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Lunar New Year greetings from VCC president Ajay Patel

Posted on January 27, 2022




Dear VCC community,


Many of our students and community members of Asian heritage will celebrate the Lunar New Year on Tuesday, Feb. 1. 

This year marks the Year of the Tiger, an animal known for its strength, courage, and resiliency. I am proud of VCC and our ability to embody these traits, especially amid the unique challenges and new opportunities of the past two years. 

On behalf of the VCC Board of Directors and leadership team, I wish our college community a happy, healthy, and prosperous Lunar New Year.

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Warmly,

 

Ajay Patel
President and CEO
Vancouver Community College




VCC Music Alumni Week 2022

Posted on January 26, 2022




Vancouver Community College (VCC) Music Alumni Week is back for 2022 with an epic mix of online and in-person events.

All in-person events will follow B.C.’s COVID-19 protocols requiring masks and vaccine passports.


Free Welcome Concert and Foodbank Fundraiser

Wednesday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m.
VCC Auditorium (Broadway campus)
Free tickets: Eventbrite
Foodbank donations: foodbank.bc.ca

VCC's 2022 Music Alumni Week kicks off with a fundraising concert for Greater Vancouver Foodbank. Warm up your February evening with a great show of energetic and uplifting music ranging from pop/rock to jazz and classical. It's all for a good cause — donations to the Vancouver Food Bank will be accepted on site.


Academic Symposium

Thursday, Feb. 3, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Broadway campus, building B, room 1228

VCC's Music department will be hosting an academic symposium to present recent research on several topics, including musicology, orchestration, diversity and inclusion, and musical genres from baroque to technical death metal.


Songwriter’s CircleErik Severinson and Russell Wallace

Thursday, Feb. 3, 8 p.m.
VCC Auditorium (Broadway campus)

Those interested in songwriting can take part in the Songwriter's Circle where VCC’s Indigenous Vocal Ensemble director Russell Wallace will present original and traditional music from the Lil'wat Mation. Erik Severinson will present original music from his recordings with Whelming. Both performers will have a roundtable discussion on songwriting techniques in a supportive environment.


Alumni Masterclass: Scott Wilson, electronic music

Friday, Feb. 4, 3 p.m.
Online (Zoom): email music@vcc.ca for meeting link

Professor of Electronic Music at the University of Birmingham Scott Wilson will touch on composition, synthesis, and a new approach to sound in this Zoom session. READ MORE ABOUT SCOTT >


Alumni Masterclass: Daniel Ruiz, percussion

Friday, Feb. 4, 3 p.m.
VCC Auditorium (Broadway)

Originally from Bogota Columbia, Daniel will demonstrate methods for expressive and collaborative musical approaches to the drum set and percussion instruments.


Alumni Masterclass: Joelysa Pankanea, sound design

Friday, Feb. 4, 3 p.m.
Broadway campus, building B, room 1227

Sound designer Joelysa Pankanea will describe her career as a composer and percussionist.


Learn from the best. Applications are now open for VCC Music programs starting in September 2022.






Scott Wilson: Composing a career in electronic and experimental music

Posted on January 27, 2022




For Scott Wilson, it all started in the music room at Richmond Senior Secondary. “We weren’t a special music school, but we had a great music teacher,” he says, remembering the wide and eclectic range of genres he experienced in class. “I was hungry for everything.”

Today, as Professor of Composition and Electronic Music at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, this curious B.C. kid has continued to explore, experiment, and play with music and sound in ways that few have even imagined.

One of Scott’s most notable recent projects involved the European Council for Nuclear Research’s (CERN) Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. Working with CERN physicists through an interdisciplinary project called art@CMS, Scott was able to take the data produced by high-energy particle beams colliding at near the speed of light and translate them into sounds. “It’s music you couldn’t come up with yourself,” he says. 

Using custom software, Scott has used these sounds to “improvise with code” in educational settings as well as perform in electronic ensembles (including at a party for the CERN scientists themselves). Interestingly, Scott noticed that audiences tended to relate even more strongly to this music than typical improvisation. The universe’s subatomic mysteries have a special allure, after all.

Unlocking music education

After high school, Scott left the music room to briefly pursue photography before choosing to study jazz guitar at Vancouver Community College (VCC). Not long into VCC’s music program, and influenced by celebrated VCC instructors David Gordon Duke and Peter Hannan, Scott switched his focus to composing and never looked back. 

“My VCC experience was valuable because of the openness there; it’s not locked into one tradition,” he says. Scott also relates VCC’s unique approach to the important work of decolonizing music curriculums. “Schools around the world, and especially in the UK, are really struggling to move away from the white, male, colonial assumptions in music education,” he says. “VCC was doing this 30 years ago.”

Stay strange

After VCC, Scott continued down an academic path, obtaining a bachelor’s degree from Simon Fraser University, a master’s degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, a PhD from the University of Toronto, and has been working as a professor in the UK for the past 18 years.

Scott has enjoyed his career in academia but his advice for music students – especially those interested in experimental music and composition – is to find their own way while keeping an open mind.

According to Scott, the possibilities are endless for anyone who truly commits to a music-related career, especially with technologies that are now more accessible than ever before and genre boundaries continuing to come down. “There is more appetite than you may realize for strange music,” he says. “Your career may not be what you imagined, but that’s a good thing.”


Hear more from Professor Scott Wilson on Friday, Feb. 4 in one of three free online masterclasses during VCC’s 2022 Music Alumni Week. RSVP for Scott's masterclass now by emailing music@vcc.ca.


Ready for a music-related career? Applications are now open for VCC Music programs starting in September 2022.

 




New Karin Jones exhibition challenges the “gold standard” of beauty

Posted on January 20, 2022




In her new exhibition at the Burrard Arts Foundation (BAF) Gallery, Vancouver Community College (VCC) Jewellery Art and Design instructor Karin Jones is challenging our assumptions, beliefs, and conventions about beauty through works of art featuring human hair.

The exhibition, entitled The Golden Section, features geometric arrangements made from bleached-blonde human hair extensions that were produced in Asia and purchased locally. Showcasing traditional knotting and wig-making methods, the intricately arranged hair compositions continue Karin’s longstanding artistic exploration of identity and race.

In addition to the wall arrangements in the exhibition is an innovative necklace that juxtaposes an intricate, pale braid against a tubed vessel holding African hair.

Karin Jones - The Golden Section - BAF


As per the artist’s statement: “For most of us, hair is ubiquitous. We encounter it on a daily basis, admiring its crop or bounce, or negotiating its care, styling or removal. It can convey personal beliefs or social position and motivate judgements regarding health or wealth. Detached hair, depending on where it lands, can inspire disgust – as an unwanted discovery in a bowl of soup, for one example. On the other hand, the desire for lengths of hair of a particular aesthetic fuels a global human hair industry that generates hundreds of millions of dollars annually – hair that is longer, thicker, straighter, or lighter.”

The Golden Section opened Thursday, Jan. 13 and will run until Saturday, March 19 at the BAF Gallery located at 2-258 East 1st Ave. in Vancouver. 

Karin’s exhibition is presented alongside works by visual artist Sara Khan. Both exhibitions are the culmination of the artists’ studio residencies at BAF in late 2021. 


Learn new ways to express your creativity through VCC Continuing Studies courses in jewellery art, fashion, creative writing, and more.




Thank you for a record-setting #GivingTuesday

Posted on January 26, 2022



The 2021 #GivingTuesday campaign at Vancouver Community College (VCC) was a big success, raising a record-breaking $47,623.34 between Nov. 30 and Dec. 31, 2021. With matching funds from the VCC Foundation, $95,246.69 has been added towards awards and bursaries for deserving VCC Students.

Whether you made a payroll deduction, sent a cheque, or inspired your students and faculty to make online gifts (thanks CAD and BIM team!), you have helped to make a difference in the life of a future VCC student. Special thanks to VCC president and CEO Ajay Patel for his leadership challenge, modelling the importance of stepping up to meet the need.

Here is a list of newly established awards by the VCC community and friends:

  • Bruna Giacomazzi Changemaker Award 
    Past Outstanding Alumni Award recipient and donor
  • Chan Kent Foundation Award
    Robert Chan Kent is a former Fashion Arts’ PAC member
  • Elder Lilly Whonnock Helping Hands Award
    Commemorating the lovely and missed Elder Lilly
  • Grant Kovacs Norell Award of Excellence
    Alumni employer
  • Indigenous Food Pantry
    Addressing food insecurity among Indigenous learners and providing a holiday hamper to those in need
  • Li Family: May Mei-Chu Tsoi Resilience Award
    Eric Li,  alumnus, past award recipient, and VCC employee established this award honouring his mother
  • Maija Wiik Authenticity Award
    Retired VCC counsellor who has established an award for VCC students to commence in 2022
  • MiLei Family Foundation ESL Award
    Sophie Lei, alumna from EAL, CAD and BIM returned to give back
  • Native Northwest Reconciliation Award
    The original company to work with Indigenous artists on the Orange Shirt campaign established a new award and a new bursary for Indigenous students
  • Pyrrha Award for Indigenous Students
    Pyrrha’s second award for a Jewellery Arts student, this one recognizes a promising Indigenous first-year jeweller
  • Susan Perkuhn Textile and Design Award
    Alumna Susan passed away in 2020. Family and friends fundraised to recognize fashion students who share Susan’s love of textiles
  • University Women’s Club of Vancouver “Barbara Middleton” Achievement Award
    New in 2021, this is the fourth award funded at VCC by this generous group of women helping women achieve their career and education goals
  • Wolfgang Strigel Award
    Former IT businessperson who wishes to recognize a hardworking and entrepreneurial VCC student
  • Zoro and Kelly Ann Mihajlovic Creative Award
    In remembrance of beloved VCC legend Zoro Mihajlovic

Thank you and happy New Year to each and every one of you! Make 2022 the year you set up a payroll deduction, start an award for students in your program area, create a legacy plan for your own named award, or learn more about our many ways to give.

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VCC Foundation
604.871.7067
give@vcc.ca

 




Top 10 VCC stories of 2021

Posted on January 18, 2022




Get inspired for the new school year by reading 2021’s most popular online stories featuring Vancouver Community College (VCC) students, instructors, and alumni.

1. Eddy’s story: A new wave in nursing

One student's work to further reconciliation and Indigenous representation in health care

2. VCC president Ajay Patel recognized by Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards

Prestigious people’s choice award honours Ajay's positive impact on our college and community 

3. VCC baking students claim top spots at 2021 Skills Canada provincials

Online skills competition shows VCC bakers are still the best in B.C.

