KCC receives $75,000 grant to fund 36 Basic EMT student scholarships

EMS students load a stretcher into an ambulance simulator in the EMS Lab.

Kellogg Community College is the recipient of a state grant that will allow up to three dozen students to receive $2,000 each to help them fund Basic Emergency Medical Technician training at the College in 2024.

The Emergency Medical Services Workforce (EMSW-2024) grant, issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, is designed to address a critical shortage of EMS workers in the state by empowering approved educational institutions like KCC to provide scholarships and grants for EMS students.

KCC’s grant totals $75,000, of which $72,000 is allocated specifically for scholarships for up to 36 Basic EMT students.

Clark Imus, EMS professor and program coordinator at KCC, called the Basic EMT scholarship “a game changer” both for individuals and the state’s EMS system.

“This scholarship is a genuine opportunity, actively contributing to the future of emergency medical services and emphasizing the impact of education in saving lives,” Imus said. “It’s not just about getting an education; it’s about building a strong, capable workforce that can handle emergencies effectively.”

Funds from the grant can be applied to the cost of the following EMT courses this coming spring, summer or fall semester:

  • EMT 141: EMT Basic 2
  • EMT 142: EMT Basic Simulation
  • EMT 143: EMT Basic Clinical
  • EMT 144: Prehospital Trauma Life Support

Interested students must apply online at kellogg.academicworks.com/opportunities/2159 by March 4. The application is free.

KCC’s entry-level Basic EMT Certificate is a one-semester, 16-credit program that provides a foundational group of courses in EMS education leading toward licensure with the MDHHS as a basic emergency medical technician. For more information about the program and other EMS offerings at KCC, visit kellogg.edu/ems.

The EMSW-2024 grant is the second such grant KCC has been awarded to help address the EMS professional shortage in Michigan this year. In February, KCC was awarded a $350,000 EMSW-2023 grant to cover the full cost of KCC Paramedic Certificate Program training for up to 18 students enrolling in the 2023-24 Paramedic Academy.

For more information about the grant or EMS training at KCC, contact KCC EMS Education Coordinator Clark Imus at imusc@kellogg.edu or 269-565-2652.

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