For release: September 30, 2008
For press information, contact Curt Guenther, 901/678-2843
The Alive at 25 program at the University of Memphis has been awarded the Best Performance Award
for its outstanding training efforts by the National Safety Council. This award is
presented to those training centers that lead the field in training safer motorists.
The program is administered by the University’s division of Professional & Continuing
Education. This is the third year in a row that the program has received national
Alive at 25 was started locally in 1996 after a rash of car crashes resulted in the deaths of
several teenagers in Shelby County. Since then, well over 20,000 high school students
in Shelby County have gone through the Alive at 25 curriculum, and only one of those participants has died in a car crash.
U of M professor Wayne Gutch teaches Alive at 25 to high school students each year.
The class is designed to teach responsible driving to high school students.
Photo by A.J. Wolfe/The Commercial Appeal.
During the 2008-09 academic year, Alive at 25 will be taught to ninth grade students in more than 15 public and independent schools
in Shelby and Tipton counties. The City of Germantown, the Town of Collierville, the
City of Millington, and the City of Bartlett all fund the program for their public
“We are honored by the award, of course, but we are most excited by the response we
have received from schools in the area,” said Vicki Murrell, director of Professional
& Continuing Education. “Economic times are hard, but not one school or city government
has pulled this program from its budget. We believe that demonstrates the value of
the Alive at 25 program for each teenager who is able to experience it.”
In addition to being in the schools, the Alive at 25 course is also offered as an open-enrollment class for anyone age 14-19. Another
class that may be of interest to parents is the Alive at 25 for Parents course, which helps parents understand and deal with the risks that new drivers face.
More information about these and other courses offered by the U of M’s Professional
and Continuing Education program is available by phone at 901-678-6000 or online at
Web site http://umce.memphis.edu