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Eighth-graders learn CPR at Gereau Center
Students take the elective class for different reasons
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Staff Photo by Stephanie Cook: Eighth-grade students in Alisa Goodwin’s Health and Human Services class at the Gereau center practice CPR on mannequins during class.

Friday, January 24, 2014

By STEPHANIE COOK - Special to the News-Post

Eighth-grade students are learning CPR and first aid as part of a Health and Human Services class at the Gereau Center.

"A lot of students have personal stories of things that they have experienced, where they can connect our lessons to family and friends, and they want to know how to help them when they are in distress," said teacher Alisa Goodwin.

About 60 students take the course each quarter, according to Goodwin.

The students are not certified at the end of the course, due to a raise in cost for student licenses from $3 to $20, Goodwin said. However, the students can choose to go to a Red Cross center on their own time to take the test in order to get certified.

Their reasons for taking the class varies from student to student.

"I want to learn CPR so I can save somebody if I need to," said student Kaitlyn Andrews. "This class helps me feel prepared."

Another student, Samantha Kinsey, wanted the training for emergency situations as well, but added that career aspirations was another important reason for learning CPR.

"I want to go into the field of medicine and be able to provide help to those who need it," Kinsey said.

Most students agreed that the class was fun and informative.

Health and Human Services is an elective class that has been offered since the Gereau Center's opening. According to Goodwin, most take the class because they have an interest in entering a health field.

"They might think, oh, I want to go into the health field, but there are so many options and levels to choose from," said Goodwin. "We help them narrow it down."

The class is divided into a study of five medical fields -- therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services and biotechnology research and development.

Goodwin allows the students to vote on which units they focus on so that the class is more specific to their interests. In later units, students will learn how to read X-rays, practice coding and study nanotechnology, Goodwin said.

"While CPR is important for obvious reasons, it's just one small part of what the students take away from this class," the teacher added.

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