April 16, 2020

Waterloo Region, ON — The Waterloo Catholic District School Board today announced that all 23 Personal Support Worker (PSW) students who finished their studies and yesterday received their letters of certification at the Board’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres, today began work at six local long-term care homes and two hospice centres in Waterloo Region and Wellington County.

The St. Louis PSW program is an acknowledged leader among Ontario’s 22 school-board run PSW programs. The PSW Program Manager is Tammy Cantin RN and the program instructors for this cohort were Jill Corkery RN and Colleen Bisson RN.

Quotes:

“It is such a privilege to help prepare eager people for a career in healthcare and from day one our program strives to put the highest quality graduates into this role. Our focus on infection prevention for caregivers in health care is emphasized in all modules, since protecting themselves and others, under any circumstances, is vital. Students who start in the September program are faced with outbreaks of seasonal flu in our January placement, so they learn when they are in class that without infection preventing strategies, our long-term care homes can lose vulnerable people to the flu. We stress proper PPE use, cleaning of high touch surfaces, staying home if unwell, reporting and recording of all changes to clients’ conditions, etc., as integral components to quality care. “

~~ Jill Corkery RN – PSW Instructor

“St. Louis graduates are thinking critically and not merely doing what they see others do. I feel our graduates are very well prepared to meet the challenges faced in healthcare today and every day.“

~~ Tammy Cantin RN – PSW Program Manager

QuickFacts:

About the April 2020 PSW Program Graduates

Timelines:

  • Full time classes began (In-class theory): September, 2019
  • Lab training: Dec 16-20, 2019 and Jan 6-10, 2020
  • Final skills testing: Jan 13 &14
  • Long-term care 180 hour supervised placement. This class was specifically placed at Sunnyside Home in Kitchener and PeopleCare Hilltop Manor in Cambridge): Jan 15 -Feb 20, 2020
  • Community care 135 hour placement with various group homes and home care settings: Feb 21 – March 26, 2020
  • Exam written: April 14, 2020
  • Letters to Employers: April 15, 2020
  • First Day on the Job: April 16, 2020

About St. Louis:

  • The St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres have been a proud part of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board for 33 years, serving more than 250,000 learners.
  • The total current number of St. Louis students of ALL AGES served across all programs = 12,500.
  • More than 38,000 hours of additional after school, Saturday and Summer Literacy and Numeracy supports is provided to students from Grades 7-10 annually.
  • The number of day school credits earned by St. Louis students = 6568 – and several hundred adult learners receive their Ontario Secondary School Diploma via St. Louis annually.
  • Over the last 15 -20 years, more than 2,800 students have graduated from St. Louis’ award-winning, accredited certificate, apprenticeship and licensing ‘school-to-work’ programs (Culinary, Hairstyling and Personal Support Worker).
  • 82% per cent of Chef and Hairstyling graduates and 98% of Personal Support Worker graduates find employment in their fields within six months of graduation.

Related Links:

St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres

Follow us on Twitter: @StLouisWCDSB

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 48 schools and five adult education facilities serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 184-year tradition of quality, inclusive, faith-based education. Follow us on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire – #WCDSBAwesome.

Check out the story in the WR Record