The School of Health Sciences was founded within Ontario's community college system. This history has forged a commitment to the community around us which we live through service to the community as part of the educational experiences that we provide to our students. Field and clinical placements for students include a broad range of experiences. Nursing students provide health teaching in local schools and in local industry. Early Childhood Education students are placed in local childcare centres and schools. Nursing, practical nursing and personal support worker students provide care to residents in long term care facilitiies. Local hospitals benefit from students who provide care to patients in rehabilitation, acute care, and complex continuing care. Pharmacy Technician students have placements in community and hospital pharmacies and paramedic students are placed in community ambulance services.
We have a unique partnership with the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care in Toronto where we are providing on site access to the practical nursing program (on a part time basis) for Baycrest staff who want to pursue further education. Our day care centre staff recently was awarded a contract by the City of Toronto to develop a special program to achieve integration of children with special needs in regular programming.
Our program advisory committees are a structured way to involve local employers and community agencies in curriculum planning. Their input, based on their knowledge of trends and emerging issues, is vital to making our courses current and relevant to the practice settings. Through the representatives on these advisory committees, we establish the relationships that support us to offer quality clinical and field placements for our students.
The Region of Peel and Humber work in partnership to provide an Advanced Care Paramedic Program. Qualified paramedics who want to aquire additional knowledge and skills in managing health emergencies in the field, who are currently employed by Peel Region, can take this program.
Baycrest and Peel are just two examples of ways in which Humber works with employers and communities to provide access to education that helps people to serve their communities better.