There’s a critical shortage of health care professionals and personal support workers throughout the province and in Muskoka. Georgian’s Muskoka Campus in Bracebridge is helping to meet that need by offering a new part-time delivery model of the popular Personal Support Worker (PSW) program.
Associate Dean Mac Greaves says increasing the program length from two to three semesters and eight months to one year will significantly improve the work-school-life balance of PSW students.
“Many PSW students struggle financially through eight months of training in a full-time program, have little time after studies to be gainfully employed, and are often juggling and managing families and aging parents,” notes Greaves. “Now they can pursue their calling and schedule their lives around classes, all while spending more time with family and pursuing local employment.”
There’s a high employment rate in Muskoka, including public and private institutions that prefer to hire Georgian graduates.
Grads find employment in retirement homes and homes for the aged, long-term care facilities, various community agencies, acute care facilities, and in independent practice.
The first intake of the new part-time delivery starts September 2020.