Quick Takes - December 2020
During the December regular Board of Regents meeting, Dr. Tammy Francis, a faculty member with the Communications, Languages and Reading Department, and the DMC Regional Fire Academy were recognized for accomplishments and student success.
• Dr. Tammy Francis, Assistant Professor of Reading and Faculty Coordinator of Developmental Education, was selected as the College’s 2021 Piper Professor Nominee for consideration by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation. The DMC Faculty Professional Recognition and Awards Committee, along with Dr. Francis’ peers, made the selection based on her commitment to quality teaching and student success. The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation will inform 10 recipients by May 2021 and will award a $5,000 honorarium to each honoree for superior teaching at the college level. Additionally, the national Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society recognized Dr. Francis for five years of service as Advisor to Del Mar College’s Gamma Sigma Chapter. PTK expressed gratitude for her support and dedication leading to the success of the local chapter, and the organization’s recognition included an appreciation gift. Congratulations, Dr. Francis, for both honors!
• The Del Mar College Regional Fire Academy with the Public Service Department was recognized for their Spring 2020 above state average first and second attempt pass rates for the Texas Commission on Fire Protection exam. The state average was 60%, and Del Mar College cadets’ pass rates during the COVID-19 pandemic were 73% for first attempt and 87% for the second. Established in 2001, DMC Regional Fire Academy faculty currently plan to modify the course schedule to a one-year program that better reflects community needs in the Coastal Bend. Cadets will finish the fire academy in the fall and then complete their emergency medical training the next semesters to compete the program in spring. Those students who begin the program in the sring will complete their training during the summer.
The College also offers a Dual Credit Fire Academy, which was originally developed for training during students’ junior and senior years. This program will also convert to a one-year curriculum in Fall 2021. To allow Dual Credit cadets to complete fire training their junior year (and over the summer) and then finish their required medical training their senior year. These cadets can then become certified as Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) basic structure firefighters as well as National Registered Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) upon graduation from high school, making these students eligible for hire by one of many fire departments throughout Texas.
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