NorQuest College’s practical nurse diploma program will now be offered in Jamaica, officials announced yesterday.

This fall, students in pre-university courses can begin training as licensed practical nurses eligible to work in Canada.

The program comes at a time when the demand for qualified nurses is on the rise, said Wendy Kinsella, chair of the NorQuest board of governors.

The partnership involves NorQuest’s Practical Nurses College, the Jamaican government and employers in Canada looking to hire graduates.

“My father told me early in life all young men must dream dreams, but no dream comes true unless you wake up and make it come true,” said Pearnel Charles, minister of labour and social security with the Jamaican government. “We are awake, we are dreaming, we intend to make this dream a reality.”

Approximately 200 pre-university/NorQuest College grads will be ready to work in February 2010.