Healthcare Assistants are in-demand

HCA 2016Healthcare Assistants are in-demand! Earn a starting wage of $22.83 per hour as per Island Health’s website.

You can be a key member of the healthcare team is as little as 10 months with Excel Career College. The Program starts again in Courtenay, January 2016 and there are seats available.

Our Healthcare Assistant Program has proven to be extremely successful. Our classes are 100% instructor led, and offer a hands-on learning approach that guarantees you are ready for the job when you are finished your studies.

On top of that, the program includes a dynamic 14-week practicum placement at the end of the program. During this placement, students are given the opportunity to work in 3 different types for care facilities. This provides vast knowledge and experience before you are even finished the program. Many of our students have been offered employment from their placements.

Excel Career College offers many benefits to our students.

* 2.5 days per week schedule – gives 4.5 days off for work/family

* Never more than 12 students in class – ensures students get the instructor attention they require and deserve

* No need to upgrade, as long as you have grade 10 English, and meet all other program requirements, you are accepted.

*No Waitlist – No need to wait a year or more to study. You can start in June, October or December this year!

* Application assistance for loans, grants, scholarships, etc. – If money is deciding factor for you, we can help look for any funding opportunities, and assist with the application processes.

If you are interested in starting a new career in less than a year, don’t wait! Call today to book a no-obligation meeting to look at your options! 1-855-334-2452 or email info@excelcareercollege.com ic 14-week practicum placement at the end of the program. During this placement, students are given the opportunity to work in 3 different types for care facilities. This provides vast knowledge and experience before you are even finished the program. Many of our students have been offered employment from their placements.

Excel Career College offers many benefits to our students.

* 2.5 days per week schedule – gives 4.5 days off for work/family/play

* Never more than 12 students in class – ensures students get the instructor attention they require and deserve

* Referral bonus – sign your friends up too, and receive $100 in cash

* No need to upgrade, as long as you have grade 10 English, and meet all other program requirements, you are accepted.

*No Waitlist – No need to wait a year or more to study. You can start in January 2016!

* Application assistance for loans, grants, scholarships, etc. – If money is deciding factor for you, we can help look for any funding opportunities, and assist with the application processes.

If you are interested in starting a new career in less than a year, don’t wait! Call today to book a no-obligation meeting to look at your options! Call Shannon at 1-855-334-2452 or email info@excelcareercollege.com

Special Event Server Program

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This is a reblogged post from http://powellriverdailynews.com/2015/08/12/special-event-server-program/

written by Citizen Journalist

Serving alcohol at events isn’t always fun – it can actually get quite challenging – which is why government is ensuring that event servers have specific training to deal with tough liquor service scenarios.

A new Special Event Server training program (SES) is now available at www.specialeventserver.com for licence holders, managers and servers – paid or volunteer – at all special occasion licensed events with less than 500 guests.

The SES training is delivered by go2HR – B.C.’s tourism industry human resources association and server training administrator – at a cost of $20, based on a cost-recovery model.
This course is offered at a discounted rate from the full Serving It Right course, which costs $35 when done online, or $40 for the paper version.

“The new Special Event Server program is a condensed course geared toward liquor service at special events like community fairs, weddings, and festivals. We are giving event servers the tools and training they need to ensure that they fully understand their responsibilities as a liquor server – something that go2HR is extremely dedicated to providing,” said Arlene Keis, go2HR CEO.

The course, which takes around one hour to complete, was created with health and safety at special events in mind – delivering on a Liquor Policy Review commitment.

“More than one third of all my recommendations coming out of the Liquor Policy Review were focused on the health and safety of British Columbians – and this new program is a solid step in that direction to help with the education process for event servers, managers and licensees,” said John Yap, Parliamentary Secretary for Liquor Reform.

“Not only do we want to ensure that patrons ordering drinks stay safe, we want to make certain that the thousands of people employed and volunteering in the service industry have the tools they need to do their job effectively – and this training will make sure everyone is on the same page,” he said.

In an effort to increase alcohol awareness and social responsibility, trainees will learn their legal responsibilities, along with strategies for dealing with challenging situations – including how to spot intoxication and when to stop serving.

Dr. Tim Stockwell, director of the Centre for Addictions Research of BC –

“Ensuring that everyone who serves alcohol understands the risks and responsibilities associated with their job, and with alcohol consumption, is an important part of government’s responsibility as it reforms B.C.’s liquor laws,” said Dr. Tim Stockwell, director of the Centre for Addictions Research of BC.  “Continued emphasis is needed on protecting health and safety at events where liquor is served to minimise alcohol-related injuries and crime in and around licensed premises.”

