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Practical nurse diploma program to be offered in Drumheller

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Campus Alberta Central is offering locals looking for a career in health care an opportunity to become a practical nurse, with registration for the new offering opening on October 1.

Red Deer College’s Practical Nurse Diploma program will run in Fall 2019 right here in Drumheller through Campus Alberta Central and the program will prepare students to become a licensed practical nurse. Courses are offered both online and in labs and clinical environments, with some travel possibly to be required, but practicums will be provided in local communities.

Campus Alberta Centrals’ Shelley Boyer says her group saw the need for this course in Drumheller.

“We’ve had lots of people inquire about it. I think the fact is that they can take it in their own community and still care for their families without having to go off to Red Deer or another city and be away for two years,” Boyer says.

The demand for nurses in Alberta is high and local hospitals are always looking at ways to retain staff and encourage them to stay in their communities.

“There’s always a need for nurses. It’s a good career path, its very rewarding, and it’s also about retention of the folks that live here, getting them educated and having them stay here.”

This new offering is in addition to the Health Care Aide Certificate program which has been provided by the campus in Drumheller for a number of years.

In January 2017, local Shannel Boon decided to turn her passion into her profession when she enrolled in the health care aide program, which was conducted both online and in a lab at Campus Alberta Central’s main offices. Her decision to return to school was influence by the unexpected loss of her husband in 2016.

“When he passed away, I started to consider how I might need to make a change to support my children and to create a new career path for me. The locations was crucial for me. I have been looking at options in other communities, but I didn’t want to have to travel as that would impact my kids, and it could become very challenging in the winer.”

“A program that could have been out of reach became an opportunity for me, because it was offered where I live,” Boon said.

Campus Alberta Central is encouraging interested individuals to register for the new practical nurse program when registration opens of October 1, as the program will fill quickly. An Open House and Information Session will be held of Tuesday, September 11 at 250 Centre Street starting at 4:00 p.m.

DARTS earns higher accreditation, begins children’s services pilot program

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The Drumheller and Region Transition Society (DARTS) has been recognized for exceptional service to the community after being accredited as a level two service provider for people with disabilities, while also earning new accreditation to provide services to children and those with complex needs.

The level two accreditation acknowledges that DARTS provides a higher level of quality of service, with the organization previously earning level one accreditation. The promotion came after a comprehensive review from the Alberta Council of Disability Services reviewed their files and interviewed staff and users. The standards are developed by professionals in consultation with individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, and staff. The standards are a public affirmation that the organization is meeting high standards of service.

“The nutshell is that we want to be recognized by the field. You can say you provide excellent, quality services but it’s not certain until you’re actually tested and proven,” says executive director Lorelei Martin. “We don’t do it for the recognition but we do it for the confirmation that we are excellent in what we do.”

The review also approved them to provide children’s services and services to those with complex needs, something which DARTS had not been accredited for in over a decade. The organization began three-month  children’s services trial, with support from Accredited Supports in Olds and Family Support for Children with Disabilities, on August 1 which will be the foundation for a children’s service program currently in development.

“We were hearing there were children and families in Drumheller needing services but who weren’t getting them at all for different reasons. There were services not being met due to the lack of resources, whether it was staffing, training, or funding. Families are hoping services can be provided in their homes and local communities so that services are more accessible,” Martin says.

Families and individuals in need of services in Drumheller can find more information by visiting the Family Support for Children with Disabilities page on the Alberta Human Services website.

Former Rockyford School opens as community hub

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Rockyford School has been reborn as a hub for the village.

The Village of Rockyford began working with Golden Hills School Division a couple of years ago to acquire the vacant school. Today the space called Prairie Ridge Park is providing a hub for recreation, education and business.

“Council felt the structure was sound enough and with the property in the middle of our community, it was an asset. We saw it as an opportunity to entice traffic into our community by providing some commercial rental space,” said Mayor Darcy Burke.

The Village took ownership in late 2017, and it has become a hub of mixed usage.

“The community has made great use of the gym in there. We have a huge pickleball league started. We rented space to the Playschool Association and taken up space and now the Wheatland Regional Corporation has moved their offices. The bottom half of the school is being very well utilized at this point,” he said.

Burke says there is room to grow.

“There’s interest from another couple of businesses, so in the very near future we hope to get some of the top floor rented out,” he said.