National Careers Week: Career Paths Spotlight 

It’s never too late to build a career or make a career change! In honour of National Careers Week, we thought we’d shine a spotlight on some of the programs and career paths available at Sprott Shaw College. This is just a small sample of some of our programs—whether you are looking to become a dental assistant, paramedic, or cybersecurity specialist, we have a program for you! Click here to view our complete program list. 

Practical Nursing (LPN) 

Practical nursing is a rewarding healthcare career focused on providing basic nursing care under the supervision of registered nurses and physicians. Practical nurses, also known as licensed practical nurses (LPNs), play a crucial role in various healthcare settings such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, and clinics. Their responsibilities typically include monitoring patients’ vital signs, administering medications, dressing wounds, assisting with personal hygiene, and providing emotional support to patients and their families. Practical nursing requires compassion, excellent communication skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work effectively within a healthcare team. With a growing demand for healthcare services, practical nursing offers opportunities for career advancement and the chance to make a meaningful difference in the lives of patients. 

The Sprott Shaw Practical Nursing program equips you to become a Licensed Practical Nurse in 75 weeks. Based on the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) Standards of Practice Framework, our program includes preceptorship, clinical, and practicum opportunities with health authorities across BC as well as preparation for the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE). 

Learn more about our Practical Nursing program here. 

Health Care Assistant (HCA) 

Health Care Assistants are essential members of the healthcare team who provide vital support to patients and residents in various healthcare settings, including hospitals and long-term care facilities. Their primary role involves assisting individuals with daily living, including bathing, dressing, grooming, and feeding, while also ensuring their comfort and safety. Additionally, Health Care Assistants may help with mobility assistance, transferring patients, and providing basic medical care under the supervision of registered nurses or other healthcare professionals. They play a critical role in monitoring patients’ conditions, reporting any changes to the healthcare team, and providing emotional support to patients and their families. Compassion, empathy, patience, and excellent communication skills are crucial qualities for success in this field, as Health Care Assistants often work closely with individuals who may be vulnerable or in need of extra care and support. 

Earn your Health Care Assistant diploma in only 29 weeks at Sprott Shaw College! This hands-on focused program includes hospice and palliative care training and certifications. Graduates of our Health Care Assistant program looking to upgrade their credentials can take our Practical Nursing Access program (after 600 hours of work experience), allowing them to become Practical Nurses in a shorter amount of time and at a reduced tuition rate. 

Learn more about our Health Care Assistant program here. 

Early Childhood Educator (ECE) 

Early Childhood Educators are dedicated to nurturing the development of young children during their crucial formative years. They work in various settings like daycare centers, preschools, and kindergarten classrooms. Early Childhood Educators play a vital role in providing a safe, supportive, and stimulating environment where children can learn and grow socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically. Their responsibilities typically involve planning and implementing age-appropriate activities, fostering positive social interactions, promoting language and cognitive skills development, and collaborating with parents and caregivers to support children’s overall well-being. Patience, creativity, empathy, and a genuine love for working with young children are essential qualities for success in this profession. Early Childhood Educators have a profound impact on shaping the future by laying the foundation for lifelong learning and success. 

Sprott Shaw’s Early Childhood Education Basic program equips students to become Early Childhood Educators in 45 weeks! Available on-campus or entirely online, this certificate program is recognized by BC’s ECE Registry and is based on a Ministry of Education and Child Care-approved curriculum. Also available is our ECE diploma program, which includes our basic program’s contents as well as Infant and Toddler and Children with Exceptionalities certifications. 

Learn more about our Early Childhood Education program here.

Education Assistant (EA) 

Education Assistants provide invaluable support to teachers and students within educational settings. Their primary role involves working one-on-one or in small groups with students who require additional assistance to succeed academically, socially, or emotionally. Education Assistants may help implement individualized education plans (IEPs), modify instructional materials, and provide accommodations to support students with disabilities or learning challenges. They also assist with classroom management, behaviour intervention strategies, and fostering a positive learning environment. Furthermore, Education Assistants collaborate closely with teachers, parents, and other educational professionals to ensure that each student’s unique needs are met effectively. Patience, empathy, adaptability, and strong communication skills are essential qualities for success in this rewarding career, as Education Assistants play a vital role in helping all students reach their full potential academically and personally. 

Become an Education Assistant with Sprott Shaw’s 43-week Education Assistant diploma program. Including 180 hours of practicum work experience, this diploma program equips you with the skills needed to jumpstart your career in the world of education.  

Learn more about our Education Assistant program here.  

Community Support Worker (CSW) 

Community Support Workers provide assistance and guidance to individuals facing various challenges within their communities. Working in diverse settings such as social service agencies, non-profit organizations, and mental health facilities, they offer valuable support to individuals with disabilities, mental health issues, substance abuse problems, or those who are marginalized or disadvantaged. Community Support Workers help clients access essential services, navigate social systems, develop life skills, and establish meaningful connections within their communities. They may also provide emotional support, advocacy, crisis intervention, and assistance with daily tasks such as meal preparation, medication management, and transportation. Through their dedication and advocacy, Community Support Workers empower individuals to lead fulfilling lives and become active participants in their communities. Strong communication skills, empathy, and cultural sensitivity are essential attributes for success in this rewarding career. 

Start a career in the Community Support Worker field with Sprott Shaw’s 49-week Community Support Worker – Social Services diploma program. This high-in-demand field is constantly growing due to the increasing number of vulnerable groups in BC. Our program includes two different practicum placements, and many of our students are hired during their practicums. 

Learn more about our Community Support Worker –Social Services program here. 

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