4. VCC Music introduces new Indigenous Vocal Ensemble

New singing group explores Indigenous music, compositions, and collective improvisation

5. Katherine’s story: Cooking for a cause

Top culinary student connects food and people in a unique and essential career

6. Charles Ya’Ya Heit: Revealing the power of Indigenous art

Carrying on the Gitxsan legacy in carvings, jewellery, and colonial resistance 

7. VCC graphic designers contribute to Ronald McDonald House refresh

Student designers join Jamie Banfield in re-imagining children’s play spaces

8. VCC Fashion shines in the community

Finding the beautiful side of fashion through people-centred projects

9. David Blake: The relentless call of jazz

Living and breathing jazz from Vancouver to New York and beyond

10. Becoming a global citizen with collaborative international learning at VCC

Online UMAP program provides students with immersive intercultural experiences
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Find more inspiring stories and learn what's happening in the VCC community year round by visiting vcc.ca/news.

 




Material handling training at VCC

Posted on January 10, 2022




Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to offer a specialized, no-cost materials handling program for eligible applicants currently experiencing difficulties securing work.

Material Handling 4.0 (MH 4.0) is a comprehensive nine-week training program that provides employability and vocational skills training to equip participants for warehousing, forklift operations, material handling and other related roles. Seven weeks of classroom training uses a blended delivery model of in-person and on-line instructions followed by two weeks of paid work experience with a local employer. Technical training includes Forklift Operations and Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) and Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) through Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC).

Funding for this program is provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada Future Skills Program.

Training schedule

Please check back for future intakes.

(Schedule includes two weeks of work experience) 

Elegibility criteria

You may be eligible if you are:

  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person(under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, S.C. 2001,C.27) legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Living in British Columbia
  • Unemployed or Precariously Employed (working in unstable employment or self-employment with irregular work hours, unreliable remuneration to support self or family
  • 19 years or older
  • Not currently attending school or another funded training

 Priority will be given to clients from the following groups:

  • All underrepresented groups
  • Immigrants
  • Indigenous Peoples

and those who

  • Have no post secondary education
  • Are in receipt of Income Assistance

Fees and other costs

All tuition is covered and at no additional cost to the employer or individual participant.

Program contact

Please email or call to register for an information session. 
Alena Worster, Program Assistant
604.443.8751 
contracttraining@vcc.ca


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Fully funded administrative accounting and bookkeeping training at VCC

Posted on November 16, 2021




Vancouver Community College (VCC)'s Partnership Development Office (PDO) is pleased to offer a specialized, no-cost administrative accounting and bookkeeping training (AAAB) program. This 20-week, comprehensive program is designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge, and experience needed to work as accounting assistants, bookkeepers, and in related administrative roles in small, medium, and large businesses. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to perform accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and general bookkeeping duties. Some graduates may use their administrative accounting skills to start their own home-based bookkeeping businesses.

AAAB training is 400 hours and includes 16 weeks of cohort-based classroom instruction and four weeks of experiential learning/on-the job experience at an authentic workplace with a local employer.

Funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement.

Courses

  • Skills for Success (formerly known as Essential Skills) / Employability Skills
  • Computer Skills: Word, Excel & Power Point
  • Writing Business Letters
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Office Procedures
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Intro to Canadian Income Tax
  • Intro to Bookkeeping
  • Intro to Payroll
  • Computerized Accounting; Quick Books Level 1
  • Computerized Accounting; Quick Books Level 2
  • Work Experience Preparation
  • Job Search Skills

Training schedule

February 21 – July 8, 2022

Includes a four-week work experience / practicum.

Elegibility criteria

Participants must be:

  • At least 18 years old and have a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • Reside in B.C.
  • Canadian Citizens; or Permanent Residents; or Protected persons entitled to work in Canada
  • Unemployed, employed part-time (30 hours or less/week, seasonal or casual), or precariously employed; and seeking training to find a new job or prepare for changing job requirements or new job opportunities in the community
  • Impacted by COVID-19 and seeking training to obtain a job
  • Priority will be given to the following client groups:
    • Indigenous peoples
    • Youth (18-30)
    • Immigrants (landed within five years)
    • Mature workers (55+)

Admissions Criteria:

  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • Math 11 or equivalent
  • Grade 12 English or CLB level 8
  • Basic computer skills with a minimum of 25wpm keyboarding speed

Fees and other costs

All tuition is covered and at no additional cost to the participant or employer.

Application process

The next intake of this program is now full, thanks to everyone for their interest.

Please watch for future intakes.

Program contact:

Alena Worster
contracttraining@vcc.ca 
604.443.8751.


 

 

 




Skilled trades community consulted on new provincial certification plan

Posted on January 18, 2022




Results are now available from a large-scale government consultation conducted in the summer of 2021 regarding a new skilled trades certification system that is set to be implemented across British Columbia.

The What We Heard reports contain feedback from over 980 British Columbians representing workers, businesses, industry organizations, Indigenous peoples, youth, 2SLGBTQIA+, people of colour, new Canadians, and other groups crucial to growing and advancing B.C.'s trades workforce.

Participants were asked to provide input about key aspects of implementing the new skilled trades certification, including how to help current workers become certified or enter apprenticeship training programs

Recommendations in the What We Heard reports include offering more flexible or remote instruction, increasing access to training seats, developing mentorship programs, and offering diversity or cultural sensitivity training, childcare, and additional financial supports. 

Approximately 85,000 job openings are expected in the skilled trades in B.C. in the next 10 years.  


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Charles Ya’Ya Heit: Revealing the power of Indigenous art

Posted on June 18, 2021



Update: The VCC community was saddened to learn that Charles Ya'Ya Heit passed away in August of 2021, and it is our sincerest hope that his story and his art continue to inspire justice and reconciliation.

Even before Charles Heit was born in the Gitxsan community of Kispiox in northern British Columbia, his relatives began calling him “Ya’Ya,” a family nickname meaning “grandfather.”

“My grandmother’s uncle was the big chief, and I was first born after he died,” he explains. “We believe in reincarnation, so even as a small child, all these adults would call me Ya’Ya. They loved me like that too.”

In addition to his name, Ya’Ya also inherited his family’s artistic skill. Having learned traditional carving and drawing from a young age, Ya’Ya, who is now in his mid-60s, has contributed to some of the country’s most significant public Indigenous art pieces.

Now with grandchildren of his own, Ya’Ya continues to pursue new forms of art with the energy and curiosity of a high-school grad. For him, art not only runs through his veins, but also embodies his peoples’ history and identity, while being an important tool for resistance and justice.

Family foundations

Most recently, Ya’Ya’s art journey took him to Vancouver Community College (VCC) and the Jewellery Art and Design program, where he developed skills in stone setting, casting, and, his favourite, repouseé – a metalwork technique he describes as “hammering a piece of metal every which way” until it becomes a three-dimensional item such as a bracelet.

Long before he was setting gems and shaping metals, however, Ya’Ya was a wood carver, learning his craft from two rather famous uncles: Walter Harris (Chief Geel) and Earl Muldon (Chief Delgamuukw), both Gitxsan master carvers and recipients of the Order of Canada, whose legacies include totems, drawings, and other significant works in museums and public spaces across North America.

 

Ya'Ya Heit and raven rattle

Ya'Ya' working in VCC's jewellery lab / Raven rattle pipe


“When we were kids, Uncle Walter would take us fishing. All I knew is he was a good fisherman and a carpenter,” says Ya’Ya. “I was 14 when I found out they were artists.”

At 15, with his parents’ support, Ya’Ya left what he calls his “white Canadian life” to stay with his grandparents, immerse himself in his Gitxsan culture, and train as a master carver at the Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art.

Throughout his carving career, Ya’Ya has worked with both his uncles as well as other greats such as award-wining Haida artist Robert Davidson. "When a friend would get a big commission, I would volunteer sometimes to help,” he says. “I love making big art so much.”

The art of resistance

“A lot of Gitxsan art made by my ancestors was to record history,” explains Ya’Ya. “So I’ve always been recording history.”

The significance of this history was recognized most notably in 1997 after Ya’Ya’s Gitxsan community won a decade-long lawsuit, one of the first recognizing Aboriginal title to traditional lands. Known today as the Delgamuukw Case, it was named after Ya’Ya’s uncle Earl Muldon, who worked tirelessly to establish oral history as valid evidence in court.

Ya’Ya himself has also supported his people’s ongoing struggle for land rights by learning and teaching geographic information systems (GIS) computer mapping, in addition to making powerful statements through his art.

“Being native in Canada is just a really bad experience,” says Ya’Ya. After the recent news about the residential school mass grave in Kamloops spread so widely, he hopes awareness of Indigenous issues will continue to increase. “I’m glad that some of Canada is opening their eyes to how horrific Canadian colonialism is. 

Like many Indigenous people and their allies today, Ya’Ya has added this tragic news to a running list in his mind that includes the “wellness check” death of Chantel Moore in New Brunswick, the underfunding of Indigenous children in care, the destruction of thousand-year-old forests in Fairy Creek, B.C., and the 30-per cent unemployment rate in his home community.

“All this motivates me to say things with my art,” he says.

 

Ya'Ya Heit three jewellery designs

"Little Smiling Frog" repouseé silver bracelet (see more) / Self-portrait ring / Red garnet crown set ring


While he misses his village deeply, Ya’Ya says he’s experienced a lot of new things and quite enjoyed his time at VCC and in Vancouver. For now, he can be found hammering metal every which way at Rubble Rock and Gem in South Vancouver alongside numerous other VCC grads. “My classmates are one-third my age,” Ya’Ya says, continuing to live up to his name. “We’re a happy gang together.”


VCC is dedicated to creating a safe and empowering environment for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis learners through a range of supports and services. Learn more by visiting VCC Indigenous Education and Community Engagement.




VCC offers free Building Service Worker microcredential

Posted on January 10, 2022



Vancouver Community College (VCC) is proud to offer programming to support cleaners and other workers in the building service industry during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

VCC's funded Building Service Worker (BSW) foundation course provides the fundamentals of the Building Service Worker field, including health and safety practices, cleaning procedures, tools and equipment, and anti-contagion practices. You will also learn about enhanced cleaning techniques and best practices to help prevent or reduce the impact of contagions, such as COVID-19. Concepts will be taught through a combination of direct instruction, video demonstrations, self-directed reading, classroom discussion, and activities/assignments. The Building Service Worker Foundations course is suitable for those who want to work in the cleaning and maintaining of commercial, institutional, or residential buildings.

These courses are being provided tuition-free thanks to funding from the Government of British Columbia.

Class schedule

Visit the program page for more details.

