EMT Academy expands in its second year
May 8, 2019
Pflugerville ISD’s Emergency Medical Technician Academy has more than doubled its participation rate in its second year of existence.
The EMT Academy, being offered through a partnership with Travis County Emergency Services District No. 2, allows PfISD high school students in health science courses a chance to earn a basic EMT certification upon completion of the year-long program.
Instructors hope the program will increase the ESD’s ability to serve its community, as well as its ability to recruit and hire local talent.
“The partnership between Pflugerville Independent School District and Travis County Emergency Services District No. 2 is an excellent example of a cooperation to provide valuable training to future medical providers in the area,” said Heath Doyle, ESD No. 2 training and safety battalion chief. “The ESD benefits by providing a pathway to future training and potential employment for current Pflugerville residents, aiding in diversifying our workforce and better representing the citizens in which we serve.”
Connally and Hendrickson high school students kicked off the program last year, and the district expanded it to Pflugerville High School this year. Fifteen students, each in Practicum in Health Science courses, were accepted into the program, up from six students last year.
With instruction in three-hour blocks during campus “B” days, students are tasked with completing 270 hours of classroom time, 48 hours of hospital clinicals and 60 hours of field internship on an ambulance. Classes take place at ESD No. 2’s Pecan Street training facility, under the guidance of certified EMT instructors.
Upon completion, students may each use their certification to work as an EMT or to continue their education in college, said PfISD Career and Technical Education Director Traci Hendrix.
“The Emergency Medical Technician Academy provides high school students with an opportunity to gain valuable work-based learning experience and knowledge in a high-demand career field,” Hendrix said. “PfISD is grateful to the ESD No. 2 team for its partnership and support of this program.”
The EMT Academy represents the second PfISD/Travis County ESD No. 2 partnership recently forged. In 2017, Hendrickson High School and ESD No. 2 officials announced the inaugural class of the district Fire Academy. The Fire Academy, open to all high schools, continues today, with ESD instructors on-site at Hendrickson during academy classes.
Hendrix anticipates the EMT Academy growing even more next year, with Weiss High School providing its first class of seniors for the program.
Students currently enrolled in the PfISD/Travis County ESD No. 2 EMT Academy, and their respective campuses, are:
Connally High School
- O’Naysha Bunton, Te’Aysa Bunton, Aniyah Green
Hendrickson High School
- Jaden Custard, Cristina Esteban, Hannah Hisey, Ashley Kenyon, Kendall McCurley, Alexandra Meurer, Jasmine Reyes, Anna Schulze, Pilar Soriano
Pflugerville High School
- Christina Li Jun Liew, Katherine Rachel Edwards, Lauren Banning, Dieu Linh Thi Nguyen