Mariko Tanabe loves to take care of people. She’s always envisioned herself working in a nursing home to care for others. So, when one of her friends started looking into a Personal Support Worker (PSW) program at Evergreen College, Tanabe’s interest was sparked as well.

Together, they applied to the PSW certificate program, and were both successfully accepted.

Throughout her studies, Tanabe says she felt supported by both her classmates and instructors. “Everybody has a different background and I made a lot of friends.” She also found the classroom events, parties and field trips were a great way to make the learning curriculum more fun.

In addition, she notes how the teachings combined a mixture of videos, textbook readings, paper exercises and other methods to ensure students were exposed to a variety of learning styles.

When it came time to apply for internships, Tanabe was thankful for the college’s support. She noted that the instructors were very thorough in assisting students with their resumes and preparing them for job interviews.

“They helped me to make a difference with my resume,” she says. “They helped me to find a placement, and I couldn’t have done it without them.”

With Evergreen’s help, she successfully landed an internship placement at a nursing home in Toronto’s downtown core. And, upon graduating from Evergreen’s PSW program in December 2018, Tanabe was hired with that same nursing home for her first job in the PSW field.

“I couldn’t have gotten this PSW job without Evergreen College,” Tanabe says. “I love my job and it’s a perfect fit for me.”

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