The Early Childhood Education program at College of the Rockies will have more seats next year but the learning experience for students will remain the same.
Interim Vice President of Academics and Applied Research Heather Hepworth says they’ll spread the extra seats throughout their campuses. “What we’re hoping to do is maintain those seats in our region, but be able to distribute them to our other campuses like Golden, Fernie and Creston that have identified a need for child care workers as well.
Hepworth adds the program is popular but the child care sector still needs more trained professionals. “It’s fairly popular, but its a very difficult field of work. I think one of the challenges for students that graduate from the program is, frankly, wages.”
Last week the BC government announced $130,000 in funds to add 30 seats for the program.
The province is working towards establishing a universal child care program.
It’s estimated that 9,100 early childhood educators will be needed in the province by 2028.
– College of the Rockies Interim Vice President of Academics and Applied Research Heather Hepworth