top of page

Charlie McKellar, Melanie Jipp & Jimmy Pham


Entering the medical profession is easier than you think.


Fascinated by the medical/para medical profession but don't know how to get there? Come listen to this talk as Charlie McKellar & Melanie Jipp outline the path and opportunities for entering the medical profession as an EMT. Topics will include program length, costs, expectations and employment opportunities. In particular, we will talk about career steps using EMT certification as a foundation to other medical careers such as paramedics, nursing and ER doctors, and share stories of life as an EMT. We will also give demonstrations on various equipment used.

Meet the Speaker:

Charlie McKellar: Charlie McKellar has been with Foothill College for 14 years, working as a recruiter and administrator for the EMT and Paramedic programs. He currently serves on the advisory board for the EMT and paramedic programs at Foothill as well as the EMS division at the Silicon Valley Career Technical Education center in San Jose. He has presented at numerous high school STEM events and colleges in the South Bay. Charlie has a Bachelor's degree From UC Davis and a Master's degree from Gallaudet University.

Melanie Jipp: I’ve always been fascinated by how things work, especially people, and was passionate about Biology. I wanted to learn about biology in a way that helped others and decided to work in healthcare. At Foothill College, I completed requirements in their Radiology Technician program and took an emergency responder course while I waited to hear about my application. When I finished the course, I decided to get my EMT license and gain experience in Emergency Care. I enjoy everything from learning about medical emergencies, working in a fast paced continuously changing environment, to helping put patients at ease on what is sometimes their worst day. I expect to complete my EMT Certificate in December 2016 and my AA in Psychology in June 2017, both at Foothill College. I hope to someday work in a Radiology department that works closely with an Emergency Department.

Jimmy Pham: After graduating high school in 2015, I did not know what I wanted to be. I had considered majoring a high-paying career like engineering and tech to make a comfortable living in the Silicon Valley. However, rather than going to a four-year university unprepared, I attended De Anza and Foothill Colleges to get a better sense of what I truly wanted to do. I saved a substantial amount of money at the same time. From a young age, I was in the Vietnamese Catholic youth group, a unisex non-profit organization akin to the Boy and Girl Scouts that teaches young people to be virtuous people and good Samaritans. During that time, I learned basic first aid and was fascinated by it. Even today, I always wanted to help people and make a difference in their lives. Currently starting my second year at Foothill College and majoring in nursing before transferring to a four-year university, I am a person who loves exploring and learning new things!

bottom of page