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SAY WHAT?!?!?

There is no such thing as “normal” when it comes to communication.
Speech disorders can affect an individual’s ability to speak, understand, read or write. Speech problems may present themselves at any age,and be a result of many different causes, including such things as a genetic problem, head injury and hearing loss.

Communication is just as important to someone with a speech disorder as it is to anyone else. Difficulty communicating can lead to isolation, loss of employment,and challenges completing even the most routine daily tasks such as shopping and banking.

There are a number of great movies which portray the veracity of the emotional effects of a speech problem on a person’s everyday life.They help to highlight the importance of emotional and social supports,effective communication methods, and how technology can assist in improving the person’s quality of life.

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TAKE IT FROM THE PROS: TEACHERS’ TOP TEST PREP &TAKING TIPS

Drake Medox College instructors have taken their own fair share of exams over the years, and have a lot of experience marking quizzes and exams.  In this blog, they are happy to share their favourite study and test taking tips and strategies with you!

TEST PREPARATION TIPS:

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A Good Listener is An ACTIVE LISTENER

Have you ever been in a situation when you felt no-one was listening to you?

Have you ever been in a situation when you realized you had not been listening to someone speaking to you?

Most of us can say “Yes” to each of these questions!

THE ‘KEY’ OR ‘SOLUTION’ to overcome these challenges is ACTIVE LISTENING.

WHAT IS ACTIVE LISTENING?

“Active” is the opposite of “passive.”  To be a good listener we must keep our minds ACTIVELY ENGAGED in what we are hearing.

To do this, not only focus is needed, but also practical strategies which keep our mind active.

3 IMPORTANT ACTIVE LISTENING STRATEGIES?

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Are you having trouble getting the HEALTH CARE ASSISTANT job you want?

Tired of working multiple minimum wage jobs just to make ends meet?

Maybe it’s time you took a personal inventory and evaluated what you have to offer relative to what best-in-class employers are looking for.

Top 5 list of requirements HCA employers in BC seek in applicants include:

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Communication Skills-The key to personal and career success!

Communication Skills – Essential to the Success of Health Care Assistants

The students in Drake Medox College’s English Preparatory Program recently discussed the above topic in a recent class.

According to students preparing for entry or already enrolled in the HCA Program, there is unanimous agreement that good communication skills are crucial to the work of a Health Care Assistant.

Three major areas discussed include:

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3 reasons why Volunteering can boost your career!!

Are you looking for a job but don’t have the experience you need……and can’t get the experience you need because you can’t get a job?

Do you need to learn more skills or make some new contacts so you can find work in the field you desire?

Are you thinking of making a change in your career, or are have recently immigrated to Canada, and unsure what you want to do?

If you answered yes to any of these, volunteering could be a good fit for you. When you volunteer, you share your skills and time with people and organizations in the community without expecting to be paid. Volunteering takes you right into the workplace, giving you a chance to build your experience, demonstrate your employability, learn new skills and feel better about yourself!

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EMPLOYER TESTIMONIAL

“We highly regard Community Support Work related schooling/credentials when making hiring decisions. The schooling indicates to us that applicants have some systematic training in the field and are passionate about quality care; this means they are likely to be high performers and stay longer because they fully understand what the job involves. Retention is a huge consideration, those that are likely to stay longer will always be highly sought after as it takes time to build working relationships and relationships with person served.”

Robin W.
HR Generalist
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“As you probably are aware by now, most of my recent hires are from your college, and I am very happy with the performance and work ethics of your graduates. They are very responsive, caring and have a solid knowledge by the time they enter the workforce.

Kudos to you and to your organization.

With much respect,”

Leo Monterola
Director of Care
Retirement Concepts Guildford Seniors Village


“Please find attached the attendance and evaluations for all of the students who completed their practicum with us from February 8th – 15th. It was great to speak with their buddies because they all had such positive feedback, and really enjoyed working with the students. We really enjoy having the students here, and we look forward to working with you more in the future!”

Anja Meier
Human Resources Coordinator
Greater Vancouver Community Services Society

Success Story

Drake Medox College has provided me with the learning experience that I need to start my career as a successful Activity Worker at a long-term senior facility. I have achieved my goal of changing my career from a Care Aide to an Activity Worker, as I was able to find a full-time job one month after I graduated from the Drake Medox College. I would highly recommend the Activity Assistant Diploma program to anyone who work in the health care industry.

~ MINGXI YU - AA