Publish Date: Mon, 06 Aug 2018 12:36:00 -0800

Fire Academy Graduates

Crafton Hills College (CHC) graduated its 89th Paramedic Class on Friday, August 3 at the Redlands Seventh Day Adventist Church.

The program was recently recognized as a Strong Workforce Star by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.  Criteria for becoming a “star” is a substantial increase in earnings, attainment of a living wage and a job closely matched with the field of study for graduates. Crafton has a 96 percent employment rate.

“Our Paramedic Program is a leader in the region,” says Dan Word, dean of career education and human development. “Our experiential approach, state-of-the-art simulation labs, and industry partnerships make our students sought after by employers.”

Boasting 25 graduates in this class, they are Nathan Allen (Yucaipa), Tanner Baker (Highland), Jesus Chavez (Menifee), Aaron Cornejo (Yucaipa), Jared Danley (Romoland), Lori Fisher (San Bernardino), Jose Gallegos (Banning), Kyle Goins (Mentone), Ismael Gonzalez (Colton), Israel Jaquez (San Bernardino), Shelby Johns (Hemet), Claire Kelly (Colton), Daylon Kennedy (Yucaipa), Kory LaBella (Menifee), Mark Mireles (Canyon Lake), Keith Normandin (Winchester), Collin Ortega (Big Bear City), Alberto Paz (Rialto), Brandon Riggans (Rancho Cucamonga), Alex Rodriguez (Colton), Eric Ross (Mentone), Julian Silva (Covina), Matthew Steele (Upland), Joseph Wilson (Murrieta), and Andrew Viken (Moreno Valley).  They each completed the 10-month program, attending classes Monday-Thursday, and finishing over 600 hours of field work. 

Run under the auspices of the Emergency Medical Services division, the Crafton Hills College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

As one of the 115 colleges in the California community college system, Crafton Hills College is committed to providing citizens in the region with an accessible higher education. The philosophy of California's community colleges is that education is the key to better jobs, a better economy, and a better quality of life.   CHC offers over 50 degree programs and 25 career certificates.