MECOSTA COUNTY – The American Red Cross in Mecosta and Osceola counties is offering several health and safety classes in January.

The First Aid and CPR/AED courses teach people how to perform CPR and use an Automated External Defibrillator, what to do if someone is choking and how to prevent and respond to other emergencies until advanced medical help arrives. Course participants also learn how to control bleeding and care for seizures and other sudden illnesses.

Babysitter’s training will give 11- to 15-year-old attendees the skills and confidence to safely and responsibly care for children and infants. Caregiving skills take prospective young sitters from feeding to diapering and playtime to bedtime routines. Participants also learn how to handle emergencies such as injuries, illnesses and household accidents.

Scholarships are available to cover 80 percent of the course fee. All classes are held at the Mecosta-Osceola chapter, located at 218 S. Warren St. in Big Rapids. Call (231) 796-6562 for more information on classes or scholarships.

● Jan. 9 – 6 to 7:30 p.m., adult and pediatric CPR/AED, cost is $90.

● Jan. 9 – 6 to 7:45 p.m., adult and pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, cost is $110.

● Jan. 12 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., babysitter’s training, cost is $85.

● Jan. 16 – 6 to 10 p.m., review of CPR/AED for professional rescuers and health care providers, cost is $90.

● Jan. 23 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., adult and pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, cost is $110.

Red Cross training courses meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines, feature hands-on skills practice and include two-year certifications, free digital materials and skill refreshers.

Visit www.redcross.org/training or call 1-800-RED-CROSS for details and to register for a class.