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April 18, 2011
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RCW training options open in rural Prince Edward Island

Innovation and Advanced Learning

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Newly announced resident care worker training programs will allow rural Islanders to train for valuable careers while meeting the labour needs of the Island health system, says Innovation and Advanced Learning Minister Allan Campbell.

“The program we are announcing today will allow 16 people the opportunity to train as RCWs at Holland College Souris Campus starting next September,” said Mr. Campbell. “When we consider the 16 RCW training positions announced in Tignish last week, it is clear that government is strengthening the Island health system while providing opportunities for Islanders.” Students entering the program in September will graduate in May 2012.

The RCW program is designed to train individuals for employment in long-term care facilities in both public and private sector. Students will also learn about the role RCWs can play in mental health, in home care and with community agencies.

“Holland College takes pride in being responsive to the educational needs of Islanders all across the province. In addition to the college’s Small Business Manager program and adult education courses that are currently offered in Souris, the Resident Care Worker program responds to the employment demand, while providing members of the community with another popular career option,” said Dr. Brian McMillan, president of Holland College.

Holland College also hopes to offer a six-week patient care worker profile to RCW students in Souris next spring. The six-week profile will prepare the RCW to work in hospitals.

Media Contact: Ron Ryder
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