ABES College prepares students for careers in areas of need
A call to help others in need, while building a fulfilling new career — for many students at Calgary’s ABES College, this is a prime motivator in choosing its Health Care Aide and Community Support Worker programs.
Emily, a recent ABES College graduate, moved to Calgary from British Columbia a year and a half ago, seeking “a new chapter in my life,” she says.
After comparing career college options in Calgary she found that ABES College provided exactly what she was looking for. She was particularly taken by its post-graduation employment rate — more than 90 per cent across its programs.
“It really made me want to go there,” says Emily, adding the admissions process was also a big draw.
“It was so easy. I was met with a real family feeling — I felt that, throughout being in school, they’d always be there for me.”
Emily says the staff at ABES College was “very close-knit.”
“I met with Ana, my admissions adviser, a lot. She was always there for me. And Jenny, the program co-ordinator, made a point of sitting down and checking up on us. And I just adored my teachers.”
But it’s in the field where ABES College provides its students with the most valuable work and networking experience, she says.
“ABES arranged everything with my practicum,” says Emily. “I quit my day job at a call centre and took a leap of faith.”
Soon after graduating, Emily was hired at a hospital and says ABES changed her life, preparing her to excel at her job during the COVID-19 pandemic, the biggest medical crisis in decades.
“It’s been a wild ride,” she says. “I spent the first six months on the job learning so much and, since then, there’s been a great deal of change. It’s actually inspiring … people have each other’s backs.”
ABES College’s programs are designed to train people and get them working quickly — the Health Care Aide program runs eight months and Community Support Worker training takes only six. This is vital given the increasing demand for both occupations. Health care aides work in places such as long-term care homes, while community support workers help vulnerable adults, children, youth and families.
“There is expected to be a greater need for community support workers as the toll of the pandemic affects people’s mental health,” notes John Greenhow, director of Admissions at ABES College.
“There is demand for all of our graduates — a strong pull into the workforce.”
The COVID-19 crisis has made many people seek out new careers and “people that feel the call to help others are starting to raise their hands and take these programs,” says Greenhow.
“A big selling feature for us is that we can get them trained quickly … to allow people to make that change in their quality of life and realize their dreams in such a short period of time.
“We think of education as an investment in the future and we take that investment very seriously.”
ABES College’s programs currently utilize a virtual classroom system and practicum opportunities will continue during the pandemic, he notes.
“Our programs qualify for funding with Student Aid Alberta. Most of our students receive full funding, including grants to support single parents and lowincome learners,” Greenhow adds.
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ABES College sees more than 90 per cent of graduates find jobs after completing their programs.