ATTIC TWP. — Students in the Public Safety Careers program at Lapeer County Education and Technology Center (Ed-Tech) have worked hard to learn how to better serve their communities, and now they are asking for the community’s help to achieve their goals.
Two students from the program had the chance to compete in the National SkillsUSA Criminal Justice and Medical First Responder competitions. Brianna Harmon, a junior from North Branch High School, is about to put her criminal justice skills to the test, while classmate Victoria Hatfield, a senior from Lapeer High School, will participate in First Responder/CPR.
The national SkillsUSA competition will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, June 20-24. Program teacher Matthew Rule said the two students were on a ‘quest’ to win gold medals in Atlanta, but were reaching out to the community to raise funds to cover the costs of travel. As of Friday, the public safety program has raised $1,130 of the $3,000 goal. “The (community) support will help bring two very hardworking and deserving students to compete at the national level,” Rule said. “These students will represent the Lapeer community and the state of Michigan.”
It’s been a long road for Harmon and Hatfield to earn a spot at the national competition. First, the pair and their peers in the Ed-Tech program competed locally, then headed to regional championships held at Delta College. Next, a state-level competition was held in Grand Rapids. “Both students have amazing stories and have overcome a lot to get to this level,” Rule said.
The program has held a number of small fundraisers, such as popcorn sales, but hopes an online fundraiser will inspire community members to help send the student pair to Atlanta on next month. To donate, visit www.snapraise.com/v2/fundraisers/lapeer-high-school-skillsusa 2022. For more information, call 810-664-1124, ext. 4147.
The Ed-Tech Public Safety Careers program is for students interested in law enforcement, firefighting, corrections, EMS, or 9-1-1 dispatch. Through the program, students can become certified in CPR/First Aid, Medical First Responders, Emergency Services Dispatcher, and Occupational Safety. Students explore careers in public safety through hands-on training, field trips, classroom exercises, and job shadowing with local agencies.