Imperial one of host sites for youth ATV training

    The Business and Community Education Department at Mid-Plains Community College (MPCC) will expand its free youth ATV training.
    In addition to a class returning to Imperial, MPCC is adding classes in Thedford and Benkelman.
     Trainings will also continue to be offered in North Platte, McCook, Ogallala, Broken Bow and Valentine.
     “The need for quality rider safety training is becoming more of a necessity every year as we continue to see serious injuries attributed to ATVs,” said Crystal Welch, Business and Community Education coordinator.
    “We are happy to be offering this very important training to our area youth,” she said.
     The first training is scheduled for April 8 at the North Platte Community College North Campus. There will be two sessions to choose from: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. CT.
     The ATV training in Imperial will be held June 21 at the Chase County Fairgrounds.
    Classes will be divided by age group, 6-9 and 10-16. Six students from each age group will be allowed in each session.
     The curriculum, developed by Central States Safety Driver Training, will consist of a combination of safety instruction and guided, hands-on ATV operation. Participants will practice turns, stops and terrain navigation.
     Instruction topics will include ATV injury and fatality statistics, how ATV size can contribute to rollover injuries and fatalities, the dangers of carrying passengers and material on ATVs, risks of traveling on public roads and safety procedures and practices.
     Those who complete the program successfully will receive a certificate that aligns with insurance company requirements.
     ATVs in different sizes will be used during the trainings. Parents of children younger than 10 must stay for their child’s class.
    The trainings are possible thanks to a grant from the CHS Foundation, of Inver Grove Heights, Minn. The money is administered through the NPCC Foundation.
    Space is limited in all classes.
    Pre-registration is required by calling 308-535-3678.

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