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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) -- Lansing Community College has a fast-track program specifically designed to help military medic veterans become civilian paramedics.
There are currently 10 students in the program. Thursday, they took their final test.
It takes the average student about one year to get a paramedic's license. These veterans can have their certification in about seven months.
Rob Darefsky has a total of five years of military flight medic experience in the U.S. Army. He spent two and a half years of it on active duty and the rest in the Army Reserves. He moved all the way from Kentucky to specifically take part in LCC's military medic program. He told 6 News the opportunity means so much to him.
"I have three kids. One on the way and I don't want to miss anymore birthdays," said Darefsky. "I want to be with my family, but most importantly I want to keep doing what I love to do and that's help patients."
Ken Phinney is the lead EMS instructor with the program. "Anytime that we can help our vets to succeed in their lives is extremely special," said Phinney. Their chances of getting hired are huge."
Phinney added, "What they have is an understanding of leadership. They've already been tested under extreme conditions."
The students currently have internships with cities and agencies around Mid-Michigan. Once they past their tests, they're expected to graduate on May 24, 2013.
This program is becoming so popular, the next class scheduled to start in August already has 40 students on a waiting list.
For more information about LCC's military medic program, click here.