Central Tech Students Graduate Paramedic Program
Four Central Tech students participating in a nationally accredited paramedic program, taught through distance learning originating from Kiamichi Technology Center, graduated on July 15, 2017. The ceremony held at Kiamichi’s Poteau campus recognized 38 students from around Oklahoma.
The 2016-2017 graduating class includes Jason Salazar, LifeNet in Stillwater; Kristin Pearson, Mercy Ambulance Services in Cleveland; Emily Howser, Cushing Fire Department; and Jordan Bush, LifeNet in Stillwater.
The program helps ease the shortage of paramedics in rural Oklahoma and solves the need for accessible training. Each 16-month long class consists of lectures broadcast two days a week from Kiamichi Tech to participating tech centers around the state; Central Tech in Drumright is one of those sites. Students complete coursework, attend labs at their local schools, and perform clinical rotations. This enables more students from rural areas to be trained as paramedics.
“Years ago, we graduated one student from our paramedic program, and we were ready to shut our doors. And until we started doing distance education, we weren’t sure we were going to be able to make it…. Now they (students) can stay in their local areas, and we broadcast to them,” says Gina Riggs, director of emergency medical services at Kiamichi Tech.
Central Tech congratulates the graduates and is proud of their service to our surrounding communities. For more information about Central Tech or the Paramedic program, please visit CentralTech.Edu.