St. Charles PSW program celebrated its 18th graduation on January 26th. Thirty students graduated, though some missed the ceremony because they were at work, itself a cause for celebration. As usual there was an electrifying enthusiasm among the graduates. Valedictorian Catherine Inoma who came from Nigeria three years ago was very appreciative of the program and all her fellow students. Valedictorian Stephanie Juhasz said that not only did they learn the skills to be a Personal Support Worker but that there was a great emphasis by their teacher Joanne DeRubeis on showing great respect for all, including peers. Ian Deans, former federal NDP House leader and MP for Hamilton Mountain was the guest speaker who spoke encouraging words to the graduates. Principal Bob Goodwin congratulated Joanne for getting the Ontario accreditation for her PSW program. He said that it is a great achievement and a milestone for the St. Charles Adult and Continuing Education Centre.
St. Charles leads the way in Hamilton with innovative programs, such as the Personal Support Worker (PSW) program. This course provides students with an opportunity to obtain certification in the growing PSW field. Most of our PSW graduates are immediately hired by hospitals, nursing homes and palliative care centres. Our PSW course is highly valued in the long term health care community in Hamilton because of the high degree of professionalism and expertise which our students display at their work placements.
Operated in conjunction with the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, St Charles provides a wide range of adult education programming. Programs include English as a second language (ESL), Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC), high school completion, literacy and basic skills (LBS), night school, summer school, Chef Training and a host of medical and computer certification courses including the highly successful Personal Support Worker (PSW) program.