Early College High School (ECHS) is thrilled to introduce an exciting new program pathway in partnership with Paris Junior College. This innovative program offers students the opportunity to become certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) or Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). What makes this initiative even more remarkable is that this year marks the very first cohort of students to embark on this educational journey and new pathway.
"At Early College High School, our commitment to the community is unwavering. After a thorough community survey, it was evident that there's a pressing need for careers in the medical field. Our dedication doesn’t just lie in serving the academic needs of our students and families; we are also committed to meeting the needs of our surrounding community," said Dr. Rebekah Russler, the Early College High School Chancellor.
“What sets our program apart is its accessibility. There's no financial burden on our students. Whether it's supplies, materials, or classes, it's all covered at no cost. We're not just imparting knowledge; we're providing opportunities. This program is more than a gateway to a career; it's a significant leap, whether students are ready to enter the workforce or pursue higher education."
To highlight this exceptional program, ECHS organized a special event that saw the arrival of Hunt Regional Healthcare EMS ambulance and the EMS Supervisor vehicle. This visit was more than just an introduction; it was an immersive experience that allowed students to get up close and personal with the equipment and professionals they aspire to become.
Two guests from the Hunt County EMS, Jacey Seiber, a National Registered EMT (NREMT), and Andrew Peters, a Critical Care Emergency Medical Technician/Operations Supervisor, spoke to the students during the visit. Jacey, who began her career working in a hospital and later became an EMT, shared her inspiring journey, citing the diverse and rewarding career opportunities available in this field. Andrew Peters also shared his invaluable insights and expertise, shedding light on the multitude of pathways and specializations within the emergency medical services and nursing sectors.
The students were not only intrigued and inspired by the state-of-the-art equipment and vehicles, but also by the real-world experiences and stories shared by these experienced professionals. The session provided a glimpse into the daily lives of EMTs and CNAs, reinforcing the idea that they are not just responders but true everyday heroes who make a significant impact in their communities.
The partnership between Early College High School and the local community, particularly with Hunt County EMS, is a testament to the commitment of both parties to provide an exceptional learning experience for students. This EMT/CNA certification program equips students with valuable skills and connects them with professionals who have dedicated their lives to saving and caring for others.
The ECHS community is full of excitement about this new program. As this inaugural cohort progresses through the program, the anticipation is high, and Early College High School is grateful for the local community's support and partnership in helping students realize their dreams of becoming EMTs and CNAs.