A head start on making a difference

By Sinclair Community College
Sinclair Community College is empowering 10 ambitious high school students from Trotwood-Madison City Schools to pursue careers as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) through a unique partnership program. This initiative allows the students to complete classes after school at Trotwood-Madison High School and participate in hands-on labs at Sinclair’s state-of-the-art EMS facilities.

The program was developed by professor Chuck Sowerbrower, chair of Sinclair’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department, who saw a need to recruit a more diverse pool of students.

“The Sinclair-Trotwood-Madison EMT program is a shining example of how collaboration between educational institutions can create pathways to success for future generations,” Sowerbrower said. “This program not only allows them to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to become successful EMTs, but it also exposes them to the exciting world of healthcare and emergency response.”

Reva Cosby, Superintendent of Trotwood-Madison City Schools, echoed Sowerbrower’s enthusiasm. “This partnership is a testament to our commitment to providing our students with innovative and relevant educational experiences,” she said. “It will give them a head start in their chosen careers and prepare them to make a real difference in their communities.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of EMTs and paramedics is projected to grow 5% through 2032, with approximately 18,100 openings projected each year.

The high school seniors participating in the new program are expressing their excitement and their aspirations for the future.

“It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to work in the medical field and help others. This program is giving me the chance to make my dream a reality and gain the hands-on skills I need to make a difference in my community. I’m so grateful for the opportunity and look forward to using what I have learned to help others,” said student Amonte Washington.

“Working in the labs and gaining knowledge from the faculty at Sinclair Community College has been an amazing experience, and I am learning so much. I know that this program will give me the skills I need to be successful as an EMT and eventually a paramedic,” added Cierra Wolford.

“I want to become a nurse, so this is a great hands-on opportunity to build my skills. We are learning so much about CPR, traumatic injuries, medical terms, and how to safely transfer patients,” Princess Anene said.

The program leverages Sinclair’s College Credit Plus Program (CCP), which grants high school students the opportunity to earn college credit at no cost to their families.

“This CCP pathway not only jumpstarts their college careers but also provides students with valuable industry certifications that put them ahead in the competitive job market,” added Liz Cicchetti, Sinclair’s chief school partnerships officer.

The partnership also includes tours and guidance from Trotwood Fire and Rescue. Students who are 18 and successfully complete the program in May 2024 will be certified to begin working as EMTs. Younger students will be certified when they turn 18.

Following completion of the EMT certification, students who are interested in continuing their education can take a special admission course to begin the paramedic program at Sinclair.

Over the past five years, Sinclair Community College students have earned more than 1,000 EMS degrees and certificates.

This article originally appeared here.

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