Topics covered

  • Maintaining safe work environment Using personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety equipment

  • Planning and organizing work

  • Using communication techniques

  • Demonstrating service industry professionalism

  • Using hand and power tools and equipment

  • Organizing and maintaining custodial cleaning closet

  • Selecting and using appropriate cleaning cloths Performing dry and wet cleaning procedures

  • Using pH scale, disinfectants, and green cleaning principles

  • Cleaning carpet, hard floors, glass, stairways, walls and/or ceilings

  • Cleaning food preparation areas and wash/restrooms

  • How microorganisms cause infection in humans

  • Identifying and applying levels of infection control

  • Performing personal infection control practices

  • Applying safe practices to avoid contamination and spread of hantavirus

  • Performing cleaning/sanitation and disinfection practices to avoid contamination and spread of bacteria and viruses in a public setting

  • Maintaining a healthy work environment

Admission requirements

This program is for adults (16 years or older) who reside in B.C. and are eligible to work in Canada. 

Fees and other costs

All tuition for these pilot courses is covered and at no additional cost to the employer or individual participant.

Credential

Upon satisfactory completion, participants will receive a Statement of Completion.

Additional information

This course is delivered in a blended format, which includes 5 half-days of online classes and 1 half-day of in-person, hands-on training at an offsite location. 

Space is limited and seats will be awarded on first-come first-served basis. If provided a space, you must be prepared and available to: 

  • participate fully in all days of training, as scheduled
  • attend online classes through a video conferencing platform, such as Zoom. Please ensure you have access access to a device (preferably a computer) with a stable internet connection.
  • attend in-person, hand-on training (half-day) at an off-site location within the lower mainland, as scheduled
  • follow COVID-19 safety protocols and rules in place by Vancouver Community College and/or the off-site training site and/or as directed by the Provincial Health Officer

Apply now

Register online by visiting the course webpage or call the Continuing Studies Registration Office at 604.443.8484.

To request further information, please email buildingprogram@vcc.ca. 


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Q&A with VCC Facility Management instructor John Ringness

Posted on January 12, 2022




Meet John Ringness, a Vancouver Community College (VCC) instructor and solutions leader who has been practicing facility management ever since he joined the workforce.

What do you love about teaching?
It is all about the students and how providing them with some training and sharing some relative personal experiences will help them in their own facility management careers.

What is your current career?
I am the Director of Facilities at Trinity Western University and I own a facility management consulting company.

What is an interesting thing about your journey?
Work in the facility management professions has taken me to four countries, six Canadian provinces, and one territory.

How do you personally define success?
Seeing satisfied customers.

What is your earliest memory?
Perhaps not my earliest memory, but certainly as a young boy, one of my favourite memories was climbing trees and jumping to smaller trees that would usually bend and take me to the ground. They didn’t always bend…

How did you learn the trade?
My learning focused on job training, professional development, job experiences, and actively engaging in facility management associations.

What advice do you have for someone starting out in this industry?
Find a facility management mentor or coach, and take facility management courses along the way.
Register now for VCC's Facility Management (REAL 1160) course, or explore your career potential at VCC Continuing Studies.




Four awesome walks from VCC’s Downtown campus

Posted on January 11, 2022

It’s time for a study break. What better way to refresh your focus than taking a walk around Vancouver’s gorgeous and historic Downtown area?    

Claire Sauvé, our Associate Director of Continuing Studies, shares some of the most interesting walks near Vancouver Community College’s (VCC) Downtown campus.

If you have 5 minutes

Head East on Pender St., walk through the Chinatown Millennium Gate, then turn right down Shanghai Alley, one of Vancouver’s most storied alleys. Following the alley through, you get to Taylor St. where you can get back to Pender and grab a coffee at Tim Horton’s (108 West Pender St.) before returning to campus.

Vancouver Chinatown

Destination Vancouver/Nelson Mouellic

If you have 10 minutes

From the Dunsmuir St. entrance, walk south along Hamilton St. past the Amazon office construction at the old Canada Post. This historic building was built in 1958 and will be the single largest office building in Downtown Vancouver when it is completed in 2023. At the CBC building (700 Hamilton St.), you can grab a tea at the JJ Bean kiosk before heading to the Vancouver Central Library, a nine-story structure surrounded by elliptical walls and glass roof, resembling the Colosseum in Rome.

If you have a few more minutes, check out the beautiful Phillips, Hager and North Gardens on the rooftop of the Central Library, where you can be with the beautiful arbutus and roses while taking in views of the Downtown core.


Vancouver Central Library

Unsplash/Aaron Thomas

If you have 20 minutes

Use the Pender ST. entrance, cross the street, walking past Victory Square to Hastings St., where you’ll find the Dominion Building (207 West Hastings St.), Vancouver’s first steel-framed high-rise completed in 1910. From there, turn west and then north on Granville St., to the plaza outside of 200 Granville. From there you can check out the sails of Canada Place, watch the SeaBus come and go from Waterfront Station, and catch a glimpse of the beautiful snow-capped North Shore mountains.  

Vancouver Seabus and mountains

Destination BC/Grant Harder


Learn something new this year while experiencing the heart of the city. Register now for 2022 programs and courses from VCC Continuing Studies




President's message: On-campus instruction delayed until Jan. 10, 2022

Posted on December 30, 2021

Dear VCC community,

As we know, the nature of the pandemic is changing every day.

Over the holidays, we have continued to watch the situation very closely, and work with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training (AEST) and the Provincial Health Office (PHO).

Today, in consideration of the latest COVID-19 updates from the PHO and in consultation with the AEST, Vancouver Community College (VCC) has decided to delay the delivery of in-person courses and programs, where feasible, to Monday, Jan. 10. (See letter below.)

 

To: Public PSI Presidents; VPs Academic; VPs Finance/Administration; VPs Research; Sector Association Presidents

Recommendation for Jan. 10/22 start of classes:

Post-secondary institutions are advised to delay the start of in-person instruction until Mon, Jan 10/22, where operationally feasible, in order to allow additional time to assess the impact of the Omicron variant and review plans for returning to campus after the winter break. BC's Provincial Health Officer (PHO) is supportive of this delay.

  • Time sensitive programs including clinical or other experiential components, trades training and practicums may however begin as planned on Jan 4/22 with appropriate safety protocols in place.
  • Post-secondary campuses will remain open and available to learners including student housing and student services.
  • Based on experience in BC and internationally, educational settings are low-risk for COVID-19 transmission. 

Public health continues to monitor COVID-19 closely to ensure that safety measures are informed by evolving evidence. In the event that the measures need to change, the PHO and AEST will discuss with post-secondary institutions immediately.

 

In response, VCC will delay in person instruction, where feasible, to Monday, Jan. 10. Students can expect emails from their instructor/program with any changes to their start date, or if they will be required to be on campus during the week of Jan. 4.

VCC campuses will open on Jan. 4. Other campus operations and current work arrangements for staff and faculty will continue as scheduled. Student services will be available based on operational needs and institutional capacity.

Based on Dr. Henry’s memo last week we know the measures we have in place are working. Transmission in educational settings on campus continues to be uncommon. This delayed start to on-campus instruction will allow us to have a safe start to 2022.

Please visit the VCC website and monitor your respective emails for further updates. As always, I appreciate everyone’s patience and support as we navigate the situation.

My hope is that you have all been able to find some time with your close family and nearest friends to celebrate, safely, the accomplishments of the past year and ring in a happy new year together.

 

Sincerely,

Ajay Patel
President and CEO
Vancouver Community College

 


 

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New peer-support resource promotes student mental health

Posted on December 21, 2021




Vancouver Community College (VCC) students now have access to a new peer-support resource for addressing struggles with mental health.

Starting a Conversation About Mental Health: Foundational Training for Students is a free, open education resource (OER) that provides foundational mental-health and wellness information customized to the post-secondary student experience.

The Starting a Conversation resource was developed by the University of British Columbia around lived scenarios that were shared by post-secondary students, and include struggling with stress and anxiety related to finances, balancing school and child care, academic pressures, discrimination and other diverse realities. The training also incorporates Indigenous perspectives on mental health and wellness.

“I applaud the students who contributed to this resource. We must all support our own and each other’s mental health, and these students are leading by example,” says Anne Kang, B.C. Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training.

To access the facilitator’s guide to Starting a Conversation About Mental Health: Foundational Training for Students, visit: https://opentextbc.ca/studentmentalhealth/


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VCC Fall 2021 Student Awards recap

Posted on December 3, 2021




On Friday, Dec. 3, Vancouver Community College (VCC) hosted its Fall 2021 Student Awards in an online ceremony. The live-streamed event individually honoured 194 deserving VCC students who received scholarships and awards this term, and recognized the generous donors who made them possible.

Elder John Sam of the Tutshone, Tlingit, and Dene First Nations opened the ceremony by performing an “honour song” and encouraging students to pass on what they’ve learned to others.

VCC Vice President, Academic and Applied Research David Wells offered the official address, in which he also introduced the new Elder Lilly Whonnock Award in memory of the beloved Indigenous elder who passed away in early 2021.

“Elder Lilly was a wonderful and giving teacher and guide. Her welcoming presence was inclusive – a principle to which we should all aspire.”

VCC deans then presented names and prepared messages from student award recipients in the following areas:

  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Hospitality, Food Studies and Applied Business
  • School of Trades, Technology and Design
  • Centre for Continuing Studies
  • School of Instructor Education
  • School of Arts and Sciences

Student Awards video feature

Each year, VCC Foundation selects one or more student award recipients to highlight in a video feature. This fall, they showcased two students who received funding from the University Women’s Club Vancouver: Associate of Science student Amelia Godwin, recipient of the Pathway to Health Sciences Award, and Culinary Arts student Ivy Hoang, recipient of the Barbara Middleton Achievement Award.

Special musical performance

It wouldn't be a VCC celebration without music! Our VCC Music alumni (Georges Couling, Keyboard, Producer; Jimmy Baldwin, Guitar; Catherine Hiltz, Bass; Daniel Ruiz, Drums; and Elaine Shepherd, Vocals) came together once again, this time with an original rendition of You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall and Oates.

 


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Holiday greetings from VCC president Ajay Patel

Posted on December 10, 2021




Dear VCC community,

As we wind down the fall term and look towards some much needed rest over the holidays, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the tremendous work you have all done over this past year. 

When I reflect on 2021, I am deeply moved by how much our province has had to overcome and the many challenges our communities have faced. I am humbled at how we’ve come together to support our students and each other — including bringing our programs and operations back to campus — I believe we can all share in some optimism and VCC pride.

