13 Hillhouse Students Become Licensed Guards

Markeshia Ricks PhotoNineteen-year-old Tytainya Gaines is a certified emergency medical responder, and she’s working her way through an emergency medical technician program. On Tuesday she also became a licensed unarmed security officer.

The Hillhouse senior, along with 12 of her fellow students in her high school’s Law, Public Safety, and Health Academy, recently completed the Securitas training program. On Tuesday they received certificates that prove they’re licensed to work.

Gaines said she was steered toward racking up the certifications by academy coordinator William Garraty because it would allow her good job opportunities whether she decides to go to college or not.

“I do want to go to Gateway for nursing,” she said. But in the meantime, she’s interested in becoming an EMT and actually getting the opportunity to work on an ambulance.

“I like the idea of being a first responder and the adrenaline rush,” she said. “But I really like the idea that I get to be one of the first people there to help.”

Garraty said he likes that licensing and certification programs like the one provided by Securitas provide students with the types of credentials that translate into public safety jobs. The two-day training program that Securitas provides usually costs about $150 but Hillhouse students in the public safety academy get to take it for free.

This is the third year that Securitas has offered the training at Hillhouse. Some 45 students have received their unarmed security guard license through the program.

Garraty said for the student who happens to have a serious interest in law enforcement, the license offers them the opportunity to work in an entry-level public safety job where they can learn first aid and customer service skills that will look good to a recruiter on their resume.

“A police officer recruiter will look at this and say, ‘You’re really into this,’” he said.

In addition to the security guard license program, the EMR and EMT programs, Hillhouse’s academy also offers a certified nursing assistant program too.

Hillhouse Principal Glen Worthy said all part of making sure that students have options after high school.

“We know that all of our kids aren’t going to college so we want them to have a chance at obtaining as many certifications as possible so that they will be employable,” he said. “And even if they do ultimately decide to go to college, having these certifications and licenses means that they can work and go to school without having to rely so much on mom and dad.”

He said the certifications help students like Gaines open their eyes to all of the possibilities that are available to them.

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posted by: Samuel T. Ross-Lee on April 11, 2018  8:57am

I hope that the students who have received these certifications are being inspired to push forward towards going to medical school.  I hope that their teachers and administrators are encouraging them and letting them know that they are probably capable of doing that.

I hope they know that Xaiver University a small HBCU in LA. sends more African-American Students to Medical School than ANY other institution of higher learning in the country.  Students who come from High Schools that are far worse than any school in NH, have gone to Xaiver and ended up in medical school.

I hope that these kids are not being told that they have reached their apex in High School and that there is so much more they can do, if they want to.

First responders are surely needed. But, so are African-American Doctors.

The Rev. Mr. Samuel T. Ross-Lee

posted by: Xavier on April 11, 2018  11:09am

American Medical Response and other contracted vendors to the city, can and must do much more with regard to diversifying their workforce if they wish to continue to receive city contracts. For the life of me, I do not know why we continue to give a blind eye to the anemia at AMR amongst its EMT, EMT-I, and Paramedics. City time to start looking into these contracts.

posted by: THREEFIFTHS on April 11, 2018  11:56am

posted by: Samuel T. Ross-Lee on April 11, 2018 8:57am

I hope they know that Xaiver University a small HBCU in LA. sends more African-American Students to Medical School than ANY other institution of higher learning in the country.  Students who come from High Schools that are far worse than any school in NH, have gone to Xaiver and ended up in medical school.

True and On point.But also Cuba Offers Free Medical School To Blacks And Latinos.I have friends and family who children went to the program and are now working.

Cuba’s Latin American School of Medicine (LASM). A few years ago member of the USA Congressional Black Caucus visited Cuba and noted the small amount number of doctor available in Black and poor areas in American. When Rep. Bennie Thompson said his Mississippi district needed doctors, then President Fidel Castro announced scholarships for youth from under-served communities in the U.S.47 students have graduated the program and two are resentdents in USA hospitals currently.This is proof the programs credentials are being accepted and honored in USA hospitals, which is a critical step.


