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May 10, 2022

Preparing Workers for the Care Economy

As Canada recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, a long-anticipated crisis has emerged, adding another challenge to an already complex situation: labour and skills shortages. The demographic shift due to an aging population with declining birthrates, coupled with an economy seeing unprecedented changes driven by technological advancement has transformed how we work and has led to a shortage of workers with the right skills. Few sectors have seen as acute labour shortages as those that comprise the care economy, which includes healthcare workers, personal support workers, and childcare workers. To meet this challenge, colleges1 are changing and adapting to better equip... Read more
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July 7, 2021

CICan to support greater equity, diversity and inclusion with ImpAct-EDI

Ottawa, July 7, 2021 – As part of its commitment to support equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), as well as promoting greater access to post-secondary education for all, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) has launched ImpAct-EDI. This new national initiative will facilitate the sharing of best practices and promote a coordinated approach to foster a culture of inclusion specific to the college and institute system. ImpAct-EDI will be based on three main initiatives: a new National EDI Advisory Committee that will provide guidance to the association, a CICan Centre of Excellence on EDI, and the creation of a new community... Read more
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May 22, 2015

The Experience of Simulation and the Perception of Preparedness of Developmental Service Worker Students to Practice in Field Placement

Abstract: The field of Developmental Services (DS), specifically community based services for persons with developmental disabilities, is a relatively new field of study and practice. Simulation has been effectively used in other disciplines to create learner-centered activities designed to motivate students and deepen their learning experience. Students have the opportunity to engage in role play that simulates real problems requiring them to practice their skills in an authentic way. Students have described the simulation as a teaching technique to be more beneficial than the traditional lecture pertaining to abstract theoretical descriptions of roles and problems (Prinsen & Overton, 2011). There is a paucity of research in the pedagogy... Read more
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