I applaud our faculty for working to ensure our students continue to learn and progress through their courses and programs. I thank and congratulate our staff and administrators from across the college who worked so hard to keep VCC operational in 2021, whether physically on our campuses or working from their bedroom desks and kitchen tables.

I am inspired by your responsiveness and professionalism for the many urgent, complex, and sensitive challenges this year brought us.

We have served our students, our communities, and each other well this year. This journey has been about all of us caring for each other. And continuing to do so is how we will thrive. 

Please remember this as you take some time for yourselves and your families this holiday season. Finally, I urge you to celebrate safely, be well, and take care of each other.

On behalf of VCC’s Board of Governors and the Senior Team, I wish you all a restful and restorative holiday season.

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With gratitude,

Ajay Patel
President and CEO
Vancouver Community College




New VCC research aims to bridge social divides in a polarizing world

Posted on December 15, 2021



Researcher and VCC Continuing Studies program coordinator Andrea Korens


Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to be participating in new, federally funded research into building capacity for respectful dialogue in B.C. communities.

Social scientists agree that, in recent decades, social and political polarization has dramatically increased in communities around the world. Tragically, as people become more deeply divided around issues and topics, like-minded groups are becoming more segregated, antagonistic, and losing the ability to compromise or reach consensus.

The research project, entitled Courageous Dialogues: Building Capacity to Transcend Polarization in Civil Society, intends to make use of diverse community college environments to try and understand some of our most polarizing issues and topics, then work to determine what tools and supports could help bridge these gaps.

Courageous Dialogues was one of 28 successful proposals chosen earlier this year from 115 submissions and will receive $360,000 from the Community Colleges Social Innovation Fund via the Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). VCC Continuing Studies program coordinator Andrea Korens is working as a co-investigator in the project, which also includes staff and faculty from partners Capilano University and the Mir Centre for Peace at Selkirk College.

VCC Associate Director of Continuing Studies Claire Sauvé is also connected to project in her role as president of the Continuing Education and Training Association of BC (CETABC), another community research partner. According to Claire, colleges have the potential to play a significant role in promoting inclusivity, dialogue, and bridging social divides.

“As college educators, our influence in peoples’ lives goes beyond the classroom,” says Claire. “We also give students the skills to go out in the world knowing how to be compassionate, responsible members of society and engage in dialogue respectfully.”

During the first phase of the three-year research, Courageous Dialogues researchers will work closely with colleges and partner (literacy, neighbourhood) organizations and use engagement tools such as ThoughtExchange to gather community input on divisive issues. Using this input, researchers will then use equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) principles and conflict resolution practices to help develop things like staff training programs, public outreach, and community initiatives that will help our communities come together in greater understanding.


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VCC Jewellery 2021 Student Holiday Sale

Posted on December 9, 2021




Supply chain got you down? Want to lighten your carbon footprint and support local makers at the same time? Find beautiful and unique gifts for your loved ones at VCC Jewellery’s 2021 Student Holiday Sale!

Instead of a campus pop-up shop, this year, all items are being made available via students’ individual Etsy sites listed below. All pieces are made by hand from sterling silver (unless otherwise indicated) right here in VCC’s on-campus jewellery labs.

Pickup can be arranged for the week of Dec. 13 to 17. Email jewellery@vcc.ca with any questions. 

Thank you for your support and happy holidays!

 

Jill Vickers-Kealy

Instagram grey @jillvk.jewelry 

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/Jvkjewellery

Jill Vickers-Kealy earrings

  

Sebastian Penner

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/AlbadoroJewellery

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Sebastian Penner pendant

 

Weiwei Li

https://www.etsy.com/shop/weijewellerydesign

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 Weiwei Li necklace

 

Iris Lo

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/etalius

Instagram grey @Ilj.studio 


Iris Lo necklace 

 

Monique Huynh

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/sutori

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 Monique Huynh necklace

 

Clemence Beurton

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/TheKeenStudio

Instagram grey @thekeenstudio

Clemence Beurton ring 

 

Evan Matthews

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/GoldteethGalore 

Instagram grey @goldteethgalore 

 Evan Matthews ring


 

 

 




Highlights from VCC’s Early Childhood Care and Education lab

Posted on December 9, 2021




Lately, Vancouver Community College’s (VCC) early childhood care and education (ECCE) instructors and students have been extra thrilled to come to campus – and not just because COVID-19 lockdown is over.

Using the environment as a “third teacher” (known the Reggio Emilia approach), VCC’s ECCE lab at the Downtown campus is composed of four mock learning areas (dramatic play, language and literature, science, and manipulative), in addition to sinks, cabinets, and furniture that can be moved around as needed. Although our chefs or musicians might disagree, VCC’s ECCE lab is one of the most creative spaces on campus.

Hear what our instructors have to say: 

“The ECCE lab has added an exciting element to the theoretical instruction of our program. For instructors, materials are readily available to illustrate concepts, allowing for spontaneous explorations that were previously limited by lack of space and access to resources. 

For students, the ECCE lab gives them the opportunity to “play” and engage with materials allowing them to see experiences from a child’s perspective. Understanding what it feels like to learn as a child leads to empathetic, competent educators able to provide quality learning experiences for young children."

- Yvonne Adebar, VCC ECCE instructor 

“In the ECCE lab, if a student asks a question or brings up an idea, we as instructors can quickly offer a living example from the resources in our lab. This parallel process makes the understanding of emergent curriculum very real and accessible to the students.”

- Orah Chaye, VCC ECCE instructor 


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Q&A with Business and Technical Writing Instructor Sean Poole

Posted on December 8, 2021




What courses do you teach at VCC?
I teach several of the courses in the Business and Technical Writing certificate program.

What do you love about teaching?
For me, the joy of teaching is sharing your knowledge until it isn’t yours anymore. That’s how knowledge should work – it should belong to anyone who wants it!

What is your current career?
I am a technical writer by trade, and have been officially since 2015. Unofficially, I’ve been creating business and technical documents for my entire career, since 1997.

How did you become a technical writer?
Tech writing is a second career for me, following an 18-year career in industrial automation sales. I had decided the sales world was no longer for me, and was in the middle of retraining at VCC when I was laid off. That was the time to solidify my new career!

How did you learn technical writing?
I went through the same VCC program that I’m now teaching in, and accepted the mentorship of an experienced writer who helped me learn the trade and some of the tools. I benefited from a wonderful series of circumstances.

Who is your favourite author?
Neil Gaiman. I adore his blend of intense research (especially into the various mythologies he’s translated to page) with carefully planned world and story building, topped with a truly dry British humour. I had the opportunity to meet him at a reading once, and I asked him if he would ever consider writing a British pantomime – he looked genuinely intrigued!

What is your best piece advice for someone starting out?
Be willing to work somewhere you didn’t expect to, doing something that isn’t your ideal vision. I landed my first tech writing gig working for a software company, which was completely new to me. Not only did I get to learn a whole host of new things, but I got to broaden my horizons and be much more adaptable – something any new tech writer needs to be! 


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How VCC Fashion is working to address textile waste

Posted on November 24, 2021




FABCYCLE is on a mission to recycle and reuse fabric waste from cutting floors, garment manufacturers, and sewing labs. Meet three women who are helping Vancouver Community College (VCC) Fashion programs recycle textile scraps.
 

Irina McKenzie

FABCYCLE founder

Can you tell us what happens to the scraps that are picked up at VCC?
The sorting process is very labour intensive but it’s also gratifying when we literally pull fabric out of the garbage and match it to another maker. All materials for reuse go to our Textile Waste ReUSE Centre (268 Keefer St). Materials for recycling get shredded, fiberized and turned into stuffing and underlay for carpets and insulation. 

Why are schools important for your business’ success?
When students use our bins to recycle the scraps from their cutting tables, it often leads to questions about sustainability and waste. This leads to meaningful conversations with students who eventually become decision makers in the fashion industry.

What skills do our merchandising and design grads lend to your business?
We find that both merchandising and design grads are creative, know how to work in a fast-paced environment, are eager to learn, and be part of the team. 

 

Erin Gravelle

VCC Fashion alumna
FABCYCLE Studio and inventory manager

What skills that you learned at VCC are you now using on the job?
Fashion design is very useful but everything from my textiles class I use in my everyday work. It helps me assist customers with choosing fabrics for their sewing projects.

What do you love about your job?
I love seeing the direct effect we are making in diverting textile waste. It blows my mind how much would have been thrown away and is still usable, beautiful materials.

What did you love about learning fashion at VCC?
I came from a sewing background, so I went to VCC to further my knowledge and skill. I received both and so much more. Attending classes always invigorated my passion for fashion and wanting to change the way it works. I learned a lot about being patient with my process and finding what works for me.


Erin Gravelle, Irina McKenzie, and Jocelyn Parent

L to R: Erin Gravelle, Irina McKenzie, Jocelyn Parent


Jocelyn Parent

VCC Fashion Merchandising alumna
FABCYCLE volunteer

What were your responsibilities at FABCYCLE?
I organized donations; measured, identified and tagged fabric inventory; and uploaded products to their ecommerce site for their weekly “unboxing” live streams. Every day was a little different and I was able to learn so much about textiles!

How did VCC prepare you for this?
While I was learning how to identify and interact with textiles at VCC, I was able to directly apply that information to my work at FABCYCLE.

What did you love about learning fashion at VCC?
The instructors all had very creative approaches to the topics that gave me a really well-rounded understanding of the industry. This also meant that I was able to flex my own creative muscles in the process!


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Q&A with VCC Wedding and Event Management grad Buket Donnelly

Posted on December 3, 2021




What is your current career?
Event Sales Manager at Capilano Group.

Can you describe your journey to VCC?
I was a senior account manager for 13 years at a bank when I decided to change my career at the age of 39. Since elementary school, I always volunteered and liked organizing events, so with my husband’s support and encouragement, I applied to VCC’s Wedding and Event Management program.

How did you get your job?
VCC program coordinator Joy Dalla-Tina advised me to become a member of International Live Event Association (ILEA) Vancouver Chapter and that’s how my life changed. Another ILEA member, who was the GM of Stanley Park Pavilion, offered me the job. Now I have been the event sales manager of Stanley Park properties since March 2018.

What is your best piece of advice for someone starting out in this industry?
It’s never too late to make your dreams come true!

What was the best part about studying at VCC? 
VCC gave me the skills to go immediately into the field of events.

What impact did your teachers at VCC have on your career path?
They were great mentors.

What would people be surprised to know about being an event planner?
They may be surprised to know that being an event planner is never a 9-to-5, Monday-to-Friday job.

