January 13, 2017 | News

Reprinted from Algonquin College News

Algonquin College and The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre have entered a formal partnership that will see the creation of a ground-breaking health-care classroom and learning environment.

The two institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding today that outlines the joint plans to create and consult on the delivery of educational programs, clinical services and research initiatives. Under the new agreement, the College’s Personal Support Worker students will work with the Health Centre’s senior clients and have access to its expertise and resources.

“The signing of this Memorandum signifies a great opportunity for excellent work-integrated learning for our College’s Personal Support Worker students as they draw on the expertise and facilities found at Perley Rideau,” said Cheryl Jensen, President of Algonquin College. “We look forward working alongside our Perley Rideau partners as we train the health-care workers of the future.”

Speaking on the importance of this collaboration, Chief Executive Officer of Perley Rideau Akos Hoffer explained: “This takes our long-standing partnership with Algonquin College to the next level. We look forward to supporting the creation of a differentiated learning experience that will develop news skills and new sensitivities for the PSWs training in our home.”

The agreement also paves the way for an integrated Personal Support Workers program that will locate Algonquin College Personal Support Worker students on the Perley Rideau campus to leverage access to classroom, laboratory, clinical and community learning environments in Ottawa.

The Algonquin College Personal Support Worker program prepares students to work in a health-care setting with individuals who require assistance to remain as independent as possible.

The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre is a not-for-profit centre for healthy living with a unique focus on providing health care for veterans and seniors in Ottawa.