The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Lees-McRae College a $100,000 grant to implement a pilot mobile training program for community paramedicine in Avery, Ashe and Watauga counties.

High Country Press reports local sources will provide an additional $100,000, bringing the total project funding to $200,000.

The goal is to make certification convenient to paramedics who want advanced training.

According to the report, the program's mobile option allows May faculty to come to the paramedic's place of work and utilize advanced technology and instruction.

The mobile training unit will be equipped with a high-fidelity human simulator and training materials and can travel to medic stations, fire departments and hospitals in the area and foe on-site training for advanced certification to qualified paramedics.

You can learn more about the Emergency Medical Services and Management program at the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Lees-McRae online, at lmc.edu/emsm.