Patrick Schooler of Community College of Aurora has been named recipient of the annual Jerry Wartgow Award, a statewide honor bestowed upon a faculty member excelling both in the focus and use of technology to educate students.
Schooler, a full-time instructor and department chair for Emergency Medical Services and Fire Sciences Technology, was deemed by the Colorado Community College System as having done cutting-edge work both in the development and use of simulation technology at CCA’s EMS Learning Studios and Disaster Management Institute.
His leadership, expertise and support allowed for increased use of learning simulation software, hardware and human patient simulation mannequins by faculty. Instructors used low-fidelity mannequins to help students with skills training and performance evaluation and high-fidelity mannequins in simulation studios to improve critical-thinking, problem-solving and decision-making abilities.
Schooler also has used his technical know-how to develop complex curriculum and is in the process of converting various EMS courses to online format while retaining the use of state-of-the-art equipment and tools.
The use of simulation technologies has made CCA’s EMS program one of the region’s premier training sites for first responders and led to a growing number of partnerships and training exercises with state, regional and national emergency management agencies and military units.
Schooler also played a pivotal role in setting up the advanced teaching and learning technologies at CCA’s Disaster Management Institute, which housed a major mass casualty exercise, Operation Mountain Guardian, in Sept. 2011.
About the CCCS Jerry Wartgow Teaching and Technology Award
Given out since 1998, it is named after the founding president of CCCS. Wartgow was a strong advocate of technology and its application to teaching and higher education and was instrumental in the creating of the Colorado Electronic Community College, which is now CCCOnline. Wartgow also oversaw the design and construction of the all-digital studio that now houses CCA’s Colorado Film School.