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Success Stories

Edna Baluarte

Program: ESL-HCA

This program (ESL-HCA) helped me in many ways, some that I would not have even thought of before it began. I have learned to organize my time and to do tasks so that I am able to accomplish all things that I need to do, and still have time for myself. As a student I have opened and used my mind in a way I haven’t for many years. I have learned to study and know that my chosen career path requires the ability to continue learning and growing.

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Leziel Mae Lopez

About being an ESL-HCA student at Drake Medox College.

I am so thankful for the people who helped me along my journey.  To Ms. Virginia Carino, my HCA Instructor who motivated me and encouraged me in the process.  Also to Ms. Cindy Cook, who at every class was so full of love and passion.  The advice I would give to a friend who is struggling is,  to never give up on a dream just because of the time commitment it will take to accomplish.  The time will pass anyway!  Manage time well, focus closely on what is needed to be finished first, proceed step by step.

Jeanne Parilla

Program: ESL / HCA
Drake Medox College helped me to achieve my main goal – to become a Healthcare Assistant. They helped me also to become more confident in aspects of speaking and understanding. The ESL-HCA Program at Drake Medox College is the best study program I’ve been to. My Instructors were very supportive.



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.



Through my own personal experience I believe I am able to give to others the level of care, compassion and love that was bestowed upon me during my time of need. Drake Medox College has provided me with the greatest opportunity through their Community Support Worker program, with being able ‘pay it forward ‘ and make a difference in this world. Life is about touching the lives of people around us no matter who they are or where they have come from.



Thanks to Drake Medox College and their Biggest Contest Ever promotion I was able to go with my family to Spain and France for 3 weeks! This was a great opportunity for us to visit our relatives and friends back home and do some traveling as well. I recommend Drake Medox College to others as not only do you learn so much from their teaching staff and training provided but also make new friends as well.


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“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

“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