Publish Date: Tue, 18 May 2021 12:05:08 -0700

CHC and AMR to Provide Bootcamp for High School Students Interested in Emergency Medicine Careers


A partnership between American Medical Response (AMR) and Crafton Hills College is creating a clear pathway to employment for current high school students who have the interest and compassion needed to be on the front lines of emergency response.


Twenty-five students will be selected to attend a free two-week boot camp this summer where they will be provided with hands-on learning opportunities and an introduction to careers in emergency medicine. The bootcamp is a first step for students to enter the emergency medical service (EMS) pathway, first becoming emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and then paramedics. The bootcamp also opens doors for additional opportunities, such as paid internships, job placement, and even a way to receive tuition-free education as students advance in the profession.


“We want to get to high school students early and hopefully foster their success through this career path,” said Dave Molloy, an adjunct professor at Crafton Hills and an operations manager at American Medical Response. “There are required work hours as you move through from EMT training to Paramedic status.“If they put in the work, we will help them find the job.”


Molloy himself was inspired to go to Crafton Hills to train as an EMT because when he was in high school his father nearly died from a stroke. “A coworker knew CPR and resuscitated him,” Molloy said.“I got 25 more years of time with my father and I wanted to pay back that favor.”


A calling to help people in need is a critical part of the life of the first responder.“The main focus is compassion and kindness and being supportive,” Molloy said.


Molloy and his faculty colleague John Grounds will hold virtual information sessions for students and their families Tuesday, June 8, at 10 a.m. and Wednesday, June 9, at 6 p.m. Register now through Eventbrite to attend one of the information sessions which will cover expectations of the bootcamp as well as how to get started in the EMS pathway with tuition free education, on-the-job training, and employment opportunities. For additional information please contact Veronica Smith at vsmith@craftonhills.edu or Lorena Lopez at lorena.lopez@gmr.net.