Clyde CISD working to offer EMT program

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CLYDE, Texas (KTAB) – From pharmacy technicians to nurses aids, Clyde CISD offers several special programs for students to get a head start on their prospective careers.  Now the school district is hoping to add another, an EMT program for those interested in becoming a first responder.

Many rural communities are in need of EMT’s and Clyde is no different.

“When you look at the workforce high demand jobs in our area EMT’s and paramedics are on that list,” Clyde CISD Curriculum and Special Programs Director, Paula Kinslow said.

Clyde CISD is hoping to bridge that gap.  Working with Citizens EMS and Percom, the school district wants to provide an EMT program for high school seniors starting in September.

“They’re going to learn different things in a lecture style format. They’ll learn the skills needed. The triage, the HIPPA rules that kind of thing. They’ll have skill days where all day long they’ll practice those skills and then they will sit for an exam hopefully getting that done by end of March, we’re hoping and then April and may would allow them to get their ride along hours,” Kinslow said.

“It’s beneficial when they learn young they know what to expect if they do become an advanced EMT or a paramedic,” Citizens EMS Paramedic, Kellie Batangan said.

The program will not only give prospective EMT’s a head start, but also give students a foot in the door for other first responder or medical careers.

“EMT’s is basically the stepping stone for paramedics and paramedics is what we actually need because paramedics stick around for about five years in their career and then they’ll move on to becoming a nurse, doctor, MP or even a PA,” Batangan said.

“I’m really excited.  I think this will be great for our students,” Kinslow said.

Clyde CISD is currently applying to the state for approval of the program.  They need a minimum of 10 students registered.

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