City of Fort St. John Mayor, Lori Ackerman, was on hand, along with Northern Health education department representatives Natalie Harvey, Cara Visagie, and Ibolya Agoston, to congratulate the first northern students of the Health Career Access Program (HCAP).
The HCAP is part of a province-wide initiative focused on increasing the number of health care assistants in the workforce in long-term care homes.
The program consists of employment, education, and training, and can take up to 18 months to complete.
Students who are accepted into the program receive paid education and on-the-job training. Their course fees are covered, and they are paid for their time while they study and work.
There are hopes to expand the Health Career Access Program to support increasing the number of health care assistants in other areas, such as home support.
Congratulations to all of the successful applicants!