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LHIN funding new bursaries to help ease PSW shortage

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Journal Staff

Several organizations are coming together to address the growing shortage of personal support workers.

The South West LHIN is funding 200 bursaries worth $1 million to help students earn PSW certificates at Lambton College and three other colleges.

Lambton will award 20 scholarships valued at $5,000 each over the next three semesters.
And three organizations —Victoria Order of Nurses, CarePartners, and OneCare — have committed to hiring 165 PSW students.

Sarnia-Lambton is experiencing a shortage of personal support workers so severe it’s impacting the ability of health-care agencies to deliver services.

Lambton College offers a one-year PSW program that trains for jobs in long-term and retirement homes, hospitals and home-care placements.

College president Judith Morris called the bursaries great news.

“We recognize there is a shortage of PSWs in our region and we hope these professional and financial supports will encourage more students to pursue this career pathway.”

Interested students can call 519-541-2403 or email [email protected]

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