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Schlegel Villages and Mohawk College establish a PSW, OTA/PTA training location in Burlington

Mohawk College and Schlegel Villages have launched a new satellite college campus location, embedded in The Village of Tansley Woods retirement and long-term care home in Burlington.

It is similar to the teaching model that Mohawk College has operated with Schlegel Villages at The Village of Wentworth Heights in Hamilton. By constructing a training centre in the residence, Schlegel Villages and Mohawk College will provide students the opportunity to learn and gain practical experience as they provide supervised care for the Village’s residents.

The Living Classroom at The Village of Tansley Woods will become the home training location for students who choose to study there for the Personal Support Worker (PSW) and the Occupational Therapy Assistant and Physiotherapy Assistant (OTA/PTA) programs. Students will spend their entire program at the residence as they prepare for their careers. The Living Classroom includes classroom space, a skills lab, faculty offices, a student lounge and a mock apartment identical to those at the long-term care home.

The Living Classroom at Tansley Woods will be open in September 2023 to accommodate 24 OTA/PTA students and 24 PSW students.

“When we combine the hands-on experience students gain alongside our team members and the lived experience they learn from our residents, graduates begin their careers with a true understanding of what relationship-centred support looks like, ” said James Schlegel, President and CEO, Schlegel Villages

Paul Armstrong, Chief Operating Officer, Mohawk College said, “ Based on the success we have experienced with the Wentworth Heights Living Classroom, we are confident this training approach will provide the students in Burlington with a proven pathway to fulfilling careers in community care.”

The Personal Support Worker program is a one-year certificate program at Mohawk College and theThe Occupational Therapy Assistant and Physiotherapy Assistant program is a two-year Ontario College Diploma program at Mohawk College

In addition to new the Mohawk College community campus at The Village of Tansley Woods, the Living Classroom at The Village of Wentworth Heights (Hamilton) was opened in January 2019, supporting the PSW program. Both programs are offered at Mohawk’s Institute for Applied Health Sciences at McMaster University

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