Healthcare has been an important issue in the southeast for a while, and some new funding from the province means that more home-taught talent will be coming soon.

Southeast College is opening up another intake of students for their Practical Nursing program, with the funding coming from Saskatchewan's Health and Human Resources Action Plan.

That'll mean an additional 14 spots will be up for grabs for those wanting to learn about nursing at Southeast College's facility in Weyburn.

Sheena Onrait, the manager of marketing and communications, says that the college is helping to fill in the southeast's healthcare needs.

"That means, over the next three years, we potentially could be approximately 42 students out into the nursing field in the areas of the liscense of practical nursing, in southeast Saskatchewan here, so that's very exciting for the college and for healthcare and the province."

Dr. Vicky Roy, President and CEO of Southeast College also supported the move, as more students would help out the southeast.

“Southeast College is very pleased to receive additional funding to assist with the training of nurses in rural Saskatchewan. The addition of this intake of Practical Nursing students is very timely for our institution as we typically carry an extensive wait list for this program. The additional cohort of students will not only help to reduce the waitlist but will continue to support the Government of Saskatchewan’s Health and Human Resources Action Plan.”

While those slots aren't filled yet, and may not be for a bit since the program starts in September, Onrait says those are likely to fill up.

"We typically see about three to four times the amount of applications than we have spots available for our practical nursing program. Our practical nursing program, it's technically designated as high demand, which means that we apply additional criteria to the overarching already-there entrance criteria. so far us, that's very exciting."