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News: Hicks named Roane State paramedic student of the year
News: Hicks named Roane State paramedic student of the year

Roane State paramedic student of the year Terry Hicks is congratulated by his mother, Tangiela, Dr. Roger Brooksbank with TeamHealth Emergency Medicine and Roane State paramedic program director David Blevins.

Roane State paramedic student of the year Terry Hicks (center) is congratulated by his mother, Tangiela (left), Dr. Roger Brooksbank with TeamHealth Emergency Medicine (back) and Roane State paramedic program director David Blevins (right).

Terry Hicks of Robbins was named Roane State Community College’s paramedic student of the year.

Dr. Roger Brooksbank with TeamHealth Emergency Medicine presented the award to Hicks during Roane State’s annual Knoxville paramedic program luncheon. Students completing the paramedic program were recognized at the event, which was sponsored by TeamHealth.

Hicks started as a volunteer firefighter. As he worked his way through the ranks, he became interested in pursuing education in emergency medicine.

“It’s been long, committed hours,” Hicks said of the year-long paramedic program. “You have to stay in the books, stay studying and stay on top of your clinicals. My teachers at Roane State are fantastic. They make sure we are ready, and they do a fantastic job.”

Hicks’ mother, Tangiela, said she is proud of her son’s accomplishment.

“I am very, very excited for him,” she said. “He gave it his all. I’m excited to see him finish his goals.”

Hicks, who already had an associate degree at Roane State, said he is considering pursuing another associate degree and perhaps a bachelor’s degree.

“Coming out of high school, I did not know where I was going,” he said. “One thing just led to another. Once you get going down that road (education), everything just starts falling in line.”

To learn more about Roane State’s paramedic program and other emergency medical services programs, visit www.roanestate.edu/ems.

Tennessee’s Community Colleges is a system of 13 colleges offering a high-quality, affordable, convenient and personal education to prepare students to achieve their educational and career goals in two years or less. All colleges in the system offer associate degree and certificate programs, workforce development programs and transfer pathways to four-year degrees. For more information, please visit tncommunitycolleges.org.

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