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AVHS MAHST Academy to Offer Official EMT Training in January

APPLE VALLEY, Calif.–In what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind partnership in the state of California, Apple Valley High School, in Apple Valley, Calif., in conjunction with Victor Valley College, will offer an Emergency Medical Technician qualification course to its students on school grounds.

Starting in January, VVC faculty will teach a 9.5-unit EMT class on the AVHS campus, allowing qualified students to take classes after school two days a week, and tuition will be paid for by the district as well as a grant that the medical program received from The Morning Sun Children’s Foundation via the Ryan Cambridge Memorial Grant Program. Students will have the opportunity to complete their field time through a cooperative effort with Apple Valley Fire Protection District.

The EMT students are selected from the AVHS Medical and Health Science Technology Academy (MAHST), which is a Distinguished California Partnership Academy designed for 9-12th graders that want to pursue the medical field in their future. 

Successful completion of the program allows the students to test for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician certification; thus, qualifying them to obtain employment as EMTs upon graduation from high school.

EMTs provide out-of-hospital emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergency patients who access the emergency medical services system. EMTs have the basic knowledge and skills necessary to stabilize and safely transport patients ranging from non-emergency and routine medical transport to patients with life-threatening emergencies.

“We’re so pleased to offer our hard-working students this unique opportunity to advance their medical careers,” said Stephanie Arredondo, MAHST Academy Coordinator of AVHS. “We are grateful to the leaders of the EMS Academy at VVC for their willingness to provide this instruction to our students. This is a truly unique program designed to not only provide the High Desert community with qualified EMS providers but also to give the students entry into what we hope to be successful careers in the medical field here in the high desert.” 

For more information regarding the MAHST Academy, contact Stephanie Arredondo at

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