(Lamar, CO) -- If you've ever needed an EMT, a traffic accident, medical emergency or any other life changing event, you know you valued their services.
The job outlook for EMTs is above the national average according to the Department of Labor.
Lamar Community College is still accepting students in the fall program. Emergency Management Services Coordinator Heather Burkhart says the upcoming classes are in the evening to make it easier for folks who work but seeking a change. They start August 23rd and run through December 8th. Starting at 6pm, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday nights, the cost of the course is $2,500 but there could be some grant money available. Burkhart says that's expected to be coming their way. There are also scholarships available.
While many of the positions are volunteer positions in some of the smaller communities in southeast Colorado, Burkhart says the completion of this course puts students in the right place to be hired.
And according to those numbers from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average pay for an EMT is close to $37,000 annually with an 11 percent growth in the job outlook, which is faster than average.
For more information, please contact Heather Burkhart at 719-336-1629, 719-931-0013 or by email at Heather.Burkhart@lamarcc.edu.
The following video is from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/emts-and-paramedics.htm