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You can become a PSW tuition-free

In addition to free tuition, those enrolled in Upper Grand District School Board’s 2022 PSW Program can also receive paid work placements
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Are you interested in becoming a Personal Support Worker? The Upper Grand District School Board’s 2022 Personal Support Worker Program is being offered tuition-free.

In addition to free tuition, those enrolled in the PSW Program can also receive paid work placements.

The PSW Program is run through the UGDSB’s Continuing Education department. The program is led by instructors holding Ontario teaching and professional nursing qualifications.

The program covers a number of areas including anatomy, physiology, mobility, safety, hygiene, abuse identification and reporting, household management, care planning, cognition, mental health, managing ongoing conditions, assisting with medications, palliative care, interpersonal skills, and career education.

In addition to completing the PSW Program, participants gain numerous certifications, including CPR and First Aid, as well as marketing skills, employer contacts and work experience. Students can also earn credits toward their Ontario Secondary School Diploma while completing the PSW Program.

“This pandemic has touched everyone in profound ways and the need for this kindhearted, caring profession is great,” said Julie Bodiam, Principal of UGDSB Continuing Education. “Personal Support Workers make a significant difference in the lives of the people they work with. If the field of healthcare is something you are interested in, then I encourage you to come to an information session and see if becoming a PSW is right for you.”

"Personal Support Workers are vital to our communities and healthcare system. The UGDSB’s PSW Program provides training that responds to a labour market skills shortage need, provides students with a robust program, and allows participants to engage in meaningful and paid work while making connections to support organizations in our communities,” said UGDSB Chair Linda Busuttil.

To learn more about the PSW Program contact the UGDSB's continuing education department.