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Excel Academy has undertaken a Soup & Socks Donation Drive in support of the Bissell Centre and the Edmonton Food Bank.  Donate new socks and canned soup at our downtown campus to help support Edmontonians and organizations in need.  We will also accept new packaged underwear, gloves, mittens, hats, and toques, as well as other non-perishable canned food items. The food and clothing will be delivered to the Bissell Centre and the Edmonton Food Bank on or by December 21, 2018.

For questions or further information, please contact Kimberley Stewart, Program Administrator at kstewart@excelacademy.ca or 780-441-7996.

We appreciate your support!


Happy Health Care Aide Day to all HCAs in Alberta today!  HCAs go by many names (nursing aides, nursing attendants, personal care aides, personal support workers, care companions, and support workers to name a few!) so please take a moment to recognize and thank those that provide compassionate care and support to the ill, elderly, families, vulnerable populations, those with disabilities, and more.

THANK YOU for all that you do!

~ Excel Academy Faculty and Staff

We know, we know.  NO ONE wants to think about the cold, the dark, and the snow that your mind pictures when thinking of January.  But what if there was an exciting new opportunity to enhance your life to look forward to?  Maybe then January might not look so bad!

Excel Academy happens to have that new opportunity!  With new Health Care Aide classes starting as early as January 2nd you can start your 2019 off right by investing in your education, and yourself.

Program dates include:

January 2, 2019 – Full Time Online/Blended

January 28, 2019 – Full Time In Class (Day and Evening available)

February 4, 2019 – Part Time Online/Blended

For the third year running, Excel Academy is proud to announce we have been nominated for 3 Community Choice awards, sponsored by Star Metro Edmonton.  In the Business and Services/Education Category, our nominations are:

  • Education
  • Adult Education
  • Non-Profit

If you think we deserve to take home the honour of winning in any of these areas, please go to http://www.edmonton.communitychoice.com

Thank you for your continued support!


On behalf of our Board of Directors we have an update to share.

Our Board and our Senior Leadership Team both strongly support the valuable work of the Excel Academy, and believe that knowledge of and training in best clinical practice contributes to exceptional care for our clients.  Following an extensive, multi-year push for increased enrollment in the Community Support Worker Certificate Program, we have not achieved the required enrollment to sustainably deliver the program.  Effective immediately, the Excel Academy is moving to temporarily suspend the Community Support Worker Certificate Program.  The Academy will conduct its own thorough strategic planning process this fall to develop a comprehensive vision and business strategy for the future; this may include the re-launch of the program if it is consistent with the new vision.

Thank You

Am I too old to head back to school? How does student aid work?  What are my options for courses? How will I fit school in with everything else?

These are some of the questions that may run through your mind when you start thinking about the prospect of heading back to school as an adult learner.  It can become so overwhelming that you give up on the idea of furthering your education before you even start! But what if we told you that we can help and make your dream of continuing your education a reality?

Well, we can!  As leaders in adult education, we understand that the process of committing to school is down-right scary; that’s why we focus on making the process as simple and easy for you as possible. Need information about how Student Aid works?  No problem – we can assist you with your application.  Need help figuring out which course will best fit your schedule and aid in your chances of success?  We offer one-on-one planning with the program administrator.  Require flexibility?  We may be able to accommodate or meet your needs with our different program options.

Whatever it is, we can help. From our free on-site English assessments to providing connection to community supports to handing you your certificate, we are with you every step of the way.

Check out our upcoming August and September Health Care Aide program dates to get started!




Do you want a Health Care Aide certificate in a quick amount of time but can’t commit to an in-class program?  Excel Academy has you covered!

We are excited to announce our new Full-time Blended Online HCA program!  This 24 week program combines the flexibility of online learning with the practical experience and pace of an in-class program – without having to actually be in class! If you have strong computer and communication skills, are an independently motivated learner and want to avoid traffic and study in your pajamas, then this program and you are made to be.

Our introductory intake begins April 30, 2018.  Contact the HCA Program Administrator at (780) 441-7996 for more information or to apply!

Interested in taking one of our Professional Development courses or upcoming workshops?  Click on the Course Calendar to find upcoming dates, times and locations.

Online blended HCA program now available

  • The new, gently paced blended HCA program provides students with a unique combination of online and face-to-face learning. Students complete the theory portion of the program using our online learning management system, Brightspace© by D2L, attend lab skill training at the Academy campus and complete a practicum component in an active health care environment.  This type of course offering compliments, rather than complicates, a student’s busy work and personal life, allowing them to focus on school when it suits them best. It also makes learning more practical for rural students who previously could not easily access higher education opportunities.
  • Why was this new learning option added?  The landscape of education is changing, as are the needs of our students.  We were hearing from prospective students that due to hectic life demands, they couldn’t always commit to a traditionally rigid classroom based schedule, yet had a strong desire to further their education in the human services industry. By combining learning technology with our HCA certificate program, students gain the flexibility to complete a program without having to sacrifice their employment and family time.  They are able to learn on the go – through their computer, tablet or mobile device, making training accessible to everyone 24/7 while still having access to a qualified Instructor.
  • Students are introduced to lab skill procedures through Brightspace© by D2L as part of their core theory.  It is here that students gain the fundamental knowledge required to perform safe and compassionate care.  The knowledge gained from the learning environment is carried over to the in-class lab skill training, where students have an opportunity to view client care demonstrations and participate in hands on skills.  The online theory coupled with the in-class training provides the student with a comprehensive learning experience.
  • We recognize that everyone learns differently.  Blending online theory with hands on training addresses multiple learning styles, which in our experience enhances understanding and provides a more individualized approach to learning.  Additionally, in the dynamic field of healthcare, students require technology-based and technically-based skills.  Introducing these skills prior to entry into the field sets the student up for advanced success.
  • Why should students choose Excel Academy for this training?  The Excel Academy is committed to offering the highest quality of education and remaining at the forefront of educational trends, online learning being one of the fastest growing and most popular choices for students around the world.  Known for providing excellent training, a supportive atmosphere and a sense of community, the Excel Academy is the premiere choice for students who seek educational advancement, in an in demand field, at an affordable price.

Flexible Class Times

  • We recognize that students have multiple responsibilities (family, jobs) and our classes are scheduled to accommodate this.
  • HCA programs offered in Winter, Spring and Fall semesters.
  • PLAR programs allow students up to one year to complete all requirements.


Learn in a Supportive Living Facility

  • We operate under the umbrella of the Excel Society, which operates over 30 residences for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health issues and other disabilities in Edmonton and Calgary, as well as 2 Designated Assisted Living (DAL) sites, the Grand Manor and Balwin Villa. The Excel Academy is located right in the Grand Manor Facility, conveniently located on the north side of downtown Edmonton.