A Resident Care Worker (RCW) program will soon be offered at Holland College in Montague, with 16 available seats. The program starts January 2017 and will run for nine continuous months.
The program will be housed in the Adult Education centre at the Down East Mall.
The RCW program is partnering with Riverview Manor, a 49-bed long-term care facility in Montague. Students will do weekly lab training as well as on-the-job training three days a week at the Riverview Manor.
“The Montague program is the same as the RCW program offered at the Prince of Wales campus in Charlottetown,” says Lornie Hughes, Program Manager for Health, Community Studies, and Metal Trades. “The first cohort of students will complete the Montague RCW program the second week of September, 2017 and will be employable by the first of October.”
“We have seen an increase in applications for the RCW program, and the employment rate is very high for our graduates. The job opportunities for RCW graduates are in government and private long-term care facilities, hospitals, and home care.
“We are offering RCW students the opportunity to study and secure employment in the area they live. It’s beneficial for the labour force to have a training program in Kings County that will keep the workforce in the community.
“We hope the program will attract people who may not have thought about going to school to invest nine months in the program, do their practicum in the area they live, and work in the area after they finish the program.”
Training at the Riverview Manor
The Riverview Manor in Montague is publicly owned and provides a home and nursing services to 48 residents as well as respite care. About one-half of the 100 staff are RCWs.
“We are one of the major employers for RCWs in the area,” says Jean Fallis, Administrator for Riverview Manor. “We are always looking for RCW staff, so this training program is good for us and for the graduates.
“By doing their practicum at the Riverview Manor, the students get a really good sense of what it’s like to work as an RCW in a long-term care facility.
“One of the benefits of the Montague RCW students doing their clinical placements at the Riverview Manor is that they learn the job, get to know the residents, and we get to know them.
“That experience is certainly helpful to the RCW graduates who do their clinical training with us and then apply for a job here. We know we will have a well-trained employee.”
For more information about the Holland College Resident Care Worker program in Montague, contact Lornie Hughes at 902-566-9672.
For more information about Riverview Manor, visit www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-pei/riverview-manor.