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TELECOMMUNICATORS COMPLETE HCC COURSE

Pictured are: (front row from left) Naomi Twine of Perquimans County E-911 Communications, Heather Jordan of Halifax County Central Communications, Jean Padgett of Edgecombe County Sheriff's Department, Lisa Barwell of Northampton County E-911 Center, Juanita Woodley of Halifax County Central Communications (back row from left) Telecommunicator Instructor and Jackson Chief of Police John Young, Stan Liverman of Edgecombe County Sheriff's Department, Barbara Perdue of Halifax County Central Communications, Tracey Madron of Halifax County Central Communications, Sheila Baskett of Warren County Sheriff's Office, and Walter Clement, school director and HCC instructor.

Nine students recently completed the Telecommunicator course at Halifax Community College (HCC). Those certified can now work for E-911 centers.

Students received 47 hours of training as mandated by the state of North Carolina to operate as a telecommunicator in the state. Topics included systems and equipment, civil liability, emergency services, call reception and prioritization, and broadcast techniques. There was also a training practicum and state examination on the final day of the course.

Telecommunicators must have a background check, be a U.S. citizen at least 21 years old, a high school graduate or have obtained a GED, drug free and of good moral character, and have a medical examination. Pay ranges from $21,000 to $26,000 for new telecommunications personnel.