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BHCC Receives Grant to Enhance Paramedic Studies and EMT Programs

Friday, June 22, 2018

On Thursday, June 21, 2018, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $10.9 million in Skills Capital Grants to 33 high schools and educational institutions at an event at Salem High School. Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) received $135,393 in grant funding to enhance its Paramedic Studies and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) programs.

This is the third Skills Capital Grant awarded to BHCC, with previous awards allowing the College to construct a state-of-the-art electric engineering lab and purchase ultrasound equipment for its General Sonography and Cardiac Sonography A.S. programs.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics employment opportunities for EMTs and paramedics is projected to grow 24 percent by 2024. BHCC offers the only Paramedic Studies certificate and degree program in the City of Boston, and one of only 15 paramedic training programs in Massachusetts. With this year’s grant, the College will purchase equipment for its EMT and Paramedic laboratory including a defibrillator trainer, simulation manikins, a ventilator and an infusion pump.

The Skills Capital Grant program was created by the Baker-Polito Administration in 2015 to assist educational institutions in investing in the most up-to-date training equipment to give students an advantage in the workforce. The program has provided more than $48 million to 157 programs since its inception.