Fort Morgan, CO. 5/9/12. Through a grant from the Eastern Colorado Health Occupations (ECHO) Network, Morgan Community College (MCC) has obtained over $16,000 of educational equipment and supplies. These will be used by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) trainers along the I-70 Corridor, and were recently delivered to the MCC Limon and Bennett Centers; each location received equipment totaling $8,000.
ECHO is a federal project aimed at recruiting and retaining health care workers in eastern Colorado. Their service area includes the communities of Agate, Bennett, Byers, Deer Trail, Flagler, Hugo, Limon and Strasburg—commonly known as the I-70 Corridor.
“This project aligned well with ECHO's commitment to improve recruitment and retention of health care workers on the I-70 Corridor," said Marissa Hauser, ECHO project coordinator. "When we first assessed the needs of the communities in ECHO's service area, we learned that workforce shortages exist for our agencies that provide emergency medical services, especially because they rely so heavily on volunteers. We hope that the addition of these training materials help retain the outstanding individuals currently serving, as well as assist with the recruitment of those eager to learn on the newest equipment.
“The Eastern Colorado Health Occupations Network and Morgan Community College have formed an excellent partnership that will enable us to more thoroughly prepare our communities for the challenges of working in Emergency Medical Services," said Mary Andersen, MCC Limon Center Director and member of ECHO's Coordinating Council. "These training materials will be invaluable to the Emergency Medical Services classes offered by Morgan Community College,” said MCC's EMS Coordinator Don Enninga, who delivered the supplies via the college's training ambulance.
The Network has allocated funds to help local employers provide continuing education to their staff members, and can also assist with innovative recruitment efforts. For more information on ECHO’s simple application process, contact Marissa Hauser at firstname.lastname@example.org or (720)400-3774. To inquire about or enroll in an EMS class at Morgan Community College, check out www.MorganCC.edu or call advisor Gwen Steffen at 970-542-3224.