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Student first-responders help out at Cologuard Classic

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TUCSON -- Just off the first tee at Omni Tucson National this weekend, you'll find high school seniors manning this first aid tent, feeling the pressure and gaining valuable experience as junior Emergency Medical Technicians. 

"A lot of people can look down on us and say well they don't know what they're doing because they're high school students and they're young," junior EMT Emily Penner said. "With the education we're getting we're very much respected because we're taught how to be professional."

It's all part of the Joint Technical Education District's goal to educate these future first responders.  

Michelle Watson is the EMT instructor, leading the students. 

"We do a lot of community events, Watson said. "I think that's where the heartbeat is for our program. We help build the student as a person as well as get them certified as EMTs."

J-TED has programs through Pima County and in parts of Santa Cruz County. In order to enroll in the EMT program, you must be a high school senior.

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