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posted by: Timothy G. ORourke Jr. on April 12, 2018  7:33am

Reverend Ross,

I hope that they realize Xavier is first and foremast a Catholic institution, which historically has sought not only teach Indians and Blacks a professional vocation but, more importantly, to evangelize them in the True Faith.  Something that is needed far more today than merely reducing education to the hope that there are black doctors.

posted by: Samuel T. Ross-Lee on April 12, 2018  7:43am

Timothy G. ORourke Jr.,

Most, if not all, HBCUs were started by churches.  I have not known of one of those schools in this day and age that demands of its students that they become devotees of the faith at the root of the school’s history. No one is doing that anymore.

The assumtions that these students don’t go to college already gounded in their own faith tradition is misguided.  These kids need to become educated women and men. And yes, many of them need to become doctors, not indoctrinated in the Catholic faith.

posted by: Timothy G. ORourke Jr. on April 12, 2018  8:07am

Right.  That is my point.  Nobody is doing that anymore.  One needs to be saved first in order to be a good doctor or anything else.  Or better put, it is more important to be a saved European American janitor than a black secular doctor.

posted by: Samuel T. Ross-Lee on April 12, 2018  8:24am

I get it Mr. ORourke. It’s the Trump perspective.  The worst educated White man is better than the best educated Black man. 

I won’t get an agreement from me on that.

posted by: 06511 on April 12, 2018  9:12am

@Timothy ORourke

Really? If your child were in the ER with a life threatening injury, would you rather have him/her be operated on by a saved European American janitor or a black secular doctor?

posted by: Timothy G. ORourke Jr. on April 12, 2018  10:14am


If you were to be honest you would state that I am saying that it is more important for someone to be a man of a faith regardless of what color he happens to be and we, as both being ostensibly people of faith first, have lost that perspective and have instead adopted to judge a man’s worth based on his worldly success when historically politics and education (especially catholic politics and education, as opposed to protestant) sought first the salvation of the man and then taught him the educational means by which the faith could be both propagated and personally and intellectually savored by sending him to school.

posted by: Timothy G. ORourke Jr. on April 12, 2018  10:23am


No.  I am saying that we should be pushing for the black doctor to be a man of faith first, especially if we are advocating for him to go to a Catholic University.  We have lost this vitally important perspective both for the hypothetical man about whom we are discussing and for society as a whole.

posted by: 06511 on April 12, 2018  10:34am

By ‘man of faith,’ do you mean Muslim? Jew? Animist? Or are those faiths only a barrier to becoming ‘a good doctor or anything else?’

posted by: Timothy G. ORourke Jr. on April 12, 2018  10:53am


No offense intended but I clearly mean the context in which I have been arguing as the objective ideal.

posted by: 06511 on April 12, 2018  12:27pm

Timothy ORoarke,

Regardless of what your intentions were, the last thing these hard-working kids need to hear is that they will never truly be ‘good’ if they don’t conform to someone’s idea about what Christianity should be. I pray to the Flying Spaghetti Monster that these toxic ideas are as far away from our schools and students as possible.

posted by: Timothy G. ORourke Jr. on April 12, 2018  12:56pm


I never mentioned goodness. I kept my comments confined to salvation and how its aims were traditionally and historically sought through politics and education as both a fulfillment of the Faith and a supporter of it.  You can of course judge for yourself if the world is better off now then it was then.

posted by: 06511 on April 12, 2018  2:31pm


You never mentioned goodness?

You said “One needs to be saved first in order to be a good doctor or anything else.”

We can both go back and look at those words. So perhaps you should you clarify what you meant rather than dissemble.

posted by: Seth Poole on April 12, 2018  3:31pm

This is really impressive.  Nice work HouseFam!

posted by: Timothy G. ORourke Jr. on April 12, 2018  7:33pm


Fair enough.  I must concede that one cannot be saved without adhering to the Decalogue, hence being good or holy.  Nice talking with you and have a great night!