Beginning Sept. 15, 2015, everyone who serves or sells alcohol in B.C. is required to have either completed the SES training or the more in-depth Serving It Right (SIR) certification, and will need to renew their training every five years. This will include, for the first time, all servers in B.C.’s more than 5,600 licensed restaurants, as well as staff at BC Liquor Stores, rural agency and wine stores.

“We want to keep British Columbians safe when they are attending special events – and we can help do that by ensuring that the people serving alcohol are not only aware of their legal responsibilities, but are prepared to handle uncomfortable situations, should they arise,” said Coralee Oakes, Minister Responsible for Liquor.

“The reality is, cutting someone off can be difficult, but sometimes it needs to be done. By learning to spot the warning signs for intoxication, and having the tools to deal with someone who may want another drink but shouldn’t have one, we are helping to protect the public and set event servers up for success.”

New Program for Single Parents on Income or Disability Assistance

bc_singleparentAre you a single parent on income or disability assistance?

More info: http://www.sdsi.gov.bc.ca/programs/spei.html#08


Effective September 1, 2015, the following changes will be made to existing income assistance policy and employment programming to support single parents on income and disability assistance find and secure long-term sustainable employment.

  • Expansion to the current Employment Program of BC (EPBC) to allow single parents on assistance to access additional services and supports through WorkBC Employment Service Centres, such as paid work experience placements or up to 12 months of funded training.
    • If a single parent is assessed as needing training in order to gain employment in one of today’s in-demand occupations, they will be able to continue receiving income assistance for up to 12 months while participating in an approved training program.
  • Single parents may be eligible for additional child care and transportation supports while participating in EPBC.
  • Once employed, single parents that are eligible for the child care subsidy may also have access to additional child care supports for up to one year.

Additionally, effective September 1, 2015, all families on assistance will receive an increased earnings exemption and have access to transitional health supplements for up to 12 months after leaving assistance for employment.

View the Government of B.C. news release for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who is eligible?
  2. How does someone access the program?
  3. What will be covered?
  4. Is there a tuition cap if participating in training?
  5. What if someone is exempt from employment obligations?
  6. What service options will be available through WorkBC?
  7. If someone has prior training or a degree, will they still qualify for the program?
  8. What training programs will be offered?
  9. Can someone take the first year of a 4 year degree program then go to student financial assistance for years 2, 3, and 4?

BC 2022 Labour Market Outlook (2 MB pdf file)

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Drop by Career Link or call us (604.485.7958) to set up an appointment with a Career Counsellor to set up a plan of action! Visit our site for more services www.careerlinkbc.com

List of possible choices for education/training below

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GED Program Discontinued

gedBy Rob Hughes

Passing the GED (General Equivalency Diploma) test once gave those who did not complete high school the opportunity to earn their high school equivalency credential.  GED® certification is useful when it’s accepted by employers or post-secondary institutions as proof that you meet basic education requirements. 

The BC Ministry of Education discontinued the GED® program at the end of 2014 in favour of the Adult Graduation Program.  Those adults, 18 years or older, seeking to complete their high school must now complete 20 credits in the secondary system or five in the post-secondary system in order to receive their diploma.

The table under the heading At-a-Glance in the link below provides an overview of the qualifying courses.

http://www.learnnowbc.ca/services/adults/adultdogwood.aspx

The Ministry of Education provides information on their website

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/topic.page?id=9A33DD439E184672865E4DDF677F4002&title=Adult%20Graduation%20Diploma%20Program

Patricia McClelland at Vancouver Island University indicated that students can receive Planning 12 credit for previous certifications and work experience and 12A and/or B for previous work experience.  This often gives students their 3 grade 12 courses and leaves only the English and Math courses to complete for graduation. Any course taken can count for credit in the Adult Program. The number of courses given can go by hours – usually about 120 hours per 4 credit course – several mini courses can be combined for one grade 12 course if necessary.

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See more information about the GED® Program here:

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/topic.page?id=AA7ED4837C9A4854B1E868DB829C39ED

Vancouver Island University

http://pr.viu.ca/

Powell River Board of Education

http://www.sd47.bc.ca/Contact/Pages/default.aspx

VIU’s Early Childhood Education Program

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The Powell River campus of Vancouver Island University (VIU) is rolling out an Early Childhood Education & Care (ECEC) program that will train people to enter the workforce as early childhood educators. The program will be starting in September 2015.

