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Dolphin Spotlight –
Troy CrawfordEmergency Medical Science (EMS), Paramedic -
Class of 2024

“COA has challenged me to be my best self and to keep pushing forward. I’ve developed skills and traits that I would have never gained if I didn’t start this program.” ~ Troy Crawford

Troy Crawford was introduced to College of The Albemarle’s (COA) opportunities while attending Currituck County Middle School (CCMS). J.P. Knapp Early College was hosting interviews and recruiting at CCMS when he realized that it was more practical for him to graduate high school with a degree instead of just a high school diploma. While still deciding on what program or field he wanted to major in, Troy discovered near the end of his sophomore year that they offered a new paramedic program at J.P. Knapp. Once Troy started his Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training by the end of his junior year, he fell in love with Emergency Medical Science (EMS).

When asked why he loves COA, Troy says, “I love COA because it’s involved with its students. Every professor I’ve had has always been open and honest with their students. They always provide help for people who ask. It’s also very easy to reach out for help and to get the assistance you need for whatever the problem may be. People are also friendly and willing to talk to you and try their best to help.” Troy also says that COA has helped him by challenging him to step outside his comfort zone. He explains, “One thing I would share about considering and attending COA is actively staying involved. Depending on your program, COA sometimes requires you to step outside your comfort zone and try something new. Don’t be afraid to try something new or something that tests you in new ways.”

Troy is on track to graduate this May. Once he finishes his associate’s degree, he plans to finish the fire academy and then apply to Currituck County Fire & EMS to work as a paramedic and firefighter. Looking ahead, Troy wants to pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree in cardiology or acquire physician assistant certifications. When asked what advice he would give to someone looking at attending COA, Troy says, “Stay interested. Always keep finding a reason to continue doing what you love. Don’t just stop at getting the bare minimum of what you need. There is more to do out there; all you have to do is seek it. Get the basic courses you need, acquire the continued education credits to stay certified at what you do, or even try something new; don’t stop with the minimum you need. Continue to learn.”

For more information on the Emergency Medical Services program at COA, contact Christopher Robertson, Director, Health Sciences and Wellness Programs Admissions/Advisement, at [email protected] or 252-335-0821, ext. 2304.