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Great Plains College Expands Programming With Youth Care Worker Diploma

Great Plains College is pleased to announce that a Youth Care Worker diploma option has been added to the list of full-time programs offered at the college’s Warman Campus. The inaugural offering of the diploma program is set to begin September 2021.

The Youth Care Worker diploma builds on the knowledge and information provided within the one-year certificate program that is currently offered. Students will increase their knowledge of agency administration and community development, conflict resolution and small group facilitation, conflict diversity and family systems, sexual victimization, therapeutic intervention strategies and will also be able to receive hands-on experience by participating in two extended work-based practicums.

“I am thrilled that Warman Campus will be expanding our program menu to include the Youth Care Worker diploma option in order to serve the needs of the current labour market and our region,” said Jill Jenkins, region manager at Great Plains College. “We are proud that our campus will be the only provincial institution offering this diploma program in a face-to-face learning environment in 2021, within COVID-19 protocols. This is an exciting development for our college and the region surrounding Warman and Martensville.”

Applications for September 2021 entry are currently being accepted for both the Youth Care Worker certificate and diploma programs. Past graduates of the certificate program or any student currently enrolled in the certificate program in the 2020-21 academic year can register for the diploma program and begin their second-year Youth Care Worker studies next September.

“This program is partnered and brokered through Saskatchewan Polytechnic, giving students the same credentials and curriculum they would receive at a Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus,” added Jenkins. “Great Plains College students receive a high-quality learning experience that offers smaller class sizes, increased personal connections with faculty and fellow learners, along with a responsive and supportive environment. Our faculty are well-versed and connected to the industry.”

Youth Care Work diploma graduates have the educational option of advancing to a Bachelor of Social Work program by transferring to the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Regina or transferring to the third year of the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice Studies at Lethbridge College in Alberta.

Anyone who applies to the full-time Youth Care Worker certificate or diploma program before April 30, 2021, is automatically considered for an Entrance Scholarship of between $500-$5,000. Grade 11 students who apply before June 30, 2021, will also be eligible for an additional Early Entrance Award of $1,000.

For more information about the Youth Care Worker diploma program and/or to apply, visit greatplainscollege.ca/programs courses/college-trades-university/youth-care-worker-diploma.

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