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May 10
Free Youth ATV Training to be offered in Ogallala

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The Business and Community Education department at Mid-Plains Community College will take its Free Youth ATV Training to the Nebraska Department of Roads in Ogallala on May 20. 

Additional trainings are planned for: 

  • May 23 – Thomas County Fairgrounds, Thedford
  • June 14 – Dundy County Fairgrounds, Benkelman
  • June 15 - Red Willow County Fairgrounds, McCook
  • June 21 -  Chase County Fairgrounds, Imperial 

There will be more than one session to choose from at each location. 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. 

Other requirements include:

  • Closed-toe footwear (preferably over the ankle)
  • Long, non-flare pants
  • A long-sleeved shirt or jacket
  • Approved eye protection (will be provided if a participant does not have any)
  • A helmet (will be provided if a participant doesn't have one) 

Space is limited in all classes. Pre-registration is required by calling (308) 535-3678.

The trainings are possible thanks to a grant from the CHS Foundation, of Inver Grove Heights, Minn. The money is administered through the North Platte Community College Foundation. 

Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​