EMT Academy receives $300,000 in grants
July 15, 2019
Participation in Pflugerville ISD’s EMT Academy has tripled over the past two years, and thanks to its success in preparing students for a career in emergency services the District received nearly $300,000 in grant donations to help fund the program.
The Workforce Solutions Capital Area on Thursday awarded a grant from Texas Workforce Commission to give PfISD and the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation agreed to provide matching funds of $150,000.
Checks were presented at PCDC’s Business Pfirst Quarterly Breakfast as part of the Texas Workforce Commission’s High Demand Job Training grant program, meant to build regional workforce capacity in healthcare industry and prepare high school students for high demand occupations.
The two checks add up to a total of $295,424 and the money will be used to purchase equipment and training materials for the EMT Academy.
“Pflugerville ISD is proud to expand the EMT Academy through new partnerships with the Texas Workforce Commission, Capital Area Workforce Development Board and the Pflugerville Economic Development Corporation while continuing our already strong partnership with the Travis County Emergency Services District No. 2,” Killian said. “The money we receive through these donations will help us purchase equipment and more that will help students become certified EMTs upon graduation.”
PfISD Director of Career and Technical Education Traci Hendrix and PfISD Board of Trustees President Vernagene Mott also attended the gathering. Hendrix said the EMT Academy continues to be a program that makes an immediate impact on the students upon graduation as the District provides an educational opportunity that can lead to employment right away.
“I’m so excited to see how much the EMT Academy has grown,” Hendrix said. “We have tripled our participation over the past two years as our students continue to see the value and opportunity we provide through this program. Students can become certified EMTs before they graduate high school and they are being placed in internships and full-time positions where they can then make a difference in the community.”
Some graduates of the EMT Academy are putting that certification to use in college as they continue their education.
The program was initially offered at Connally and Hendrickson high schools in its first year and added Pflugerville HS last year. The EMT Academy will expand to all four high schools this fall when Weiss HS welcomes its first senior class.
For more information on the PfISD EMT Academy visit PfISD.net/emtfire.