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First Graduate of Paramedic Program at Somerset Community College

MShortIn the fall of 2012, Somerset Community College began a new Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic certificate program designed to address the statewide need for advanced emergency technicians. That program has since expanded and is now celebrating its first graduate, Mike Short.

Short is a native of California who moved to the area when his father retired from the California Highway Patrol in 2007. His father, Richard, was from Pulaski County and bought land to retire on several years before.

I first visited this area when I was 10, said Short. I always wanted to live here.

And although he knew where he wanted to live, Short didnt know exactly what he wanted to do professionally for several years.

I worked odd jobs, said Short. My dad always encouraged me to become an EMT; he was an EMT and a paramedic. When we moved here I worked various places and my dad signed me up for classes when I was visiting friends in California.

When he returned home, his dad greeted him from off the plane and told him that classes began the following day.

Once I started, I realized how much I loved helping people, said Short.

Short had been working as an EMT for a few years, mostly with the Whitley County and Somerset/Pulaski County EMS systems, when he decided to pursue his paramedic certificate.
As an EMT, you are limited on how far you can go to help a patient, said Short. Paramedics can do more.

After this accomplishment, Short said he may go on to become a medic nurse, a physicians assistant or work in flight services, but for now, he's going to use his newly acquired skills in his job at Somerset/Pulaski County EMS.

This program gave me a good base of knowledge, he said. You don't ever wish to have to do this job, but Im happy to be there when my services are needed.

Short is the son of Richard and Bonnie Short of White Lily, and Toni Short of Bronston. Shorts wife Kristie, who plans to enroll in the nursing program at SCC this fall, met in EMT school. They reside in Somerset.

To be eligible to enroll in the SCC Paramedic program, students must already be a licensed emergency medical technician (EMT) and must have completed a college-level math course. The program can be completed in approximately two years. Classes are held in the afternoon at the Laurel Campus in London and in the evening at the SCC Somerset Campus in Somerset.

To find out more about the program, contact Tracey Franklin, EMS-Paramedic program coordinator, at (606) 387-3718 or