KTC Paramedic Students Take Home the Gold

July 12, 2017 - For Immediate Release

Pictured: (L to R) Kyle Hess, Junior Aguilar, Charles Kelm, Olivia Decker, Rebekah Shimp, and Jeffrey Grass.

Students from the Paramedic Program at Kiamichi Technology Center in Poteau, Oklahoma recently competed in the International Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) competitions in Orlando, Florida. Among the contestants were Junior Aguilar and Olivia Decker who competed in the Emergency Medical Technician competition. Junior and Olivia won third place in the post-secondary category. The competitors were judged on knowledge of EMS by their combined scores from a written test and then performing skills as a team on an emergency-based scenario. Another competition in which KTC’s students competed in was the Public Health competition. In this competition participants had to create an ‘effective, dynamic and creative public health presentation to educate the public.’ Students Jeffrey Grass, Charles Kelm, and Kyle Hess won first place. Lastly, Rebekah Shimp placed in the top ten for the Pathophysiology general knowledge test. These students, who graduate this month, have been in the Kiamichi Technology Center’s Paramedic distance education program for 15 months. They have attended their class some by teleconference from remote campuses. KTC’s Paramedic program is instructed by Lisa Dyer. Anthony Stankewitz serves as the Paramedic Program’s Clinical Coordinator.

HOSA is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education Division of ACTE. HOSA's two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA's goal is to encourage all health occupations instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSE-HOSA Partnership. HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult, and collegiate students enrolled in HSE programs. HOSA is 100% health care!

For more information on KTC’s EMT classes & HOSA call the Poteau Campus at 918-647-4525 or visit their website at www.ktc.edu. Like their Facebook page at Kiamichi Tech Centers – Poteau to receive updates on events happening at KTC. KTC is a member of the state CareerTech system.