Health Care Aide program now available out of the Ponoka Learning Centre

Health Care Aide program now available out of the Ponoka Learning Centre

‘We have a huge demand for health care aide workers in the Ponoka and Rimbey communities.’

Red Deer College (RDC) now has a Health Care Aid Certificate program available out of the Ponoka Learning Centre. The program is designed to prepare students to be part of a health-care team in a variety of settings.

Theory will be learned and developed through virtual learning, and then students will go to the Ponoka Learning Centre to practice what they learned online.

At the Centre there is a health care lab that is outfitted with hospital beds and newly installed curtains as well as a diagnostic wall system. The new additions are a donation from the Ponoka & District Health Foundation. The Centre also provides supports that are available to all RDC students as well as internet and laptops.

In addition to the Ponoka Learning Centre the program is offered in RDC and at other learning centres in Central Alberta and Rocky Mountain House, Drumheller, and Stettler.

The program has three practicums to give students real world experience in the health care field. Theses practicums will take place within and around Ponoka and Rimbey.

Coordinator of the Ponoka Learning Centre, Morena Stamm, says, “In the past students have even received job offers while working in their practicums.”

The full-time program runs from Oct.26, 2020 to April 20, 2021, with the expectation for students to attend labs and practicums in person. The rest of the program, however, can be done online at any time.

“We have a huge demand for health care aide workers in the Ponoka and Rimbey communities,” says Stamm. “Learning is hard, we don’t need to make it harder on our community members to get an education. By bringing these kinds of opportunities into the community, we create a stronger community.”

Stamm emphasizes that there are many options for careers coming out of the program as the field for Health Care Aides is very broad—from working in long-term care, home care, or even supporting intensive care with LPNs and RNs.

The Ponoka Learning Centre will also be hosting the LPN program from RDC in 2021.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Health Care Aide program now available out of the Ponoka Learning Centre

Just Posted

25-year-old Rachelle Okrusko has been missing since Jan. 12, 2021. Photo provided by Wetaskiwin RCMP.
Update: Wetaskiwin RCMP looking for missing woman; Rachelle Okrusko is no longer missing.

25-year-old Rachelle Okrusko has been missing since Jan. 12, 2021.

Chelsey Rain. Photo provided by Wetaskiwin RCMP.
UPDATE: Missing Wetaskiwin woman found

23-year-old Chelsey Rain has been missing since New Years Day.

Metro Creative Connection
Pigeon Lake Santa’s Elves celebrates 21 years of donated food hampers

Community donations from 4-H groups, Mulhurst Fire and local businesses key to this years success.

Black Press file photo
Maskwacis male charged with 2nd degree murder

18-year-old Kaydence Clark Roasting of Ermineskin Cree Nation was arrested at his residence.

Alberta has 3,651 active cases of COVID-19.  (File photo)
750 new COVID-19 cases identified in Alberta Sunday

Central zone currently has 1,182 active cases of the virus

A scene from “Canada and the Gulf War: In their own words,” a video by The Memory Project, a program of Historica Canada, is shown in this undated illustration. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Historica Canada
New video marks Canada’s contributions to first Gulf War on 30th anniversary

Veterans Affairs Canada says around 4,500 Canadian military personnel served during the war

Lacombe is looking at its options for reclaiming sewage lagoons that are no longer needed. Vesta Energy Ltd. has signed a deal to use three lagoons to store water for fracking.
Map from City of Lacombe
Energy company to use former Lacombe sewage lagoons to store fracking water

Vesta Energy Ltd. will pay Lacombe more than $100,000 a year in 20-year deal

Eleven more Albertans die from COVID-19

There were 739 people in hospital, 120 in ICU on Monday

World Juniors’ referee Mike Langin makes a called during the Canada vs. Slovakia at the 2021 World Junior Championship at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Dec. 27, 2020. (Photo by Matthew Murnaghan/Hockey Canada)
Former Sylvan Lake man lives his dream at World Junior Championships

Mike Langin was one the 25 Canadian officials who worked during the tournament

The Mountain Cree Traditional Band headquarters in Mirror, Alta. has been the target of theft and vandalism. (Photo submitted)
Mountain Cree Traditional Band’s headquarters broken into five times

AWNTB says not enough been done to deter crime in Mirror, Alta.

Indigenous people gather for a ceremony for Cindy Gladue held at the courthouse in Edmonton, Alta, on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Bradley Barton, a 52-year-old long-haul truck driver from Ontario on trial for manslaughter, is accused of killing Gladue. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
People stand in support of mother as new trial gets underway in death of Cindy Gladue

Bradley Barton, a long-haul truck driver from Ontario, will now be tried for manslaughter in the 2011 death

(Photo submitted)
RCMP say ice climber seriously injured after reportedly falling 12 metres near Abraham Lake

Police say man’s injuries were serious but not life-threatening

U.S. military units march in front of the Capitol, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 in Washington, as they rehearse for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony, which will be held at the Capitol on Wednesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Biden aims for unifying speech at daunting moment for U.S.

President Donald Trump won’t be there to hear it

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole holds a press conference on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on December 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
No place for ‘far right’ in Conservative Party, Erin O’Toole says

O’Toole condemned the Capitol attack as ‘horrifying’ and sought to distance himself and the Tories from Trumpism

Most Read