Hôpital Montfort and CECCE join forces
January 8, 2014 – Hôpital Montfort and the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) have joined forces to offer a unique learning environment and training experience to high school students registered in the CECCE’s FOCUS — Health Care and Medical Technologies program.
The FOCUS program provides students an opportunity to explore a field of study of interest to them and to prepare for actual work life challenges in an authentic setting that enriches the classroom learning experience. The agreement reached between Hôpital Montfort and the CECCE will allow ten or so students to complete their program of study at Hôpital Montfort in a Francophone, acute care setting.
“This agreement establishes a continuum of French-language education in Ontario. As a university teaching hospital, Montfort must encourage the training of future health care professionals and support education. Our partnership with the CECCE meshes perfectly with our mission," explained Dr. Bernard Leduc, President and CEO of Hôpital Montfort.
Bernard Roy, CECCE Director of Education, is enthusiastic about the new partnership: "Our students want to learn in different ways and are asking for authentic learning experiences," he said. “This program not only meets this need but also allows students to gain skills. I believe they will then try to ensure a future Francophone and bilingual workforce in the health professions”.
Implementation of this agreement would not have been possible without the invaluable assistance of Hôpital Montfort and CECCE supporters, namely, the Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS), University of Ottawa and La Cité collégiale components, and the University of Ottawa. From time to time, these collaborators will also host CECCE students, although Hôpital Montfort will serve as the main site of the FOCUS program.
Hôpital Montfort and its associates will host CECCE students beginning January 27 and up to June 20, 2014.
Hôpital Montfort is a Francophone academic healthcare institution that provides quality care in both official languages and works with its partners to improve the health of communities.
With over 21,000 students attending its 41 elementary schools, 10 high schools and its adult education facility, the CECCE is Canada’s largest French-language educational network outside of Quebec.