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By Rosalind Marshall
Special to The SUN
In April, the highly popular babysitters workshop will be offered over four Friday afternoons.
Beginning on April 5, the class will continue after spring break on April 19 and 26, and will finish up on May 3. Classes run from 1:45-3:45 p.m., and are held in Room 103 at the middle school. This class is for youngsters in grades five to eight, and students must attend all four classes to receive a certificate. Early registration is suggested to secure a place, as this class fills quickly. The cost for the four sessions, a total of eight classroom hours, is $32. This hands-on class covers diaper changing, comforting frightened children, keeping children safely entertained with games and activities, peacemaking between siblings, mealtime do’s and don’ts, and a parent checklist. The workshop includes basic first aid for babysitters, how to handle emergency situations and keep children calm. Business cards and a client address book complete the business kit, and the interaction of the classroom experience is a valuable training for future or current babysitters. The babysitter’s workshop was originally offered by the Mountain View Homemakers Club, and member Wilma Morrison spearheaded the class. In recent years, the education center has taken over the running of the class, but the Mountain View Homemakers Club graciously provides the education center with a donation each year to purchase the babysitters workshop books and business kits.
Classes in First Aid/CPR are held monthly, with a variety of class times to suit everyone’s schedule. The April classes will be Saturday, April 20, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and the May classes will be Monday, May 13, and Wednesday, May 15, from 6-10 p.m. Sign up early to avoid class cancellation or classes filling up. April and May are the busiest months for our First Aid/CPR classes. For spring rafting guides and summer outfitters, two recertification classes will be held in May — on Saturday, May 11, and Wednesday, May 22, so start looking for that almost-expired certificate, which is required to be eligible for a recertification class.
Two levels of QuickBooks classes, Intro and Advanced, will be held on May 4 and 11, taught by Betty Woollard. These Saturday classes will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with a short lunch break. The cost is $75 per class. The Intro class will cover the basics of this accounting software, and the Advanced class is for current QuickBooks users with bookkeeping experience.
For more information, or to register for classes, visit our website at 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.