What's New at BC Colleges February 2015

BC’s colleges and the institutions that make up the BC Association of Institutes and Universities recently released a report by the Conference Board of Canada that says that BC’s skills shortages and mismatches cost our economy up to $6 billion in forgone GDP and $785 million in provincial tax revenues annually. As a system, we are diligently working on ways to collaborate with industry, government and each other to address these predicted skill shortages and mismatches.

Some of the ways our colleges are doing this is through collaboration with industry to develop programs to meet their needs, like the new Mineral Process Operating Program at Northwest Community College. It was developed specifically to respond to BC’s hiring needs in the mining and exploration industry.

The College of the Rockies recently introduced a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBC): Sustainable Business Practices Program. In their studies students complete research in partnership with organizations both in and outside of the East Kootenays.

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All the best,
Jim Reed
President, BC Collges