HUman and Health Services class in the 70s

The Junction Campus at Fort St. & Oak Bay Ave.

When Camosun College was amalgamated in 1971 Junction Campus, located in a commercial building at the junction of Fort Street and Oak Bay Avenue, was already in business.

A variety of healthcare programs had been offered in this small satellite location since the late 60s. In 1971, two programs were underway there: Practical Nursing and Orderly training. At that time, the programs at Junction Campus were part of Trades Training. In the 1970’s, there was a great deal of expansion in long term care in the community.

In the late 1970s, the college was approached by the Gorge Road Extended Care Hospital and the Juan de Fuca Hospitals requesting a training program for their workers. This marked the beginning of the Long Term Care Aide program. In time, the need for training of home care workers became a focus. Soon the faculty were developing a program to appropriately prepare these care providers.

In the early 1980’s, the Junction programs became part of the new Health and Human Services Division. The college was forging ahead with a building program and the faculty were advised that the programs would move to the Lansdowne campus. Faculty were tasked with designing a Nursing laboratory for the new Fisher building.

HHS Instructor Joyce Lennard teaching in the classroom

After considerable work, plans were drawn up and approved. A few months later, the college received funding for a new Registered Nursing program and the Nursing laboratory at Lansdowne was allocated to the long-awaited Registered Nursing program.

The healthcare programs at Junction campus remained at Junction where they continued to evolve in accordance with community needs. After more than 25 years of service, Junction campus was finally closed in the late 1990s when the programs were moved to the Wilna Thomas building on Lansdowne campus.

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