This week, on April 1st and 2nd the university will hold three information sessions to introduce the ECEC program to potential students.

Early childhood educators plan and organize activities for preschool and school aged children. They are employed in child-care centers, kindergartens, nursery schools and other areas where childhood education is important. Currently the field is seen as a growing competitive job market with 97% of the workforce employed being female (according to Work BC statistics).  Average salaries run from $11,000 to $33,000 yearly.

You require a clear criminal record check for entrance into the industry. Workers in the industry are also required to apply for an ECE licence that can be gained after the completion of the ECEC program. This license will have to be renewed every five years.

Click here for more information about the career path of an early childhood educator, or visit the ECEC program home page on the VIU website.

We managed to catch up with Alison Taplay, the disability studies coordinator at VIU, to ask a few questions about the ECEC program and the upcoming information sessions.

 

  • How many students will be in the ECEC Program?
    The ECEC program can accept up to 30 students.
  • What is the length of the program? How much time will be spent in a practicum?
    The program will run over two years – from September 2015 to June 2017. Within the two years there are three practica totalling 500 hours.
  • Why an ECEC program in Powell River now?
    There has not been an ECEC graduating class in Powell River since 2003 so there is now a shortage of ECEC providers in our community. Faced with a retiring work force, Child Care centers report they are unable to recruit qualified workers. Many centers have a retiring work force and are seeking new employees. As well, there are insufficient day care seats in the community, especially for infants and toddlers and for families needing after school care so there is opportunity for entrepreneurs to open their own family home or community based centers. For these reasons, the ECEC Powell River branch has been advocating for an ECEC course in Powell River.
  • What will people learn about at the information sessions?
    People attending the information sessions will learn about the admission process and requirements, the courses that are part of the program, the timetable for the first year, what they should expect as students in terms of time commitment and study, and the student services available to support their success including financial advising. The Program Co-Chair, Sheila Grieve, as well as one of the Nanaimo instructors Danielle Alphonse are travelling from Nanaimo to attend the information sessions so it is a great opportunity to get first hand answers about the program. Danielle and Sheila will also be instructors in the first year so the information session is a nice opportunity to meet them as well.

Two information sessions will take place Wednesday April 1st at Tla’Amin Child Development and Resource Centre, from 1:30 – 2:30pm, and from 5:30 to 6:30pm. The third session will be on April 2nd from 1:30 to  3pm in Room 148 at the VIU Powell River campus.

ECEC Information Session Poster

What’s up at VIU Fall 2014


malLogoAs we prepare to run off to summer jobs or holidays, it’s a great time to set down some education and training plans for September!

This week we offer a peek at what is on offer at Vancouver Island University (VIU)’s Powell River Campus. As we are simply compiling and relaying this information, it’s best to check with VIU staff for any specifics and for updates at 604.485.2878 or check their website at http://www.pr.viu.ca/

Dual Credit

Some program seats are reserved for qualifying high school students which allows them to obtain their high school graduation while concurrently earning a Vancouver Island University Certificate or Vancouver Island University Credits.

The following programs/courses are available for Dual Credit:
Trades Programs

  • Automotive Service Technician – Foundation Level 1
  • Culinary Arts – Apprenticeship Level 1
  • Carpentry – Foundation Level 1
  • Hairdressing
  • Welding – Foundation

For more information please contact Jim Palm, Career Education Coordinator, Brooks Secondary School at 604-483-3171 or an advisor at Vancouver Island University at 604-485-2878.


Short-Term Certification Options

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English Academic Skills Experience (EASE)
Campus and Community English Immersion Program
Sustainable Leisure Management MA Program Preparation View brochure

Funding Opportunities

The following are links for Apprenticeship grants and tax credits

See http://www.itabc.ca/grants-tax-credits/grants. $1000 Apprenticeship Incentive Grants (AIGs) are available for first two years of Red Seal apprenticeships.

See list of AIG requirements here.

After that, tax credits are available. Tax credits are also available for non-Red-Seal apprenticeship programs.

Water Cooler: Is online learning for me?

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By Melany Hallam
No matter what career you’ve chosen or what job you’re doing for now, at some point you will find yourself needing to upgrade your skills by taking a course or a program of some kind.

