Trustees heard from Richard Bowers, vice president of instruction and student services, on the possibility of reinstating the Emergency Medical Services Professions program deactivated two years ago by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board due to a low completion rate.
“They have reversed that decision and we have changed the curriculum to meet a 60-hour maximum per semester, as opposed to a former 72 hours,” Bowers told the board. “If students complete their first three semesters, they are issued a certificate. If they complete that fourth semester, they will get their Associate of Applied Science degree.”
He said 15 students are certified but waiting to see if they can obtain the degree.
Differences between being certified and having the degree include potential increases in pay as well as more opportunities for promotions. Bowers said the facilities and faculty are already in place to reactivate the program.
Trustees voted to approve the reinstatement, and the decision will go to the THECB for final approval.
In other action, the board approved an increase in transfer rates to auxiliary funds to offset expenditures related to athletics, student activities and the newspaper/annual.
Trustees approved in increase from 20 cents to $8.15 toward the athletic program and from 25 cents to 30 cents for student activities. The 15-cent rate for the newspaper/annual will remain the same.