Paramedic, Hoke County EMS, Raeford, North Carolina
Bill Jolley retired from the U.S. Army where he enjoyed helping people as a medic and nurse. Although he grew up in Utah, his last duty station was Fort Bragg and he decided to make North Carolina his home.
“I tried to attend another nearby community college, but I really got the runaround and couldn’t find anyone willing to help me,” explained Jolley. “I turned to Sandhills Community College, and it was a totally different experience. They took me by the hand and guided me through the entire process. I am so thankful that I chose Sandhills and enrolled in the Emergency Medical Sciences program. They have the best instructors in the field.”
Even though Jolley had a lot of medical experience, he feels that Sandhills prepared him for his civilian profession. “It’s a different environment,” he said. “You have to adapt from military scenarios to civilian realities. There is a big difference between combat casualties and what we are faced with in Hoke County. I thank my Sandhills instructors, like Mike Bachman and Tom Ferrell, who are topnotch at getting students where they need to be. They are the best, and they make sure their students become the best.”
Jolley works for the Hoke County EMS. He is currently continuing his education working toward a bachelor’s degree online through Western Carolina University. Bachman, an alumnus of WCU, encouraged Jolley to continue his education and made him aware of the WCU program. This further education will prepare him for management.
Many people associate Emergency Medical Science graduates with ambulances; however, they can also work with air medical services, and in specialty areas of hospitals, industry, education institutions and government agencies.
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