What is the coolest event you have been involved in so far?
We organize so many cool events such as TED Talks and GOOP events.


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Q&A with VCC Counselling Skills instructor Sarah Stirling

Posted on November 30, 2021




What do you teach?

I have been facilitating VCC’s Counselling Skills practicum seminars since 2012. My purpose is to assist students in assimilating their learned theory into practical experience.

Can you describe your career journey?
While participating in my 25-year nursing career at Lions Gate Hospital, I also worked with people suffering from chronic pain, using biofeedback and meditation. I have studied metaphysics for 40 years and teach healing energy work. I completed the VCC counselling skills program in 2007 and soon after joined VCC’s Continuing Studies administration team as the practicum coordinator for the program. I then acquired a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a major in education.

What do you love about your job?
It is incredibly rewarding for me to pass on information, knowledge, and personal experience to students. I also love interacting with students, guiding students to resolve challenges with professionalism, and listening to the wisdom our students share in seminar. It’s also a joy to write references letters for students’ employment and/or furthering education. 

What is the student’s role during practicum?
While on practicum, a student’s role is to learn, practice, and receive feedback. For a student to learn, they must feel safe. For a student to practice, they must be given opportunity. For a student to be given effective feedback, there must be structure. All these elements are firmly in place for students in the VCC counselling skills program.

What is your best piece advice for someone starting out in this industry?
It is imperative that you have the courage to self-reflect and seek counsel regularly for your own personal and professional growth.

What would people be surprised to know about being a support counsellor?
The degree to which “self” is healed in the process of supporting others.


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Shantel Ivits wins Award of Excellence in Open Education

Posted on November 25, 2021




Vancouver Community College (VCC) is proud to announce that Basic Education department head Shantel Ivits has won a BCcampus Award for Excellence in Open Education.

Shantel has been a champion and supporter of open educational resources (OER) for many years, crafting resources that are inclusive, accessible, and diverse in theme and content.

This award recognizes specifically Shantel’s work on the BC Reads: Adult Literacy Fundamental English series of open textbooks, in which they incorporated thoughtful themes including Indigenous content, human rights, and LGBTQ2S identities.

"I'd never encountered a literacy text with any mention of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or Two Spirit (LGBTQ2S) communities until I authored a textbook series myself. I wanted my students, who also come from various marginalized identities, to see themselves reflected in these textbooks too,” said Shantel in a 2018 blog post.

“They are a leader in the creation of inclusive and diverse OER, and these resources are a phenomenal contribution to adult basic education in B.C.,” says the recent announcement from BCcampus.

Congratulations Shantel!


Learn more about how VCC and BCcampus are improving access to education.

 




VCC researching diversity and disabilities in clinical work placements

Posted on November 29, 2021




“Student life” is famous for its challenges: scraping together tuition, stressing over exams, pulling all-nighters, etc. For post-secondary students living with disabilities however, many factors in the typical learning environment can amount to real barriers to their education or careers. 

To explore such issues and help break down systemic barriers in health care education, some passionate Vancouver Community College (VCC) faculty and staff launched a research project that is gaining widespread attention.

The project, led by VCC Disability Services department head Brianna Higgins, UBC accessibility advisor Dr. Laura Yvonne Bulk, and VCC Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) instructor Dr. Maki Iwase, is entitled Access in Clinical Education: Co-creating greater Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion through connections and understanding. Its starting point is VCC’s own Students with Disabilities Policy [PDF], which outlines the college’s legal obligation to provide accommodation, or “alternate ways” for students with disabilities to fully participate in the learning environment. 

While VCC can and does strive to meet this obligation in the classroom, such accommodations in clinical placements are less standardized, despite being settings where nursing students complete a large portion of their education. “It’s often in clinical settings where students fall through the cracks,” says Maki.

Similar to final exams, clinical placements are major tests of learning. Not only do students perform hands-on care in demanding, real-world environments, but they also complete homework and papers outside of their clinical shifts and must pass to advance in the BScN program.  

Clinical placements can be highly challenging for any student, but students who have visible or invisible/episodic disabilities (e.g. mobility limitations, learning differences, mental illnesses) can face additional hurdles. “They come up against a structural, idealized notion of who is or is not a good fit to enter a health care profession,” says Brianna.

Co-creating change

The first phase of research involved in-depth interviews with 38 individuals including students (with disabilities and without), instructors, alumni, and nursing professionals. “Students feel scrutinized," says Brianna. "They do not want to self-identify as having a disability because they’re afraid of becoming a ‘problem’ in the workplace." Overall, the researchers found a desire for safer communication, less mental pressure on students, a greater respect for diversity, and a shift away from “fitting the mold” and towards enabling diverse students to achieve success. 

In many cases, simple changes to instructional styles, environments, or attitudes can make all the difference. “Students at this stage already know which learning strategies work best for them,” says Brianna. “What they want is to just be seen and acknowledged for their strengths and resilience.” 

The diversity difference

The benefits of diversity in any organization are becoming increasingly clear, and health care is no exception. As cited in the preliminary Access in Clinical Education report, having health professionals with various disabilities could help reduce discrimination, increase sensitivity and trust, and improve patient outcomes.

Maki who herself is a successful nurse educator, says she regularly draws on her own disabilities to help her relate to students. “I have a history of anxiety and depression. I’ve also struggled with dyslexia as a child. But through support, mentorship, and funding, I was able to get a PhD!”

The researchers also believe that a structural shift towards accommodating for diversity would benefit health care workers in general. “We’ve seen these patterns for years,” Maki says of nurses who sacrifice their own sleep, psychological safety, and even physical well-being for the job. “It’s a systemic issue that results in burnout, injuries, impaired judgement, and the lack of ability to self-care.”

While a full report is expected in mid-2022, the research team has already collected numerous resources, hosted a research-based theatre presentation, and initiated a working group to further diversity and inclusion in clinical practice.


VCC is excited to work with every student achieve their goals. Contact VCC Disability Services before starting your program to discover what’s possible.




Q&A with VCC records management instructor Donna Sedlar

Posted on November 25, 2021




Donna Sedlar started teaching office administration courses at Vancouver Community Colleg (VCC) in 2018, but her connection to the college started decades before.

What do you teach?
I currently teach Records Management Levels 1, 2, and 3.

How did you end up at VCC?
When I moved from Manitoba to B.C., I enrolled as a student at VCC in the daytime Legal Secretary program. I vividly remember feeling excited about learning something new (including Latin terminology) plus feeling anxious about completing the homework correctly, passing all my classes, and finding employment in Vancouver. My VCC instructors provided fantastic support and shared real-life stories about what to expect in the current job market. The training I received at VCC, combined with ongoing professional development, has kept me actively employed in the legal field for over 20 years. 

I returned to VCC in 2010 to study records management. I knew companies were moving from paper documents to electronic records, so I was eager to learn this new language and understand how to apply these essential skills in the workplace.

What do you do outside of teaching?
I am currently employed with Project Management Volunteers (PMV) providing both administrative and records support for the executive director while acting as workshop producer for online delivery of PMV’s introduction to project management training. It’s a privilege to work with project professionals and volunteers who give back to non-profits, social-profits, and charities.

What is your advice for VCC students and grads seeking work?
One of the challenges for students looking for employment or searching for jobs in a gig economy is helping the interviewer “connect the dots” on your resume to what special skills you can offer their organization.

I continually network with employers to learn what skills they need from VCC students. Companies search for candidates who understand the basics of records management and the need to protect sensitive data. Employers also want staff who can conduct research, write reports in their own words, and cite source material that can be referenced later.

When you combine the classes I teach with the VCC Librarians who can help students brush up on their APA citation skills and paraphrasing, our Records Management students are well prepared to meet these needs. 


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A message from VCC president Ajay Patel regarding Tehran airplane tragedy

Posted on January 10, 2020

I was heartbroken to hear of the airplane tragedy that happened near Tehran, Iran on Wednesday, and I know I share this sadness with everyone in the VCC community.

As more details come to light, we are learning that many of 176 passengers lost on Flight PS752 were Canadian, and over a dozen were from BC. This horrible incident will touch many lives, both locally and across our country.

I extend my deepest condolences to our Iranian-Canadian students, staff and community, and our post-secondary institution partners who have been affected by this tragedy. The VCC community grieves with you during this very difficult time.

For any VCC students who may need support, we encourage you to visit with our counselling staff. Staff and faculty resources are available through myVCC/Human Resources.

Sincerely,

Ajay Patel President & CEO (Interim)
Vancouver Community College




A personal message from Ajay Patel, VCC Interim President

Posted on March 20, 2020

 Watch an American Sign Language (ASL) version of this message

 

Dear VCC Community,

Over the last week we have experienced unprecedented times in our society as a result of COVID-19. From cancellations of gatherings to social distancing to closing of our borders. The pace of the change and directives from government and health authorities continues to have impacts on every part of our society.

I want to thank all of the VCC employees for their cooperation and support as we navigate the ongoing sudden and disruptive shifts. I am proud of how our college pulled together to support our students and each other while keeping safe and healthy. The last week has not been easy for anyone. I know the uncertainty and concern for yourself and loved ones has been stressful for all of you. The coming weeks will likely continue to be the same.

During these tough situations you have shown our ability to work collaboratively, display your compassion for each other and those around us, exhibiting your creativity in supporting all students in their education (instruction and support services) and reflecting our VCC values. We need this to continue.

To our students. COVID-19 is a defining moment in your lives. We are very much aware the impact this situation has had on your education, your daily lives and many other strains it has caused. At VCC, we are committed to continuing to support you with the tools we have to ensure your education journey is safe and has the least amount of disruption. We appreciate everyone’s patience during these unusual times.

I would also like to take this opportunity to extend VCC’s sincere appreciation to our health care professionals. A good number of you are our graduates. You, above all, are the heroes as we battle COVID-19. It is because of each and every one of you that we are fortunate to have the world’s best health care.

Many of you will remember Clifton Taulbert from VCC day. On Wednesday I received a very fitting quote from him. “Humans have been uniquely gifted to build and sustain community among the peoples of the world in good times and in bad times. The gifting exists, but the choice to manifest the gift is always ours to make.”

COVID-19 has transcended all borders. As we continue to grapple with the uncertainty before us, we need to continue to work together to get through this challenge and I am confident we will be a stronger and more resilient community!

 

Sincerely,

Ajay Patel

President and CEO (Interim)
Vancouver Community College




Responding to COVID-19 through access, connection, and contribution

Posted on April 30, 2020

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Access to education is essential for a healthy society, and while physical distancing measures are vitally important right now, I also struggle daily with the fact VCC’s doors are currently closed to the public. 

