Community Colleges’ Partnership Addressing Workforce Needs in Emergency Medical Services

June 11, 2019

NMCC paramedic students Cody Fenderson (left) and Luke Brabant standing with EMS department chair AJ Gagnon.


When classes begin in fall 2019, eight students may be simultaneously attending classes at Washington County Community College while enrolled at Northern Maine Community College. Thanks to a partnership between these two institutions and funding provided by the Bring College to ME (BCTM) program of the Maine Community College System, eight students will have the opportunity to be enrolled in the NMCC Paramedic associate degree program.

The BCTM program is part of the MCCS’s Rural Initiative, designed to deliver targeted program in high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand occupations to rural Maine and is funded through a combination of philanthropic gifts and MCCS funds.

Classes will be in a hybrid format, where some instruction is provided via video conferencing while other instruction is provided by the on-site instructor at WCCC.

This program utilizes the same technology format used by the BCTM nursing cohort that graduated in May 2019.

This is a two-year project, which is tuition free to the eight students who qualify and are selected for enrollment. To learn more about this educational opportunity and to determine whether or not this program might be for you, plan to attend the Informational Session scheduled for Tuesday, June 18 from 5:00-7:00 pm at WCCC in the Assembly Room of Riverview Hall or call the NMCC Admissions Office at 207-768-2785.