(WAUSAU, Wis.) – Northcentral Technical College (NTC) is responding to a growing community demand for trained childcare providers by offering a free babysitting class online. Developed by NTC’s Early Childhood Education faculty, Babysitting 101 will prepare students to be safe, effective and responsible baby sitters. This course is available for anyone age 13 or older and introduces babysitting skills for maintaining safety and health, handling emergencies and understanding child development and caregiving techniques.

“As families stay safe at home, there are more middle, high school and college-aged students who are providing care,” said Brandy Breuckman, Dean of NTC’s School of Business, Community Services & Virtual College. “We need to equip those who are watching over children with the necessary knowledge to provide childcare safely.”

Anyone in need of Wi-Fi capabilities to complete the Babysitting 101 class online can safely access the internet from the comfort of their vehicles in the parking lots of NTC's Wausau, Phillips, Medford, Spencer, Antigo and Wittenberg campuses by connecting to the NTCGuest wireless.

Babysitting 101 is available on-demand through June 30, 2020. Anyone interested in signing up for the class can visit www.ntc.edu/calendar/2020/04/06/babysitting-101.

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Northcentral Technical College (www.ntc.edu) is north central Wisconsin's premier two-year college of choice and is a resource for all District residents. It provides individuals, organizations and businesses with quality skills training in a wide range of programs designed to build a competitive, technologically advanced workforce in today's rapidly changing global environment. NTC has six convenient campus locations in Wausau, Antigo, Medford, Phillips, Spencer, and Wittenberg, as well as a Public Safety Center of Excellence in Merrill, a Wood Technology Center of Excellence in Antigo and an Agriculture Center of Excellence just north of the Wausau campus in the Village of Maine. The Wausau campus features a Center for Health Sciences, Center for Business and Industry, Center for Geriatric Education, iTEC Projects Lab and STEM Center.