The Lafayette Parish School System has expanded the medical program at the W.D. & Mary Baker Smith Career Center because of the need for qualified healthcare professionals needed following the pandemic.
This fall, students will be able to take classes to become Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), Patient Care Technicians (PCT) and Medical Assistants (MA). The EMT class was previously only available at Lafayette High School through the Health Careers Magnet Academy.
LPSS says it is now one of three courses offered by the Career Center to prepare students for careers in emergency medicine and healthcare.
In addition to EMT, classes for Patient Care Technicians and Medical Assistants will be open to LPSS high school juniors and seniors this fall. Because healthcare professionals are in high demand, many employers even offer signing bonuses for new recruits. Acadian Ambulance, for example, is offering $1,000 sign-on bonuses for recent high school graduates with