St. Charles EMT Training Orientation for Fall 2014 Classes

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St. Charles EMT Training program offers a fall and spring semester basic-level Emergency Medical Technician Training program. Students will master basic levels of emergency care with hands-on classroom training and clinical observation.

Completing the program prepares students to take state and national licensure exams. Students must pass an entrance exam, be at least 18 and have a high school diploma or GED to enroll in the program.

Costs: Entrance Exam $10, registration $250 (applied to tuition), tuition $1,099 (includes BLS certification, background check and tshirt), textbook $140.

Fall classes begin Aug. 19 and meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Fall orientations will be held at 2400 Zumbehl Road, St. Charles, Mo. 63301

9 a.m. and 5 p.m. April 17

9 a.m. and 5 p.m. May 27

9 a.m. and 5 p.m. June 17

9 a.m. and 5 p.m. July 24

Sign up to attend an orientation by calling (636) 443-4043 or emailing

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Students Get a Taste of Australia

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Students in the world cultures class at Hardin Middle School got a taste of Australian culture on Tuesday when they sampled Vegemite, a spread made from brewers’ yeast extract.

Justin Biggs, a public diplomacy officer for the Australian Consulate in Chicago, visited three in St. Charles School District on this week and gave students a sample of the salty spread, popular in Australia.

“My daughter eats it every day for breakfast,” he said.

Several students wrinkled their noses after tasting Vegemite. But they had questions for Biggs, who has lived in the US since 2000, about differences in between the US and Australia.

“What do you think of when you think of Australia? Everyone thinks of the outback, of our animals,” he said. “But we live in cities, big major cities with millions of people in them.”

Biggs also highlighted the history of the country, which was settled by convicts, and what life is like for Australian kids. Students go to school from February to early December, breaking for the summer for several weeks.

“Regardless of their age in Australia, kids play sport,” he said. “As we grow up the majority of our population grows up on the coast; it’s essential that we know how to swim.”

He said that in Australia, people continue playing sports in local leagues into adulthood.

Biggs is one of several speakers who have visited classes in the St. Charles School District through the Partners in Education (PIE) program this year. Ruth Guffey, PIE facilitator, works with teachers to bring speakers to complement different units of study.

Learn more about Partners in Education here.

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology Program

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Earn a certificate in Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology in one year for less than $1,000.

Classes meet in the evenings on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday.

The program offers a mix of theory and hands-on training designed to simulate skills needed to succeed in this field.

Click here to register for HVAC classes, which are offered in January and August.