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HCA at NWCC in Smithers

SMITHERS, November 25, 2013 – Northwest Community College (NWCC) will once again offer its Health Care Assistant (HCA) program in Smithers starting January 2014, in response to a shortage of qualified care workers in the area.

Health care assistants work as care aids or community health workers and provide frontline care in various environments including residential care facilities and the homes of individual clients.

“NWCC's Health Care Assistant program is instrumental in filling our need for qualified health care workers. The program provides students with practical, relevant experiences, and graduates are employment-ready in the health care field,” said Sally Sulllivan, Houston Health Centre Site Coordinator. "Northern Health has hired a number of recent graduates, and look forward to building staffing capacity to meet the needs of our communities.”

The six-month (Jan. 6 - Jul. 11), full-time HCA program combines class lectures with hands-on practical sessions. This allows students to begin learning and practicing personal care skills that are essential to providing care, under supervision, and assisting clients in meeting their basic needs.

“The graduates from the HCA program recently offered at NWCC Houston Campus, are finding jobs directly related to their training. We are offering the program in Smithers in response to a need for qualified health care workers in the area. Our priority is to deliver programming that reflects the needs of our communities and students,” said NWCC President and CEO, Denise Henning.

HCA students earn a Health Care Assistant certificate that enables them to register with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry. It also provides laddering opportunities to other post-secondary programs.

About NWCC
Northwest Community College (NWCC) is an accredited post-secondary institution offering comprehensive education and training to the 34 urban, rural and remote communities of northwestern BC. Through an innovative distributed learning model that includes 9 campuses/learning centres, current technology, mobile units, and successful partnerships, NWCC brings relevant education and training directly to where it is needed. NWCC is a recognized leader in Aboriginal education where Aboriginals make up roughly 40 per cent of the student body. NWCC celebrates the diversity of its northern and Aboriginal populations and reflects this in its programs, services and workforce. 

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For more information contact:
Debra Wall 
Acting manager, Communications & Public Relations 
Northwest Community College 
1.877.277.2288 (Toll Free) or 250.638.5494
dwall@nwcc.bc.ca

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