WHAT: The DMACC Educational Academies, part of Career Advantage, offer college-level coursework that give high school students an opportunity to explore various career options and get a head start on college.
Fire science and EMT are new programs now being offered to high school students and join 15 other career paths offered through DMACC to Central Iowa high school students. Some include Paramedic, Auto Mechanics, Business, Computer Programming, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Health Occupations and Robotics. Each pathway offers students up to 15 college credits.
WHO: Mike Beck, a retired firefighter with 30 years of experience, is teaching high school students from Johnston, Ankeny, Carlisle, Norwalk, Urbandale, SE Polk and Waukee to become fire fighters. The semester-long, hands-on fire science class covers everything from putting on protective gear, then climbing a ladder to fighting various types of fires.
Once the class is successfully completed the high school students will test to earn a Firefighter I and Firefighter II certification. These students will then move on to an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class next semester with Instructor Laura Clanton, who has also taught paramedic classes in Florida and Georgia. She is also the former Director of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) in Pella where she oversees a staff of 20 people.
Both the Firefighter and EMT classes will allow the high school students to earn college credits that count toward an Associates Degree.
WHERE: DMACC Ankeny Campus
2006 South Ankeny Blvd. Ankeny, IA
WHEN: Thursday, October 19; 9:30 a.m.
(Students will demonstrate some of the skills they are learning in the class.)
WHY: There is a pending shortage of both fire fighters and EMT in Iowa. As a result the DMACC Career Academies added this curriculum to offer high school students an early start to these important career paths.
CONTACT: Dewey Anderson, Fire Science/Paramedic Program Chair 515-965-7051
Thomas Carroll, Director of EMS Education; 515-964-6820 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Todd Jones, DMACC Marketing; 515-964-6242; email@example.com