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Michigan Learning and Education Advancement Program Helps Tackle Michigan’s EMT Shortage


Cheboygan Life Support Systems and several of their newest employees benefitted from the Michigan Learning and Education Advancement Program’s tuition assistance.


Cheboygan Life Support Systems taught an Emergency Medical Technician class in the summer of 2022. Twelve students enrolled in the class, with 10 students passing and receiving their EMT licenses. Six of the students enrolled in the training utilized tuition assistance thanks to the Michigan Learning and Education Advancement Program. Five of those students lived within Cheboygan Life Support Systems’ ambulance coverage area and were hired on to work for them, one full-time and the rest part-time.


“Emergency Medical Services like ours are in the midst of a critical shortage of EMTs and Paramedics,” states Dallas Hyde with Cheboygan Life Support Systems. “In the 40 years we have been in business this the worst shortage of employees that we have ever seen. This is a problem for the whole State of Michigan. Every ambulance director I have spoken to is having the same issue. The shortage of EMTs is bad, but the shortage of Paramedics is even worse. I am happy to say three of the EMTs that were hired are going on to become Paramedics!”


“I can say without reservation that the Michigan Learning and Education Advancement Program allowed these students the opportunity to take the EMT class and become gainfully employed. The community will continue to benefit from such a great program if it is allowed to continue. I would like to thank Michigan Works! and the State of Michigan for providing programs like the Michigan Learning and Education Advancement Program, and for supporting Emergency Medical Services.”


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