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P.E.I. changes the face of healthcare with bilingual graduates

Students, front row from left to right: Véronique Bernier, from N.B., Charline Arsenault, from P.E.I., Cristina Devèze, Stephanie Huerta, and Selma Osuna, from Mexico. Students standing from left to right: Nathalie Arsenault, Allyson Arsenault, Samarah Gallant, from P.E.I., Michaël Gionet, from N.B., and Kayla Arsenault, from P.E.I.
Students, front row from left to right: Véronique Bernier, from N.B., Charline Arsenault, from P.E.I., Cristina Devèze, Stephanie Huerta, and Selma Osuna, from Mexico. Students standing from left to right: Nathalie Arsenault, Allyson Arsenault, Samarah Gallant, from P.E.I., Michaël Gionet, from N.B., and Kayla Arsenault, from P.E.I. - Submitted

French speaking healthcare workers are ready to serve the needs of patients

WELLINGTON, P.E.I. - The future of healthcare looks bright for P.E.I., after 10 bilingual students graduated from the Collège de l’Île and are now ready to serve all Islanders in times of need.

Graduates successfully completed the Resident Care Worker and Practical Nursing programs at the community college.

They received their postsecondary credential during a well-attended ceremony, which was held at the Acadian Musical Village on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

“We are proud to contribute to the strengthening of the healthcare workforce on the Island for the benefit of all, especially French-speaking Islanders,” said Donald DesRoches, the Collège de l’Île president.

He added, “Our graduates will be able to offer quality services to, and communicate with patients in both French and English thereby increasing their overall comfort and safety.”

Students that graduated this week completed their programs in Dec. 2017.

Five of the 10 graduates are originally from out of province, including two from New Brunswick and three from Mexico, a first for the French language postsecondary institution on P.E.I.

The community college offers nine programs, custom training for businesses and organizations, as well as language training in French and English.

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