Tracey E., Health Care Assistant
What were you doing before coming to Sprott Shaw College?

I was a bartender on and off through the years and not enjoying what I was doing and I was raising children. Ya that’s pretty much it and now they are grown up and I wanted to educate myself after my husband passed away last year. I’m a widow and I’m very happy I enrolled.

Why did you choose Sprott Shaw College?

Because of all the radio ads, first of all it was always playing on the radio so I had it in the back of my mind for many years and I wanted to take my program and then I heard from a couple of friends that Sprott Shaw enrolls on a monthly basis which really worked for me.

How was the admissions process?

Very easy actually. The girl was really helpful. Yeah, it was really easy I was enrolled in the matter of a few hours I think. Next thing you know within a week or 10 days I think I was starting classes.

What Program did you choose and why?

Well, I chose a program called the Health Care Assistant (HCA) because I love helping people but this specific program focused on helping the elderly and that’s something I’ve always had a passion for so, ya I’m really happy I took it.

Where was your Practicum and how was it?

My practicum was at Laural Place long term care facility in Surrey BC and I found it very busy and learned a lot and was very challenging and stressful but totally worth it.

What was the environment like during your time at Sprott Shaw College?

It was good, I learned a lot of new things and the instructors were really really helpful but mostly the director of the college in my hardest times and in my struggles her name is Tina she is absolutely amazing she helped me through the entire program when I thought I couldn’t do the program and was having harsh moments of kinda wanting to drop out but not really but I was really really stressed she was always there by phone or by email or I could go into her office and Tina really helped me a lot she has no idea how much.

If you could give advice to someone coming to Sprott Shaw what would you say?

I would harshly encourage them to follow their dreams. It was a very difficult program for me. You know the biggest disability in my life was my attitude towards my education and I’m so happy that my husbands death turned into something positive for me because I was able to follow my dreams and Sprott Shaw it was and easy admission because it was on a monthly basis as were other colleges it’s only September or January so you know I really had a good experience and the instructors were really good because they pushed me in a direction that I never thought I could go so you know some days were really difficult but in the long run the program helped me become the women I want to be so sometimes it was really hard and difficult but if I just pushed through the hard times there was faith and hope and if I just drove myself through the difficult moments on the other side of difficulty was the woman I always to be so I’m really really happy I took the program, I can’t believe I’m here today and completed it. It’s pretty exciting.

Health Care Assistant Program
Abbotsford Campus

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