SUNY Cobleskill Paramedic Program Partners with FMCC

SUNY Cobleskill is pleased to announce a new partnership with Fulton-Montgomery Community College that will extend our paramedic program to offer EMS education on the FMCC campus.

In December of 2014, Howard Huth, Director of the Paramedic program at SUNY Cobleskill received a call from Mark Hitchcock, the Fulton-Montgomery Community College NYS DOH BEMS Course Sponsor Administrator, advising Huth that without assistance, FMCC was fearful that their EMS program would no longer be viable in the near future. 

Huth met with Diana Putnam, FMCC Dean of Academic Affairs and Hitchcock in January this year to develop a plan to bring the SUNY Cobleskill Paramedic Program to the FMCC campus for an inaugural EMT class for the Spring 2016 semester.

The three were able to coordinate with NYS DOH Bureau of EMS in order to assist with the closure of their official BEMS course sponsorship, effective November 15, 2015. The closure of that program opens the door for a partnership between FMCC and SUNY Cobleskill.

Putnam praised the quality of Cobleskill’s program when she noted her excitement that EMS education will continue at FMCC. “FM is pleased to expand its collaborative efforts with SUNY Cobleskill to provide our area residents and students with continued EMS education. SUNY Cobleskill programming includes access to state-of-the-art equipment, high-caliber educators and resources. SUNY Cobleskill’s long history as a high quality service provider of credit and non-credit EMS education along with their well-established Paramedic Certificate and AAS degree programs will be of significant value to Fulton and Montgomery counties. We look forward to this expanded partnership.”

SUNY Cobleskill plans to offer an EMT-Original and an EMT-Refresher course on the FMCC campus, as an extension of the SUNY Cobleskill Paramedic Program, on Monday and Wednesday evenings in the Spring.

The course will be non-credit bearing and students may be eligible for tuition assistance through the NYS DOH Bureau of EMS tuition reimbursement program if they meet specific criteria within SUNY Cobleskill Paramedic Program and NYS DOH Bureau of EMS policies.

Huth is pleased with the partnership and the possibilities it opens to the FM community. “We are excited and honored to be expanding our program to the FMCC campus and look forward to reinvigorating quality EMS education in Fulton County and beyond. We anticipate continued growth and partnership with FMCC and the region by expanding our offerings on the FMCC campus as demand presents itself.”