Students explore emergency services professions
Allied Health students had the opportunity to hear and learn directly from local Nelson County first responders this month.
On Feb. 28, Nelson County EMS workers gave the ATC students insight into the many options in their field. The first week of March, Bardstown Fire Department provided a look at the day in the life of a firefighter.
With EMS, the students participated in mock scenarios where they were able to utilize their CPR and first aid skills that they were recently certified on. Students were able to explore the life of a paramedic and the education required to become certified as an EMT or EMR.
Students were also able to explore the ambulance and hear stories of some of the cases that they have worked on. Students really enjoyed this opportunity. Students ended the week by showing gratitude to first responders of our community by sending them notes to show our appreciation.
The following week, the students learned about fire safety from BFD as part of the emergency procedures portion of the Allied Health course. Fire safety is content material that the students could see as they take their NOCTI healthcare certification exam at the beginning of May.
“These experiences offer an authentic exposure for students and enables them to connect what they are learning in the classroom to professions that make a difference in people’s lives and our community,” said Brittany Newton, a Health Sciences leader at the Area Technology Center.
Eva Prewitt, education and compliance officer for Nelson County EMS, expressed interest in exploring the possibility for future collaboration and possible EMT training for senior students. The training could lead to potential EMT certification and even dual-credit options through their very own EMT instructor.
“Building excitement and awareness of the EMS career choice opens all facets within emergency medical and career fire services,” Prewitt said. “There are endless advancements in higher levels of EMS care, management, administrators, dispatch.”
The Nelson County Area Technology Center unveiled its newest career pathway, heavy equipment, to the community and industry professionals. Program instructor Scott Thompson highlights his future for the early stages of the pathway. Thompson will helm this new pathway designed to give students hands-on experience with heavy machinery such as skid steers and excavators.
In the coming weeks, NCS leaders will begin working closely with community members to develop a larger vision for career programming that would potentially lead to a transition of the Bloomfield Middle School campus. Diesel Technology and Heavy Equipment Operations are two high demand career programs that will be on the table for potential expansion of the UP Center into Bloomfield.
Nelson County Schools has solidified a remarkable partnership with CHI and Flaget Memorial Hospital, heralding a new era of opportunities for students pursuing careers in the Health Science Pathway. The collaborative initiative between NCS and the local hospital aims to provide aspiring healthcare professionals with unparalleled access to real-world experiences and invaluable networking prospects.
As summer break comes to a close, we want to celebrate a truly amazing summer of learning! Through the Summer Leadership Pathway Nelson County Schools has offered several internal opportunities for learning and growth. However - some leaders across NCS just can’t get enough. From FFA conferences to PBL Works in Napa Valley, California and more - our leaders are models for lifelong learning.
The Nelson County Schools Leadership Institute is pioneering an innovative six-week program tailored to career professionals with a passion for teaching. The program, designed to equip participants with teaching certifications, offers an accelerated curriculum that covers essential educational content, providing a substantial savings in time and money compared to traditional teacher education programs.