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Date:9/23/2009

Resident Care Attendant grad credits Vancouver Career College for unwavering commitment

Vancouver, BC (Vocus) September 23, 2009 -- Every September, thousands of BC students enroll in university or college programs to pursue a higher education that will help them launch careers. For a large number of them, student life will bring a host of challenges ranging from financial worries to personal growth that may cause them to rethink their educational path. As recent Vancouver Career College grad Sarah Owens found out, a student’s choice of school may end up making the difference between graduation and dropping out.

Based on her love of helping people, Owens decided to pursue a career in caregiving. She enrolled in the Resident Care Attendant program at the Coquitlam campus of Vancouver Career College due to the encouraging atmosphere.

"When I walked in, I was welcomed with open arms," says Owens. "I knew at that point I was in the right place"

Having moved to the Lower Mainland from Vancouver Island, Owens coped with the delicate balance between attending full-time classes and holding down a job. While college life is difficult for most students, life really threw Owens a curveball. More than halfway through her program, she became homeless. Bound and determined to finish her studies, Owens moved from place to place, but couldn’t find suitable long-term living arrangements. Discouraged and disappointed, she decided to return to Vancouver Island, unsure if she would be able to complete her practicum and earn her diploma. She credits the faculty and staff at the college for keeping her on track and encouraging her to stay focused on her career goal.

"I remember something that my instructor said to me when I felt like I couldn't go on: ‘If you’re going through hell, keep going,’" she says. "Without the sup
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