What's New at BC Colleges December 2014

Message from Jim Reed, President of BC Colleges

Welcome to the latest edition of “What’s New at BC Colleges”. Our 11 member institutions are in the final push towards the end of the term which means lots of exciting news from all corners of the province. As I read this month’s articles, I was struck by the diversity of the stories and the broad impact these activities have not just at our colleges, but also in the communities they serve.

In order to effectively educate our students and meet labour market demand for highly skilled and job ready graduates our colleges continue to collaborate and partner with other institutions, business, industry and government. This has proven to be a very effective strategy for our members. This month alone, NIC partnered with Robert Gordon University in Scotland to offer island students greater international opportunities. CNC's Applied Research Department collaborated with a local business, Baldy Hughes Greenhouses, to test and improve lighting systems. And, Camosun College offered high school students a chance to see if a career in trades is right for them through participation in the Trades Awareness, Skills & Knowledge (TASK) program. These are just a few examples of the types of partnerships occurring throughout BC on a monthly basis.

Recent labour market forecasts indicate that the largest percentage of careers, 44 per cent, will require a college education or trades certification. As the demand for college graduates continues to grow, so to will the importance of collaboration and partnership to strengthen our system and allow our members to continue to offer world class, transformative programming.

For a full list of this month's news, please check out "In the News" on the BC Colleges’ website. As always, I welcome your feedback, you can reach me by e-mail.


Jim Reed

North Island College Announces Degree Partnership With Robert Gordon University Aberdeen

North Island College Media Release, November 18, 2104

North Island College is celebrating International Education Week by announcing its new agreement with Robert Gordon University (RGU), located in Aberdeen, Scotland, which will see NIC Business Administration students provided with advanced standing in Robert Gordon University’s Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Management or Management with Marketing degree programs. Read more.

Collge of New Caledonia To Create Cost-Effective Lighting For Baldy Hughes Greenhouses

College of New Caledonia Media Release, November 17, 2014

The Applied Research department at the College of New Caledonia is working with the Baldy Hughes Therapeutic Community to test novel LED light systems for use in greenhouse and plant warehouse applications with insufficient natural sunlight. Consumers want fresh local produce and communities want food security so commercial growers are looking for technology solutions. CNC is collaborating with LED experts at QuantoTech Solutions as well as the Alacrity Foundation to fund, design and produce the lights as a cost-effective solution for plant producers. Read more.

Douglas College Training Mental Health Workers To Help People Find Jobs

Douglas College Media Release, November 14, 2014

Finding meaningful work can change the lives of people with serious mental illness or a substance use problem. That’s the key issue behind a new Douglas College initiative that will provide training to mental health and employment practitioners. Funded by $75,000 from the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education, the pilot project offers education sessions to practitioners with Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health. Read more.

Okanagan College Business Student Receives $10,000 Irving K. Barber Scholarship

Okanagan College Media Release, November 14, 2014

Okanagan College Bachelor of Business Administration student Lauren McKay has received the Premier’s International Scholarship for Study Abroad from the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society. The Winfield resident is one of only 16 students in the province to receive the prestigious annual award. Read more.

Camosun Trades Exploration Program Available For High School Students

Camosun Media Release November 13, 2014

Trades Awareness, Skills & Knowledge (TASK) is designed for high school students who are thinking about a career in trades. As a dual-credit program, TASK is offered through the South Island Partnership, which means students will earn high school and college credit at the same time, with the college tuition covered by their school district. Read more.

College Of The Rockies Celebrates Opening Of Aboriginal Gathering Place

College of the Rockies Media Release, October 30, 2014

College of the Rockies, along with the Ktunaxa Nation and MLA for Kootenay East, Bill Bennett, celebrated the grand opening of the College’s Aboriginal Gathering Place on Friday, October 31, 2014. Representatives from the Ktunaxa Nation, the Shuswap Band, the Metis Nation and students who worked to build the Gathering Place were among the invited guests for the event which commenced with the raising of a Ktunaxa flag outside of the College. Read more.

Selkirk Rural Pre-Medicine Program Student Rises Above Tragedy

Selkirk College Media Release, November 3, 2014

Spencer Paolone is a survivor of Hodgkin’s lymphoma and watched his father succumb to cancer, all before the age of 19. After taking a seven year hiatus from post-secondary, he is using the intimate introduction to the health care system from his past to fuel his desire to be a great doctor. Rural Pre-Medicine Program student Spencer Paolone’s preparation for the long journey to becoming a physician is intimate, heartbreaking and inspiring all at the same time. Read more.

JIBC Providing New Career Pathway For Northern Lights College Graduates

Northern Lights College Media Release, November 1, 2014

Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) has a new career option available for Northern Lights College (NLC) graduates supporting some of the most vulnerable in society. Graduates from NLC’s Early Childhood Education and Care Diploma; Education Assistant Diploma; Practical Nursing Diploma; and Social Services Worker Diploma are now eligible for direct admission into JIBC’s Advanced Specialty Certificate in Community Care Licensing. Read more.

Langara Nurse Educator To Receive National Award

Langara College Media Release, October 27, 2014

Jane Mighton, a Nurse Educator in the Langara School of Nursing, has been chosen to receive the 2014 Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Award for Excellence in Nursing Education (Non-Tenured). The award will be presented at the organization’s annual awards reception at the Delta Ottawa City Centre on November 17, 2014. Read more.

Random Acts of Green Contest at Vancouver Community College

Vancouver Community College Media Release, September 24, 2014

VCC’s Random Acts of Green contest is well underway. Thank you to those who have been participating by tweeting and posting their Random Act of Green to @greenvcc and to VCC’s sustainability Facebook page. Read more.

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