Alaska Paramedics graduate after an unusual year

Published: Jul. 15, 2021 at 4:10 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - After an unprecedented year studying in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, 10 students from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Community and Technical College (CTC) Paramedic Program have graduated from the Academy’s intensive three-semester program. The majority of the students of the Paramedic Academy are residents of Alaska with students from the Interior, Valdez, and Scammon Bay. Students completed their internships in Connecticut, Mississippi, Texas, Nevada, and Oregon during the summer. With the help of CTC industry partners, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Fairbanks Fire Department, the students from the 2020 -2021 Paramedic Academy were able to gain valuable real world experience.

Approximately half of the class are currently employed or have job offers in emergency services upon completion of their certification testing.

CTC paramedic program coordinator Richie Berndt said, “Being able to train first-responders that are able to serve our local community is of great importance. It’s the mission of CTC to be able to train the local workforce. I’m happy to announce that we are adding 10 paramedics to the local workforce. These students have worked diligently over the last year with the pandemic that’s been going on. A year ago we were trying to figure out what everyone was trying to figure out -- what was gonna happen next? This group of students was able to adjust their schedules, modify their lives and overcome some adversity to complete the course.”

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