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Centennial wins Paramedic competition

Paramedic Students win competition 2014.

Pictured from left: Dean Rahim Karim, Chair Richard Kinchlea, students Justin Mlynaryk, Jenna Kororan, Igor Bilokon and Kaylee Swierenga, and professor David Ramsey.

Two student teams from Centennial College's Paramedic program earned first and third-place wins in the student division of the 2014 National Paramedic Competition. Some 29 student and professional teams from Ontario and New Brunswick took part in the competition this year, hosted by Durham College. Participants were marked on their knowledge and skills demonstrated by working on volunteer patients in five stressful accident scenarios, including a golfer struck by lightning and a snake-bite victim. For their total score, the teams also wrote a knowledge test.

Centennial students Jenna Kororan and Justin Mlynaryk collected the first-place trophy, while Igor Bilokon and Kaylee Swierenga won third place; all are second-year students in the Paramedic program. The popular two-year program prepares students to take the Ministry of Health exam for Advanced EMCA, the required certification for all paramedics in Ontario. Centennial's courses are taught by paramedics who are actively working in the sector. Centennial's reputation in the field is second to none: 96 per cent of graduates work as Primary Care Paramedics. The winning Centennial team members were formally recognized at a special event at Morningside Campus on April 16.