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September 27, 2018

Professor Honored with
Lifetime Achievement Award


Chris Nollette, Ed.D., professor, Emergency Medical Service at Moreno Valley College's Ben Clark Training Center, received the Lifetime Achievement Award during the National Association of EMS Educators Annual Symposium and Trade Show in Washington, DC, on September 4. Since its conception there have been just nine Lifetime Achievement awards presented.

Chris Nollette is center in photo (black shirt)
Nollette, center (black shirt), sits
with RCCD educators

Nollette's career in emergency medical services has spanned 37 years. He is a nationally registered EMT, intermediate and paramedic; he has served as an Advanced Life Support paramedic in a city of over two million citizens and he has served in a variety of leadership positions as vice president of EMS state groups in Texas and as president of the National Association of EMS Educators on three occasions over the last two decades.

In addition, he has served on numerous boards such as the American Heart Association Scientific Sub-Committee on Education, the Committee for the Accreditation of EMS Professionals, and the National Association of EMS Educators. Nollette holds a doctorate in Education with a minor in Adult Education from the University of Houston. He has been a program director for over 25 years of his professional life and has started five nationally degreed and accredited programs from inception.

Nollette is known for his passionate teaching style as well as commitment to lifelong learning, teaching and mentoring as a means of creating and nurturing a passion for EMS. He says he tries to bring vision, commitment, integrity, innovation, servant leadership and a desire to leave a legacy for our profession that will shape the future.

"I am honored and humbled to be recognized on a national level for my contributions to EMS/fire and adult education," Nollette said. "There have only been nine recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, and while I believe that there are other men and women who are more deserving, I am proud to accept this on behalf of all those who have and continue to make a difference in the teaching of emergency medicine.

"There is a Greek proverb that states, 'a society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never sit in.' I am lucky to be able to use medicine and education to plant the next generation of public safety professionals who will make a difference in lives for several generations to come."