Northern BC colleges are sharing in over $3.3 million dollars in provincial funding to create more health care assistant seats.
Northwest Community College will get $320,000 to create 16 additional training spots in Masset and 16 more seats at its other regional campuses.
The College of New Caledonia will receive $145,000 for 12 seats at its Mackenzie Campus and $150,000 to open 15 more seats in Quesnel.
“Expanding the number of health-care assistant seats helps to make sure our families and loved ones get the care they need where they need it – close to home,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. “Health-care assistants are in demand throughout the province, and expanding the number of seats gives people the opportunity to enter into a rewarding career that will help their families and communities thrive.”
Health care assistants provide day-to-day personal care support to seniors and people with disabilities.
The BC government says the funding is part of a larger human resources strategy to boost staffing levels in residential care facilities and community care sectors.