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N.Y. program aims to train high school students as EMTs

Training involves 31 school districts across five counties to prepare students for a career in EMS

The Record

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex Board of Cooperative Educational Services (WSWHE BOCES) recently announced the launch of a new program aimed at preparing 11th and 12th-grade students for careers as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).

According to a press release, the newly introduced program will offer students comprehensive training in emergency medical procedures, anatomy, pharmacology, ambulance operations, and incident management. Students will develop essential clinical decision-making skills and learn to remain calm under extreme pressure, ensuring they are well-equipped to handle dynamic environments and provide critical care when it matters most.

The announcement coincided with National Emergency Medical Services Week May 20-24 which recognized EMTs and paramedics who provide lifesaving care across the nation every day and provide essential services to their communities.

“Our goal with this program is to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become confident and competent Emergency Medical Technicians,” said Jared Davis, Career & Technical Education Director in the release. “We want to empower the next generation of healthcare professionals to make a meaningful impact in their communities by saving lives and providing essential pre-hospital care.”

Through hands-on training and experiential learning opportunities, students will graduate from the program ready to serve as vital links between their communities and emergency healthcare systems. They will be prepared to respond to 911 calls, assess conditions rapidly, and administer life-saving interventions such as CPR, bleeding control, and medication administration.

“This program was developed in response to a growing demand in the region. By making it available to 11th & 12th-grade students, it provides an invaluable opportunity for students to explore and pursue careers in the healthcare field, while also making a positive difference in the lives of others,” Davis said.

The Emergency Medical Technician Program is a one-year program that will commence in Fall 2024 and will be located at Warrensburg High School. Interested students and parents are encouraged to speak with their school counselors to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

WSWHE BOCES serves 31 school districts in a five-county region, partnering with school districts to provide cost-effective shared educational programs and services for students of all age levels and abilities. CTE programs provide hands-on learners an opportunity to master academics and technical skills within a subject that interests them and leads to a rewarding career.

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