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The Grainger Foundation Supports STLCC’s EMT Program

The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation located in Lake Forest, Ill., has donated $5,000 to the St. Louis Community College Foundation in support of the college’s emergency medical technology program.

This grant will be used to provide books, uniforms and licensing board exam fees for up to 10 students enrolled in the EMT program for fall 2018, according to Jo-Ann Digman, executive director of the STLCC Foundation.

“We are grateful to The Grainger Foundation for its generosity,” Digman said.

This donation was recommended by John Klipsch, branch network manager of Grainger’s Maryland Heights location. Grainger has been a part of the St. Louis business community for nearly 50 years as the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products.

“We are proud to recommend the programs offered by St. Louis Community College,” Klipsch said. “We understand the need for the types of quality, affordable higher education programs delivered by STLCC in the St. Louis community.”

The Grainger Foundation was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc.

About the STLCC EMT Program
STLCC offers a 16-week training program for those interested in a career in emergency medical services.

Students receive training in how care for the sick and injured, assess patients, and how to use ambulance and hospital emergency department equipment. Those who successfully complete the training are able to sit for state and national licensing board exams. Candidates also must undergo background checks and drug testing.

Registration now is under way for the fall semester, which starts Aug. 20.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the need for EMTs is expected to grow by 33 percent by 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Some EMTs become paramedics, instructors, dispatchers or physician assistants; others move into sales or marketing of emergency medical equipment. A number of people become EMTs to test their interest in health care before training as registered nurses, physicians or other healthcare workers.

EMT salaries vary with the specialty, type of employer and years of experience. On average, EMTs can expect a median annual wage of $30,360, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For more information about the program, contact Mark Christopher at 314-763-6032 or mchristopher@stlcc.edu.