The Nicola Valley Institute of Technology is offering a former healthcare program this year thanks to high demand.

Access to Practical Nursing is designed to prepare students to care for individuals at various stages of life.

NVIT president Ken Tourand said the school also has a health-care assistant program, and this coming school year will be the first time that both it and the Access to Practical Nursing programs are being offered in the same year.

Applicants for this renewed program are required to have a Health Care Assistant or Resident Care Attendant certificate.

Tourand said the program will most likely be held once every three years as the demand for the program is not likely to be high year to year.

Plumbing and piping

NVIT’s plumbing and piping trades certificate program begins Sept. 2 after being delayed a month due to low enrolment. The 25-week program aims to give its students the skills needed to become apprenticeship plumbers, and is available to Grade 12 students.

Office administration

Entering its second year is the office administration certificate, which is being funded by a $100,000 grant from the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples. Tourand said the program costs between $80,000 to $120,000 to operate.