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The Top Ten Tips for College Students

College is a big change and a lot of work. Whether you are attending Drake Medox College for our community support worker program, health care assistant courses or you have come across this article, these are general tips that will help you adapt and integrate into the college culture. These are the top ten tips for college students.

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Lara’s Story

Lara Alicia Casillas

Lara Alicia Casilla
CSW Honours Graduate 2015

I want everyone to know that I am proud to be a graduate of Drake Medox College because this school creates the right conditions for students to succeed. They provided me with useful knowledge and practical skills in the field of social services through their Community Support Worker Diploma.

Taking this program was one of the most advantageous decisions I have made because it allows me to find good jobs in a myriad of settings: schools, the private sector, government healthcare, and to work directly in the mental health and developmental disabilities field. The diploma provides students with the opportunity for growth that is not available otherwise, and the knowledge gained certainly gives one the “edge” to secure meaningful employment after graduation. However, this is just the start.

Once employed, this industry allows for ongoing opportunities for personal and professional development. There is a strong need for compassionate individuals who are able to overcome negative perceptions within themselves and society and have the disciplined attitude to work well with others and apply the critical thinking skills developed via the CSW Program.

You can expect excellence from Drake Medox College. It all starts with the amazing curriculum developed by Mrs. Vida. She crafted this curriculum in mental wellness/health and the issues of developmental disability, disability in general, the aging population, and overall mental illness and recovery in the five dimensions of health: physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and mental. The curriculum is in keeping with Canadian and world-known health and government models. All this information and the skills learned help the student really understand their own personal power and how they can use their talents to support and instill independence and greatness in those they will serve.

Another brilliant mind is that of Registered Psychiatric Nurse, and program instructor Miss Tara. She meets the very challenging task of delivering the curriculum and using her own personal experiences to reinforce the most effective approaches to dealing with different clients and situations. She really helped me to understand the importance of keen observation skills and the ability to stay focused and unbiased. I very much enjoyed all the creative learning activities she used to help us better understand the content.

Preparing students for a humbling career working with individuals with developmental disability and/or mental illness is a very difficult task, however Ms. Tara always managed to challenge us and our way of thinking. She taught us to be aware of our own prejudices and impulses, and the importance of empathy. In closing, Drake Medox College is capable of satisfying even the most demanding student –like me. You learn to stop your own excuses, to stop wasting your life (time), and to stop deceiving yourself. One cannot be her own teacher and evaluator. People need a school like Drake Medox where one grows through understanding, effort, and organized team work. Not all schools are created equal, and DMC has its proven ways. They are professional, highly certified, and the staff is very friendly and supportive. Let this CSW program take you to the next level. No matter what you think, or how you feel, what counts is what you do and what you know, and Drake Medox will teach you well.

A career as a Community Support Worker is rewarding not only through financial gains, but more importantly through the satisfaction you will feel in making a meaningful difference in the lives others. Become a voice for those without one such as people with born or acquired mental disability. Know what is going on in advance, and how to interact in an ever changing world of opportunities. Call Angela or one of the other advisors at Drake Medox, and enjoy the ride into a world of eye-opening and heart-lifting knowledge. This is why I am proud to be a graduate of DMC.

Thanks to all the staff and instructors at Drake Medox College!

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What it means to be a Community Support Worker

“Be the change you want to see in the world”

In my early twenties, I stumbled into the world of support work. It was a very different experience from my previous serving job where I would work into the early hours of the morning, with sore feet and a migraine, not looking forward to my next shift.

I found great joy in being a Community Support Worker. I worked with variety of clients: young children with behavioural disorders, young adults with special needs, seniors with Alzheimer’s, etc. I enjoyed the challenge of adapting to each client’s specific needs and daily routines and the range of experience it gave me.

I’ll never forget my favourite client; he was a young adult with Down syndrome. He was homeschooled at a grade 12 level and had unbelievable will power, discipline and a goal in mind: he wanted to attend post-secondary. All his life, he was bullied by his peers and told he could never achieve his goals.

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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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“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