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Assiniboine Community College is going to be offering its Early Childhood Education (ECE) Workplace program in two new locations, starting in January.

ACC will be opening up 20 seats in both Dauphin and Virden, and they're already accepting applications for the program, which starts on January 10th. The diploma program is two years, and it's intended for those who are currently employed by a childcare centre and have a minimum of two years of experience in the field.

Karen Hargreaves, Dean of Health and Human Services at Assiniboine says there's a big need for early childhood educators right now.

"There's such a high demand right now for early childhood educators. I think you're hearing a lot about expansions of spots for children, and we need employees to man those new centres that are being built or expanded."

The program is also special because it will allow students to continue working in the field while they're in school says Hargreaves.

"While the program is two years in length, comparable to the conventional ECE program, having two days of classes per week rather than five allows students to continue working while they complete the program.”

Students who complete the program will get their diploma in Early Childhood Education, which will allow them to apply for their ECE level 2 classification. You can find more information about the program, including how to apply on ACC's website here.