Thompson Rivers University will soon be turning out an increasing number of much-needed health care workers thanks to a provincial infusion of $250,000.
Following Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk’s announcement this week, an additional 32 health care assistant program spots are available through a new, third cohort arriving each March.
"As the demand for health care continues to grow, we need to ensure that we continue to provide the right training in the right place to meet regional demands," said Virk.
The six-month program prepares graduates for work in residential care and assisted living facilities, as well as home support.
Students learn to provide care to older adults in an ethical and accountable manner using caring and respectful communication skills, according to Donna Petri, TRU School of Nursing associate dean.
The program provides an understanding of the varying needs of people in residential care facilities, assisted living facilities and private homes through hands-on experience with partners in the community like Ridgeview Lodge.
“By adding another class of HCA students, it will ensure that our seniors will continue to be cared for in the manner that they deserve,” said Dána Levere, Ridgeview Lodge general manager.
For application information students can call Evelyn Senger at 250-852-7636.