March 9, 2022, Press Release
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (UVA Health) – Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Training Center (CATEC) emergency medical technician students celebrated the donation of a UVA Health ambulance to its program during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday morning.
The ambulance will be used by CATEC’s high school and adult education EMT programs to simulate hands-on learning experiences. Students will be able to replicate emergency medicine routes, practice getting patients in and out of the ambulance, working in tight spaces, and locating equipment in space. Cat Gardner, High School and Adult Education EMT Instructor, says, “In addition to the required clinical experiences and the purchase of a new immersive emergency manakin, ambulance training will better prepare students to pass their national EMT registry review in the spring.”
The inauguration ceremony kicks off an exciting collaboration between CATEC and UVA Health. Like healthcare facilities across the country, UVA Health needs additional qualified medical personnel. CATEC’s Adult Education Program provides certified nursing assistant training directly to UVA Health employees. Their “Earn While You Learn” model offers full-time employment to participants who complete CATEC healthcare training. “I believe in expanding opportunities for local residents who are interested in a fulfilling healthcare career at UVA Health,” Horton said. “We are thrilled to partner with CATEC to help people build careers with room for growth while helping UVA Health meet our growing need for talented team members.”
CATEC is a regional technical education center that helps high school students and adults get the jobs they seek. Students have the opportunity to engage in hands-on, work-based learning activities alongside academic programs. CATEC prides itself on its intrinsic value, its equity-based programs and its contribution to student learning pathways.