS Educator of the Year.

“We at the Peninsulas EMS Council are proud to see Ellen recognized by her peers and colleagues for her decades of support of emergency medical services education,” says Michael Player, executive director of the council.

“While we value all of her contributions, her responsibility for bringing high quality accredited college-level certification and training programs to our geographically remote and historically under-served areas in the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck is particularly appreciated.”

Individuals nominated for this award must consistently demonstrate teaching and leadership excellence as well as dedication to the education of pre-hospital EMS providers, according to the PEMS Council website.

Vest, says RCC’s acting dean of health sciences, Anne Kornegay, has been instrumental in advancing EMS education at RCC, and successfully coordinates education at the college’s Glenns and Warsaw campuses, as well as the Kilmarnock Center.

She has strengthened the program through curriculum enhancements and innovation, and her 25 years of experience in EMS education provide a level of quality and excellence that ensures students will be well prepared for their roles in emergency services.

RCC offers programs leading to career studies certificates in EMT, Advanced EMT, Intermediate EMS, and Paramedic. In addition, the college maintains a partnership with Northern Virginia Community College that allows students to earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services. For more information about these programs, please contact Vest at 804-758-6777, or evest@rappahannock.edu.