LANGLEY – Kwantlen Polytechnic University has received just over $257,600 in one-time funding for 32 spaces at its Health Care Assistant Certificate program, as part of a provincial-wide initiative to provide additional support for short-term health education programs.

“Families rely on trained professionals to provide high quality care to their loved ones” said Langley MLA Mary Polak. “I am pleased to see some of this training happening in the Fraser Valley, keeping students close to home.”

The Health Care Assistant Certificate program prepares students for jobs as front-line care providers and health care team members who receive direction and supervision from other health professionals such as licensed practical nurses and registered nurses. Graduates are prepared to provide care to older adults experiencing diverse and often complex health and illness needs.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University is one of seven public post-secondary institutes that is receiving this one-time funding. All totaled, the provincial government is providing $1.5 million towards 188 student spaces in short-term health education programs.

This one-time funding addresses the immediate needs of specific communities that do not have sufficient student and employer demand to support a program on a long-term ongoing basis. It was awarded after public post-secondary institutions answered a call for proposals.