Monday, August 31, 2009

New CPR Class Date Set for 09/26/09

The next Community Business College CPR class date has been set. It will be on Saturday, September 26, 2009 from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Why take a CPR class? Some of our graduates have found it helpful to be able to present CPR certification to employers. May employers want people with CPR and first aid skills for emergencies but few have the time to make sure that it gets done. This is a way for them to get somebody from the beginning. It's also helpful to have as many "extras" to present at a job interview to close the deal.

This CPR class includes instruction on using an automated external defibrillator (like the ones seen on TV emergency shows). One thing not commonly known is, despite the sitcoms and doctor movies) modern defibrillators can't be used on a healthy person. They detect the regular heartbeat and won't engage. That's something students who take the class learn.

The class also teaches how to care for conscious and unconscious choking victims. The old Heimlich maneuver has been updated. Here's a chance to learn the new way of helping choking victims.
The class also includes the correct ways to perform CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) on infants, children and adults.
It's important to know how to deliver first aid for a variety of injuries, such as burns, wounds, head, neck and back injuries. This class covers those and also includes what to do in heat and cold-related emergencies.
Given the concerns about this flu season, it's good to know how to manage sudden illnesses including what to do when someone suffers a stroke, seizure, bite or poisoning. That's all covered in this class.
Students also receive participant’s workbook and laminated Adult CPR/AED and First Aid skill cards that include full-color images and easy-to-read text that will walk you step by step through a variety of lifesaving skills. The skill cards are handy as a refresher and reference tool after training is complete. Keep them with you at all times.

You can't predict when an emergency will occur, but you can be prepared.


Friday, August 28, 2009

August Job Fair Has Few Jobs to Offer

There was a job fair this week. It was only a half-day on Tuesday and we got some pretty thorough feedback from our students. The overall impression seems to be that there weren't enough job openings. Not only were there a lack of job offerings but the types of jobs were not very specific or diverse. Sure the economy is tough. Statistics are showing that unemployment in Stanislaus county is around 16%! That just means there's a greater need for good job fairs. Not quite sure how much recruiting of active employers goes on, but that is the make-or-break of effective job fairs.

The seminars seem like a good addition if they would offer something other than what amounts to be common knowledge. One person said there were no more than 6 people at one of the workshops.

There were reportedly 1,500 job seekers. The interest is there if a job fair that can meet it.
On another note, it seems that there are fewer and fewer trinkets being given away at these events. Sure, the give-aways are not the reason to go to a job fair, but they give it a little pizzazz.

The next job fair is supposed to be in October and a full day event. Hope there are more jobs at that one.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Fire Drill Day


We went through a fire drill today. Not very exciting but it's good to see everybody knows what to do just in case the worst happens. Everybody enjoyed getting out of the classrooms and into the sunshine for a few minutes.

CBC Closed for Black Friday

As is our tradition, Community Business College will be closed for Black Friday. Some have said Black Friday is for all those turkeys...