Rafe Mechlin and Laura Shaffer, juniors at Centralia High School, attend the Basic Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class at Columbia Area Career Center (CACC). Chris Phelps, the EMT class instructor, joins the CACC team from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, where he served as an Emergency Medical Services inspector. He has also worked as an EMS educator and paramedic for the University of Missouri Hospital.
The CACC EMT class allows students to learn CPR and the techniques used in the EMT profession. It also gives students the chance to take part in an outreach project. Students benefit from going to CACC because they can experience a wide variety of classes, gaining hands-on experience for their future careers.
Both Mechlin and Shaffer agree that CACC is worth the trip. Shaffer’s favorite part of the class is working with her fellow students. “I love to help people,” she said. She wants to become an EMT or even a medical EMT in the future. Mechlin enjoys the self-learning opportunities and learning CPR.