Inver Hills wins Innovative Practices in Diversity Award for Saint Paul EMS Academy

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS – Inver Hills Community College received the New Innovative Practices in Diversity Award from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, recognizing the college’s development of the Saint Paul EMS Academy.
Founded in 2009, the Saint Paul EMS Academy works to provide the city of Saint Paul with an emergency medical service workforce that is more reflective of the community it serves while creating education and long-term career opportunities for culturally diverse young adults from low-income households. It is a joint program of the city of Saint Paul, the Saint Paul Fire Department, Community Action Partnership of Ramsey County and Inver Hills Community College.
“The heart of the EMS Academy is the promotion of a career in EMS to students who otherwise may never have entered the EMS profession,” said Tia Radant, director of emergency services for Inver Hills. “From the EMS Academy, we have seen a marked increase in the total number of EMTs in Minnesota who represent the many diverse populations of our community. Graduates have consistently been successful at the National Registry exam, at or above the rate of other EMT classes. The Academy is a success thanks to the innovative thinking and dedicated work of many, many people.”
The award was presented May 30 at the system’s joint meeting of chief academic and student affairs officers. Diversity awards recognize programs and individuals for fostering a diverse faculty, staff and student body and providing quality services and support.
“We take pride providing an extraordinary education for Minnesotans from all backgrounds, and that requires diversity on campus,” MnSCU Chief Diversity Officer Whitney Harris said. “Our colleges and universities serve more students of color than any other provider of higher education in Minnesota, and we serve more low-income students than all of the state’s other higher education options combined. It gives me great pleasure to recognize the outstanding work being done throughout the system that allows us to fulfill this vital role.”

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