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Home Support/Resident Care Attendant Returns to Prince Rupert

Northwest Community College will again be offering its Home Support/Resident Care Attendant (HS/RCA) program in Prince Rupert this September. "The program is one which has moved around the college region," explains NWCC Dean of Instruction Katherine McIndoe. "The community of Prince Rupert has told us it's time to bring it back to help fill the growing need for local home support and resident care attendants." Starting in September, the Home Support/Resident Care Attendant program trains students to provide care, under supervision, to assist clients in meeting basic needs and to achieve the highest possible quality of life. The program runs for six months and includes a 20 week practicum that places students in intermediate, extended and home support settings to gain real life, hands-on experience. Placements occur within the northwest region of BC. Graduates receive a provincially recognized dual Home Support/Resident Care Certificate that enables them to work in a client's home, or as Continuing Care Assistants functioning as members of a team in facilities providing Personal Care, Intermediate Care, Extended Care, and in Group Homes throughout BC. "In a relatively short amount of time, graduates of the program have the potential for an in-demand, respected, and gratifying career," states Program Coordinator Sabine Lundman. "The combination of classroom and clinical training make them 'job ready' and able to step right into an available position." Two free program information sessions will be held at the Prince Rupert campus in room 189, on May 18, 2006, from 3-5pm and again from 7-9pm. Attendees will learn about the program, employment opportunities as well as the general field of health care. Contact the Prince Rupert campus at 624-6054 for more information.

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