After the tragic loss of my spouse in December 2010 I found myself now being a widow and single mom. I have always been the type of person to help others in life and in work and figured now was the right time to explore this further with a career change. As a mature student returning back to the classroom after several years of work experience and career building in both the legal field and office case management work I found myself seeking the guidance from a great teacher /RN at Progressive Training College in Thunder Bay. Things took some time and I did a lot of soul searching along the way. I researched schools and courses and I requested some assistance through Second Careers and was thrilled when I was given funding for my college program. I was accepted into the PTC diploma compressed Personal Support Worker program. The school setting was great as class room size was smaller and more personal. My teacher Kathryn Winkworth was very supportive and professional and always there when needed. I obtained Honour Roll Diploma status and PTC arranged great work placements both of which I was offered permanent employment from. I was also chosen to be preceptor to other new hires and continue working in the health field as personal support worker to date and love it. I have thoroughly enjoyed my college experience at PTC and continue to recommend this college to friends and colleagues alike. Thank you so much

Kathryn M
Personal Support Worker Program Graduate

Hello everyone out there..I decided to attend progressive training college psw program to better myself and to continue working with the elderly as I have previously done for many years as a health care aide. I honestly cannot say I have 1 favorite experience. I have Many. From the teachers at the college to my experience in Long term care.. attending PTC gave me the opportunity to fulfill my career choice all over again. Thank you so much. I highly recommend PTC to anyone wanting and searching for a great place to learn.

Donna Williamson

I definitely recommend people to take this course. The classes are small which there's more one on one if u have difficulty in school like I do. They make it fun while learning, I also like how they do all class room book work first and then placement. I always struggled in school and when I took this course I was a little terrified because I wanted to succeed in life and go somewhere. When I took this course I enjoyed every minute of it and I even passed with honours. I know if I took this course at Sault College I know I would have never passed. Over all I recommend PTC and I loved being there.

Tabatha Lynn

PTC is one of the best colleges for career enhancement. Small class size, individual student care and practice based training are some of the beauties of this college. Co-operative teacher and good learning environment made me success for PSW course. I strongly recommend everyone to join PTC without any reservation to get success.

Shanta Bhandari Sapkota

I liked the short length of time 23 weeks, good learning experience and small class size.

Chelsea Rayner

I recommend PTC to everyone. Classes are small so more one on one. I find my teacher tried to help each of us based on our skills. I took the class because my mom is in this line of work and comes home daily saying how much she loves her job. When my grandmother passed away it made me want to do this even more. I love the elderly.

Kassandra Wipp

I went to PTC for my 50th birthday. I made the decision to go to school and change my path. I loved it! From the class room to the hands on, I loved every minute of it! I would study hard with other students, and worry like crazy when doing a test, when there was nothing to worry about. When we went to assisted living and LTC it was like having a whole bunch of grandmas and grandpas. Looking after them was my calling! I would like to thank Progressive Training College for the opportunity to better my life. For teaching me all there was to caring for the elderly. I am so happy with my career and to say I love being a PSW, and it's because of PTC.

Heather Graham

I had some previous experience in long term care so becoming a PSW was my goal. I did quite a bit of research between PTC and two other schools regarding the curriculum, cost, length of the program and placement locations. Progressive won hands down. Unlike larger classes, PTC has small classes which gives you more time with your instructor. I loved the nutrition module as I'm sure all my classmates did as well but my favourite part was the placement. I was so nervous but after the first day I knew it was right. I was able to see so many familiar faces again in the LTC facility and made so many friendships through the community placement. I knew I was home.

Reena Kay

Enjoyed the relaxed teaching environment and small class size.

Pamela PJ

How I came to select PTC to further my education was a fairly simple choice for me based on some variables surrounding my situation at the time. My age was a factor for me, and I did explore a “traditional” college setting, but it would have meant that I would have had to spend two years attaining the same diploma I was able to acquire at PTC in under a year.

The fact that PTC is an accredited college was an additional benefit as well, because it is valid and recognized which gives one the confidence in the quality education you receive. The choice to attend PTC meant that I could be in a smaller class size, take only the courses that were relevant for my field of study. That prepared me to enter the workforce confident and fresh wielding the knowledge that I had acquired.

Raija Susan Rajamaki
Human Resources, Business Management, and Business Administration Graduate