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NNDSB celebrates first six graduates of PSW Program, another 17 on the way

The Near North District School Board’s new adult Personal Support Worker (PSW) Program just welcomed its first group of local graduates. 

The NNDSB held a graduation ceremony at Parry Sound High School earlier this month welcoming the first six graduates of the program. According to NNDSB Vice-Chair John Cochrane, who was on hand to offer congratulations on behalf of the board, all six grads have already found jobs in their field in the local area. 

Officials say the goal of the new program is to support community needs for health care workers. The government-subsidized program offers training in living classroom settings such as hospitals and long-term-care homes so that the students receive hands-on experience with patients and at the same time learn from veteran staff.

A further class of 17 students is currently enrolled in Parry Sound. The school board says there is a PSW shortage across the province, which programs like this can address.  They’ve partnered with healthcare facilities to provide the program.  

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