Campus Alberta Central has no shortage of applicants for its health programs.

On Sept. 12, the group held an open house to promote its Health Care Aide program. Dana Davidson, Site Manager for the Drumheller Community Learning Society, hosted the event.

"We just had an open house for another Health Care Aide course that we'll be offering through Red Deer College starting at the end of January," said Davidson. "We had about 25 people show up and we sent in about 23 applications that night. We only have 16 spots so that's a great turn-out."

Last year, Campus Alberta Central teamed up with Drumheller Valley Secondary School to offer students the opportunity to take the Health Care Aide program concurrently with their studies.

"When we partner with the high school, those students that are in grade 11 and 12, they come out of high school with a college certificate before they've even graduated," explained Davidson.

In addition to the Health Care Aide program, Campus Alberta Central is offering a Practical Nurse program.

"Practical Nurse is a full, two-year program with Red Deer College,"  Davidson said. "Right now, we're running it in Stettler and Rocky Mountain House, but hopefully at the end of that two years, we are looking to bring that to Drumheller and the Olds location as well."

Davidson explained that a huge benefit to both programs is that they allow students to study while remaining in their community. She noted that moving is expensive and that the health programs through Campus Alberta make it feasible for people to return to school without having to move to a large city.

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