What's New at BC Colleges: January 18, 2012
Message from Jim Reed - President, BC Colleges
This month a number of our institutions have announced how they will be utilizing the funding provided by British Columbia’s Employment Skills Access Initiative (ESA). This year ESA is investing a total of $13 million at post-secondary institutions throughout the province to provide people who are unemployed and in need of additional skill development with tuition-free, group-based training that will prepare them for entry or re-entry into the workforce. The initiative targets training based on labour market research, which identifies areas of the labour market that are currently experiencing or projected to experience labour or skill shortages. This training is vitally important to the BC economy. Our colleges need to educate and retrain people to fill the more than 1 million job openings forecast for the coming decade - 75% of which will require some form of post-secondary education. At Selkirk College close to $700,000 is being put toward the delivery of Administrative Skills Training (AST) and Early Childhood Care Education Assistant (ECCE) programs. At Langara close to $700,000 will be allocated to Advanced Administration Skills, Office Administration Skills, and Business and Computer Essentials programs and Camosun College, North Island College and Vancouver Island University are each offering a Leadership and Capacity Building program for eligible First Nations students funded through the Employment Skills Access (ESA) program.
As we move forward, it's important that we match the students graduating from our institutions with the market demand. This is not an easy task as it varies greatly by region and involves a high degree of co-ordination between government, post-secondary institutions and employers. To ensure this co-ordination happens, we are actively participating in and working with the provincial government to help facilitate regional workforce tables. The first of these tables will occur in the northwest on January 30th and will be hosted at the Northwest Community College followed by another session in the northeast on February 10th hosted by Northern Lights College. These sessions will bring together key stakeholders to ensure that supply meets demand in the coming decade. Next month we will provide an update about the results of the regional tables and next steps.
Read on to learn more about the projects, collaborations and announcements from our 11 member colleges. 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.
Sincerely,Jim Reed, President BC Colleges
Six NLC students earn awards from Encana and Four NLC students receive Minerva awards
Northern Lights College Media Release, January 15, 2012
Top in Trades
Vancouver Community College Media Release, January 12, 2012
Okanagan College Practical Nursing grads quick to enter workforce
Okanagan College Media Release, January 12, 2012
Introducing the New Douglas College Brand
Douglas College Blog, January 10, 2012
Selkirk College Awarded $675,000 for Employment Skills Program
Selkirk College Media Release, January 10, 2012
Camosun offers leadership course for First Nations students
Camosun College Media Release, January 5, 2012
Trades workers of the future have a cool new tool
Northwest Community College Media Release, December 21, 2011
NIC Communication Design Student Creates Magazine, Clothing Line
North Island College Media Release, December 21, 2011
Provincial Funding Leads to Makeover for Nursing Education Resource Centre
Langara College Media Release, December 20, 2011
Canadian Institute of Mining digs deep to help CNC students
College of New Caledonia Media Release, December 16, 2011
Construction Continues on Aboriginal Gathering Place at COTR
College of the Rockies Media Release, December 15, 2011
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