Program Goals and Objectives
The fundamental goal of the Paramedic Student Bunk-In Program and Scholarship is to graduate a Paramedic from the Jefferson Community College Paramedic Program and place the student into a job that will benefit TI-Rescue or another EMS Agency.
Secondarily, it places a skilled provider in the field caring for patients in our own communities to enhance public goodwill of the agency.
Last, it places a graduate into the medical workforce who will intern put money back into the region’s economy as perhaps a homeowner and taxpayer of the very same community.
The TI-Rescue Paramedic Student Bunk-In Program addresses six primary initiatives:
- Partners with our local Community College to address a regional need.
- Places a student into an environment with structured surrounding containing support, mentoring, and added clinical training capabilities with similar personnel that will be conducive to the student to complete the Paramedic Program.
- The student “earns” his /her keep by responding to emergency calls for TI-Rescue.
- Continued mentoring and supervision of students creates an atmosphere in which the student will graduate from the Paramedic Program.
- Instills the core values and ethics of volunteerism, goodwill, and community support that will stay with the student for a lifetime.
- Meet the need by creating a Paramedic career.
TI-Rescue will offer the availability of a scholarship for $1500.00 that would be introduced during the beginning of the Spring “first semester ” or Fall “second semester” entrance to the Jefferson Community College Paramedic Degree Program. The scholarship time will begin the first day of the commencement of the semester classes. The scholarship amount will continue into subsequent semesters if the student remains in good standing with the Paramedic Program and TI-Rescue membership.
This scholarship provided by TI-Rescue will offer the student:
- Housing in the form of a “free” dorm room that will include bed, dresser, desk, refrigerator, television and normal amenities of housing. Valued at $750.00 per month.
- The scholarship as a stipend for meals, transportation expenses and other student related costs given as a biweekly monetary increment throughout the program duration.
- Study area, kitchen and normal crew room privileges.
- Laundry, shower, and bathroom privileges
- Added clinical and classroom training by mentors or EMS agency as needed.
The scholarship student expectations include:
- The bunk-in scholarship student must become a member of the sponsoring agency as a volunteer. In Jefferson County it is essential because the student who assumes the role of a volunteer will enter the Jefferson County Self Insured program for liability purposes. TI-Rescue also provides a special liability policy umbrella for the student.
- The student will enter into a contract with TI-Rescue. The contract will outline items within the scholarship provided to the student and the expectations of the student to TI-Rescue.
- Expected “on duty hours” of 24 hours per week and summer duty activities for up to two weeks provided to TI-Rescue.
- The contract would outline the criteria for student grades and clinical performance to keep the scholarship intact during the scholarship period.
Project and Student Activities
The anticipated routine will be to have the student attend his/ her regular classes as presented at Jefferson Community College and to engage in the clinical portions of the Paramedic Program at the regional hospitals or other clinical sites as customarily done in the program. During the weekday, evening, or weekends, the student will participate as a volunteer for a 24 hour per week shift(s) as designated by TI-Rescue or Program Coordinator. During these periods, or as student need dictates, the on duty Paramedics or Advanced Level Providers for the agency, or other designee, will act as agency mentors and educators in either a clinical or practical skills setting as on an ambulance call. This will give the student continued encouragement. It is one of the key features that can make this program a success for the student involved. It is TI-Rescues’ intent to facilitate a student to adhere to finishing the Paramedic Program and graduate. This would be one of the accomplishments of the program and a favored one.
TI-Rescue has always had a core values system and a friends and family atmosphere to share in multiple disciplines. A command structure that has accountability embedded in the leadership, a value of training and education, and the goodwill of doing an important job for the community that we represent. Our membership feel there is actually something at stake. It is often their friends and neighbors that they are responding to. In this environment people excel in the things that may not seem important but it is to the team. A nice uniform, a clean and well stocked and ready ambulance, sitting down for a meal together as a group, discussing local issues of importance and creating a cohesive team that make excellent role models for youth and others.
This is the environment that the value system that a Paramedic Bunk-in Student will be exposed to. This team can mentor a student into a community minded young adult who can learn about “the bigger picture” and be a part of the meaning of community service. This is another key to make a student welcome and feel at home. TI-Rescue members also do not join and jump into the ambulance the same day. They have a routine of orientation and a ride-a long period to get to know the ambulances and the equipment that are on them. Bunk-in students would have to get familiar with agency by-laws, operating procedures as any regular new volunteer member would be required. At TI-Rescue it is a responsibility to “share the load” and do a small part to make the organization and the agency whole.
If you are interested in the Paramedic Student Bunk-In Student Program call TI-Rescue for more information and an application.