JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – SUNY Jamestown Community College has partnered with UPMC to roll out a new program for students looking to gain their paramedic certification. It’s all part of an effort to foster new recruits in a vital profession.
This new program will give students the opportunity to learn in a mixed environment of lecture and hands-on, preparing them for their certification test at the end of their educational journey.
“Anybody interested in this program would have an opportunity to work with some very exciting, engaging, and passionate instructors,” explained Academic Advisor Ellen Lehning.
Despite the class itself not starting for another two months, Program Director Brian Wilcox says he is already seeing a good jump on enrollment.
“We’ve actually filled the seats for this class already, which is something we’re extremely thrilled with,” said Wilcox.
To both Wilcox and Academic Advisor Ellen Lehning, the partnership was a no-brainer.
“By joining with JCC for us, it brings that added ability to go after the degree after you’re done. To me, it’ll bring more professionalism and more pride for our providers to walk and be able to say not only am I a paramedic but I have a degree also in JCC just made perfect sense,” explained Wilcox.
“This is the second partnership we have, at this level we also have a radiologic technology partnership and now this paramedic agreement with UPMC,” said Lehning. “We’re very very happy to be able to offer students the chance to take college level credit courses to complement their paramedic training.”
This program however, is not the first step to becoming a certified paramedic.
“Before you can begin the paramedic training with Brian, you have to have an EMT, Emergency Medical Technician, certification,” explained Lehning.
For more information about this new program, those interested are asked to visit SUNY JCC’s website.