Online Learning Centre:
M’Chigeeng First Nation
Personal Support Worker
Native Education & Training College of Business, Healthcare, Human Service & Technology
Graduated in August 2018 and now working in her field on Manitoulin Island
Margo Turple lived in the United States for many years before returning to Manitoulin Island hoping to find work in her field. Since her Certified Nursing Assistant credentials were not recognized in Canada, she needed to quickly obtain a Personal Support Worker certification to qualify for work.
With the support of staff at the Contact North | Contact Nord online learning centre in M’Chigeeng First Nation, she enrolled in the online Personal Support Worker program offered by Native Education & Training College of Business, Healthcare, Human Service & Technology.
“I wanted an online program that I could complete in a year,” says Margo. “I actually completed within seven months.” She did not have Internet at home and caught the school bus in Sheshegwaning First Nation to the Contact North | Contact Nord online learning centre in M’Chigeeng First Nation. She used the computers and high-speed Internet available at the online learning centre to complete her courses.
“Online learning was perfect for me” she says. “I live a busy life and where there was Internet, I could complete my assignments.” Margo spent a month in the United States while enrolled in the program and did not have to interrupt her studies thanks to the Internet and her laptop.
When it came time for her placement, she found a spot at Manitoulin Lodge in Gore Bay. Margo graduated with her Personal Support Worker Certificate in August 2018 and is now working full-time in Gore Bay.