RLC and Abbott EMS team up for free Franklin County EMT certificate

EMT with RLC and Abbott web

BENTON, Ill. (Sept. 5, 2019) - Franklin County residents, get your start in an in-demand field with growth potential for absolutely free with the brand new partnership between Rend Lake College and Abbott EMS of Illinois.

Under this new agreement, participants will be able to complete an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Occupational Certificate Program free of cost in an effort to fill vacancies in the industry with trained, local talent.

“Abbott EMS of Illinois is proud to partner with Rend Lake College to support our initiative to bring EMT training to Franklin County students. We believe that EMS education is very important both on and off the ambulance. Individuals who complete this class will be eligible to apply for their EMT-B license and will have the opportunity to join the growing healthcare workforce. It is our hope that they will make an impact in their own community. We hope to have as many students as possible started on a new and exciting career path,” said Operations Manager Brian Gerth

Abbott EMS of Illinois is the face of AMR in Franklin, Effingham, Madison, St. Clair, and Williamson counties, offering 911 response to many municipalities and fire departments. Abbott EMS also serves the medical and interfacility transportation needs of area hospitals and skilled nursing facilities.

EMT class that will be offered to Franklin County Residents. Classes will start Oct. 14th and run Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a one hour lunch break at Immanuel Baptist Church. The last day of class time will be Nov. 14, and students will have till Dec. 6th to finish their clinical time.

“Rend Lake College is excited to partner with Abbott EMS to help give students in Franklin county an opportunity to start a rewarding career in their community. Students who become an EMT Basic have the opportunity advance their education and career by then becoming a Paramedic. Rend Lake College offers a Paramedic Certificate Program as well as and an Associate in Applied Science degree in Paramedical Services at the Rend Lake Marketplace in Mt. Vernon,” said RLC Dean of Allied Health Bria Robinson.

Emergency medical technicians, also known as EMTs, provide one of the most vital services in the medical field. They provide emergency medical care during life-and-death situations. There are different levels of emergency care providers, all with specific skills and responsibilities.

To register, students need to contact Robinson at 437-5321 ext. 1777 or email .

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