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RDC offers new pathway for English as a Second Language students to become a health care aide

Thursday, January 14, 2021

RDC's ESL to Health Care Aide program

In a continuing effort to expand meaningful opportunities for learners, Red Deer College’s School of Continuing Education is offering a new academic stream for English as a Second Language (ESL) students to complete the necessary requirements to become a health care aide. Funding from the Government of Alberta is also available to learners who are accepted into the 52 week ESL to Health Care Aide program

The College is very excited to offer this extensive program to our diverse population of learners. We listened to the demand from industry and are extremely pleased to be able to launch this encompassing credentialed program in March,” says Rodney Holt, RDC Dean of School of Continuing Education. “This creative pathway will provide ESL students with the necessary tools to successfully embark on a rewarding career in the health care field, which has been an integral component in keeping Albertans and Canadians safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the host of employment opportunities this course will provide for RDC learners, it is another way for the College to support the health care sector.” 

The robust certificate program is divided into two segments. The first 14 weeks entail ESL courses, which will help learners advance their reading, writing, speaking, and English comprehension skills as they prepare for post-secondary education, and the Canadian workforce. Along with the development of hand-written skills, students will also expand their technology expertise. 

The final 36 weeks are devoted to the academic and practical components of RDC’s Health Care Aide Certificate, which follows the most recent Government of Alberta Health Care Aide Curriculum. The College’s certificate includes courses on the human body, health care communication and documentation, and person-centred care, in addition to the beneficial hands-on training in labs and in-person clinical placements.  

Prior to COVID-19, health care aides were in high demand provincially and nationally and the need for these trained workers has become even more apparent during the pandemic. These professionals provide expertise and assistance to the elderly, disabled, acute and chronically ill, many who are considered at a greater risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19.  

Graduates of this engaging RDC program will be well-equipped to work in several environments, including acute care facilities, hospitals, continuing care facilities, and in clients’ homes.  

The program, which begins on March 22, 2021, has 16 seats available to ESL learners looking to launch their careers in the health care sector. This specific academic offering is in addition to the already established Health Care Aide Certificate. 

Registrations will be accepted until January 26, 2021. 

More information about the English as a Second Language to Health Care Aide program, including how to register, can be found online

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For additional information contact: 

Brent Forster  Communications Strategist – Corporate 
brent [dot] forster [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca  

Shelley Newman 
Communications Strategist – Corporate 
shelley [dot] newman [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca  


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