In Powell River, your options for face-to-face learning in the classroom are quite limited-by either local availability or scheduling. More and more, job seekers are finding that online learning is the only way to get required work certificates or longer-term programs. And depending on how you learn and on your past school experiences, that can be pretty intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be.

I’ve been on both sides of the online learning process – as a student and as someone who provided online learning at a university. I can tell you that, without a doubt, the most difficult thing to manage is time. It’s not the difficulty of the subject you’re learning or how it’s delivered online or how you relate to your teacher, it’s just putting in the time.

Managing time is something that everyone has experience with, mostly along the lines of “there’s never enough of it!” Well, here’s a revolutionary idea: there’s always enough time. I can see you rolling your eyes at that statement. Don’t worry, I’m not going to start talking about discipline and setting goals. In fact, I`m going to talk about being as easy on yourself as possible.

I have a friend (let’s call her “Sandra”) who is taking an online cooking and nutrition program right now, a two-year commitment. Exams are due on certain days and there’s a weekly online lesson time but, for the most part, the work can be done whenever Sandra wants. So she made a schedule, and then she tried to stick to it. As very often happens, it drove Sandra crazy that she couldn’t get the lessons done when she had scheduled them.

After going along like this for a while, she realized that she was actually learning a lot and was really excited about what she was learning. She was putting in the time each day to learn, and that was a huge accomplishment – she should have been patting herself on the back. Instead, she felt like she was failing. Setting goals to finish certain lessons by exact dates wasn’t helping her learn. She sometimes raced through material to get to her goal and then didn’t remember what she’d read. That was especially unhelpful when it came to doing exams.

What can you learn from Sandra’s experience? You could start by committing to working in small, easy-to-handle chunks of time, say 20 minutes every second evening. And then don’t go over that time.

You heard me.

If you get to the end of your chunk of time and you’re not completely exhausted (as you would be if you leave your work to the last minute and try to get it all done at once), you can feel good about what you’ve accomplished. You met your goal. Then just keep doing it, and increase the length of your chunks of time at a pace you can handle. Go easy on yourself.

If you miss a session – it’s OKAY, don’t panic! And don’t beat yourself up about it. Just keep going and try to spend an average amount of time over a week or a month. Put in the time and the lessons and tests will get done. It’s inevitable.

And, who knows, in addition to finishing the course you need for work, you might even enjoy it!

Are you motivated about online learning yet? Here are some more things to consider and questions you can ask to help in your decision:

  • What is your work goal and is the course or program going to get you closer to your goal?
  • Will the course or program work around your schedule?
  • Be clear on the different types of online learning situations available and what you are comfortable with. Formats include: For longer programs, check out the course reviews and find out about the instructor – not all online coursesare created equal.
    • Self-paced (usually videos and multiple choice quizzes), take whenever you want. Completely on the computer, no interaction with an instructor or other students.
    • Monthly start dates with specific end dates and assignment deadlines. Reading and assignments. Message board interaction with instructor.
    • Specific schedule. Some real time interaction with instructor and other students. Includes instructor and/or peer assessment of your assignments.
  • Compare prices. Sometimes the exact same course is offered by different institutions at different prices.
  • Look worldwide. People tend to look at courses offered geographically close to them, even though the course is online. Broaden your search and you may find exactly what you’re looking for (as long as it’s accepted locally).
  • Technical considerations – how comfortable are you with computers? If you’re not very comfortable or you don’t have your own computer, here are some places where you can upgrade your skills or use computersfor free:

Online course offerings to try out:

  • Not sure what course formats might be right for you? Here are some free and sample courses to try out: Here’s a list of short, work-related certificate courses such as FoodSafe and Serving it Right. Most can be taken at any time:http://www.careerlinkbc.com/education.php
    • Lynda.com offers software and business courses by subscription, mostly videos. Click on any specific course to view a couple of lessons for free.
    • Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer general interest courses online for anyone to take, for free. They offer certificates of completion for a cost, but you don’t have to take them up on it. Includes online interaction and assessments by peers and instructors.
  • Education to Go. A wide range of courses that start every month, including software, business, design, writing and more, http://www.ed2go.com/viu/.
  • Canadian Virtual University. Online university courses from 11 accredited Canadian universities and colleges, http://www.cvu-uvc.ca/english.html
  • All colleges and universities offer at least a few online courses. Start your research from our B.C. post secondary institutes listing here:http://www.careerlinkbc.com/education.php