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Carteret CC partners with Richmond Community College for new program

Back row (left to right): Nicole Thompson, Dean of Applied Sciences; Kevin White, Public Safety Training Coordinator; Stephen Rae, Carteret County Director of Emergency Services; Ann Whitford, NCCCS State Board Member; Dr. Miriam Huntley, Dean of Business Technologies & Public Services; Jamison Sears, 911 Communications & Operations Program Coordinator; and Kevin Parsons, Vice President of Instruction. Front row: Dr. Wrenn Johnson, Vice Chair Carteret CC Board of Trustees; Dr. Maggie Brown, Vice President of Instruction and Student Support. Seated: Dr. Tracy Mancini, President of Carteret Community College; Dr. Dale McInnis, President of Richmond Community College

Morehead City, N.C. (November 13, 2023) – Carteret Community College has partnered with Richmond Community College to offer a new 911 Communications & Operations program to Carteret County residents.

On Monday, November 13, Dr. Tracy Mancini, president of Carteret Community College, and Dr. Dale McInnis, president of Richmond Community College in Hamlet, NC, signed an agreement that would allow Carteret Community College students to enroll in the online program to complete an associate degree in 911 Communications & Operations.

The degree program provides a pathway for individuals who are interested in starting a career in this field, as well as providing skills enhancement for those already working as 911 telecommunicators. The program, which was developed by Richmond CC, will open this spring semester to Carteret CC students.

“Carteret CC is excited to expand our offerings for current and future first-responders through this partnership with Richmond Community College,” said Dr. Mancini. “We currently offer a short-term workforce program for 911 Telecommunicators, but this partnership will allow students to pursue an associate degree for entry or advancement in a high-demand field in Carteret County.”

Students enrolled in the program will complete general education requirements at Carteret CC and the majority of core courses online through Richmond CC. Additionally, students are able to complete the work-based learning portion of the program in Carteret County.

“It’s an honor to partner with Carteret Community College on expanding the training they offer in 911 telecommunications,” said Dr. McInnis. “911 telecommunicators play a vital role in every community, and they deserve to have better pay, better training and more professional opportunities.”

The college curriculum program was developed when the NC 911 Board reached out to Richmond CC about a need for standardization in training 911 telecommunicators, plus a need to help elevate this career field. The college worked closely with the NC 911 Board and the NC Department of Information Technology to construct the online program.

For more information or to apply for the 911 Communications & Operations program, students should visit www.carteret.edu/RichmondCC911.




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