North Island College is bringing its health care assistant certificate program to Denman Island, starting in September. Anyone interested in taking the program is encouraged to attend an information session Monday, April 16 at 1 p.m. at the Denman Activity Centre.

North Island College offering health care assistant program on Denman Island

North Island College is bringing its health care assistant certificate program to Denman Island, starting in September.

The program prepares students to provide frontline care in a variety of settings including adult day programs, residential care facilities and home support.

Anyone interested in taking the program is encouraged to attend an information session Monday, April 16 at 1 p.m. at the Denman Activity Centre.

The in-community program is available with funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training in conjunction with the Hornby & Denman Community Health Care Society.

“We’re really pleased the Hornby & Denman Community Health Care Society continues to come to NIC to offer quality programming on the islands,” said Bird. “We last ran the HCA program in 2013 on Hornby Island and it was very successful. We know there’s a lot of demand for workers and are anticipating a lot of interest in this program.”

An aging population and current workers reaching retirement age is driving demand for qualified health care assistants on Denman and Hornby Islands.

“Our demographic on the islands is older than the provincial average,” said Lori Nawrot, executive director of the Hornby & Denman Community Health Care Society. “Having qualified workers able to provide home support makes a big difference to residents, allowing them to stay in their homes and communities for as long as possible.”

Having the training delivered in-community makes it more accessible for island residents, noted Nawrot. “We are grateful to North Island College for their willingness to bring this crucial training into our community. It makes it possible for island residents to enter this in-demand field and there is a lot of local interest.”

For more information, visit nic.bc.ca/program/health_care_assistant, or call 250-334-5000.

Just Posted

UPDATED: Comox Valley man killed in Peru

A Canadian man killed in Peru has been identified by the Peruvian… Continue reading

Celebrate Youth Week at The LINC

Special week features hockey tourney, skate jam

Canadian mini-series set to shoot in the Comox Valley

St. Joseph’s General Hospital will soon be shining brightly on the small… Continue reading

Big Read: locked out of the woods

Vancouver Islanders struggle to balance back country public access with private land protection

RCMP investigate sexual assault in Courtenay

Comox Valley RCMP officers are investigating a reported sexual assault at Sandwick… Continue reading

UPDATED: 9 killed, 16 injured after van hits pedestrians in Toronto

Toronto police say nine people have died and 16 are injured

Judith Guichon steps down as Lieutenant Governor of B.C.

Election decision didn’t make her best moments from the past six years

Vancouver to rake in $30 million in empty homes tax in first year

The tax is the first of its kind in Canada, and was intended to address the city’s near-zero vacancy rate

LGBTQ advocates turn Victoria SOGI protest into dance party

Counter-protest outnumbers anti-SOGI activists on lawn of B.C. legislature

B.C.’s snowpack continues to increase, melting delayed

River Forecast Centre official says sudden melting further into the season could cause flooding

Another B.C. First Nation voices support for Kinder Morgan pipeline

Simpcw First Nation claims people living on one-third of pipeline route support the project

Scooter crash leaves Island man with critical injuries

RCMP said a truck was making a left-hand turn when it collided with the scooter travelling through the intersection

Ted Haraldson wins UBID trustee election

Haraldson ousted incumbent Jim Elliot by 32 votes

Prankster broadcasts fake nuclear threat in Winnipeg

The audio recording on Sunday warned of a nuclear attack against Canada and the United States

Most Read