EMT training expands to Jefferson High School


Who responds to 911 calls? In many cases, it’s a crew of first responders, Emergency Medical Technicians, who have been certified through a program like the one offered at Panola College. This year, Jefferson High School has added the EMT training to its Career and Technology Education (CTE) class. The Marshall News Messenger covered the story in an August 23 edition.

Seniors taking the dual credit course will spend the fall semester in classroom studies, and the spring semester working in area hospitals and other professional EMT venues to gain the hands-on training they need to complete certification.

Upon graduation, these students will be able to go to work as EMTs, or they may choose to continue their education and become paramedics.

Ronnie Morton, director of the Panola College EMT program, said he is proud to see the program expanding to high schools in the college’s service area. “We have 12 students at Timpson High School, five at Jefferson High School, and eight in Carthage at the Panola College campus,” he said.

Morton said students from Timpson and Jefferson will visit the Panola College campus in Carthage on field trip days to practice their skills using the ambulance box and the simulator equipment.

“Our EMT program has grown to 24 incoming students this semester among three sites,” said Kelly Reed-Hirsch, Dean of Health Sciences at Panola College. “The article that was published in the Marshall News Messenger was picked up by a digital media publisher, “SmartBrief.com” and, as a result, Ronnie received an inquiry from a technical school in Vermont,” she said.

“Emergency Medical Technician is an exciting field where each day offers new challenges,” Morton said. “The program teaches you many life-saving skills, required for the fast-advancing world of Emergency Medical Services.”