At a time of unprecedented public health and economic challenges during the COVID pandemic, Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, Reps. David LaGrand and Rachel Hood and Mayor Rosalynn Bliss joined American Medical Response (AMR) to kick off the “Earn While You Learn” initiative, which allows trainees to be full-time employees while taking the necessary certification courses to become emergency medical technicians (EMTs).
This comprehensive program is an exciting opportunity for Grand Rapids residents who want to begin a rewarding career in emergency medical services and get paid as they train to become EMTs. Upon successful completion of the program and obtaining their state certification, participants are promoted to EMT-B with a commensurate pay rate increase.
Lt. Gov. Gilchrist, who taped a message for the incoming class, said: “As we strengthen our national resolve in the face of continuing record COVID-19 cases, the demand for healthcare professionals remains at an all-time high. AMR’s Earn While You Learn program is an equitable, innovative solution to this problem, filling these critical positions and allowing some economic relief in the process.”
Since launching the “Earn While You Learn Program” in 2018, AMR has graduated more than 350 EMS professionals. The program has made a career in emergency medical services more accessible, ensuring that a candidate is financially stable while training.
“Earn While You Learn” received a national honor from the American Ambulance Association in the best Employee Programs Category. Similar programs have also been launched in Alabama, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee.