A host of community leaders, school officials, and students were on hand Wednesday, October 26 to join in the ribbon cutting for Columbia Area Career Center's new Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program for high school students. Heading the program is Mr. Dean Martin, a 20+-year veteran of Columbia's fire, police and ambulance forces. After an introduction by CACC director Linda Rawlings, superintendent of Columbia Public Schools Chris Belcher complimented the Career Center's focus on building community relationships while preparing students to reach their future career goals. The EMT program prepares seniors to sit for their EMT Registry exam which will allow them to continue schooling in the medical field or find viable employment directly after graduating high school.
In true CACC fashion, multiple areas of study contributed to the event. Students in broadcast journalism taped the ribbon cutting to be used in a future episode of CPS 360, culinary students prepared the refreshments served, and Muhammud Al-Rawi, CACC's FIRST Robotics member, photographed the event.