The West Prince Campus of Holland College in Alberton is gearing up once more to help meet the demand for Resident Care Workers (RCWs) in the PEI healthcare system. An RCW program will be offered in September 2017.
“I have spoken to staff who place RCWs in the healthcare system and they say the casual list is nearly exhausted, which proves a need for more RCWs,” says Paula Foley, Manager of the West Prince Campus of Holland College.
Resident Care Workers are the front-line healthcare staff in long-term care and acute care facilities. Holland College RCW graduates receive both hands-on clinical experience and classroom learning.
The college is presently accepting applications for fall intake with 16 available seats. The 10-month program will provide students with all the training required to apply for employment with the PEI public and private healthcare system.
Graduates successfully employed
West Prince campus reports excellent success for RCW graduates working in their field of study. The average success rate of the program is 88.7 percent working in their field. The class of 2016 has 100 percent of graduates working in the field.
The College now allows some of the credits earned in the RCW program to be transferred to the Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program.
“Anyone interested in applying is encouraged to do so as soon as possible, as it may take some time to acquire all requirements before September,” says Instructor Leona Perry.
RCW graduate successfully employed
Savanah DesRoches always knew she wanted to work in healthcare helping others. In 2013, she graduated from the Holland College RCW program offered in Tignish.
“Having the opportunity to live at home and take this course was a dream come true for me,” says Savanah. “It lightened the financial load, I did not have to take a student loan to cover rent, and I had more time to dedicate to my studies instead of making long commutes.
“I was very fortunate to have accomplished this in West Prince. I had excellent instructors and I thoroughly enjoyed the on-the-job training. As soon as I began my OJT at Alberton Manor, I knew I had chosen the right career for me.”
After graduation, she began working as a casual RCW at both Alberton & O’Leary Manors and in Summerside at the Summerset Manor. Within a year, Savanah accepted a permanent 40 percent position in Alberton.
“Going to work each day and helping to care for the residents is so rewarding. When a resident smiles because of the work we do, it is all worthwhile.
“Although each new graduate starts as a casual, be patient, and you will become successful gaining a position as I did. Don’t be afraid to get your name on the casual list at various facilities. This is an excellent way to get your foot in the door!”
For assistance with the application or more information, contact Julie Gavin, Administrative Assistant, Holland College, West Prince Campus, at 902-853-6040 or email [email protected].
For more details, visit www.employmentjourney.com and search RCW West Prince.