Confederation College further promoting Early Childhood Education and Educational Support programs
Tim Brody - Editor
Confederation College is responding to what it says is a shortage of qualified Early Childhood Educators and Educational Support Workers in the region.
“Confederation College is collaborating with industry partners to promote the value of these careers and will offer an additional regional intake of the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program this fall. With such high demand for graduates from the College’s ECE and Educational Support (ES) programs, the opportunities are bountiful for finding meaningful employment within people’s home communities,” a news release issued by Confederation College on July 13 explained.
Earlier this year, The Bulletin reported Municipal day care programs were experiencing a staffing shortage.
“We recognize the growing need for professionals in these fields and are excited to more closely align with our industry partners to highlight the benefits of our Confederation programs and these careers,” said Angelina Anderson, Director of Confederation’s Dryden and Sioux Lookout campuses. “Adding another intake of the ECE program within our regional campuses will help to further address the current shortage. Individuals in these fields help to support children and youth to succeed in school, at home and in life.”
“I started my career working in a daycare but each time a door opened, I made the choice to walk through,” commented Sarah Stevenson, Director of Integrated Social Services with the Kenora District Services Board. Stevenson graduated from the College’s ECE program in 1997. “Confederation College gave me the background, knowledge and confidence to excel in each stage of my career. The program prepares students to enter full-time employment and also gives them the basis for the continued learning that occurs in the workplace.”
Stevenson stressed there are many opportunities in the field. “In the Kenora District we’ve undergone a significant child care expansion, which means 150 new kids will be needing care. In support of those kids, we will require a minimum of 30 full-time ECE workers, as well as others that would work on a part-time or casual basis.”
``Educational Support Workers play a crucial role in maintaining supervision and safety in the school setting, implementing modified or alternate academic programming and providing personal care. Early Childhood Educators work with children in their first years to support their development through educational programs, curriculum and play-based learning. Both programs at Confederation College well prepare graduates for employment in these fields,” a news release from the College noted.
Community members in Sioux Lookout are invited to join Confederation College and its industry partners for an Information Session to learn more about the Early Childhood Education and Educational Support programs, as well as career opportunities.
That information session will be held at Confederation College`s Sioux Lookout Campus at 70 Wellington Street on Wednesday, July 25 at 5:00 p.m.