Get Started on the Path to a Life-Changing, Life-Saving Career
Are you looking for a career that will make a difference in the lives of others? Or are you interested in a medical career but not sure how to get started? A group of Barry County organizations have teamed up to offer Basic EMT training along with additional services, like financial aid and job placement assistance, for students.
Emergency Medical Technican: A High-Demand Career
EMT is one of the top 100 fastest growing, high-demand jobs in West Michigan, earning a median wage of $16.76 per hour. Joseph Huebner is an EMT, the continuous quality improvement director at Mercy Ambulance and an adjunct professor at Kellogg Community College. According to him, the need for EMTs is at an all-time high. The potential for employment and advancement within the ranks of emergency medical services (EMS) has never been better.
“Many choose to become an EMT as an entry into the medical field. Medical first responders, EMTs and paramedics may choose to remain in EMS or continue to other medical specialties such as nursing, physician assistants or even doctors.”
– Joseph Huebner, Kellogg Community College
The Basic EMT course will be offered through Kellogg Community College at the Fehsenfeld (Hastings) Campus. The training will use a combination of online lectures and in-person clinicals and simulations. It is scheduled to begin mid-February and will last approximately six months. Individuals who complete the training will receive college credit, a certificate and have all the necessary knowledge and skills to prepare for the national EMT license.
Student Support Services
Additional services start before an application is submitted and continue after the training is complete.
“West Michigan Works! has a dedicated career coach who will walk interested individuals through the application and enrollment process for Kellogg Community College. They will also provide guidance and support to secure financial aid so that funding is not a concern,” said Emily Gary, talent solutions manager at West Michigan Works! in Barry County.
The support does not necessarily stop once training is complete. “We have a team of staff ready to help participants find employment that matches their new skill set. The goal is to ensure that each person is set up for success and reaches their employment goals.”
Learn more and get started with the application process online. The deadline to apply is January 29.
“Emergency Medical Technicians make a difference when it matters most. When a patient’s suffering is eased, or a life is saved, the feeling of achievement and knowing you were a part of that gives EMT personnel a sense of accomplishment and pride unlike any other,” said Huebner.