Kellogg CC gets $350K grant for paramedic student scholarships

BATTLE CREEK–Officials at Kellogg Community College announced they have received a new $350,000 grant to fund scholarships for up to 20 students attending its Paramedic Certificate Program.

The Emergency Medical Services Workforce Diversified grant was issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for students attending the 2024-25 Paramedic Academy.

The scholarships are estimated to save new paramedic students up to $15,000 each in academic program costs.

In addition to covering the cost of tuition and fees, textbooks, class supplies and other materials for students, the grant also will provide up to $1,250 per student to pay for supportive services like gas and transportation, child care, uniforms and other costs that could present obstacles to students in the program.

“We’re thrilled again to have the opportunity to continue offering this grant to dedicated students interested in pursuing a career in saving lives,” Clark Imus, EMS Education Program coordinator at KCC, said. “Like its predecessors, this latest grant will provide a significant cost savings to our Paramedic Certificate students, allowing them to better focus on their training and careers.”

The program scholarships are first come, first served for eligible applicants, who must be licensed EMTs to apply. Applications are available now at kellogg.edu/ems and will be accepted until June 1 or until the program is full.

Applications can also be viewed directly via the following links:

The grant is the third such grant KCC has been awarded since 2023 to help address the shortage of paramedics and emergency medical technicians in Michigan. The grants now total $775,000.

In addition to funding the student scholarships, a portion of the grant will also support a dedicated EMS support coach to provide coaching and other academic and non-academic services to the new and continuing paramedic cohorts.

KCC’s Paramedic Certificate Program is a 15-month, four-semester program featuring hands-on training for EMS professionals interested in advancing their skills and their career. It’s one of several laddered EMS credentials offered as part of KCC’s EMS program, which also include the one-course Medical First Responder Certificate Program; the five-course Basic EMT Certificate Program; and the full five-semester Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services degree program.

KCC also offers professional UMBC Critical Care Certificate (Adult and Pediatric), EMS Instructor/Coordinator Certificate and Community Integrated Paramedic training.

For more information, visit kellogg.edu/ems or contact Imus at imusc@kellogg.edu.

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