The Logan County Career and Technical Center, which opened its new location in May, may be adding a new career path to its curriculum as early as next year.

John Holder, Executive Director of EMS for Com-Care, Inc., along with Ben Wofford, Director of the Logan County Ambulance Service, brought the idea to the Logan County System about adding an EMT class, which would at the end of the year, allow students to be job ready in the medical field as an Emergency Medical Technician.

"We are very excited about this opportunity," said Holder. "Com-Care has already joined the high school in Ohio County, as well as began a course in Todd County as well. We feel this will not only help students to have one more career path but also help Com-Care in the future with a workforce."

Holder said Com-Care prides itself on hiring members of the community it serves.

Com-Care will be providing the instructors for the course and all the materials and equipment necessary.

"It is an investment in the community, in the young people and in the future of our patients," said Holder.

The 180-hour class and will only accept senior students as you have to be at least 18 to take the final test to become certified. EMT hours also go towards college credits.

"Beth Frogue, Principle at the LCCTC has been fantastic to work with. She was just as excited as we were about this opportunity," Holder said.

"We are excited about the opportunity to build a partnership with Com-Care," said Frogue. "We are looking into the possibility of incorporating the EMT career pathway into our Health Sciences program here at the CTC. We are excited about the future and providing a pipeline of potential employees into the workforce."

Director Wofford expressed his excitement about the possibilities as well that this course will bring about.

"We are extremely excited to grow good candidates for this career. EMTs and paramedics are getting hard to come by. There is a shortage nationwide," said Wofford. "This new course will open up opportunities for future growth."

This is the 10th year Com-Care, Inc. has served Logan County as its ambulance provider. The Ohio County-based company took over management of the local service after the Medical Center left.

"Com-Care is committed to increasing the local medically trained workforce," said Jim Duke, President Com-Care Inc. "The success of an ambulance service is directly impacted by the abundance of local EMT's and paramedics."

The LCCTC also houses specialized courses, including Industrial Maintenance, Principles of Health Science, and Introduction to Computer-Assisted Drafting.