What's New at BC Colleges: March 11, 2011
Message from Jim Reed - President, BC Colleges
BC Colleges congratulates Premier-designate Christy Clark. We are looking forward to working with Premier Clark and her Executive Council to strengthen the post-secondary system in BC. Over the coming decade BC will face significant labour market challenges in both urban and rural areas. With campuses in close to 70 communities, BC's colleges are uniquely positioned to support the regional economic health of the province. Students can be educated close to home, with family support nearby. After graduation, many college students choose to stay and work in their local community further strengthening the area. As we face the economic challenges ahead it is crucial that we collaborate to ensure we can meet the demand for well-educated, highly skilled, job-ready graduates in all regions of BC.
It’s been an incredibly busy time at BC’s 11 public colleges. Each month I try to select articles to provide a glimpse of what’s happening at colleges throughout the province. This was a challenge this month. Not only were there more articles than usual but, the scope of the coverage was very diverse. To get the full news picture please visit "In the News".
Please read on to discover how our colleges are partnering, collaborating and creating new programs to prepare British Columbians for the future. As always, I welcome your feedback. You can reach me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
President, BC Colleges
Langara receives $148,500 in grants for online initiatives
Langara College Media Release, March 10, 2011
New funding for innovation: Camosun bridges research and community:“Camosun” and “innovation” are becoming even more entwined.
Camosun Media Release, March 4, 2011
Aboriginal learners pursue health care jobs
Vancouver Community College Media Release, March 3, 2011
Northwest Community College (NWCC) welcomes Dr. Denise Henning as its new president and CEO on March 1, 2011.
Northwest Community College Media Release, March 1, 2011
Douglas College enhances opportunities for community partnerships
Douglas College Media Release, March 1, 2011
COTR’s Nation Rebuilding program starts in September
College of the Rockies Media Release, February 28, 2011
Trades Training Facility Brings Opportunity to Valley
Media Release Ministry of Regional Economic and Skills Development, February 25, 2011
Western Coal contributes $15,000 to Aboriginal Gathering Space project in ChetwyndNorthern Lights College Media Release, February 25, 2011
A $15,000 contribution from Western Coal Corp. will help to furnish the new Aboriginal Gathering Space being constructed at the Chetwynd Campus of Northern Lights College (NLC). During a presentation ceremony on Feb. 22, Keith Calder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Western Coal, explained that providing support to this new facility was one that made sense to his company. “When you go off to school and enter into a new environment, it can be quite intimidating. To have a place that can act as a sanctuary can make a big difference,” Calder said. “Being able to get together and support one another in a comfortable environment allows you to succeed, and this Gathering Space will promote the degree of success that young Aboriginal students have at Northern Lights College.” Read more.CNC board approves five-year strategic planCollege of New Caledonia Media Release. February 25, 2011
CNC’s board approved a new strategic plan Friday that defines the College’s priorities, goals and guiding principles for the next five years. CNC’s Strategic Plan, 2011-2015: Our Charter of Expectations and Commitments outlines six priorities and 18 goals the College will be following in support of its mission, mandate and vision. “The strategic plan is intended to identify what will be significantly different, changed and improved over the five-year planned period. It cannot, and does not, touch on every aspect of the College’s operations,” CNC President John Bowman said in the report. Read more.Kayfish and Styffe to lead College BoardOkanagan College Media Release, February 14, 2011
Lance Kayfish has been re-elected to a one-year term as Chair of the Okanagan College Board of Governors, while the South Okanagan’s Tom Styffe was chosen as the new Vice Chair. Kayfish and Styffe were elected at the Board’s regular meeting in January. Kayfish has served on the College Board since 2007, became Chair in 2010, and is a risk management expert with the City of Kelowna. He holds baccalaureate degrees in both commerce and political science. Styffe joined the College Board in January 2010 and was appointed to a one-year term. He was reappointed in December and replaces Yvonne Pinder as Vice Chair. Read more.Teck serves Selkirk studentsSelkirk College Media Release, February 7, 2011
A new partnership between Teck Metals Ltd. Trail Operations and Selkirk College called “TeckServ” has created an annual fund to provide support for Selkirk College students to undertake local community-based research projects. The funding is intended to support students to work on research projects that are part of community and economic development initiatives at the community or regional level. Teck has provided $75,000 in funding to support these projects. This funding adds to Teck Resources Ltd.'s ongoing commitment to Selkirk College, its students and the communities in the region.“The objectives of the 'TeckServ' program are to provide students with the opportunity to develop as citizens and to build confidence, competence and capacity while serving their local community,” says Regional Innovation Research Chair George Penfold. Read more.Make post-secondary education a priorityOp Ed, Jim Reed, Times Colonist February 6, 2011
It's time to consider a bold, aggressive commitment to post-secondary education in British Columbia. B.C. is transitioning toward a knowledge-based economy and it's predicted more than 600,000 college graduates will be required in the next decade. This will result in a massive skills shortage, one that can only be avoided by graduating more British Columbians with job-ready skills. Increased investment in post-secondary education is a crucial step that must be taken now to avoid this crisis. Read more.BC Colleges is a consortium representing BC’s 11 public, community colleges serving almost 200,000 students annually with campuses in close to 70 communities throughout British Columbia. 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 designed to be accessible, affordable and responsive to the evolving needs of BC communities and industry. For more information, visit our website.