Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Partnership is launched for the first bilingual practical nursing program in Saskatchewan

Collège Mathieu and Saskatchewan Polytechnic sign a memorandum of understanding

November 29, 2017 – A partnership between Collège Mathieu and Saskatchewan Polytechnic has resulted in exploration of the delivery of the first and only bilingual Practical Nursing program in Saskatchewan. Today a memorandum of understanding was signed to formalize this partnership. A bilingual option will prepare Licensed Practical Nurses to provide health care services in Francophone communities.

“We are ecstatic with this partnership as it brings the essence of the memorandum of understanding signed in 2014 into being,” expresses Mr. Francis Kasongo, CEO of Collège Mathieu. “This collaboration allows access by the Francophone community to greater health care services, but it also contributes to professional fulfillment for any French language natives and Francophiles who are planning to build a career in health, thanks to this unique program.”

"This partnership builds on Sask Polytech’s long-standing commitment of training nurses to provide health care services across Saskatchewan," says Dr. Larry Rosia, president and CEO, Saskatchewan Polytechnic. "Through a bilingual Practical Nursing program we can deliver improved services in Francophone communities. This is one example of the many ways in which our Practical Nursing program is continually evolving to meet the needs of the health care system across the province.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic has many decades of experience in the delivery of a high quality Practical Nursing program at multiple sites throughout the province of Saskatchewan. College Mathieu has extensive experience in the delivery of Francophone education opportunities and is currently delivering a collaborative Francophone Continuing Care Assistant program. The intent of this partnership is to maximize expertise and engage in the development of a bilingual Practical Nursing program. Bilingual education serves to meet the needs of Francophone communities for access to quality Francophone health services.

About Collège Mathieu
Founded in 1918 and with a strong experience of 99 years, Collège Mathieu has achieved a lot in the education sector in French in Saskatchewan both at the secondary and post-secondary levels. Today, it offers collegial training in French aimed at helping Francophone people to prepare their professional career. The institution offers post-secondary certificates and diplomas in a variety of programs, including trades, and non-credited programs, continuing education, basic literacy and various customized training. With its campuses in Gravelbourg, Regina and Saskatoon, and online courses, students and learners can easily access premium education throughout Saskatchewan.

About Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 28,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.