Vancouver Community College (VCC) was pleased to welcome Melanie Mark, B.C. Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training to our Broadway campus today for an exciting announcement about new funding for health sciences education.
During a physically distanced visit to VCC, Minister Mark announced $750,000 to expand a bridging program for licensed practical nurses who choose to continue their education by completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN).
This is part of a new $4.4 million injection in funds for health profession-related education and training at multiple B.C. post-secondary institutions. It adds to annual funding of more than $125 million for health education programs around B.C.
“For years, British Columbians have been calling for more trained health professionals in their communities,” said Minister Mark. “We heard that call to action and we’re investing in valuable, in-demand training in every corner of the province.”
"This funding will make us stronger as we continue to provide the highest quality health-care graduates, especially important during this challenging time with COVID-19," said VCC president and CEO Ajay Patel.
Programs receiving funding include training for health-care assistants, anaesthesia assistants, mental health and community support workers, and programs for nurses. The funding also creates opportunities for existing health professionals to further enhance their skills.
"VCC is among the few places that offer a bridging program for LPNs to become BSN registered nurses," said Ananda Crouse, an LPN who has bridged into VCC's BScN program. "Who is better to become an RN than an LPN who has skills and experience in the field of nursing?"