New Leader for MCC Health & Public Safety Program
Published on Monday, March 7th, 2022
MCC’s Health & Public Safety Program has a new director. Greg Taylor, former director of the College’s institutional effectiveness efforts, has moved to oversee the health and safety initiatives within the Continuing Education Department.
Programs under Taylor’s purview include Emergency Medical Service (EMS) including Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT); Healthcare Careers including Nurse Aide, Pharmacy Technician and Phlebotomy; and Public Safety Education in-service and specialty training for Law Enforcement, Correctional Officers and Firefighters.
Taylor has decades of experience in the fields of firefighting, rescue squad, emergency medical services, disaster response and law enforcement. He graduated Basic Law Enforcement Training at MCC in the 1980s, holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, and master’s degrees in both education leadership and career technical education. He resides in Rockingham where he serves as a volunteer firefighter and a training officer to Richmond County’s rescue squad.
“I am so energized by this opportunity,” said Taylor. “Public safety is my passion, and it means so much to be able to serve MCC in this way. The College played such a big role in jumpstarting my career and I am so thrilled to be able to give back to students in Montgomery County.”
Taylor is well-connected in health and public safety training circles, and for this reason is very familiar with how far students are traveling to meet their training and continuing education requirements. “There are departments throughout the Piedmont who need our coursework, and I am looking forward to telling them about what we offer, and listening to their additional training needs. We have a strong and stable program here, with terrific growth potential, and I look forward to partnering with groups to make sure their education needs are met right here, close to home.”
“Greg is literally full of ideas,” explains Dr. Andrew Gardner, MCC’s Dean of Continuing Education. “Helping him prioritize and scope-out what this program can become will no doubt be one of the most enjoyable activities the continuing education team will take on in 2022. I can’t wait to see where he takes this, he has our full support.”
Among Taylor’s ideas are additional training and education opportunities in the areas of firefighter rapid intervention training, mantracking and lost person searches, wilderness rescue, wildfire training, technical rescue and hazardous materials.