Resiliency Integral to EMT Training Program's Success

Achieving the Dream Senior Associate Director for Workforce and Academic Alignment Meredith Hatch highlights how NRC contributes to a highly-skilled and resilient workforce, focusing on the LaGuardia Community College's S.A.V.E. EMT program.  Excerpt below.


Catastrophes can come in all shapes and sizes. First responders are critical to any community's infrastructure, but natural and manmade disasters such as Hurricane Sandy and the Boston Marathon bombing, serve as powerful reminders that police officers, firefighters, paramedics and EMTs need to be increasingly adaptable and resilient to help a community recover.

After these catastrophes disrupted infrastructure and civic life in communities across the region, seven community colleges in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts determined they would move forward to act on a shared commitment to build a more prepared and resilient workforce in industries central to preventing, responding to and recovering from disasters and crises. The Northeast Resiliency Consortium (NRC) colleges became the pioneers in the concept of workforce resiliency, by first defining resiliency as an individual's persistent development and application of knowledge, skills and resources that effectively help one adapt to change and overcome adversity.

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One such program at LaGuardia Community College, located in Long Island City, N.Y., is called Supporting Adults through Vocational EMT Training (S.A.V.E. EMT) was designed to cultivate a strong, talented group of students who would make remarkable contributions as members of the local EMT workforce.

 

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