ATU-Ozark, Greenwood Partner to Train Future EMTs

Greenwood EMT Lab

A collaboration between Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus and Greenwood High School is creating new educational opportunities for students interested in emergency medical services.

Seniors at Greenwood High School are enrolled in concurrent classes that are allowing them to study on an ambulance simulation platform. The lab is designed to prepare individuals to provide appropriate care for patients in transport.

“I applaud the Greenwood School District leadership in their vision to support their students and their community,” said Bruce Sikes, ATU-Ozark chancellor. “Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus has great confidence in the emergency medical technician instruction at the high school and we look forward to the development of future EMTs and paramedics. It has been our pleasure to assist Greenwood in their pursuit of relevant professional training.”

Josh Edwards, a full-time paramedic who works for the Fort Smith Fire Department, and Brennon McMahan, a paramedic who works full-time for Sebastian County Emergency Medical Services and Rescue, are sharing the responsibilities of teaching the Greenwood High School students.

By pursuing concurrent enrollment, the Greenwood seniors are gaining high school and college credit simultaneously. As a result, they save time and money when they are ready for post-secondary study and they are placed on an accelerated path to career readiness.

Visit to learn more about the emergency medical services technician program and other educational opportunities at ATU-Ozark.