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Free EMT classes at Midlands Tech and Richland Co. EMS promises jobs for spring '22

WACH Columbia logo WACH Columbia 12/3/2021 Sydni Edwards
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As multiple emergency response agencies across the midlands struggle with labor shortages, Midlands Technical College has found a way to close the gap.

Students can apply to Midlands Technical College, take free classes to gain qualifications and then graduate knowing Richland County EMS  is  guaranteeing a  full time job as an EMT .

“This is an exciting opportunity to really serve your fellow citizens if you’re interested in becoming an EMT," says President of Midlands Technical College, Dr. Ronald Rhames.

“Just like the entire country there’s a shortage of EMTs so this partnership is going to create an opportunity to help solve that need," Rhames told WACH FOX News.

After completion of those classes and national exams, students are then guaranteed a full time job as an EMT with agencies in Richland, Fairfield, and Lexington counties.

“Our main mission is work force development and this program is an extension of that," says Rhames. 

Hourly pay rates for an EMT in the midlands vary from $15-19 a hour depending on the county. 

However,  Richland County emergency response officials tell us that is not all they can expect.

“They will also get an increase in pay once they successfully complete the program and are certified as an EMT," Captain Winta Adams, with Richland County EMS told WACH FOX News. 

As EMT vacancies in the midlands continue to grow this type of program is essential.

“We know that there’s a shortage of ems employees locally and nationally so this is an innovated way to bring employees into our work force," says Adams.

Midlands Technical College also tells WACH FOX News  those first classes to begin the EMT  course starts in January, for more information click here. 

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