medical training for granite county residents

 Partnering with the Granite County Medical Center (GCMC), PAEF is offering a FREE training program for three areas of medical service: medical assisting, emergency medical services and veterinary assisting.  The 8-month program consists of online coursework, hands-on learning activities, volunteer service and field trips.  The program shall be delivered through field experts and computers are available at GCMC for coursework.  Online courses can be completed at your own pace; other activities shall be scheduled for group and individual instruction.  Upon completion, residents will be prepared for job application or entry to a higher level of medical training. High school students may qualify for school credit and volunteer hours.  Funding for this year’s program is made possible through the Steele Reese Foundation – 2018 Idaho and Montana Grant Program.   



  • Any Granite County resident who makes less than $25,000 per year -- no education or experience requirements
  • Any Granite County high school student 16 years and older -- must provide parental approval



  • All participants will receive an overview of three areas of medical training -- participants will choose one area for coursework and training concentration.  
  • Medical assisting basic knowledge and skills
  • Veterinary assisting basic knowledge and skills
  • Emergency medical services basic knowledge and skills
  • Online coursework - up to 3 courses through Helena College
  • Professional presentations
  • Hands-on experience - arranged by professional experts
  • Volunteer activities - arranged by professional experts



  • Participants must sign a commitment to complete the entire program. This program will run over an 8-month period with open enrollment from September 2018 through December 2018. Some will complete the program faster than others; the final date for course completion is April 30, 2019.
  • For high school students, classroom hours may be required to complete online coursework and career-related activities.
  • For adults, the online courses are self-paced; work at your own speed with the instructor from Helena College.  Computers will be provided at the Granite County Medical Center for online coursework and training-related activities.
  • Computer experience is preferred as the program includes online courses – lack of computer experience does not exclude participation. 
  • Participants must complete training and volunteer hours arranged by the professional experts to include hands-on training and field trips. 
  • All participants must provide their own transportation to training events and facilities.
  • All participants must provide insurance information – lack of insurance does not exclude participation.


  • ​Contact Program Coordinator, Kristi Mainwaring at (406) 210-7228 or
  • All participants must complete an application and selection process.  The selection process will consider the ability and willingness of participants to complete the entire program.  This grant will cover the costs of approximately 15 people to complete all phases of the training on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • There will be open enrollment from September 5, 2018 through December 31, 2018.