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Media Release: September 28, 2009 – The Pas, Manitoba
The University College of the North (UCN) continues to demonstrate its commitment to meeting the needs of northern communities with the opening of the new UCN Faculty of Health Swan River facility.It is the first site in Manitoba where students can earn a diploma in practical nursing. Faculty will also deliver the Health Care Aide certificate program, which features state-of-the-art distance delivery equipment. The technology enables students all over northern Manitoba to earn this certificate without having to leave their home communities.
Parkland Regional Health Authority indicated a strong interest in having the Diploma in Practical Nursing program available in the Swan River Valley. Deputy premier and member of the legislative assembly for Swan River, Honourable Rosann Wowchuk, also supported this initiative for her constituents.
“UCN values the relationships we have with the communities we serve. We are excited that the people of the Swan River Valley have this improved access to post-secondary education,” said UCN President Denise K. Henning.
The programs will begin in the winter term, but Peter Nunoda, Dean of Health Studies at UCN says there is already tremendous interest in them. He thinks this new facility is only the beginning of good things to come for education in the Swan River Valley.
“I foresee the day where UCN will run both college and university-level programs in this community. I’m sure parents with university or college-aged children would rather they get their education at home,” he said.
UCN is planning for later this autumn a public grand opening at the new facility located at 203 2nd Street SW in Swan River. Anyone interested in registering or getting more information on the available programs may telephone Brenda Wasylik at (204) 734-5915 or visit www.ucn.ca.
Members of the media wishing more information or to book an interview, please contact:
UCN External Relations
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