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EMS program receives scholarships and celebrates student success

The West Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services has awarded New River Community and Technical College’s Emergency Medical Services program 15 $1,500 scholarships for current Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) students. The scholarships will help with tuition costs, testing fees and program administration.

New River CTC’s AEMT program builds on the EMT-B certification creating a pathway for those working in the emergency medical services field to continue their education at New River CTC to gain paramedic certification and earn an associate degree.

In January, New River CTC paramedic candidates tested for their National Registry Paramedic Psychomotor exam at the college’s Advanced Technology Center in Ghent along with two AEMT students.

“Because COVID-19 has made it difficult for many to test, we opened these tests up to the public. Some of the candidates we tested lived six hours away,” said New River CTC Director of EMS Programs Travis Copenhaver. “We are thrilled that all of our students passed their exam. They have given the last year of their lives and overcome so many challenges with COVID-19 and the efforts to get them to this point.”

After the students pass their cognitive exam, they will be credentialed in their respective state.

Due to the need for EMT-B providers in West Virginia, the college is expanding class offerings for EMT-B training through workforce education. The next classes will begin March 1, 2021 in Ghent, Lewisburg and Summersville.

Registration for the paramedic certificate program starting in August will open March 1 and continue through April 15, 2021. New River CTC offers paramedic classes in Ghent, Lewisburg and Summersville. Online program information sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, March 2 at 6 p.m. and Thursday, March 4 at 10 a.m. To register for the Tuesday session, visit https://newriver.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tNkMaaAcRqie52qY41iJLg and to register for the Thursday session, visit https://newriver.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_S-v50oG2T2C20xqtWy9DbA.

For more information about EMS programs at New River CTC, visit www.newriver.edu, email admissions@newriver.edu or call 866-349-3739. Information on EMT-B training can be found online at www.newriver.edu/workforce/.