More than a month into our collective fight against the spread of COVID-19, I deeply miss seeing students fill our campuses, yet I am incredibly proud of VCC’s faculty and staff for their dedication, determination, and creativity in successfully shifting more than 100 programs and 1,100 courses online in a remarkably short period of time.

Compared to many other post-secondary institutions, VCC faces a particular challenge because we specialize in practical skills and hands-on experiences. I recognize that these things are very difficult to convey at a distance, but I continue to be impressed by how quickly our students have adapted to the new learning environment. This is a testament to their determination and ability to succeed.

VCC recognized for accessibility 

Our vision statement challenges us to be “The first choice for innovative, experiential learning for life,” and accessibility is a major part of our mission and identity.

At VCC, we pride ourselves in welcoming everyone, no matter their circumstances or stage in life, and empowering them through post-secondary education. Whether through offering world-class culinary, baking, automotive, and health sciences training, serving as a hub for the Deaf and hard of hearing community, or offering free adult upgrading, we aim to make education a reality for all.

For these reasons and more, I am especially pleased to share that Building B at our Broadway campus has now been officially certified through the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) program, which recognizes meaningful access for people of all abilities. As an extra honour, VCC has trained many of the RHFAC professionals in Vancouver through an ongoing educational partnership.

An extraordinary effort

Although the doors to our campuses are closed, I want to highlight the bold and generous contributions that continue to happen behind them. I am honoured that the City of Vancouver sought our partnership, along with the B.C. Government, in producing and distributing 6,000 meals per week for our Downtown Eastside neighbours. VCC departments have also donated 60,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to our frontline workers, and VCC-based immigrant entrepreneurs are sewing hundreds of face masks for at-risk communities.

Whatever the coming months may bring, VCC fully intends to remain an institution on which our city can rely, both for educational excellence and as a focal point for community support.

I also want to thoughtfully recognize everyone who is keeping our school and our city running, often at considerable personal risk: cleaning and security staff, grocery store clerks, bus drivers, IT technicians, and more. Many of these are VCC graduates, and I proudly remember this every night at 7 p.m. as we send out a cheer for their safety.

We can and should celebrate “flattening the curve,” but it doesn’t mean the risk has disappeared. Please keep listening to our health authorities. Take physical distancing seriously. Be vigilant about hygiene. Wash your hands. The only way we can do this is together.
 

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Sincerely, 

Ajay Patel
President and CEO (interim)
Vancouver Community College




President’s message: Take time to listen

Posted on June 3, 2020

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A message from VCC president Ajay Patel

This past week has shone a bright light on the hard truth of racial and cultural disparities that have existed in communities across North America for centuries. 

As a person of colour, I can speak to my own lived experiences of racism, prejudice, and discrimination. But today, I want to remind our communities that right now we are also called to listen. 

A key goal in my work as an educator is to ensure that all of our students are able to learn and succeed in safe, inclusive, and equitable environments, empowered to achieve their career and life goals. Today, I question if that is enough.  

In Canada, we have a painful history of neglect, abuse, and oppression to the Indigenous Peoples of this land and immigrant communities that persists to date. Our Black-Canadians and communities across the country know and live stigmatization and injustice every day, and are connecting with the racial justice protests and unrest currently happening in the U.S. on a very deep level.

I wanted to write to you, not because I have answers, but because I want to encourage our VCC community to take time to listen. Challenge our thinking and beliefs. Ask ourselves about assumptions or biases that may not support dialogue and positive action in respect for all our communities. Reach out to our Black, Indigenous, and immigrant neighbours, learn about their struggles against systemic barriers, and together condemn and denounce racism and stand in solidarity for justice.

VCC proudly welcomes nearly 16,000 students each year from more than 150 countries and Indigenous Nations, speaking over 50 different languages. We strive through our institutional values to respect and celebrate differences in each other. We are committed to being an accessible college that is inclusive of everyone. This is our ongoing work at VCC, and I invite you to join in our journey.  

Lastly, I have discovered a few resources that may inform or inspire your journey as they have mine. Please find them below. 

Let’s listen, learn, and grow together,

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Ajay Patel
President and CEO
Vancouver Community College

 


Anti-racism Resources
This is a compilation of resources by Black and Indigenous leaders gathered to help us unlearn racism and colonialism, and take action for justice.

Black Lives Matter Vancouver
Organizatoin supporting the work of black folks and allies in undoing systemic racialized violence.

Hogan’s Alley Society
A non-profit organization committed to researching, preserving and publicizing Black history in Vancouver and B.C.

Also, here are some broader Canadian equity and anti-racism organizations you can support:

 

 




Fall 2020 welcome from VCC president Ajay Patel

Posted on August 31, 2020

VCC Downtown campus Dunsmuir building with logo and text overlay: President's Welcome


Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year

First, I would like to acknowledge that we at Vancouver Community College (VCC) work, learn, and live on the unceded and traditional territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations who have been stewards of this land since time immemorial. 

As president, I have the great honour to welcome back all our students, faculty, and staff returning from summer holidays, and to warmly greet the new students joining us at VCC this term.  

Earlier this spring, our college community connected, changed, and adjusted in many ways to the “new normal” of life during a pandemic, including how we deliver our programs and support our students, and where we do our work. 

While this September will be very different than the last, I know that together we will continue to rise to challenges and opportunities as we have these past months. 

I am proud that we will be providing the critical skills, quality education, and responsive support that our students count on to reach their career goals, and in doing so, contribute to the wellbeing of their families and communities. In our renewed commitment to student success, we will keep discovering new ways to define and deliver experiential learning for the thousands of our students who have chosen VCC.

We’re up to the challenge

I often think of VCC as a remarkable tree with our roots in the community. This pandemic may have shaken our branches, but our roots have grown deeper than ever, and our connections have strengthened, allowing us to contribute in ever more meaningful ways. 

At the outset of COVID-19, VCC donated 60,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to local health care providers. These materials came from departments across the college, including our dental, esthetics and makeup, hairstyling, health, science, jewellery, and auto collision programs. In all, we collected 55,000 gloves and 5,000 masks, sanitizers, gowns, viral swabs, and other cleaning supplies to support Vancouver Coastal Health frontline workers, many of whom are VCC alumni.

 

Quote: This pandemic may have shaken our branches, but our roots have grown deeper than ever.

 

As regular food distribution halted for our neighbours in the Downtown Eastside due to the pandemic, VCC immediately answered the City of Vancouver’s call for help by opening our Downtown kitchens as a meal-prep and distribution hub. I am extremely proud of our staff who worked very quickly to orchestrate a meal and food delivery program that involved the creation of 6,000 nutritious meals each week. 

Today, you will see tents and health care workers in our Broadway campus parking lot. This is because VCC is collaborating with Vancouver Coastal Heath to increase COVID-19 testing sites across Vancouver. 

VCC cares about our communities, and our roots in Vancouver and the region run deep and strong.

We have shown that we can do amazing work in difficult times. Thank you for your contributions every day that make our college and community better. I know that this fall and in the year ahead, we will continue to do great things together. 

 

Sincerely,
 

Ajay Patel
President and CEO
Vancouver Community College

 




President’s message: Celebrating VCC’s contributions

Posted on November 23, 2020

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Dear Friends,

I would like to acknowledge, with gratitude, that at VCC we work, live, and learn on the traditional and unceded territories of the  xʷməθkʷəyəm̓ (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səlilw̓ ̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.

I recently had the great honour of being appointed as Vancouver Community College’s president. In this position, one of my goals is to build awareness of the remarkable impact VCC has had, and continues to have, on our surrounding community and across the province.

When I arrived at VCC just over a year ago, I never imagined we would face such complex times in the post-secondary sector. However, over the course of 2020, our team has risen to the myriad of challenges presented by this unexpected COVID-19 pandemic in ways that have consistently impressed me.  

One thing I have learned in my tenure at VCC is that our work is integral to a robust workforce and healthy industry landscape in B.C. Our students, staff, faculty, and alumni contribute in profound ways to the success of our economy and the welfare of our province. We don’t just train students to be successful in their careers – we foster citizens that care deeply about their communities.  

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, VCC’s leaders, employees, students, and volunteers have stepped up to make major contributions to the safety and resilience of our communities. Allow me to share some of these stories now.

Responding together to COVID-19

VCC hosts VCH public COVID-19 testing site
In response to a callout from Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), VCC has offered its north parking lot at the Broadway campus to host a COVID-19 testing location.  

VCC staff make meals at Downtown campus for those in need
In partnership with the City of Vancouver, VCC’s Downtown campus training kitchens were used as a meal-prep and distribution hub for the creation and delivery of 80,000 meals to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside residents with barriers to food security.

?VCC donates 60,000 pieces of PPE to health workers?
Departments across VCC joined to collect and donate over 60,000 items including masks, sanitizers, gowns, viral swabs, and cleaning supplies to Vancouver Coastal Health. ? 

VCC distributes $195,000 in emergency funds to students in need?
More than 300 students from 40 VCC programs received support via VCC’s COVID-19 Emergency Bursary Fund, which distributed $195,000 in funding made possible through the provincial government and the VCC Foundation.  

VCC alumni contributing to the fight against COVID-19

  • Participants of VCC’s Make It! entrepreneurship program for immigrant women donated time, skills, and material to sew cloth face masks for many local, at-risk communities.
  • VCC international student Mariana Carneiro is donating 10 per cent of sales from her online jewellery shop,? Kaju, to the food bank.
  • VCC American Sign Language and Deaf Studies alumna and early childhood educator Jordyn Mitchell has been providing interpretive services and Kindergarten programming to the Deaf child of a local health care worker.?? 

I am humbled and inspired by the VCC community every single day, and I encourage you to watch this video to learn more about VCC’s response to COVID-19. 

 
Warm regards, 

Ajay Patel 
President and CEO 
Vancouver Community College  

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President’s message: Expect a return to campus in September 2021

Posted on March 8, 2021



A message from VCC president Ajay Patel

Dear college community,

I’m pleased to share that on March 8, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training Anne Kang announced that the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), Dr. Bonnie Henry advised all B.C. post-secondary institutions to begin planning for a return to safe, on-campus teaching and learning in September 2021.

“I’m encouraged by Dr. Henry’s advice that a return to in-person instruction can be done safely this fall for all students, staff, and faculty. In fact, it’s important to do so for people’s well-being,” said Minister Kang. 

This announcement is an outcome of the demonstrated leadership of the post-secondary sector in responding to COVID-19, including adopting new health and safety protocols and quickly adapting to remote learning. It is an exciting and eagerly anticipated step forward in our journey together through the pandemic.

