Go to college to get more knowledge… or just come to the Red Cross!

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When I was younger, my friends and I used to joke that some of the things we learned in school would never help us later in life. I didn’t plan on traveling to the moon, so why did I have to learn about it’s craters? The good news is that no matter how old or young you are, the American Red Cross offers classes of all types that will help for the rest of your life.

First, courses are offered in First Aid, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillator). Would you know how to respond in a cardiac, breathing or first aid emergency? With the skills learned in these three classes you could save a life, or many lives. Learn how to respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies in adults, and what to do in common first aid emergencies, including burns; cuts; and head, neck and back injuries.

If you’re more interested in soaking up the sun, you can take courses in lifeguarding, from lifeguard management to administering emergency oxygen. If you take the lifeguarding course, you will not only learn teamwork, rescue and surveillance skills, but also be certified in First Aid and CPR/AED.

Or are you more interested in pursuing a career in the medical field? You can join the growing field of health care professionals as a certified nurse assistant (CNA). Skilled trainers use hands-on lessons to provide the most beneficial education in order to give quality care for the sick and elderly in nursing homes, hospitals and their own homes.

Among these classes preparedness programs. “Be Red Cross Ready” is a program that assists in keeping your family safe in any type of emergency. From flooding to wildfires, emergency preparedness keeps you informed, ready, and able to act in an emergency.

If I had known that these classes were offered, I would have spent less time on studying the crater’s of the moon and more time on being informed, engaged, and certified.

To read the complete details of each program and find the closest place to be trained, visit our website: http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class

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