The College of New Caledonia has received $265,200 in one-time funding for 34 spaces at its Health Care Assistant Certificate program, as part of a provincial-wide initiative to provide additional support for short-term health education programs.

“It’s important that we continue to support programs across B.C. to train health-care professionals,” said Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes. “This funding will support the College of New Caledonia continue to play an integral role in training health-care professionals who can deliver the front-line quality of care, making a tangible difference in our community.”

Being offered at its Quesnel and Vanderhoof campuses, CNC’s program gives the skills to care for disabled individuals living in long-term-care facilities or private homes. To help clients meet their needs in all dimensions of health in their home or in a facility, the program prepares to help with assessments, communication, and activities of daily living, such as nutrition and personal hygiene.

The College of New Caledonia is one of seven public post-secondary institutes that is receiving this one-time funding. All totaled, the provincial government is providing $1.5 million towards 188 student spaces in short-term health education programs.

This one-time funding addresses the immediate needs of specific communities that do not have sufficient student and employer demand to support a program on a long-term ongoing basis. It was awarded after public post-secondary institutions answered a call for proposals.