By Kathy Chouteau
Locals between the ages of 18-26 years old can receive free training as an emergency medical technician (EMT) as part of a training program being offered via a partnership between the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County and EMS Corps.
No experience is necessary, but to be eligible for the EMT Training Program, participants should have a high school diploma or GED; be between 19-26 years old; and meet the EMS background requirements.
The program’s evening classes will be held three days a week both online and in-person at Contra Costa College starting in November 2021 and ending in March 2022. According to program organizers, the program completion will lead to job placement with a starting pay of $20-$30 per hour.
College credit, uniforms/equipment, bonus compensation and a certificate will be received by participants upon completion of the program. Additional pathways into other healthcare careers will also be an option upon completion, per organizers.