Earn While You Learn in Rural Saskatchewan

EWYL SBC Rural Program June 2017 Grads

Back row L-R Michael Jordan(SBC Instructor),Laurie Whittaker (Watson),Melisa Mathurin(Watrous),Anabelle Lillo(Lanigan),Pam Roberts(Watrous),Karlee Karakochuk(Wynyard),Debra Tuscher(Nokomis)

Front Row Michael Sotero(Strasbourg),Darlene Johnston(Strasbourg)

Saskatoon Business College(SBC) and the Saskatoon Health Region(SHR) are currently in the second year of a partnership providing rural students an opportunity to obtain a Personal Care Aide diploma through an Earn While You Learn(EWYL) program. The Saskatoon Business College has a long standing relationship in the urban area of the SHR with a reputation for providing well trained ,high quality Continuing Care Assistants(CCAs) to the Region.

Why are students choosing the EWYL program in the rural area?

-smaller classes

-can earn a wage while going to school

-don’t have to relocate to an urban area

-suitable for the visual, auditory or tactile learner

How does the program work?

The program has two phases. The first 15 weeks of the program include theory classes, labs, SHR certifications and unpaid practicums in both Home Care and Long Term Care.  The unpaid practicums have a dual purpose. Does the student feel they are suited to this career choice and do they prefer Home Care or Long Term Care? Do the instructors feel the student is ready to provide care for clients in a safe, compassionate manner? If the student successfully completes Phase 1, he/she is hired by the SHR and starts working on a casual basis while continuing to attend classes part time. Students continue to be assessed, monitored and evaluated during their paid practicum. Phase 2 lasts 24 weeks.

Did you know?

As of April, 2016 there were 659 CCAs employed in the rural area of SHR.

120 of those staff can potentially retire in the next five years.

42% of the CCA workforce is over 50 years old; the average age of a rural CCA is 44.

Are you looking for a new career?

The second class of the rural EWYL program is scheduled to graduate at the end of June,2017 .Are you interested in being part of Class #3 with classes commencing in September? Call  Saskatoon Business College for details at 306 244 6333 or email admissions@sbccollege.ca


EWYL students practice in the lab as well as on site in care facilties.

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