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Grant to Support Weekend Paramedic Camp for High Schoolers

Participants in the 2007 camp intubate a mock patient in Pennsylvania College of Technology's paramedic lab.Pennsylvania College of Technology recently received a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, through the Lycoming County Department of Public Safety, to support its second EMT-Paramedic Camp.

The $2,000 grant provides about $1,500 for instructional supplies for the camp, with the remainder slated for publicity and advertising.

The weekend camp is scheduled June 6-8 and is designed to introduce students entering grades nine to 12 to a variety of EMT-paramedic skills.

It includes hands-on workshops in basic first aid, advanced life support and rescue operations, certification in CPR and basic first aid, and opportunities to learn in state-of-the-art paramedic and rescue facilities. The students will also have a chance to interact with Penn College students and faculty, as well as Susquehanna Health and Geisinger Life Flight paramedics.

“The state and region are experiencing a shortage of Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics,” said Mark A. Trueman, director of the paramedic program. “The U.S. Department of Labor is projecting an increased need greater than 27 percent of EMS professionals through the year 2014. The EMT-Paramedic Camp serves as a cooperative initiative among the state, region and Penn College to introduce an exciting public-safety and health-care profession to high school aged students. Last year’s camp was a success, with most of the participants stating they were considering a career in EMS and several applying to the college for this fall semester.”

The camp is presented by Penn College and the Department of Health.

For more information about the camp, visit on the Web . For information about the academic programs offered by the School of Health Sciences at Penn College, call (570) 327-4519 or visit online .

To learn more about Penn College, visit online, call (800) 367-9222 or e-mail

For more information about grant-funding opportunities, faculty and staff may contact the Grants and Contracts Office at ext. 7562 or through its Web portal.

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