Degrees and Certifications:
A.S. Emergency Medical Service B.A.S. Criminal Justice EMT Paramedic Certification EMS Teaching Certification
Ms. Leigh Dison
My name is Leigh Dison. I am married, have two children, 4 step-children, and 9 grandchildren. I am a long-time resident of the Statesville/Iredell County area but have lived several years in Florida as well. I attended Iredell County schools and received my EMT Paramedic certification from Mitchell Community College. After completing the NC Office of EMS requirements for EMS teaching certification, I began teaching EMS-related classes in 2001 through Mitchell Community College. I worked as an EMT, Advanced EMT, and Paramedic in Iredell County for a number of years where I was a Field Training Officer. I left EMS due to a job-related injury that resulted in lumbar fusion surgery, but it has remained close to my heart for many years.
I graduated with honors from Eastern New Mexico University in July of 2010 with an Associate of Science degree in Emergency Medical Service. I received my Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree from Eastern New Mexico University in May of 2012. My majors were Criminal Justice and Human Services. I graduated with distinction.
Since receiving my Bachelor degree, I have worked with children and adults with special needs, and have thoroughly enjoyed that time and the many wonderful experiences that came with it. I am very grateful and excited to be back to teaching EMT classes, and I am very excited to have the opportunity to work together with Mitchell College, Iredell-Statesville Schools, and all the wonderful folks at CATS to provide such a fantastic opportunity to the children of this county.
If one is successful, the EMT class here at CATS will offer them the opportunity to walk out of high school, and straight into a career as an EMT. If a student qualifies to sit for the National Registry EMT Exam and successfully passes it, he/she can take that certification to any state in the US and apply to work for an EMS agency. Also, by completing the EMT class through CATS, students are awarded 8 credit hours toward the Mitchell Community College Paramedic Degree Program.