What happens now

While this is encouraging news, please keep in mind that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over, and we must continue to follow all active health guidelines in order to realize this goal.

Looking ahead to September, VCC's Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) will immediately convene a Campus Recovery Working Group to ensure a safe, robust, and comprehensive process for returning to on-campus activities that adheres to the province’s Go-Forward guidelines [PDF].

It is important to note that VCC has continued to operate essential learning activities safely on campus during the pandemic, and we have every confidence that, over the next six months, we will be able to plan for a safe return in the fall.

As this is new information, the EOC will share plans and details as they become available.  

Let’s do this together

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult and stressful time for everyone, including VCC students, faculty, and staff. This past year has challenged all of us in ways we could never have expected. We know that young adults have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic — as evidenced by worsening mental health, increased financial instability, and concerns over diminished future prospects.

The safe return to VCC campuses will benefit everyone’s health and well-being. That’s why it is vital that we resume delivery of our programs and robust educational experiences for our students.  

Many students, faculty, and staff are eager to return to campus, while others may be feeling a bit anxious. Please be assured that at every step, we will be working with Dr. Henry and all our partners to make sure the right measures are in place to keep people safe.

A return to on-campus learning is excellent news for VCC, as well as for the economic health and strength of our communities and province. We need to get back to doing what we do best: delivering innovative, experiential learning for life.

VCC has shown that we can do amazing work in difficult times. In the year ahead, we will continue to do so. On behalf of the VCC Board of Governors, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks and admiration to all VCC employees and students for your hard work and perseverance during the past year. Brighter days are ahead.

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Best wishes,  

Ajay Patel
President and CEO
Vancouver Community College

 




President's message: BC Colleges statement on vaccine mandates

Posted on August 27, 2021

A message from VCC president Ajay Patel

Good afternoon VCC community,

As colleges across the province prepare for full on-campus activity, BC Colleges has written a statement in response to the new B.C. Public Health Orders regarding mask mandates and the new BC Vaccine Card.  

Click to download and read the BC Colleges news release. [PDF]

BC Colleges News Release Aug 27 2021

It is important to remember that in B.C., colleges operate differently from universities and are considered agents of government under the Colleges and Institutes Act. We follow the advice of the Provincial Health Officer.  

Colleges are considered low-risk environments. For the past 18 months and prior to vaccine availability, VCC remained open and successfully navigated the challenges of the pandemic with no person-to-person, on-campus transmissions.   

With the recent increase in vaccinations across the province, I am confident in our ability to incorporate the new mask mandate as the best course of action to continue to keep our community safe.  

BC Colleges shares this confidence and commitment to follow the orders set out by the Provincial Heath Officer (PHO).

We will continue to respond to the needs of our community during this health crisis by following the recommendations and guidelines set by the PHO, with the understanding that this issue is dynamic and will continue to evolve. We will provide the community with updates accordingly. 

Please help us keep our community safe and get vaccinated if you are able. You can learn more about vaccinations at gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated

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Sincerely, 

Ajay Patel
President and CEO
Vancouver Community College

 

 




President’s message: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Posted on September 27, 2021




For many people in our community, myself included, this past year has been one of incredible learning and growth. As we near the end of 2021, I believe it is more than fitting that we take a day to reflect on what reconciliation truly means to us and to our country, to grieve with our Indigenous loved ones, and to commit to do better.

In late May, the world learned that the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc had recovered the remains of 215 children from the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. Following this, as hundreds more unmarked graves were (and continue to be) revealed at other sites across the country, Canadians began to pay attention. Seemingly overnight, the topic permeated social media feeds, family conversations, workplace meetings, and classrooms alike. Children confronted their parents, teachers adapted history lessons, and journalists dug deep for accountability.

The impact of this news was immense, yet to Indigenous nations and families across Turtle Island, we must remember that it wasn’t news at all. Just as none of us would forget losing our children, they never did. We must also remember that for decades, Indigenous people have been working to bring their trauma and oppression to light in ways that our colonial culture would not write off or ignore.

Moving forward, we must keep listening, learning, and humbly sharing in the work of reconciliation as led by Indigenous people. As our community continues to heal from the widespread grief, fear, and loss of the COVID-19 pandemic, I urge you to also reflect on the ongoing healing of Indigenous people, and consciously work towards the societal healing we have yet to achieve.

To this end, I encourage the entire VCC community to visit the on-campus tables hosted by VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement department and make an “orange shirt pledge” or purchase a T-shirt from the VCC Bookstore with proceeds going to the Orange Shirt Society and BC Aboriginal Child Care Association. To take part in further reconciliation efforts, see the resources listed below.

For centuries, Canadians attempted to “kill the Indian in the child” under the guise of education. Now, these children and their descendants are teaching us. As a post-secondary community, we, especially, have a responsibility to truth, equity, and justice. If we are good students, our learning will extend beyond this tragic history and teach us great things about resilience, progress, and stewardship of the land that sustains us all.

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Sincerely,

Ajay Patel
President and CEO
Vancouver Community College

 


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Scholarships, bursaries, and awards support VCC Continuing Studies students

Posted on November 23, 2021



VCC Foundation director Nancy Nesbitt celebrates at our bi-annual Student Awards ceremony

Twice a year, Vancouver Community College (VCC) Continuing Studies students have an opportunity to access funds that can help make tuition payments easier. Scholarships, bursaries, and awards are some of the ways VCC supports students interested in upskilling and creating a path forward in their careers.

What is the difference between these three ways of getting financial help?

A scholarship is given in recognition of academic excellence or achievement.

An award is based on a broad range of criteria such as academic excellence, community involvement, leadership skills, financial need and more. How an award is distributed is determined by the donor and is meant to reflect their values and priorities.

A bursary is distributed based solely on financial need. These methods of support help students in all moments of their academic career, from entrance into a program, to those in the midst of their studies.

VCC Continuing Studies fashion, gemmology, building manager, and paralegal programs recognize students for their academic achievements; fashion design and fashion merchandising have awards that recognize the special talent required to work in these fields. Continuing Studies students also have access to several general college awards and a bursary system.

Courtney Copoc


“This award means so much! And, it’s extremely uplifting to be acknowledged and supported for all the hard work and dedication I have put into obtaining this certificate. I hope this inspires other Indigenous individuals to pursue their educational journey and always dream big.“

- Courtney Copoc, 2021 Studnt Union of VCC Award recipient


Thank you to our Students Union of VCC, Coinamatic, LandlordBC, GDI Integrated Facility Services, the British Columbia Paralegal Association, Chan Kent Foundation, the Levy family, and others that offer amazing support to our students.




VCC is top pick in 2021 Best of Vancouver

Posted on November 12, 2021




Vancouver Community College (VCC) is proud to annouce that Georgia Straight readers have once again voted us Best Culinary School and Best School for Continuing Education.

Full 2021 results

Best Culinary School

  1. Vancouver Community College
  2. The Dirty Apron Cooking School & Delicatessen
  3. Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA)

Best School for Continuing Education

  1. Vancouver Community College
  2. University of British Columbia
  3. Langara College

Interested starting your culinary career or learning something new through Continuing Studies? Sign up for an upcoming online information session for free.

 




VCC Continuing Studies supports unique learning journeys

Posted on November 23, 2021




Original version published in The Georgia Straight

Post-secondary education isn’t only for those who have recently graduated from high school. Whether you’ve taken an extended gap year or have been working full-time for the last 20 years, Vancouver Community College (VCC) will meet you exactly where you are.

At VCC, there’s a keen focus on supporting students’ personal and professional learning journeys, and VCC Continuing Studies is committed to providing students high-quality, flexible, and relevant training. In addition to learning from industry experts and exploring interests, graduates are given the opportunity to switch careers or open new pathways at their current workplace.

“From pursuing new career options to generating additional and exciting revenue streams, our course and program offerings provide the boost that will equip you for your future success,” says Adrian Lipsett, dean of Continuing Studies at VCC.

Students can choose from a variety of diverse courses and programs that will help them achieve professional success. Part-time and full-time offerings include:

See our full list of programs.

Evolving programs

With direct input from instructors, VCC regularly examines its broad scope of programming to ensure that it’s meeting industry needs while providing an engaging and supportive learning environment.

For example, the Paralegal Diploma program employs instructors whose expertise is continually shaped by their ongoing involvement in the field. This ensures its graduates are informed by current trends and remain primed to succeed as paralegal professionals.

The IT Operations Professional Certificate program was also relaunched in September 2021 after undergoing a comprehensive review. Now, it features all-new courses, up-to-date content, and a new computer lab.  

VCC Continuing Studies department has been working hard over the past year to enrich students’ experiences from the point of registration all the way through to graduation. Recently, the college was proud to launche a new registration and student information system, streamlining the online processes of registering for courses, applying for programs, and accessing transcripts.


Discover new ways to achieve your personal and professional goals by visiting vcc.ca/cs




B.C. colleges embrace microcredentials to create a more skilled workforce

Posted on November 19, 2021




Originally published in The Georgia Straight

One of the hottest buzzwords in B.C.’s post-secondary world is microcredentials.

In September, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training released a framework document [PDF] with a set of guiding principles to ensure a consistent and coordinated approach to microcredential programs across public colleges, institutes, and universities.

“Microcredentials support lifelong learning by enhancing access to post-secondary education through shorter, competency-based training opportunities,” Advanced Education and Skills Training Minister Anne Kang said in a news release. “Our government recognizes the need for opportunities to upskill and reskill, and these microcredentials will assist workers who want to transition to in-demand jobs.”

One of the first institutions out of the gates with microcredentials was Vancouver Community College. Last year, as a Certiport-authorized testing centre, it began offering a Microsoft Office Specialist exam.

Those interested in this microcredential have the option of taking VCC courses in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to improve their skills. Students who pass the test receive digital badges that can be posted on LinkedIn profiles.

"I’m proud of our post-secondary institutions for stepping up to the challenge and delivering these courses to help meet the needs of a rapidly changing workforce,” Kang said.

In September, the B.C. government announced $5 million in funding to support the creation of 35 more of these programs at public post-secondary institutions.

VCC’s dean of Continuing Studies, Adrian Lipsett, told the Straight by phone that his school is developing a microcredential in ecommerce that will include three courses.

“It doesn’t need to be yearlong,” Lipsett said. “It can be quite short – quite compressed – and meet the student where they need it.”

Continue reading in The Georgia Straight >


Give your career or your business a boost with skills training by VCC Continuing Studies.




