Staff from Lakeshore Technical College recently visited Nicolet to debut the paramedic ambulance that will be used for training. Pictured here are, left to right, Jay Steuer, Emergency Medical Services Instructor, Lakeshore Technical College, Ray Lemke, Fire and Emergency Medical Services Specialist, Nicolet College, Ryan Skabroud, Energy and Public Safety Dean, Lakeshore Technical College, Vicki Nelson, Administrative Assistant Public Safety, Nicolet College, and Jason Goeldner, Associate Dean of Public Safety, Nicolet College.
Ray Lemke started working at Nicolet in July as the collegeís Fire and Emergency Medical Services specialist. He will instruct students in the paramedic program starting in January.
10/12/2019 7:30:00 AM New paramedic training program comes to Nicolet College
A higher level of emergency care will soon be available throughout the Northwoods with the launch in January of a new EMT-Paramedic training program at Nicolet College.
"This opens the door to a whole new level of emergency medical response," Jason Goeldner, Nicolet's associate dean of Public Safety, said in a press release announcing the new course. "With a certified paramedic, it's like bringing an emergency room right out into the field. They have the advanced level of training needed to provide so many more emergency services to individuals in need."
Paramedic classes start on Nicolet's Rhinelander campus Jan. 20, 2020, according to the release.
The new one-year, 44-credit technical diploma is being made possible through a partnership between Nicolet and Lakeshore Technical Technical College in Cleveland, Wis., just north of Sheboygan.
"The beauty of the program is that students will be able to complete all of their classes right here in the Northwoods," Goeldner explained.
In the past, Northwoods residents looking to become a paramedic had to complete the program outside of the area. Northcentral Technical College in Wausau was the closest college offering paramedic training.
"Training to become a paramedic is a commitment and we wanted to make it as convenient as possible for Northwoods residents to learn these advanced skills," said Ray Lemke, Nicolet's new Fire and Emergency Medical Services Specialist.
Lemke started at Nicolet in July.
"By having the training here in the Northwoods, there's a far better chance that individuals will stay and live here to provide care to Northwoods residents rather than moving somewhere else and taking their skills with them."
Paramedic training is a significant step above Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training, which were the highest levels Nicolet offered in the past. Paramedic skills include providing a variety of advanced cardiac care life support techniques depending on the situation, administering pain management in the field, giving IVs, and dispensing about 75 different medications, among others.
The partnership is structured where students will take all of their classes on Nicolet's Rhinelander campus.
Instruction will be over the latest interactive television network technology known as BlueJeans and face-to-face instruction with Lakeshore instructors who will travel to the Nicolet campus.
Students who graduate from the Paramedic technical diploma program can apply those credits to the the two-year Paramedic associate's degree program at Lakeshore. Funding from a grant from the Wisconsin Technical College System made it possible to expand the paramedic program to Nicolet.
Goeldner and Lemke have known each other for many years and each of them have also known their counterparts at Lakeshore for just as a long, the release states.
"We're all dedicated to public safety and I can't tell you how great the people at Lakeshore have been in putting together this partnership," Goeldner said. "We've been talking about this for a couple of years, putting all of the pieces together, and it's exciting to finally be able to open the Paramedic program to the public."
Lemke replaces Dana Baumgartner, who is now studying at Nicolet to become a registered nurse. He comes to Nicolet after serving in a variety of roles in the public safety field, including 15 years at Northcentral Technical College. There, he worked his way up from adjunct instructor to director of the Fire and EMS program.
"I've been to all 16 of the technical colleges in the state, and they're all great, but if I could pick just one to work for, it's Nicolet," he said. "The staff and leadership are just fantastic. You really can't ask for a better set up, you really can't."
For more information about the EMT-Paramedic program at Nicolet, call the college at (715) 365-4600 or email publicsafety @nicoletcollege.edu.
To enroll, call (715) 365-4493 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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