CPR training open to students

In a moment’s notice the ability to save the life of a person can rest in the hands of another yet, not everyone has the training to do so.  

However, through a free CPR training course on Saturday, March 25 at Pierce College funded by the Los Angeles Healthcare Competencies to Careers Consortium (LAH3C), the American Red Cross will prepare participants to save lives.

This course will give students the opportunity to learn about the different techniques and methods to perform and administer CPR and first aid in the event of an emergency.

Debbie Nate, the CPR-certified instructor, will be leading participants in the training. The course runs from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Director of the Student Health Center Beth Benne said that by knowing how to perform CPR could help during critical situations.

“It is recommended for everybody, especially if they have small children or senior citizens,” Benne said. “You can learn how to do the Heimlich maneuver on yourself. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn. I would encourage everybody to do it.”

Benne was an American Red Cross certified CPR instructor before becoming the director of the Pierce Student Health Center. She said learning CPR is essential, not only for healthcare professionals but for everyone interested in the health of the community.

Richard Mellinger, an instructor of anatomy and director of LAH3C, is taking part in coordinating the course.

“We’re making plans to offer a second class because there’s so many people that responded,” Mellinger said.

Mellinger said the training course is funded by the LAH3C grant. It originally began as an enhanced program for personal trainers, who are required to have a CPR certification. Pierce negotiated a contract through the grant to offer those classes.

“Instructors are prepared to go the extra mile and take time for students enrolled. They will make sure everyone walks out feeling confident in their CPR training,” Mellinger said.

Trainers will be supplied through Jenn Tyler and Associates On Site and First Aid Safety Training, a training service from Valley Village, California.

David Turcotte, counselor of economic and workforce development in charge of this course, said that by attending the CPR training course, students will earn a CPR certification, valid for two years, at no charge.

Turcotte said becoming certified will give participants professional knowledge of first aid, which they will need in their careers. Whether it is personal training, child development or any other health-related career, students will “learn how to save a life.”