Partnership creates EMT Certification Program for college kids

THE GARY COMMUNITY School Corporation along with the Gary Fire Department recently announced the development of an EMT Certification Program for prime school students they hope will bring on new job opportunities. (Photo credit: The 411)

The Gary Area Career Center already provides kids while in the city the ability to receive training, education as well as certification in 14 career paths. Now, the Gary Community School Corporation is partnering using the Gary Fire Department to offer you students EMT training and certification, that may not just start doors to new careers, but may also teach life-saving skills.

Once the Board of Trustees with the district approves this course, classes will commence, that could be once the second or third trimester of the year. Additionally, courses will be taught by state-certified fire professionals.

“There’ll be no charge to your district,” said Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt on the new curriculum.

The program shall be designed to school seniors who meet eligibility requirements to use classes at the Career Center. Upon completing this software, students is going to be EMT certified and able to go right to work after graduation.

“I had been in the EMT program being a senior at Lew Wallace,” said Gary Fire Chief Paul Bradley, who’s going to be one of several driving forces behind getting this system into Gary schools. “Once I completed Lew Wallace, I have my certification and immediately went to work being an EMT. It can be achieved.”

In accessory for providing Gary students with another avenue towards a reliable career, this system will help to fill the gaps in staffing with the Gary Fire Department, which come from the absence of a volunteer enter in the town. These students may have the opportunity to obtain certification, choose a career path and help their city.

“Once we can get this curriculum going, it will give young adults something to appear forward to,” said GFD Training Officer Tia Thompson, that has used her knowledge about the Department to operate towards and acquire her nursing degree. “This could be a stepping-stone even though to move further in to the health care field.”

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