A Human Services program is being offered for the first time at Alberton’s West Prince campus. The program, which started in January, has 18 students.
In the program, students will develop the knowledge and skills to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve their full potential. Courses include communication skills, personal care, inclusion, person-centered planning, mental illness, personal wellness, and teaching and behavioral strategies.
Michele Oliver, the new Manager of West Prince Campus, is happy to see this program now offered in Alberton. It has been available at the Charlottetown campus for more than 40 years. She says it will both meet the demands of the labour market and offer locals an opportunity to study in their community.
“We are happy to respond to industry needs and offer programs that allow students to study in their field of choice who wouldn’t otherwise be able to, due to high cost of travel and time. This is an excellent way for mature students and others to access this training close to home.
“We were very impressed with the number of applications we received for this program, and as a result we bumped up the class size from 16 to 19 seats,” says Michele. “All the students are from Prince County.”
Michele has been with the college for eight years. She was previously the Learning Manager for the Small Business Manager program and worked on the development and implementation of the Occupational Health & Safety Technology program and the Centre for Safety Training.
Along with her present role, Michele is responsible for overseeing the Legal Administration program at the Summerside Waterfront campus, and the Centre for Safety Training, which oversees industry standard courses offered by Holland College programs across the Island.
The new Human Services Learning Manager is Cindy Howard. “We are very happy to have Cindy on board,” says Michele. “With her credentials and work experience, she will be an incredible asset to this new program.”
Cindy has a Masters degree in Social Work, along with 20-plus years of experience in the field. “I am very excited about this opportunity with Holland College,” says Cindy. “I enjoy facilitating the learning process and helping others learn.”
“I have a great deal of knowledge to share with students. This program encompasses many aspects of my previous work experience and studies. I am pleased to be part of this program, which will help meet the high demand for Human Services workers on PEI.”
The two-year program features classroom learning and three, six-week rotations of on-the-job training. Upon graduation from this two-year diploma program, students will have a well-rounded education and hands-on experience,” says Michele.
More programs offered at the West Prince campus
- Resident Care Worker (RCW)
- Small Business Manager
- Welding Fabrication Year 1, including block release & blended block release
- Administrative Assistant
- Occupational Health & Safety Technology
- Adult Education (GED preparation and adult upgrading)