Beaufort County Community College will be stepping up its role in certifying and recertifying local employees for CPR after earning recognition as a training center from the American Heart Association. The college had operated as a satellite training center through Vidant Health. With the new designation, the college will grow the pool of instructors in the area to meet local needs.
"As a very extensive process, they make sure that you can provide CPR training to not only the public, but the private sector,"
The new training center designation will allow the college to grow its pool of CPR instructors.
said Billy Respass, Director of EMS programs at BCCC, "You have to be able to provide training for whoever asks."
BCCC received notification on February 17 of its certification through AHA. As part of its application, the college had to demonstrate its leadership, client base, instructor base and proper facilities. Vidant wrote a letter of recommendation on behalf of the college as they wanted to reduce their instructor pool and satellite training centers that conduct CPR trainings.
The satellite training centers and processing certifications had become cumbersome for Vidant Health, which has decided to focus more on training its own staff. This decision opened up the opportunity for BCCC to spin off as an independent training center. AHA also looked at the vast area served by the college-2,100 square miles≠≠-as part of the benefit of making BCCC a training center. The college will be able to train and hire more CPR instructors as part of the change.
The college trains approximately 1,500 people a year from social service agencies, Fire and EMS departments, nurses, coaches and teachers working for Beaufort, Washington, Hyde, and Tyrrell County Schools. These trainings will still happen out in the community, so many CPR students will not see a difference in their instruction.
"When you open a training center, it's a lot of responsibility because these people are being certified in a life-saving skill,"
said Respass. "The certification is good for two years. We signed a contract with AHA that we will adhere to their guidelines, and we audit our classes to see that we are training to those standards."
In order to grow its pool of certified instructors, the college is recruiting instructors from other training centers, but it also plans to offer classes regularly for people who would like to become instructors. Anyone who is interested in becoming an CPR instructor can contact Billy Respass at 252-940-6468.
- Attila Nemecz
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- Beaufort County Community College
- 5337 U.S. Highway 264 East
- Washington, N.C. 27889
- Ph: 252-940-6387
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