In reference to the article written Nov. 20 by Kelly Grant with the headline: "Local man donates $52,000 to start EMT program":
I am the instructor for the EMT courses at the college now. It reads that we do not have a program. We do! The problem is that we need scholarships for the students.
There is a difference between a paramedic and an EMT. I know that I went through the EMT program in 1993 and it had been there prior. After being an EMT for one year you can then apply to the paramedic program. I am a graduate of the third class in 1995. While the programs are still in their infancy they have been around awhile.
I am totally grateful for the money, as are the other staff and students. As instructors, we see the hardships that students go through to complete the paramedic program. The paramedic program is approximately one year and the EMT program is one semester.