U.S. Army Female Engagement Teams Trained by PPCC Faculty
Kevin Johnson, February 2, 2012
The Department of Military and Veterans Programs at Pikes Peak Community College serves active duty service members, veterans and their families. Since 1969, PPCC has assisted tens of thousands of armed services-connected students by offering courses on Army and Air Force bases and establishing success-centered student support services on- and off-base.
PPCC has more military and veteran students than any other college in Colorado. We also lead by partnering with Army and Air Force units to provide customized education and training. One such partnership involves providing specialized training to the U.S. Army Female Engagment Teams.
The photos below document part of a for-credit, modified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class taught to female soldiers and offered by PPCC in collaboration with Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. These soldiers are part of the U.S. Army's Female Engagement Teams (FET). These teams were created to better meet the needs of women in Afghanistan. The Army's male personnel are not permitted to touch Afghani women and so are not able to provide care for them.
Although these female soldiers are being trained as EMTs, the program's curriculum has expanded to address a broader range of health care issues (wellness, nutrition, women's health, etc.) and multiculturalism with an emphasis on Muslim women and adult education principles. Adult education is included because a goal for the FET is to train Afghani women as providers of rudimentary medical care, and to then instruct other Afghani women in what they have learned.
Thanks to PPCC's Jeff Force, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program director, and Nancy Shakeshaft-Slack, EMS adjunct faculty, and the soldiers of the FET for allowing us a glimpse into their life-saving work.