Health-care assistants are needed badly in the province, so Okanagan College is doing what it can to train as many as possible.
The institution has scheduled a special intake of its health-care assistant program for February in Oliver, giving students in the South Okanagan direct access to training.
“The South Okanagan is desperate for health-care assistants,” the college’s associate dean of science, technology and health, Lisa Kraft, said in a press release. “That need exists across the province, but there is a significant demand within health-care facilities and homes in this part of the region.”
The provincial government contributed $89,000 in one-time funding to the college for the program, which will feature four months of classroom instruction and two months of practical experience in a health-care environment.
“Students will be making a living wage right out of school in a profession that offers a variety of shifts, making it easy to find work that best fits their lives,” Kraft said. “Most importantly, health-care assistants find their work extremely rewarding. Graduates often tell us how much they appreciate the opportunity to have a significant impact on the quality of life for people in care.”
An information night about the program will be held next Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Southern Okanagan Secondary School in Oliver.
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