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Gateway to Offer Paramedic Training in Fall 2012; Tuition Assistance Available

Gateway Community and Technical will launch a Paramedic Technology certificate program in the fall of 2012 and is currently accepting applications. Students may enroll in preparatory classes in terms that begin Jan. 30 and March 15.

This new program is a direct result of our receipt last year of the Health Profession Opportunity Grant, said Dr. Ross Santell, Gateway associate provost for nursing and allied health. That grant is designed to provide tuition assistance and other benefits to low-income students interested in healthcare careers to enable them to quickly improve their job skills. The paramedic technology program is one of several new allied health programs we will add to help these individuals find a job or get a better one.

Paramedics may work for ambulance services, mobile advanced life support units, industrial on-site units, and fire departments or other emergency responders. According to salary.com, paramedics in Northern Kentucky may earn between $29,000 and $47,000 a year.

The 46-credit-hour program requires three semesters for completion after any developmental needs are met and if the student is enrolled full-time in at least 15 hours per semester.

Prospective students must currently be a registered emergency medical technician to enroll in the program this fall.

Persons eligible for assistance under the HPOG grant may receive tuition assistance, as well as financial assistance for supplies, transportation and child care. The grant also funds intensive student success services designed to ensure retention and completion. To qualify for the grant, people must be interested in an allied health career (other than nursing) and meet one of the following criteria: KTAP or TANF recipient, Pell-grant eligible, or have a household income at or below 150% of the federal poverty level.

For information about the Paramedic Technology program, contact Dawn Bloemer at 859-442-1151 or dbloemer0001@kctcs.edu. For more information about the HPOG grant and other eligible allied health careers, contact Colleen Heneghan at 859-442-4103 or GW-HPOGemail@kctcs.edu. To find out how to apply to Gateway, call 859-442-1134 or visit http://www.gateway.kctcs.edu/Admissions.