Zaynah Stewart is living, breathing proof that getting a health care assistant certificate basically guarantees a job in the industry.
Stewart will graduate on Saturday from Okanagan College with such a certificate after six months of study, and she will do so knowing that she had three job offers from which to choose.
“It feels great to already have a position,” Stewart said in a press release. “The best part of my job is seeing how happy individuals are when I’m caring for them.”
Health care assistants are needed badly in the province, and programs like the one at Okanagan College are popping up as institutions attempt to fill the need. Stewart is one of 31 people who will graduate with a health care assistant certificate this weekend.
“There are so many advancement opportunities in the health-care sector, and it’s a quick program to see if the health-care sector is right for you,” Stewart said. “I would recommend the program to anyone interested in a health-care career. It provides a strong foundation in how to give good care.”
Stewart is one of 482 students who will take part in the college’s two winter convocation ceremonies in Kelowna on Saturday. The morning ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., and the afternoon one will start at noon. Both will be shown live on the college’s Facebook page.
Okanagan College offers the health care assistant program at all of its campuses. Programs will start in February in Oliver, February and October in Vernon, May in Salmon Arm and May and August in Kelowna.
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