SUDBURY – Cambrian College is joining a province-wide initiative to meet an urgent demand for more Personal Support Workers (PSWs).
The Ontario government announced funding for an accelerated PSW program that will cover students’ tuition and supplies costs, and provide a paid placement in the community as part of the curriculum.
The accelerated PSW program at Cambrian will feature three intakes: (April 5, May 10, June 14), and allow students to graduate with full credentials within six months.
“We have seen how important the role of, and demand for, PSWs are in our health care system, especially during COVID,” says Bill Best, President of Cambrian College. “Being a PSW isn’t just a rewarding career. It’s a calling that is fulfilling and so vitally important within our community and the health care system.”
The accelerated PSW program will begin accepting applications in early March, with a target of 8,000 additional PSW graduates across Ontario by the end of the year.
It will use a hybrid model that combines online learning with in-person practical experience. Students in the program will complete courses online and participate in laboratory classes available at the Barrydowne campus and actual in-care settings.
Students will also receive a paid work placement.
Graduates will be prepared to enter the workforce at the end of six months.
“I’m so happy that Cambrian is doing its part to provide relief to an already over-burdened system,” adds Bill Best. “We’ll be doing our part to make sure we educate and qualify as many PSWs here in Sudbury to help out those most vulnerable and in need in our community.”
For more information on the accelerated PSW programming and how to apply, contact Cambrian College at 705-566-8101, toll-free at 1-800-461-7145 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Cambrian College is Northern Ontario’s largest college, with more than 80 programs. Cambrian’s main campus is in Greater Sudbury, with satellite centres in Espanola and Little Current.
705-566-8101, extension 6302