BC Colleges Congratulates Premier Clark and the New Executive Council and Welcomes Minister of Advanced Education, Amrik Virk

(VICTORIA) June 10, 2013 | BC Colleges congratulates Premier Christy Clark on the announcement of her new cabinet and welcomes Amrik Virk as the Minister of Advanced Education. Our colleges look forward to working with the Government to prepare graduates for the jobs of the future and matching the supply of skilled and educated workers with the changing demand in BC. Together we will work to put British Columbia further along the path to economic prosperity.

On Friday the Premier announced, “British Columbians have asked us to build a strong economy, a secure tomorrow, and a lasting legacy for generations. We will deliver.”  BC’s eleven publicly funded colleges want to help the Premier deliver on her promise. With campuses in over 60 communities, BC’s colleges are uniquely positioned to collaborate with local industries and businesses to prepare the highly skilled, job-ready workforce required and to ensure workforce skills match employer demand.

“Our eleven colleges commit to working collaboratively with Minister Virk and the Provincial Government along with community, business and educational partners to advance regional economic and skills development throughout BC,” states Angus Graeme, Chair of BC Colleges and President of Selkirk College.

“There are three key areas where our colleges can play a significant role in building a strong economy and a bright future for British Columbia,” adds Jim Reed, President of BC Colleges. “These include providing the highly skilled, job-ready workforce industry and business require, enhancing our competitive advantage in knowledge and skills for our province to compete globally and building strong and vibrant communities for the betterment of our citizens.”

BC Colleges is a consortium representing BC’s 11 public, community colleges serving almost 200,000 students annually with campuses in over 60 communities throughout the province. BC’s colleges offer a comprehensive range of programs from university studies and baccalaureate degrees to career, technical and trades education. All of BC’s colleges offer programs that are accessible, affordable and responsive to the evolving needs of BC communities and industry.

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