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Matthew’s Practicum Experience

March 4, 2017 Posted in Blog Posts

Community Support Worker Program student Matthew Bantog shares his experience as he prepares for his last week in practicum.

Three weeks down, one more to go before I have finished my practicum at the ‘Bridges’ Day Program here in Cloverdale. These past three weeks have gone by fairly quickly, but I have learned so much. Not just from the staff, but the clients as well, and I have enjoyed every minute I’ve spent with everyone.

From the moment I walked up the building stairs on my first day, several clients greeted me. Even though they had no idea who I was, or what I was doing there, they had welcomed me with open arms…literally. One of them even gave me a tour of the entire upper floor. I was just overwhelmed by their kindness.

With each passing day, I learn something new. Staff members are very timely and helpful when explaining how to handle situations after they have just happened. Letting me know not to be afraid to ask a lot of questions, even though I find myself more as an observer. Which I feel has helped me a lot the past few weeks, especially when it comes to remembering everyone’s names. Some that I’ve had the chance to shadow have also offered tips in order to prepare me for my future in the field. Which reminds me…I should start studying for my Class 4 License!

Although I have learned a lot from the staff, I have learned even more from the clients themselves. Personally, what makes me happy the most is to see other people happy. As I previously stated, I am an observer, and by observing I am absorbing and feeding off of others. Seeing the clients be motivated to reach their goals in the community motivates me to support them as best as I can. People say that caregiving is one of the hardest jobs in the world, but is also one of the most rewarding. And in these past three weeks of practicum I have experienced firsthand how true that statement is.

I’d like to thank everyone at ‘Bridges’ and Drake Medox for everything they’ve done to prepare me for success in my future career as a Community Support Worker.

If you are a special person like Matthew, and want to make a positive difference in the lives of other special people in our community, click here to visit Drake Medox College’s website to learn more about this rewarding career choice!


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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

“Thank you Drake Medox College for assisting us in our hiring. We gained 5 staff from our posting and hope to gain more. Again our gratitude for producing high caliber members of the health care industry.”

Leo Monterola
Director of Care
Carlton Gardens Care Centre

“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

I chose Drake Medox not only as the waiting period was shorter compared to other colleges but it was recommended to me by some of my friends. I am already huge advocate of Drake Medox College, not for the referral benefits but because of the good quality and hands-on teaching environment that I had experienced during my time as a student. I am now more confident in applying all that I've learnt to my current role and have Drake Medox to thank for that.