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Students receive EMT training in new program at Mount Vernon High School

Students receive EMT training in new program at Mount Vernon High School

Mount Vernon City School District students, equipped with medical supplies, administered care to mannequins during their emergency medical technician (EMT) training course at Mount Vernon High School on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department added a new EMT program earlier in the school year, and classes began in December. 

Students practicing CPR

“The Mount Vernon City School District has been going back to the basics academically, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the new EMT program where students are radically going back to the basics and saving human lives,” said Director of CTE Brian Simmons. “There is an incredible amount of rigor involved in training to be an EMT, and that is being doubled by students who are simultaneously in both the nursing assistant program and the EMT training program.” 

Students meet at the beginning of the week for classroom work, which includes learning terminology and different techniques. At the end of the week, students get hands-on lab experience using medical equipment on mannequins, themselves and sometimes even their instructor.  

Student taking blood pressure

“My experience has been amazing,” said Curtis Jackson, 11th grade MVHS student. “I’ve learned many ways to save people from choking or just sickness overall. If I was to find someone in a car accident, I would know how to handle the situation whether or not an ambulance was at the scene already.” 

The class meets every Monday through Thursday at MVHS. Out of the 10 students in the program, seven are concurrently enrolled in the nursing assistant program. If they pass certification exams at the end of the year for both programs, they will have two credentials to help them further their education or begin their careers.  

Kevin Bunch and Christiana Corrado, paramedics with Westchester County, come to MVHS to serve as the instructors for the EMT training program. In the first two weeks of the program, students learned how to do CPR and received a CPR certification from the American Heart Association. 

Student taking blood pressure

During lab days, students practice taking blood pressure, doing patient assessments, moving patients on boards, putting splints on arms and legs, assessing for injuries after motor vehicle accidents, and other EMT responsibilities. 

“I think it’s a great program,” said Mario Gibson, 12th grade student at MVHS. ”I like that they brought it to the school, since some people have to go out of school to get it. I’m glad that we’re able to get it in school for free for a couple hours a day. I’ve learned how to act in sudden emergencies, how to distribute Narcan and much more.”  

Students who are concurrently in the nursing assistant program work in a nursing home for their nursing clinicals, and then they come back to MVHS for EMT training. The nursing assistant program, which four students completed last year, has grown 150% in the past year and now has 10 students enrolled. The EMT program will hold a graduation ceremony later in the year.

Admin posing with no place for hate signs.

For the second year, all 16 Mount Vernon City School District schools were presented with No Place for Hate (NPFH) banners at a ceremony on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at NYU Skirball Center in Manhattan. The district continues to be the largest and now is the first school district in Westchester County to have all of its schools designated as Gold Star No Place for Hate.  

Nathaniel Edwards in front of paper planes on wall.

Nathaniel Edwards, a senior at Mount Vernon High School, was recently accepted into Vaughn College of Aeronautic Engineering, Aviation and Technology, where he will pursue a degree in the Aircraft Operations program. 

Judges speaking at panel discussion

Mount Vernon community members visited Mount Vernon High School for an educational celebration of the 70th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education on Friday, May 17, 2024. The Mount Vernon chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held the celebration to recognize figures who fought against segregation and to acknowledge the progress that is still needed.