Primary Care Paramedic program in Port Alberni
Full enrolment bodes well for future partnerships
As described in this Alberni Valley Times news story, the tremendous response to delivery of JIBC's Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) program in Port Alberni has created optimism regarding the potential for JIBC to expand offerings in Port Alberni.
JIBC website story orginally posted June 30, 2011:
Students in the Port Alberni region no longer have to leave home to pursue the path of becoming a paramedic. Eddy Workhoven, Dean of JIBC’s School of Health Sciences, has announced a new partnership with the city of Port Alberni and North Island College (NIC) to deliver a full-time Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) program at NIC’s Port Alberni campus, starting in September 2011. This would enable students to save on costs associated with travel and living expenses to attend the program at JIBC campuses.
This new initiative was the brainchild of Port Alberni Councillor John Douglas, a serving paramedic, who recognized the potential of a partnership between the City, North Island College and JIBC, and the immediate benefits to students.
“The City's economic development strategy includes a focus on the educational sector,” said Douglas. “Given the importance of paramedics and other first responders to the safety and well-being of our community, a partnership with JIBC seemed to be a great fit, from both an economic and social perspective.”
Plans are already in place for Port Alberni Mayor Ken McRae to meet with JIBC President Jack McGee to explore additional opportunities to make other JIBC programs available to residents in the community. “JIBC actively delivers a range of justice and public safety programs and courses in over 160 communities across the province,” said McGee.”This novel partnership with the city of Port Alberni and North Island College creates an opportunity for us to further extend the reach of our programs.”
The initial, full-time PCP course offering with North Island College will be open to 24 students, with the following key dates:
- Application deadline: July 31, 2011
- Online course start: August 22, 2011
- Classroom start: September 19, 2011
- Field Practicum start: January 16, 2012
Last updated October 28, 2014