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Update on the Update

Two days ago some local instructors and I taugh a CPS update/refresher class for area technicians to earn CEUs (continuing education units) towards recertification.  With almost 40 technicians and 4 instructors, the classroom was at capacity.  The sheer size of the class was a bit cumbersome and our “using resources effectively” hands-on session took a long time because we had almost 20 teams.  Our little experiment didn’t exactly pan out the way we expected.  We had anticipated that teams with more resources would catch more mistakes and complete tasks more quickly than teams with little or no resources.  It didn’t quite work out that way.   

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CarseatBlog Giveaway #6: KDMF

Today’s giveaway is a T-shirt in the size of your choice, courtesy of the Kyle David Miller Foundation.  The Foundation is sponsoring a spring raffle, with prizes including a Graco Snugride 32 Travel System and a Pacimal.  You can visit their website and learn about their cause at www.kyledavidmiller.org.

To enter, simply reply with a comment!  One entry per person.  If you reply more than once, only the first comment will count.  The winner will be selected at random on Thursday morning!  I will then notify the Foundation of the winner and you can arrange size and shipping directly with them.

Stay tuned starting next week.  We hope to acquire some giveaway goodies at the Lifesavers Conference and hope to have a report or two from there as well.

Using CPS Resources Effectively

Tomorrow, some local instructors and I will be hosting a 5-CEU Update/Refresher Class for about 40 of our area’s certified CPS Technicians.  We decided to get creative this year and one of the sessions is a comparative exercise in using CPS resources effectively.  We don’t know how it will turn out but our hypothesis is that teams of technicians armed with better resources will make less mistakes and complete tasks in less time than teams of other technicians with little or no resources.  This is how it’s going to work….