Red Deer College will begin to offer a new academic stream for English as a Second Language students to become a health care aide.
“The college is very excited to offer this extensive program to our diverse population of learners. We listened to the demand from industry and are extremely pleased to be able to launch this encompassing credentialed program in March,” says Rodney Holt, RDC dean of School of Continuing Education.
“This creative pathway will provide ESL students with the necessary tools to successfully embark on a rewarding career in the health care field, which has been an integral component in keeping Albertans and Canadians safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In addition to the host of employment opportunities this course will provide for RDC learners, it is another way for the College to support the health care sector.”
The certificate program is divided into two segments. The first 14 weeks entail ESL courses, which will help learners advance their reading, writing, speaking and English comprehension skills. Students will also expand their technology expertise.
The final 36 weeks are devoted to the academic and practical components of RDC’s Health Care Aide certificate, which follows the most recent Government of Alberta Health Care Aide curriculum.
The college’s certificate includes courses on the human body, health care communication and documentation, and person-centred care, in addition to the beneficial hands-on training in labs and in-person clinical placements.
The program, which begins March 22, has 16 seats available to ESL learners looking to launch their careers in the health care sector. This specific academic offering is in addition to the already established Health Care Aide Certificate. Registrations will be accepted until Jan. 26.