DVSS and NorQuest Col­lege part­ner to shape stu­dents for the fu­ture

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Al­lie Ruck­man The Drumheller Mail mailphoto by Al­lie Ruck­man

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

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