WAXAHACHIE — After passing a meticulous EMT curriculum program, one Waxahachie senior is ready to save lives.
Erika Ybarra, daughter of Javier and Jeanette Ybarra and soon-to-be Class of 2017 graduate, has recently completed the national certification test and local required courses to become a certified Emergency Medical Technician. The EMT program stems from a partnership between Waxahachie High School and Navarro College.
"Students must successfully pass a rigorous EMT curriculum program along with completing 80 hours of in-field training through Navarro College," a WISD press release states. "Students must also complete EMT curriculum through Waxahachie High School. Once students have successfully completed the programs through Navarro and Waxahachie High School, they can sit for the National Registry EMT certification exam. If students pass this exam, they receive EMT certification."
Ybarra was part of the health science technology cluster of the Waxahachie High School Career and Technology Center, which offers senior students the opportunity to study and test for certification in various health care professions after successful completion of curriculum and meeting all eligibility requirements of the respective program.
Ybarra plans to work as an EMT, continue to further her studies in biomedical sciences and to pursue a career as a physician in emergency medicine.