Hard Work Pays Off for New Health Care Assistant Grad

Posted On Thursday May 07, 2020

NorKam Senior Secondary Grad Mylee Rydoell couldn’t have timed it any better. She couldn’t have known, when she signed up for the Health Care Assistant program in grade 11 that she would step out of the classroom and straight into her career, but that’s what happened.

 When in-class instruction was closed down in BC March 17 due to COVID-19, she was in the midst of completing her training in the SD73 Health Care Assistant certification program.

 “I finished my practicum on March 17, graduated on March 31, and I started working full-time as a health care assistant on April 1,” she said. “I’m working the night shift, 11 PM to 7 AM, four days on, four days off, and as much overtime as I can.”

Rydoell decided in grade 10 that she would enroll in the program for her grade 12 year. In addition to having already graduated grade 12 with the completion of this program, she has earned this post-secondary certification through Thompson Rivers University, which allowed her to step right into the workforce as an accredited Registered Care Aide (RCA).

“These programs make a difference,” said Rob Wielgoz, SD73 District Vice-Principal, Trades and Transitions. “There’s no question students have to work hard to get to where Mylee is, and she has had to prioritize getting a head start on her career over spending time with her peers in high school, but she’s taken advantage of a great opportunity and she’s earned her position in the healthcare industry.”

The Trades and Transitions Program, also known as TNT, offers high school students numerous opportunities to earn post-secondary skills and credits during their grade 11 and 12 years.

Rydoell knows she is one of the lucky ones, even though her ‘luck’ means she is continuing to work hard. 

“I’m going back to school in the fall, but I will keep working,” she said. “I want to continue studying in this field, and my eventual goal is to become a cardiologist.”

Some TNT students have had their learning put on hiatus through the pandemic.

“It depends on the program,” said Wielgoz. “Some students are able to complete their training online, including the Health Care Assistant and Early Childhood Education programs. Others, like the trades programs, have been put on hiatus and those students will have an opportunity to finish up their training in the fall – we have an agreement in place with Thompson Rivers University to let them complete their programs at this later date.”

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