KTC’s Paramedic Students Bring Home Gold

July 30, 2019 - For Immediate Release

Poteau Wins Gold

The Kiamichi Technology Center (KTC) Paramedic Class of 2019 recently competed in the International HOSA competition in Orlando, FL.  Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is an organization for health students that reinforces leadership skills, teamwork, and enables students to stay abreast to the ever changing world of medicine. HOSA has more than 200,000 members in approximately 4,100 chartered chapters in 53 state associations, including American Samoa, China, Canada, Germany, Guam, Italy, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.  Oklahoma has a membership of over 6,000, including middle school, secondary, postsecondary, collegiate students; professional members; and alumni members. The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill, and leadership development of all health science education students, therefore, helping the student meet the needs of the health care community.

 Wayne Corbitt and Chris Turpin received first place in the EMT Post-Secondary contest.   The team of Benjamin Webb, Cassidy McFarland, David Schlorer, Cierra Rosales, Jared Hays, and Hunter Poston were first place winners in Post-Secondary Public Health.   Demerie Pool placed in the Top 10 in Medical Math.   KTC’s Paramedic program broadcasts classes from the Poteau Campus to several sites across the state.   Benjamin Webb participates in the Paramedic training at Pioneer Technology Center in Ponca City while Hunter Poston is at Central Technology Center in Drumright and Demerie Pool tunes in from Western Technology Center in Elk City.   Instructors for the EMS program are Lisa Dyer, Michael Highfill, and Becky O’Bar.

 Kiamichi Technology Centers has played an integral role in southeastern Oklahoma communities since 1968, serving ten full and three partial counties. KTC is one of 29 districts in the Oklahoma CareerTech system with more than 30 career programs. KTC also offers a wide variety of evening and weekend short-term courses as well as certifications in many diverse career fields. KTC serves nearly 23,000 individuals each year, including many area companies who receive training through the Business and Industry Services division that works with over 400 businesses annually.