Belleville, Ontario, March 31, 2016 — Loyalist College is pleased to recognize Hastings County for the generous donation of a decommissioned ambulance, to be used in Loyalist’s two-year Paramedic Ontario College diploma program. Rebranded as a College training vehicle, the ambulance will simulate a real-world environment in which students practise how to drive and administer emergency care.
Loyalist College President and CEO Maureen Piercy expressed thanks on behalf of the College. “We are very grateful to the County of Hastings for making this decommissioned ambulance available for use by students in our Paramedic program,” she said. “It will provide a valuable training tool for current and future students, allowing driver training and scenario based learning opportunities. The donation is really priceless in its impact on our program.”
Loyalist is the only College in Southeastern Ontario that offers a two-year Paramedic diploma through alternative delivery, including a combination of online and weekend studies, with a blend of practical, clinical and classroom instruction.
“Supporting the College and helping ensure future paramedics get the best possible experience while in the program just makes sense,” said Rick Phillips, Warden of Hastings County. “Donating an ambulance that has been retired from our service is a tangible way in which we can help students get some hands-on training,” he added.
About the Loyalist College Paramedic Program
Paramedics are often the first people on the scene of an emergency. They balance compassion with critical decision-making skills and the ability to take command in a crisis. Students also experience the job first-hand during 448 hours of supervised ride-out in an ambulance. Loyalist offers a unique opportunity for certification with International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) emergency training, an asset when applying to a fire department, police service or RCMP. Grads are qualified to write the Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant (A-EMCA) exam offered by the Ministry of Health. Paramedic graduates work as primary care paramedics in the provincial ambulance system, emergency medical responders with municipal fire departments, and private ambulance transfer-service members.
About Loyalist College
When it comes to grads getting jobs, Loyalist College is the #1 College in Ontario. According to Provincial Key Performance Indicator (KPI) results released April 2015, 89.3 percent of the College’s most recent graduates found employment within six months of graduation compared to the provincial average of 84 percent. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, Loyalist College is a close-knit community where students and their success come first. Loyalist provides personalized attention in small classes, rewarding field placements and superior student services. To prepare students for in-demand careers, Loyalist offers more than 60 full-time programs; apprenticeships; and hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses, as well as opportunities for continuing education through more than 70 university transfer agreements. The College’s wide selection of advanced diplomas, diplomas and certificates aligns with market-driven disciplines including applied sciences, biosciences, building sciences, business and management studies, health sciences, human studies, justice studies, media, arts and design, and skills and technology. In Ontario, the College’s new Digital Media Centre and the LEED® Silver certified Sustainable Skills, Technology and Life Sciences Centre are training centres of choice for students, as well as College business and industry partners. The College is a key driver of the social and economic health and prosperity of the area and contributes 5.4 percent to the Gross Regional Product. This represents an overall effect on the regional economy of $530 million – based on a 2014 Report by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). For more information on the College’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses, visit loyalistcollege.com.
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