NIC in the News: B.C. students to get health education for in-demand jobs

Minister Melanie Mark meets with NIC health care assistant students in February 2020. The minister was on site for the official ribbon cutting of NIC’s new learning space at the former St. Joseph’s General Hospital in Comox.

NIC is receiving funding for expanded health programming as part of a $4.4 million announcement this week by the provincial government. 

Funding details: North Island College

  • $116,985 for health-care assistant program – Comox Valley – evenings and weekends
  • $233,970 for health-care assistant program – Campbell River – part-time
  • $120,000 for access to practical nurses program – allows mid-career health-care assistants to train as licensed practical nurses (LPN)
  • $190,000 for practical nursing program expansion pilot – Comox Valley
  • $114,000 for community mental health worker – Port Hardy

“For years, British Columbians have been calling for more trained health professionals in their communities,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. “We heard that call to action and we’re investing in valuable, in-demand training in every corner of the province so that students preparing for careers in health care, or health professionals upgrading their skills, are able to provide quality health care when and where it is needed. It is because of the work of these unsung heroes in health care that we are at a place to safely build back the best B.C.”

Read the full announcement: B.C. students to get health education for in-demand jobs

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