With the oil and gas downturn in Alberta, it has left many looking for new forms of employment and also going back to school to upgrade their education. Though in rural communities that are further away from the bigger centres it can be very costly to take a new route in education and that is where establishments like Campus Alberta come in handy.
"It is more expensive for people who live in communities outside of major centres to participate in post-secondary education because of the cost of relocation. We are really committed to seeing that our regional communities are able to access education, but also be able to work in their own community and live where they prefer to live," explained Bonnie Ireland the Executive Director of Campus Alberta Central in Drumheller and Stettler.
There is an increase in the need for employees in the health sciences area.
"I would say in the health sciences area that we are focused on in many of our communities, the increase due to labour market demand. There are simply a lot of jobs out there and people are able to take this training as well as work in their own community," continued Ireland. "We typically see that people who graduate from health care aide or practical nurse programs have almost immediate employment."
Campus Alberta Central is able to plan ahead a bit more on the programs that they are offering.
"Drumheller is, I would say, in a good place right now in that we are able to make plans well in advance so that people are aware of what programming that we are typically running and this, of course, leads to more participation," concluded Ireland.