Continuing to meet Alberta’s needs; NorQuest launches new Community Support Worker program
December 02, 2014
NorQuest College develops workforce relevant programming to help build stronger communities and to meet the economic needs of Alberta.
On Friday, November 28, that commitment continued with the launch of the Community Support Worker program.
“With this program, the college is one step closer to reaching our goal of providing 20,000 learners with workforce-relevant skills by 2025,” said president and CEO, Dr. Jodi Abbott. “This new program is a great example of NorQuest stepping forward toward our vision in providing programs that are workforce-relevant, that enhance our presence in the community, and that fill a unique market position.”
The program provides training that gives graduates the skills to serve the needs of three growing and underrepresented communities in the workforce: Aboriginals, refugees and immigrants, and individuals with disabilities.
Professional community support workers will use one-on-one and group settings, with a range of community support networks, to help clients overcome barriers and attain better economic opportunities.
The 22 students currently in the program will graduate in May. For the 2015-2016 school year, the curriculum will be expanded to include services aimed at senior citizens, and enrollment is expected to more than double.