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Babysitter’s Workshop and First Aid/CPR at the Ed Center

By Rosalind Marshall
Special to The SUN

Photo courtesy ACEC Pagosa Fire Protection District volunteer Toby Brookens visits the Archuleta County Education Center Babysitter’s Workshop to instruct students on fire prevention, emergency protocol and First Aid. Students from the Babysitter’s Workshop also got to climb inside the fire truck cab.

Photo courtesy ACEC
Pagosa Fire Protection District volunteer Toby Brookens visits the Archuleta County Education Center Babysitter’s Workshop to instruct students on fire prevention, emergency protocol and First Aid. Students from the Babysitter’s Workshop also got to climb inside the fire truck cab.

Many jobs require First Aid and CPR certification.

Whether you are working in childcare, outfitting, or as a volunteer at Chimney Rock, part of the job qualification is the knowledge of what to do in a medical emergency or to save a life until professional medical help arrives.

National Safety Council approved classes in First Aid/CPR cover subjects such as rescue breathing, cardiac arrest and accident victim care. First Aid and CPR classes are held monthly at the Education Center, alternating between Saturdays and weeknights. The center is offering two regular classes in May: Saturday, May 4, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and a Monday/Wednesday class May 13 and 15, from 6-10 p.m., both taught by Carl Macht. Classes are $70 for both First Aid and CPR, or $55 for one class only. Registration fee is included.

Spring is our busiest time for First Aid/CPR classes, so sign up early to ensure your spot, as places are limited. Prices will likely go up next year, to keep in line with current competitors, so get your certification now at FY13 prices.

For spring rafting guides and summer outfitters, two recertification classes will be held — Saturday, May 11, and Wednesday, May 22. Both will be taught by Pete Peterson. If you plan to take a recertification class, start looking for that almost-expired certificate, which is required to be eligible to take a recertification class. Without proof of your current or previous certificate, you will need to take the full class.

There are still a few places left for Intro to QuickBooks on Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. This class will cover the basic application of the QuickBooks accounting software, and the cost is $75. Register prior to the class, as materials need to be prepared for each student. An Advanced QuickBooks class will follow on Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., for students who have attended the intro class, or who are current QuickBooks users.

The Babysitter’s Workshop is nearing completion. Eleven students signed up for the four-week class which trains teenagers in a wide variety of babysitting skills. On Friday, April 26, volunteer Toby Brookens from the Pagosa Fire Department visited the Education Center. Attendees of the Babysitter’s Workshop learned about fire prevention and emergency protocol, and received instruction in basic First Aid.

The summer schedule at the Education Center will start June 1. GED test preparation and tutoring will be available Mondays only from 5-7 p.m. The ESL program will take a break June through August, and these classes will start up again in September. The Alternative High School Diploma Program will also be on summer break from June through September (this program usually follows the school district calendar). The summer schedule for SCCC college classes is still under consideration.

Mid-June through the end of August, the Education Center office hours will be Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and the Center will be closed for summer break Aug. 1-19.

For more information, or to register for classes (at least three days prior to the class, if possible, to avoid class cancellations), visit the website, www.ArchuletaCountyEducationCenter.com, where you can register and pay with PayPal. Or drop by the Education Center office (264-2835) on the corner of 4th and Lewis streets. Office hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

This story was posted on May 2, 2013.