Today, New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker, Fire Chief John Alston, Jr., and Director of the Office of Emergency Management for the City of New Haven Rick Fontana joined American Medical Response (AMR) at a joint press conference to announce the inaugural Earn While You Learn (EWYL) Academy for the City of New Haven.
AMR’s award-winning Earn While You Learn program is designed to ease the transition for those wanting to become EMS professionals. The innovative program allows for on the job training while taking the necessary certification courses to become emergency medical technicians (EMTs). Pending successful completion of the program, the participants are given the opportunity to become full time employees.
“I am excited for this partnership with AMR. EMS work is so critical for our community, and even more so as we work through the COVID-19 pandemic. I want to thank the team at AMR for all of your support. This program will be an incredible way to get our residents into a good paying job and solid career,” said New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker.
The students accepted into the program will become employees of AMR and will be paid for the hours that they are in class and field training. AMR will also cover all costs related to obtaining EMT certification, including books, AHA training, testing, and license certification fees. Upon successful completion of the program, the employee will be promoted to an EMT with a commensurate pay increase. Following the program, they work a regular part-time schedule for at least one year, and individuals who are interested will have the opportunity for full-time positions as they become available.
“We take pride in our service in the community, and the Earn While You Learn program is an amazing opportunity for New Haven residents who may be interested in a career in emergency medical services, healthcare, police, or fire,” said Mike Turcio, AMR Manager of Clinical Services for Connecticut. “We are grateful to Mayor Elicker for his partnership on this inaugural Earn While You Learn Academy, and look forward to providing this exciting program to the residents of New Haven.”
Those interested in the program need to be at least 18 years of age, with a valid driver’s license and have graduated high school or have a GED. Once hired and enrolled in the program, all students will be paid while in EMT class at AMR’s operation center, as well as for clinical and field time. The Academy is part time in the evening during the week, with occasional weekends, and lasts 10 weeks.
Applications are now available here
or at the QR code below and open until May 1, 2021. The Academy is slated to begin on June 28, 2021.