Rockford is known for servicing patients with
the most emergency calls in the state outside Chicago. First responders in our
area are known for their level of accreditation and certifications. Next year
they can add the fact that a local high school is playing its part in
supporting Emergency Medical response initiatives.
On April 23 East High School became the first high
school in Northern Illinois to have its own Ambulance Simulator. The simulator
is a life-like ambulance lab in the classroom. It allows teachers to work in
real-life situations with students interested in Emergency
Medical careers. The simulator will connect with curriculum
from our medical terminology course and Emergency Medical Responder
certifications that students participate in an after-school program with OSF
Saint Anthony Medical Center. The hope in the future is to add an Emergency
Medical Technician certification that connects students to a full-time career
in fire science and/or medical EMT positions upon graduation.
The Ambulance Simulator was purchased through CEANCI (Career Education
Associates of North Central Illinois) as a part of the Federal Perkins Grant
program. East High School will celebrate the release of the new equipment with
a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. on May 14. Those in attendance will include
Superintendent Ehren Jarrett, Executive Director of College and Career
Readiness, Bridget French, representatives from SwedishAmerican, OSF Saint
Anthony Medical Center, the Rockford Fire Department and the Health Science
Academy staff at East High School.
Rockford School Board member Jaime Escobedo submitted his resignation from the board effective Wednesday, May 29.
All RPS 205 elementary and middle school students will follow a shortened schedule on Monday, June 3.
Ethan Strombeck will receive a $2,500 scholarship.
The elementary schools will close after this school year.
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