BROCKTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – A Massachusetts college is trying to help those looking to go into the medical field jumpstart their career.
In effort to fill the high demand of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) in the state, Massasoit Community College is offering an EMT training class to unemployed or underemployed individuals at no cost. This is all being done thanks to a grant program, which runs from November 29, 2021 to June 30, 2022.
The course is being taught at the college’s Middleborough campus and according to Director of Paramedic Programs Scott Meagher, it’s needed now more than ever.
“There is such a shortage of EMTs right now,” he said. “Fire departments, municipalities are looking for people that are EMTs.”
The grant is allowing the college to accept 15 people into a 172-hour course. The entry-level program will teach students how to manage emergencies in pre-hospital environments.
Students who successfully complete the course will be eligible to take the Massachusetts and National Registry of EMTs Emergency Medical Technician certification exams.
Preparation workshops start next week with the three-month course starting in January. More information about the program can be found on the college’s website.
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