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New Program Coming to Pioneer Tech

Pioneer Tech to Launch New Program in August of 2018

Ponca City, OK — Pioneer Technology Center (PTC) announces another new program to launch in August of 2018.  The Pioneer Tech Board of Education approved the addition of a new program on Tuesday, November 14th, one year to the date of launching their last program.  The Emergency Services Program will be an option for students enrolling in the 2018 fall term.

The new program addition was launched to meet demand in the area of Emergency Services.  “The Criminal Justice/Emergency Services Program reached capacity so quickly, we knew separating the two programs was the right decision,” said Bruce DeMuth, Superintendent/CEO of Pioneer Tech. “The Emergency Services program will focus on firefighting and EMT education,” remarked DeMuth.

The proposed Emergency Services program will combine firefighting techniques, emergency medical skills and training opportunities focusing on obtaining the knowledge, skills and aptitude required of firefighting professionals. In addition to firefighting, this career major will provide training as Emergency Medical Responder and Emergency Medical Technician.  The career major is designed for firefighters, industry and first response providers. Students completing the program will be prepared for testing, certification and registration through the Oklahoma State Department of Health as an Emergency Medical Responder, Emergency Medical Technician along with an American Heart Association Healthcare Provider First Aid/CPR certifications, as well as IFSAC certifications for Hazardous Materials Awareness, Hazardous Materials Operations, Firefighter I and Firefighter II.

There are currently 12 fire service agencies in Kay County. Other surrounding counties offer even more opportunities for graduates of this program.  Students from all five partner school districts will have the opportunity to enroll as well as adult students.

Pioneer Tech is actively looking for an instructor at this time.  “We’re searching for a highly motivated firefighter professional who has a desire to pass their knowledge on to the next generation,” said Kahle Goff, PTC Trade and Industry Instructional Director. “Of course they would have to pursue a Trade and Industry CareerTech degree or have a Bachelors in this field.”  Goff went on to say that the instructor is crucial to how the program will be designed.  “They will be designing the curriculum and making adjustments.  We are hoping to hire someone very dynamic to make this program successful,” said Goff.

For more information about Pioneer Technology Center’s programs and initiatives, call 580-762-8336 or visit their website www.pioneertech.edu.