Collège Boréal in Timmins and the Extendicare network announced on Wednesday, April 24, the signing of a partnership agreement involving the college’s Personal Support Worker (PSW) program.
Through this agreement, the Extendicare network in Timmins has committed to offering a job and a $1000 bursary to four graduates upon completion of the PSW program.
All students registered in Collège Boréal’s PSW program will have the opportunity to be interviewed by Extendicare during the winter of 2020. Extendicare will select the four winning candidates.
This agreement will come into effect for students registered at the start of the 2019 academic session.
“Collège Boréal is pleased to have established this partnership with a prestigious organization such as Extendicare. It is an indication of a high degree of confidence in the quality and professionalism of our graduates. Through proactive partnerships like this one, solutions can be found to alleviate the shortage of personal support workers in our northern communities.”
Daniel Giroux, President of Collège Boréal
“We are very proud of our new partnership with Collège Boréal. Northern Ontario is facing a shortage of personal support workers, so it is vital for us to pursue new and innovative ideas that can help a new generation of skilled professionals to embark on an exciting career here in Timmins.”
Kelly Roy, Administrator, Extendicare
“Anywhere from 75 to 90% of direct care in long-term care facilities is provided by personal support workers, whether it’s physical care, help with meals, personal hygiene, dressing, as well as emotional care and social interactions. With those statistics in mind, it’s quite obvious that the shortage of these vitally important professionals has a dramatic impact.”
Veldret Léonard-Jetté, Professor and Coordinator of the PSW program, Collège Boréal
Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French language post-secondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of communities throughout Ontario.
Collège Boréal offers comprehensive programs and services in 38 access centres in 27 communities throughout the province. Since 1995, approximately 120,000 clients across Ontario have benefited from Collège Boréal’s expertise relating to post-secondary education, training programs, immigration and settlement services, and employment services. Collège Boréal has established over 120 articulation agreements with other post-secondary institutions.
According to the Key Performance Indicators recognized by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Collège Boréal holds the top rank in three of the five areas surveyed: graduation rate, graduate satisfaction and, for a third consecutive year, student satisfaction. These results are proof that investing in human capital is Boréal’s strength.
For nearly 50 years, Extendicare’s qualified and experienced staff has been helping people live better through a commitment to quality care and service that includes skilled nursing care, home health care, retirement living, and management and consulting services.
We are proud to be at the forefront of senior care across Canada and work closely with government, community agencies, researchers, and our care partners, including families, to address needs, close gaps, solve problems and advance best practices. We employ thousands of people across the country who have made it their career and goal in life to care, and we have made it our priority to make sure they are trained and supported to provide the best care possible.
For further information:
Ronan Le Guern
Manager – Communications and Media Relations
Tel.: 416-289-5130, ext. 5172
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