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Paramedic training in Smithers starts in January

SMITHERS Specialized training for paramedics offered by the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) in the Lower Mainland will be available to Northwest Community College (NWCC) students in Smithers through part-time study in 2012. Thanks to one-time funding from the province, up to 75 students in a handful of BC communities can take the training that leads to a fast-paced career in paramedicine. In Smithers, the Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) Certificate program starts in January and applications are still being accepted. As the demand for healthcare professionals continues to grow, so will employment opportunities for graduates of the Primary Care Paramedic program, says NWCC Dean of Trades Margo Van Der Touw. This is a great career opportunity for people in the Northwest who might not normally get the chance to pursue it, says Van Der Touw. With all the business and industry coming to this area, there is a growing demand for licensed paramedics and the work is both stimulating and rewarding. Interested applicants are urged to contact Laurie Kallio, NWCCs program coordinator for Workforce Training & Continuing Studies at 250.847.5849 or toll-free at 1.877.277.2288 ext. 5849. Email her at Find out more about the program by visiting the PCP program page on the JIBC website

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