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Collège Boréal launches an accelerated training program for PSWs

8 February 2021
College Boréal’s Kapuskasing campus is pleased to welcome 18 students to its new accelerated training program for personal support workers (PSWs).

Launched at the start of the January 2021 semester, this pilot project aims to address the shortage of professional PSWs in the area. The program, offered in partnership with Sensenbrenner Hospital and in collaboration with area health care organizations, is the first of its kind at Collège Boréal.

The students registered in this program are sponsored by an institution. Sensenbrenner Hospital has sponsored 17 students, while North Centennial Manor has sponsored one. The sponsors pay the students’ tuition fees and course manuals, totalling more than $ 4000.

Whereas the regular PSW training program usually requires 28 weeks, this pilot project aims to train PSWs in 12 weeks. Because of the shortage of workers in this field, hospitals, long-term care centres and other health care institutions regularly hire non-qualified staff as assistants to PSWs. The program’s 18 students have been hired to fill the need for workers and to support patient care, while also completing their training with a combination of courses in theory and practice.

The students, divided into two groups, have classes three days a week and spend two days a week working as assistants to PSWs in order to gain practical experience. The theory courses are offered through Zoom and the laboratory practices course is offered on campus.

To ensure their success, students also receive assistance from the learning support team and additional training in computer skills, time management and stress management.

The PSW program that Collège Boréal and Sensenbrenner Hospital are offering us is incredible! They have given me the opportunity to improve my quality of life and to improve lives in the community at the same time. I’m thankful to live in a community that takes care of its people!
Now more than ever, we need health care workers for essential work in the health care sector. That is why Collège Boréal and its partners are working together to find innovative solutions to fill the need for specialized workers.
The Kapuskasing campus is proud to support the local health care sector and bolster the local qualified workforce. I wish to thank our partner, the Sensenbrenner Hospital, as well as the area health care agencies that have helped to make this unique project a reality.
This accelerated program will allow us to increase our community capacity by training several personal support workers who will be able to support our health care partners as of April. Partnering with Boréal has been instrumental in the success of this innovative program and we look forward to collaborating on other adapted programs to meet the needs of our community.


Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French language post-secondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of communities throughout Ontario.

Collège Boréal offers comprehensive programs and services in seven campuses and 38 sites located in 26 communities throughout the province. Since 1995, approximately 120,000 clients across Ontario have benefited from Collège Boréal’s expertise relating to post-secondary education, training programs, immigration and settlement services, and employment services. Collège Boréal has established over 120 articulation agreements with other post-secondary institutions.

According to the Key Performance Indicators recognized by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Collège Boréal holds the top rank in two of the five areas surveyed: graduation rate, and, for a fourth consecutive year, student satisfaction. These results are proof that investing in human capital is Boréal’s strength.

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