Story last updated at 8/12/2009 - 1:17 pm
SITKA - The SEARHC Injury Prevention Program and the Alaska Highway Safety Office are hosting a child passenger seat safety training Aug. 26-29 in Sitka.
The four-day class starts with three days of training from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday, Aug. 26-28, in the SEARHC Community Health Services building first-floor conference room, 1212 Seward Dr.. On the fourth day of the class, students will hold a free community car seat check-up (required for technician certification) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29, at the AC Lakeside Grocery parking lot.
This class is for child-care providers, nurses, police officers, health professionals, child advocates, injury prevention professionals, parents and caregivers. Those who complete this course will earn a Child Passenger Safety Technician certification, a national credential valid for two years.
There is a desperate need for qualified Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Technicians in rural Southeast Alaska, so some scholarships are available. The travel scholarships include travel costs, housing and per diem for meals. The travel scholarships also cover the registration fee, which is $60 total. The deadline for applying for travel scholarships is Friday, Aug. 14. The goal of this training is to get at least one technician certified for each Southeast Alaska community.
To learn more about the CPS Technician credential, go to http://www.carseatsak.org/. To register for the class or get more information, contact SEARHC Community Injury Prevention Specialist Lesa Way at 966-8804 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Gordon Glaser of the State of Alaska's Safe Kids Coalition at 269-3433 or email@example.com. You can register online at www.safekids.org/certification/.