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Photo cutline: Co-Lin Natchez’s EMT-Paramedic Program’s inaugural paramedic class began in January 2019. Members of the first class of the program are pictured above. Front row: Craig Rowell, EMT Instructor; Joshua Floyd; Celestial Hughes; Alexis Paulk; Selena Jones; Shelby Morace; Christie Cupit; Triand McCoy, II; and Brad Shirley, EMT – Paramedic Program Director. Back row left to right: Miracle Lane, Kayla Wallace, Ariyanna Mason, Samitra Weathers, Randall McKenzie, Caleb Stead, and Heath Sutton.

Copiah-Lincoln Community College Natchez Campus Enrolls First Paramedic Class
from Staff Reports - NEWS
February 18, 2019 -

NATCHEZ, Miss.  – Copiah-Lincoln Community College is proud to announce that the new Emergency Medical Technology program welcomed the first class of fourteen students into the paramedic training program at the Natchez campus in January 2019. Emergency Medical Technology is one of three programs initially funded by a $600,000 Challenge Grant received by Co-Lin to fill educational needs in the areas serviced by the college. The Emergency Medical Technology program includes two levels of training, the EMT Basic course and the complete Paramedic program.

“We are fortunate to be able to make this opportunity available to our students and community. We strive to meet employer needs in our region, and this is one example of providing relevant education and training to meet that need,” said Co-Lin Natchez Vice President Teresa Busby.

“The students in the paramedic program will earn their Paramedic Certificate or Associate in Applied Science degree upon completion of the program,” said Co-Lin’s EMT/Paramedic Program Director Brad Shirley. “Of those students, we expect 100% job placement in the local area. It’s a huge boost to the local economy when we can create good, stable, local jobs which pay reasonable wages.” Shirley continued.

A one-semester EMT course is offered both fall and spring semesters. Students completing the EMT course earn a certificate, are eligible to test for the designation of Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician, and can begin working in the field immediately.

Completion of the EMT course is the first step to becoming a paramedic. The Paramedic program is three semesters beyond the EMT course and accepts new students each January with the application deadline in October. The program draws its students from individuals possessing a valid EMT state certification and who have completed Anatomy & Physiology I with a grade of C or better. Program applicants must be 18 years or older and possess a high school diploma or GED certificate, and have a minimum ACT score of 16.

For more information about this exciting new program, or to show your financial support, visit Co-Lin’s website at or contact program director Brad Shirley at or Career-Technical Counselor Tiffany Woods at 601-446-1168. | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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