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First 911 Dispatch College Course Offered on Western Slope

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Updated: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:09:51 MST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Colorado Mesa University, Western Colorado Community College, and the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center are offering a new class this year for students. Some college students will have an opportunity to learn what it takes to be a 911 dispatcher.

Authorities say this class gives an extra recruiting tool to get more people hired in this field. In addition, with hard work, students may get a job by the end of the semester.

“The class begins on Tuesday evenings from 5:00 to 7:30. There's also a significant online component that requires the students to go online and complete some educational modules, and at the end of the course students actually have the opportunity to be certified emergency dispatchers,” said Jane Quimby with Western Colorado Community College.

“Being able to know dispatch codes going into the police academy, I think it's definitely going to be an advantage," said Colorado Mesa University student Colton Krebs.

Authorities say according to the National Emergency Number Association and the Association of Public Safety Communications report less than five percent of the population knows the skills to become a dispatcher.

There are only nine students enrolled, and educators say registration is still open for only limited time. For more information about this new course, click here.

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