14 graduate from support worker program

In an effort to meet the need for personal support workers at Rainycrest Home for the Aged, as well as address a general lack of qualified people in that field, Rainycrest and Confederation College teamed up this past spring to offer an accelerated version of the PSW program here.
Last Thursday, 14 graduates of that program crossed the stage at the Townshend Theatre to receive their diplomas—and move forward to help satisfy that demand for more PSWs.
This year’s graduates included Dayle Allan, Rhoda Archie, Jackie Busch, Trisha Chabot, Christal Drennan, Judith Dubuc, Dory Gosnell, April Heyens, Tina Holland, Sandi Jolicoeur, Judith Klem, Pamela Lampi, Ashley Mutz, and Laura Wilson.
Allan also was given the Academic Award of Excellence.
“It was definitely a very successful program,” said Anne Renaud, manager of the local college campus. “It was based on community demand.
“The reason that we ran it was to meet the demand for personal support workers in the community, both at Rainycrest and in community agencies,” she noted.
“It’s my understanding quite a few of our graduates have jobs already. They’re well on their way to success in their careers,” Renaud added.
The program ran for 17 weeks (April 25 to Aug. 19). Students attended theory classes to understand the aging process and participated in clinical placements.
Unlike the normal PSW program, students were in class or at placements five days a week as opposed to three or four.
The PSW program is being offered again this fall but it once again will be running for two semesters, not 17 weeks.