By Jesus Sanchez-Lima – Collegiate Staff
This year, GRCC has a course offered to those interested in First Aid and CPR. The classes are partnered with American Red Cross and all of those who teach the classes are American Red Cross instructors. It is offered every semester and does not require any previous experience to join. Each class will have twenty seats available to those wanting to join. Just this winter semester, they had about 308 students enrolled.
“The students are preparing…to get their certification (by) learning to do all of the American Red Cross skill test and their standardized test,” said Melanie Schiele-Gady, the professor of the class.
Students who complete the class will be viewed as a citizen responder to save a person’s life.
They will learn how to do CPR and about ventilation, instructed airwave, controlling bleeding, how to deal with a substance abuser, asthma, other sudden emergencies and more. This class is only on-campus, so the majority of the work is hands-on. Some of the devices used are mannequins, epi-pens and splints.
After completing this class, students will not only get an American Red Cross Certification and college credit, but also the AED Professional Rescuer.
“These are skills that doesn’t matter (to) what occupation you’re into,” Gady said. “We’re around human beings all the time. What we do know is the first person on the scene will probably be a citizen responder.”
This will prepare a student to help out another human being, a family member, a friend, a classmate, even a stranger, at any given time.
The main structures for this class will be learning about the importance of health complicity concepts. Students will also have an insight on how to prevent diseases in their own body.
Professor Gady said that her and the other professors who teach the class will always be willing to help students through the criteria. They would take extra time to help them out in regard to get them through it.
The next stop after completing this class is to maintain certification. It lasts up to two years, so it is very important to also keep up with the research classes. As explained by Gady, science is always evolving, and people are always finding what works better for potential care.
People can take this degree into many careers. It can help in being education coaches, criminal justice, culinary arts, nursing, fitness extension, fitness management, and sports management. Being CPR certified are crucial for these jobs and can also be for anyone ready to be there for others or themselves.
“Students not only learn how to save somebody else’s life, but learn how to save their own,” Gady said.