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Release date: October 24, 2019

Local students interested in careers as front-line caregivers will soon have more opportunities for education thanks to funding by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training recently announced for Camosun College’s Health Care Assistant programs.

Camosun will receive $342,000 from the province over the next two years for 48 additional seats in its Health Care Assistant programs. This funding increase will bring the total number of students taking the Health Care Assistant program at the college to approximately 136 students each year.

Camosun’s Health Care Assistant program provides students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to function effectively as front-line care workers and respected members of the health care team.

“With our aging population and increasing life expectancy, skilled, well-educated health care assistants are in higher demand than ever before,” says Dr. Cynthia Smith, Dean of Camosun’s Health and Human Service programs. 

"We teach students to provide person-centred care aimed at promoting and maintaining the physical, emotional, cognitive and social well-being of clients,” she adds. “Camosun’s 29-week program integrates class time with on-site clinical practicums that prepare graduates to work in a variety of practice settings including home support, assisted living, dementia/complex care, home and community care settings, and acute care.” 

Camosun also offers specialized streams for English as a Second Language students and Indigenous learners who want to take the Health Care Assistant program while focusing on Indigenous community and culture.

"Expanding the number of health care assistant seats throughout the province brings education and health care close to home. Our government is committed to ensuring people receive the quality care they need when they need it most," says Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. "Health care assistants play an important role in BC’s healthcare system, and by expanding the number of seats in all regions of the province, we will ensure that people continue to benefit from their care."

“As health care professionals, we take care of people in the most vulnerable times of their lives,” adds Smith. “A career as a health care assistant is a meaningful and rewarding profession for those who have a genuine desire and passion to work with older adults and those with disabilities in our community.”

Camosun College is one of the largest public colleges in British Columbia, established in 1971, with campuses located on the traditional territories of the Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. The college serves 19,000 learners a year in certificate, diploma, bachelor's degree, post-degree diploma and continuing education programs.

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