Three Yucaipians part of Crafton Hills College’s 89th Paramedic Class Graduates

By on August 12, 2018

The recent 89th Crafton Hills College (CHC) Paramedic Graduating Class included three Yucaipa residents in the class of 25 graduates. The graduating class held their commencement on Friday, August 3 at the Redlands Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Yucaipians Nathan Allen, Aaron Cornejo and Daylon Kennedy completed CHC’s 10-month program which including attending classes Mondays through Thursdays and finishing over 600 hours of field work. The community college’s Paramedic Program is run under the auspices of the Emergency Medical Services division. The CHC 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).

“Our Paramedic Program is a leader in the region,” says Dan Word, CHC’s 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.”

The CHC Paramedic 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 an individual’s earnings and attainment of a living wage. The star designation also requires a job closely matched with the field of study for graduates; CHC’s Paramedic Program has a 96 percent employment rate.

As one of the 115 colleges in the California community college system, CHC currently offers over 50 degree programs and 25 career certificates. CHC’s fall term begins next Monday, Aug 13.