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Lakeland College launches community support practitioner program

The School of Human Services at Lakeland College has launched the community support practitioner diploma program.

The two-year certification provides training for students pursuing a career working with individuals who require assistance within the community and was developed with industry consultation, say officials.

“Graduates of this program will start their careers with the skills and experience needed to support and work with individuals across the spectrum of life-span development,” says Janice Aughey, dean of the school of health, wellness and human services. “In our discussions with industry partners and practicum providers, we know there is a demand for this holistic skill set in a variety of settings. We’re grateful for their support and guidance in
developing this much-needed program.”

The program will be offered at the Vermilion campus and online. Students will learn to assist individuals of all abilities, ages, exceptionalities and needs. They will complete courses such as personal assistance awareness, counselling techniques, gerontology and pharmacology. Officials add that graduates of the program will complete four four-week practicums with a variety of organizations.

CEO of Bea Fisher, Darice Pollard sees the value this program can bring to their organization.

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“This is a program that will meet the needs of many community members and organizations in Lloydminster and surrounding areas. There is a level of expertise that is required, and I believe this program would meet that need. It has been a great challenge for our organization to obtain employees that have education related to what we do as an organization.”

Application for the community support practitioner program opens Saturday, Oct. 1 for fall 2023.

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