Dorsey Schools acquires Great Lakes EMS Academy and to offer EMT/Paramedic Training in West Michigan Area

Dorsey Schools, a trusted name in career training and education in Michigan since 1934 recently announced that they have acquired Great Lakes EMS Academy in Grand Rapids. As the longest standing career training school, Dorsey Schools offers career training programs to prepare students to pursue new careers in fields such as healthcare, nursing, culinary, beauty, skilled trades, and emergency medical services. Dorsey Schools already operates several Dorsey Emergency Medical Academy schools that offer EMT-Basic and Paramedic training here in Michigan. Currently, Dorsey Emergency Medical Academy offers classes in Madison Heights, Woodhaven, Bay City, and Jackson.

Founded in 1998, Great Lakes EMS Academy has been a leader in EMS training in West Michigan. Great Lakes EMS Academy is a proprietary school licensed and approved by the State of Michigan that offers training for future EMTs and Paramedics.

“Skilled EMTs and Paramedics are essential within our local communities,” commented John Barnes, President and CEO of Dorsey Schools. “They put it all on the line every day and are among the first to respond in emergency situations. At Dorsey Emergency Medical Academy, we strive to ensure our graduates are equipped with the practical skills and knowledge needed to be successful in their new career. It’s a commitment we have not only to our students, but to our local communities as well and we take that very seriously.” Barnes went on to explain, “The mission and goals of Great Lakes EMS Academy align closely with those of Dorsey Schools, which is why this makes so much sense. Together, we look forward to the opportunity to align resources and provide quality training to those in West Michigan as they plan to pursue a career in the EMS field.”

Dorsey Schools was founded in 1934 as the “Calculating and Secretarial Institute” and later renamed “The Dorsey School” by its owner, Ruth Dorsey. Today, Dorsey Schools has campus locations throughout Michigan and offers comprehensive career training in the fields of allied health, nursing, culinary arts, cosmetology, and skilled trades. The Dorsey Schools family of institutions also includes additional schools known as “Dorsey Divisions.” Among the Dorsey Divisions are Dorsey Emergency Medical Academy locations, which provide EMS training in Madison Heights, Woodhaven, Bay City, and Jackson. To learn more about Dorsey Schools, you may visit online at