Integra College was started in 2003 under the direction of Bob Hanley and Kathy Bell with the goal of helping people develop a new career in the field of wellness.
We chose to focus on offering short training courses that would enable our students to draw on their previous career skills and experience, so they could, in turn, make a meaningful impact in their communities and experience meaning and purpose in their new roles in wellness.
Over the last 16 years, we have evolved our course offerings to specialize in short, online training courses that will prepare our students to enhance the experience of aging for seniors in their communities.
We did this for a couple of reasons:
1. It became obvious to us that governments and healthcare systems, throughout North America, were primarily focused on “illness” care for seniors. Little, if any, resources were being applied to preventative services that would empower seniors to work on their physical and cognitive health. This, in spite of an overwhelming abundance of scientific studies making the clear case for prevention.
2. The majority of our students were caregivers, retired teachers, social workers, counselors and nurses and there was a natural fit between their desire to find meaning and purpose in their work and their ability to draw on their career skills and experience, in service to seniors in their communities.
A win-win for everyone.
We coined the phrase The Age of Well-being®, to describe our philosophy of prevention and overall wellness as a priority for our aging population.
At Integra College we are all about short course solutions to help our students add a new wellness skill to what they are already doing. This provides them with the ability to make more money, plus it adds to their employment resume.
Our innovative courses, such as the Clever Companion, Senior Wellness Practitioner and Quick Start Chair Massage, prepare students to gain the skills needed to become trusted advisors to their senior clients.
Integra College is committed to educating the public in the aging process and in understanding the wellness needs of seniors everywhere.