DVSS and NorQuest College partner to shape students for the future
Drumheller Valley Secondary School is soon to embark on a new venture that will benefit students and adults alike.
A meeting was held on Monday, April 25, to discuss a new program for students wishing to go into the medical field of study. NorQuest College is partnering with Drumheller Valley Secondary School, Campus Alberta and Alberta Health Services to create a program for students to complete a college certificate as well as, earn high school credits.
Principal of Drumheller Valley Secondary School, Curtis Lapierre comments, “DVSS is progressive in finding opportunities for students to engage and succeed. It is our first venture in a dual credit program. The students will receive a college certificate as a heath care aide, as well as, 25 high school credits.”
There is a selective process in choosing which students are to be placed in the program. The students are required to submit a cover letter, resume, and two letters of reference. After this, each student will be subjected to an interview to determine if they are a strong candidate. There is a $750 charge to attend this program, which will be returned to the student upon completing the program.
The students will be completing online modules for the course while attending high school at Drumheller Valley Secondary School. There will also be labs at Campus Alberta with equipment donated by Drumheller Health Services.
So far, Drumheller Valley Secondary School has attained nine very strong candidates wishing to attend the program.
Emma Spetz, a grade 10 student of DVSS, expresses her excitement for the program.
“I heard the program mentioned on the school announcement and I got so excited. My grandma was a nurse and I always wanted to be one. This is a great stepping stone to that.”
This program is also open to adults who wish to attain their Health Care Aide certificate. There is an option to complete the online modules at home and still attend the labs offered by Campus Alberta.
Principal Curtis LaPierre with Grade 10 student, Emma Spetz, whom applied for the Norquest College program through DVSS