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LCC's Military Medic to Paramedic Program Highlighted at White House Forum

April 30, 2013

LANSING, Mich. - Lansing Community College’s unique program to transition military medics to civilian jobs and advanced education was a focus during today’s White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing in Washington, D.C.

Margie Clark, Dean of Health and Human Services, Elva Revilla, Associate Vice President for External Affairs and Development,  and Lisa Ferris-McCann, Program Director for the Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic Programs, presented at the Forum in the Advanced Medical Operations and Emergency Medical Services Industry Roundtables, which focused on developing strategies to transfer military training and experience into credit towards nursing, physician assistant, and EMS certifications and licensure.

LCC’s Military Medic to Paramedic Program launched as a pilot in January 2012 with five veterans to help them transition from military medics to civilian paramedics, and, if interested, to the college’s nursing program or a physician’s assistant program at a partner university. Previously denied classroom credit for their prior medical training, these medics can now be credited for their efforts as they pursue civilian medical certification and licensure. The paramedic program, typically two semesters plus an internship for a certificate of achievement, can be completed by these individuals in five to six months.

Since the program launched, the number of students has grown. The current class, set to graduate on May 24, has 10 veterans.  A third class, scheduled to begin in August, has 40 students with a waiting list.

In a related note, last Friday Frederick E. Vollrath, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness and Force Management for the U.S. Department of Defense, visited LCC to see the program first hand. He was joined by U.S. Senator Carl Levin, who met with program leaders earlier this year and shared his impressions with Secretary Vollrath.

The Secretary noted that LCC’s program is unique in that it goes beyond credentialing to advanced education and employment. He lauded community colleges for their role in preparing America’s workforce.

The White House Forum discussions built on the efforts of the President’s Military Credentialing and Licensing Task Force, and the First Lady’s call-to-action to our nation’s governors in February to take legislative or executive action to help our troops get the credentials they need. The President’s Military Credentialing and Licensing Task Force, led by the Department of Defense, is charged with identifying military specialties that readily transfer to high-demand jobs; working with civilian credentialing and licensing associations to address gaps between military training programs and credentialing and licensing requirements; and providing service members with greater access to necessary certification and licensing exams.

For more information about LCC’s Military Medic to Paramedic Program, go to http://www.lcc.edu/nursing/militarymedic/. For information about the Obama Administration’s work to streamline military credentialing and licensing, view their recent report “The Fast Track to Civilian Employment.”

 

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