The Board of Education approved a new high school course to begin in January 2019 at its Dec. 11 meeting. Students at Locust Valley High School will have the opportunity to become certified emergency medical technicians, while earning high school credit for the course.

The course will be taught after school for three hours twice per week for 22 weeks. High School Principal Dr. Kieran J. McGuire said the course would be open to seniors first and then juniors if space permits. Participants must turn 18 by the end of the course to take the certification exam. The course will be taught by someone certified by Nassau County to teach the Emergency Medical Technician class, and a certified high school teacher will be present. 

Dr. McGuire said there are many advantages to offering this course. “One of the positives is that there are many colleges that offer free tuition for students who are emergency medical technicians,” he said. 

Board of Education President Brian Nolan said that as a 20-year member of the fire department, he knows what a valuable course this will be. “This is an excellent opportunity for our students who are interested in the medical field,” he said. He added that it will also help the community, which often has trouble finding certified EMTs.