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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.

Congratulations to Divine Uwamahoro and Beatriz Vizcarra for their successful referrals to the Community Support Worker and Health Care Aid programs, respectively. For their referrals, both have received a referral bonus of $100! Thank you to both of you for helping us to be the training college of choice in Edmonton.

Do you know someone that is interested in a career change, and would make a great Community Support Worker or Health Care Aid? Why not refer them to the Excel Academy and earn a bonus at the same time? Each referral you make can earn you up to $100, and if you make three successful referrals, earn a bonus of $250! For more details, click here.

 

On February 18, 2015, we welcome back Ben Weinlick along with Debbie Reid. There seems to be much discussion these days around what quality of life is, however there isn’t a lot of information around practices that support better Quality of Life (QOL). In 2011 Debbie and Ben were awarded a grant from Alberta Health Services to develop and evaluate training around practices that support better quality of life outcomes for individuals with disabilities. In this interactive multimedia presentation, you’ll be inspired through the use of story as a tool to learn about practices that support QOL. You’ll also learn how the U of T model of QOL and Dr. Schalock’s model of QOL intersect.
Register now online: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1165958

It may still be summer, but it’s time to think about registering for fall classes. We will have the following options available this fall:

Health Care Aide:

  • Full-time days (Tuesday – Friday), 8:30 am – 2:30 pm. Begins September 15, 2014
  • Full-time evenings (Monday – Friday), 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Begins September 22, 2014
  • Part-time evenings (Monday, Wednesday, alternating Fridays), 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Begins September 8, 2014 (35 wk program)

Community Support Worker:

  • Full-time days (Monday – Friday), 8:30 am – 2:30 pm. Begins September 15, 2014

We also offer the Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) programs for both our HCA and CSW certificate programs. If you have experience in your respective field and would like to get certification, this may be a great option for you. Contact the Excel Academy for more details on these programs, or CLICK HERE for the CSW-PLAR page, or CLICK HERE for the HCA-PLAR page.

Spring session classes are starting soon! Full-time Health Care Aide (HCA) programs will be starting on May 26, with both days and evening classes available. The full-time Community Support Worker (CSW) session starts June 2.

We are also now offering a Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition challenge program for the CSW Certificate — if you are working in the Disability Services (or related) field but lack certification, this could be perfect for you. Call us now for more information, or check out our website.

This workshop is intended to provide individuals working in the Human Services industry with the tools to provide effective debriefing after a critical incident. Join us for this workshop on June 4, with a half-day follow-up session on June 27. No charge for this workshop!