Second-year Respiratory Therapy students complete PALS certification

Staff Report

SOUTH WILLIAMSON – Second-year students in the respiratory therapy program at Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) completed PALS (Pediatric Life Support) training on Tuesday, September 20.

The group also completed their ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) in August. Both trainings were provided by Gina Lester, RRT-NPS, RPFT, education coordinator at Tug Valley Appalachian Regional Healthcare. Lester is a 1998 graduate of the respiratory therapy program at BSCTC.

“This is a significant step for our students to complete our program,” said Melissa Skeens, coordinator of the respiratory therapy program at BSCTC. “I am proud of this accomplishment, and I am equally as proud to see that one of our graduates is providing the training.”

Dr. Devin Stephenson, president of BSCTC, congratulated students for their accomplishment.

“This is the next step in an exciting chapter of their lives,” he said. “I look forward to handing them their degree in May.”

Second-year students in the program are: Brittany Taylor, Kierstin Woods, Kristen Hall, Justin Robinson, Kendra Kidd and Indya Williamson.

For more information on the respiratory therapy program at BSCTC, contact Melissa Skeens at (606) 788-2822 or email Melissa Skeens at

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