be2e5ac5-0d8e-49bd-b57a-f43570b1f6cb-3CPR has the ability to save lives. Knowledge and developed skills is the first link to giving somebody a second chance at life.

“It can save lives. I’ve seen it save lives,” said Deb Donahue, a TJC professor of health and kinesiology for the paramedics department. “I’ve worked as a paramedic on the streets … you have to do the basics first, which is CPR. [By- standers, family, friends] are the first link in the Chain of Survival … before medical help gets there, they’re the first link to help save lives. So CPR is very important.”

No matter who, what, when, why, or how, there is always a possibility a person could stop breathing. CPR is a preparation for the inconceivable.

Tyler Junior College offers CPR and first aid certification in the School of Continuing Studies. Using American Heart Association’s guidelines, the instructors at TJC inform and teach the basics of CPR and first aid to those wanting to learn. Some degrees require the CPR course, such as nursing and EMTs, but the course is offered to anybody who wants to enroll.

Jack Caddell, a professor of health and kinesiology at TJC, is one of the instructors of CPR and first aid courses. During this course, the student can either receive a certification for the first time or be recertified. The course is divided into two classes, a one-hour class and a two-hour lecture. However, the recertification only requires the one-hour course.

Continuous chest compression is key

While certification is a necessity for many occupations, it is also simply a good life skill to have and can provide a person the necessary confidence to take control and help in case of an emergency.

“I think it’s knowledge and a skill anybody who cares about other people should know,” said Caddell.

Lifeguarding is a job were certification is necessary along with first aid. Lifeguards must be prepared to save a life, while they aren’t medical professionals, it is their job to do what they must until help arrivals. Their job is to keep the blood flowing through the body so the brain does not become oxygen deprived.

Same goes for a babysitter. Kids love putting things were it doesn’t belong. Any person working at daycare must be CPR and first aid certified. While their jobs are to watch the kids, it’s hard to keep your eyes on every child at every second. Accidents happens. The babysitter is responsible for the child and must be prepared for this type of situation, even if it seems unlikely to happen.

These are jobs that many college student have while going to school, so having CPR and first aid certification makes for an excellent candidate. Not only does the employer not have to pay for the class, but can have the employee start immediately without the delay of taking the class.

“CPR is for you to keep somebody you love alive until the medical people can get there. That’s the idea,” said Caddell.

While giving a person CPR can double or even triple a person’s chance of survival, only about 32% of cardiac arrest victims have a bystander attempt to perform CPR.

“Not a lot of people know how to do it. If we spread awareness I think a lot more people would get into it and have a person out at the swimming pool, or at places like Schlitterbahn, or wherever you may be going, that at least knows CPR. There’s a good chance they could save a person’s life,” said Stephen Gum, a freshman student at TJC.


According to TJC’s School of Continuing Studies,it “seeks to provide lifelong learning for people of all ages to develop personal and professional potential.”

CPR is a skill that could mean the difference between life and death. According to the American Heart Association, only 8% of those who stop breathing outside a hospital survive. Stop relying on others to be the person to help and prepare to be the person who can make a difference.

For more information concerning CPR and first aid classes on campus contact Jack Caddell at If you would like to learn more about CPR and you can visit the American Heart Association at To learn more about TJC’s School of Continuing Studies visit TJC’s website and search School of Continuing Studies registration or the field you are interested in.


  1. CPR is so important to know how to do. One can never know when such knowledge will be required. My father-in-law was grocery shopping and suddenly dropped dead in the floor from a massive heart attack. There was someone close by that started doing CPR on him. He continued until help arrived. The paramedics worked with him for an additional 20 minutes and finally got his heart started again. Even though we lost him two weeks later, it gave my mother-in-law time to come to terms with her loss instead of watching him die on a cold grocery story floor. I am so proud of those ordinary people out there who have the knowledge to start administering CPR at a second’s notice.

  2. With being a babysitter CPR is very important to know how to do. A lot of people don’t think it is important to know how do because somebody else might know how to do it for you. But you never know the situation you could be in. This is very informative and I think everyone one should acquire the skills in order to administer CPR.


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