NIC program offered on Hornby Island

North Island College will be offering its Health Care Assistant program to Hornby and Denman Island residents beginning in November

North Island College will be offering its Health Care Assistant program to Hornby and Denman Island residents beginning in November, as a result of receiving one-time funding in the amount of $93,541 from the Ministry of Advanced Education.

The funding was awarded following a call for proposals and NIC was one of eight successful public post-secondary institutions to receive funding. Applications were assessed on criteria such as institutional capacity, student demand, clinical placement capacity, labour market demand, and past health education program delivery.

NIC worked in collaboration with the Hornby and Denman Community Healthcare Society to develop the proposal and identify prospective students. Ten students will be accepted into the program and the interest list already exceeds that number.

NIC’s Dean of the School of Health and Human Services, Dr. Jocelyne Van Neste-Kenny, credits Hornby and Denman Community Healthcare Society’s Executive Director, Lori Nawrot, for the success of the application, “Lori was instrumental in identifying the need for this program across the two islands and working with NIC to mobilize community support for the application.”

Letters in support of the application were received from Denman Works, the Hornby Island Economic Enhancement Corporation, and the Vancouver Island Health Authority, who will provide clinical placements for the program.

Students will begin their studies on November 19, finishing up on July 4. The program will be delivered on-site at the Hornby and Denman Community Healthcare Society’s facility on Hornby Island.

Dr. Van Neste-Kenny adds, “The college is tailoring the program, including increasing the length of the program, to the needs of the students in order that they may balance work and family commitments with school.”

Delivery of the program on Hornby Island is in keeping with the college’s renewed commitment to working in-community. Instead of students travelling to college campuses, this new regional model of education has NIC instructors delivering programs in communities at the request of its partners, collaborating to improve the employment skills of residents.

For further information about the Health Care Assistant program or other North Island College programs, services and events, please visit www.nic.bc.ca or call 1-800-715-0914.

— North Island College

Just Posted

Verdict gives murder victims’ parents sense of closure

A guilty verdict delivered earlier this week was “like a weight lifted off the chest.”

Thieves break into mailboxes overnight in Courtenay, Comox

Thieves in Comox were busy overnight on March 17, breaking into more… Continue reading

Man convicted of Courtenay couple’s murder

Michael Philip Simard, 45, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

Comox Valley RCMP looking for help to identify shoplifters

The Comox Valley RCMP is asking for assistance from the public to… Continue reading

Five highlights in the 2019 federal budget

Latest budget includes a sprinkling of money for voters across a wide spectrum

Comox Valley Hospice Society finds new Ocean Front home

Comox Valley Hospice Society (CVHS) recently announced plans to construct a new… Continue reading

Cougar on Island might have been shot with bow-and-arrow

Conservation officer service looking for animal near Port Alice

Facebook to overhaul ad targeting to prevent discrimination

The company is also paying about $5 million to cover plaintiffs’ legal fees and other costs

B.C. mosque part of open-house effort launched in wake of New Zealand shootings

The ‘Visit a Mosque’ campaign aims to combat Islamophobia

‘That’s a load of crap’: Dog poop conspiracy spreads in White Rock

Allegation picked up steam through a Facebook page run by a city councillor

Explosives unit brought in after suspicious boxes left at B.C. RCMP detachment

Nanaimo RCMP issues all clear after packages were found on lawn earlier in the day

Newfoundland man caught after posting photo of himself drinking and driving

The 19-year-old took a photo of himself holding a beer bottle and cigarette while at the wheel

2019 BUDGET: As deficit grows, feds spend on job retraining, home incentives

Stronger economy last year delivered unexpected revenue bump of an extra $27.8 billion over six years

Most Read