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New college to train students to work with people with special needs

Richard Franklin and Michelle Albrecht will be teaching Community Living College’s Community Support Worker: Supporting Adults with Developmental Disabilities Program. - Photo submitted
Richard Franklin and Michelle Albrecht will be teaching Community Living College’s Community Support Worker: Supporting Adults with Developmental Disabilities Program.
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The Campbell River and District Association for Community Living (CRADACL) has provided support to developmentally disabled people of all ages for the past 53 years.

As the organization grew to almost 200 employees, it was decided that CRADACL should investigate the possibility of offering educational services to individuals who would like to learn how to work in the field.

Now registered with the Private Career Training Agency of British Columbia, CRADACL is now introducing Community Living College as an option for people wishing to pursue a career supporting developmentally disabled adults.  CRADACL, a non-profit society, will be offering a 13 week course starting in September of 2014.

This program, Community Support Worker: Supporting Adults With Developmental Disabilities,  will provide both classroom and practicum experiences that give students hands on training in CRADACL’s group homes and day programs. As a non-profit agency, it is able to offer this program at cost. The class size is limited to 20 students.

Successful completion of the course will enable the student to work with people with developmental disabilities.

The lead instructor, Michelle Albrecht, who has 37 years of experience working with developmentally disabled adults, is a friendly and engaging teacher who will help students learn the philosophy of community living as well as the practical aspects of the work.

Richard Franklin, an educator with 35 years of experience in the public and private school systems, is the College Administrator and the person to contact about exploring this exciting opportunity.  Contact Franklin at 250-286-0391 or drop by 301 Dogwood Street. Community Living College is now accepting applications for the fall term.

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