VCC convocation recap – Fall 2021

Posted on November 19, 2021




Vancouver Community College (VCC) was proud to celebrate the hard work, commitment, and excellence of 1,292 graduates in an online convocation ceremony held on Thursday, Nov. 18. The event was conducted on Zoom and live streamed for family, friends, and the community.

Guests were welcomed to traditional and unceded xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territory by Elder Deanna George, and treated to a performance by Squamish musicians Spakwus Slolem (Eagle Song Dancers).

Following a beautiful rendition of O Canada by VCC alumna Elaine Shepherd, VCC president and CEO Ajay Patel addressed the graduating class with a challenging message:

“As you enter the working world as VCC graduates, my first challenge for you is to use your learning for good – fight racism and discrimination and stand for fairness and kindness. Our path to healing and reconciliation requires all of us committing to learning about our shared past, listening to Indigenous truths, and working respectfully together for a just, equitable, and inclusive future.”

VCC’s Fall 2021 valedictorian Vanvisa Sataglamp then addressed the audience, sharing memories of her program and encouragement for her fellow graduates. Next, the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Inclusion, Democracy and Reconciliation was presented to Gladue Report Writing graduate Courtney Copoc, and the Governor General’s Academic Medal was presented to practical nursing graduate Emily Caudle. Finally, an inspirational alumni address was delivered by Chef Laura Dawe:

“You now have the tools to steer your careers upwards, no matter what life throws your way. Continue to work hard and remain focused on your goals. Let your passion for your field guide you. But most of all, enjoy yourself along the way.”

Degrees, diplomas, and certificates were awarded to the following areas: 

  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Hospitality, Food Studies and Applied Business
  • School of Trades, Technology and Design
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Continuing Studies
  • Library and Teaching & Learning Services 

Congratulations to our VCC grads! Learn about the perks and benefits you now receive as VCC alumni.  




Career FAQ: Automotive Collision and Refinishing Diploma

Posted on August 12, 2021

Auto trades are one of the top demand trades in our province (B.C.). Check some frequently asked questions about career opportunities and how VCC prepares international students in Automotive Collision and Refinishing Diploma for employment.

 

Image: @VCCautobody Instagram

 

What type of work may be expected?

  • Detailing: interior/exterior cleaning
  • Refinishing Prep (sanding, masking, priming)
  • Bodywork: removing installing parts, sheet metal repair, dent repair, welding
  • Autoglass: removing/installing

 

Where do VCC graduates work in Vancouver?

 

What is the salary range?

 

Image: @VCCautobody Instagram

 

How does VCC prepare students for employment?

  • Theory and practical training at VCC's Auto Shop
  • Resume building, mock interviews, and job searching skills
  • Instructors connect students to part-time and full-time jobs.

 

What are students' experiences in this program?

 

Image: @VCCautobody Instagram

 




VCC restaurants reopening, Chef's Table 2021 - BC Vaccine Card requirements

Posted on October 1, 2021

BC Vaccine Card required

Starting Monday, Sept. 13, JJ's Restaurant and The Bistro at VCC’s Downtown campus require guests to meet the province's BC Vaccine Card requirements. JJ's is open for lunch reservations and walk-ins. The same regulations apply to VCC's Chef's Table pop-up kitchen events running three evenings per week during September. The Bistro opens on Sept. 21

Until Sept. 26, both restaurants will accept the printed proof of vaccination from a pharmacy or vaccination clinic if supplied with BC government ID.

Exempted service outlets

VCC's cafeterias and Seiffert Market, popular for its daily fresh-baked goods, are exempt from BC Vaccine Card requirements.

VCC’s Salon and Spa, which provides competitively-priced hairstyling and esthetics, is also exempt from BC Vaccine Card requirements but will be requiring customers to wear face masks at all times. Services are by appointment only.

VCC's Dental Clinic is open for weekday appointments. For dental hygiene services, please call the receptionist at 604-443-8499 and schedule a 45-minute screening appointment.

 

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Chef's Table 2021

 

Vancouver Community College's Culinary Arts program is proud to present the Chef’s Table Dinner Series.

You'll enjoy a five-course, fixed menu with optional wine pairings served in an intimate setting with only 12 seats available per night.

Purchase tickets early to avoid disappointment. Table bookings can be made online on JJ's Open Table reservation page (scroll down to find Chef's Table). Please note the BC Vaccine Card program begins at all licensed restaurants on Sept. 13.

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When:

September: 14-16, 21-23

October: 5-7, 12-14, 19-21

November: 2,4,9-10,16-18, 30

December: 1-2, 7-9, 14-16

VCC Chefs Table Menu

Where:
Vancouver Community College - Downtown campus
JJ's Restaurant, 250 West Pender Street

 


See what Vancouver is saying about VCC's Chef's Table!

Vancouver Sun
Restaurant Review: The Chef’s Table gets an A for food
Chef’s Table at Vancouver Community College offers Michelin quality food.

Good Life Vancouver
Chef Hamid Salimian’s VCC Students Deliver A Tantalizing Meal

 

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Career FAQ: Dental Technology Sciences Diploma

Posted on October 4, 2021



VCC is the only public post-secondary institution in B.C. offering a Dental Technology Sciences Diploma. Students learn traditional and digital technologies used in the design and fabrication of dental restorative prostheses, orthodontic appliances, and implant-supported restorations to work as professional and licensed Dental Technicians.

 

What do dental technicians do?

  • Design and make dental devices like crowns and bridges, dentures, orthodontics, and sports and night guards


Where might VCC graduates find employment?

  • There are well over 200 registered dental laboratories in British Columbia. Most laboratories are in Metro Vancouver, and many on Vancouver Island and in the interior regions of the province.
  • Laboratory sizes can range from a one-person operation to corporations employing more than 200 persons.

 

How does VCC connect students to employment opportunities?

  • This program includes a 15-week external practicum during the 5th Semester.
  • Students are placed in commercial laboratories with invaluable experiential learning, and the placement provides an excellent opportunity to develop a network of potential employers.
  • Employers reach out to the VCC in search of possible employees, as there is a shortage of skilled dental technicians in our province.


How much do VCC graduates make?

  • New graduate: $20 - $21 per hour
  • Alumni: $25 – $40 per hour
  • Many VCC alumni become supervisors and Laboratory Owners with more earnings.
  • Annual Median Salary in B.C.: approximately $50,000


What are some examples of recent job opportunities as of September 2021?

 

What are the admissions requirements?

  • Grade 12 graduation
  • IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0), or Duolingo 105, or equivalent
  • Human Biology 12 with a C+
  • One of the following with a C+ grade: Chemistry 11, Math 11 or Physics 11
  • Portfolio
  • Qualified applicants will be required to have an interview with VCC

 

More Information about this program?


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VCC Baking and Pastry learning experience

Posted on October 15, 2021

My Tien Truong (Tina) recently graduated from VCC’s Baking and Pastry Dual Certificates in Winter 2021. Check out what Tina has to say about her experiences.

 

What do you like most about studying at VCC?

VCC is like my second home, where I’ve met wonderful people who teach me to become a better version of myself and guide me to the right path for my future career. I can’t thank enough all of my instructors - Laurie Vestergaard, Wolfgang Dauke, Lisa Wagner, Alan Dobko, Betty Chubey, and all of the baking assistants at VCC. I feel grateful for all of their works, efforts, and comments. Even though we had been through a very tough year as classes were delivered online due to COVID-19, VCC did their best to help us back to the lab and finish our last semester.

 

( Starry Night Chocolate Box )

 

What is the most creative project you’ve ever done?

I love the Plated Dessert Course and Chocolatier Course in the Baking program. There is more room to create and present our artistic designs on the plate. One of my most creative items is the “Cococado Dessert.” It is basically coconut ice-cream and avocado smoothie, but what makes this special is that condensed milk is added to the ice cream.  I get inspired by a Vietnamese dessert back home called Kem Bơ. My instructor was very impressed when she tried my Cococado as it was the first time she tried avocado in a sweet dessert. Besides, VCC is a good place for people who want to “be bold”, and experience new things.

 

(Coconut Icecream and Avocado Smoothie )

 

How do you contribute to your classes and help your classmates?

In baking, I think we mostly learn from each other, mutually learn from one another, and share techniques and even mistakes. It is very important to work as a team and support each other in the lab. This is also a reason why we consider and treat others as a part of our family.

 

(Italian Macaron)

 

Learn professional techniques for artisanal bread and fine pastry production from Canada’s top bakers in a fully equipped industrial kitchen. Sign up for our Info Session or check our website to learn more about Baking and Pastry programs at VCC.

 

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VCC president Ajay Patel recognized by Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards

Posted on November 18, 2021




Vancouver Community College (VCC) is proud to share that our president and CEO Ajay Patel has been recognized with one of this year’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards.

This prestigious people’s choice award honours inspirational immigrants who have made a positive impact on their communities since arriving in Canada and recognizes the achievements of all immigrants including community advocates, volunteers, successful entrepreneurs, and cultural icons.

“It is extremely humbling to be amongst this cohort of distinguished leaders. This award is really a tribute to those who paved the way, many generations ago, for all of us as visitors to this land. The challenges, barriers, and discriminations they faced, and sacrifices they made so that immigrants like me could achieve our goals is what this recognition is about. I invite everyone to not forget these sacrifices as we shape the future,” says Ajay. 

Born in Fiji, Ajay moved to Canada in 1975 and grew up in East Vancouver. He graduated from VCC’s Human Kinetics program in 1992 and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia. He is a provincial leader in sports and international education and was confirmed as president of VCC on Jan. 24, 2020.

Ajay adds, “To my immediate and extended family members, please know this recognition reflects the love and support from every one of you. And to my friends and colleagues, thank you for continuing to inspire me every day. I am deeply grateful.”

VCC is now doubly proud as our Vice President, Students and Community Development Jane Shin was also honoured with a Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award in 2019. 

Past winners from B.C. also include Senator Yuen Pau Woo, SUCCESS CEO Queenie Choo, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan, and BroadbandTV Corp Founder Shahrzad Rafati.

This year’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards winners were announced on Thursday, Nov. 18 and can be viewed at www.canadianimmigrant.ca and in Canadian Immigrant magazine.

Congratulations Ajay! 


Learn more about VCC’s Leadership Team and new Strategic Innovation Plan that will re-shape our campuses and programs to best meet the evolving needs of B.C. students and industry.




Province helps equip students for success with new tech, trades tools

Posted on November 10, 2021




Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to be one of 20 B.C. post-secondary institutions to receive $150,000 to fund technologically advanced trades equipment, as announced on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

Prior to the announcement, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training Anne Kang, Vancouver False Creek MLA Brenda Bailey, and VCC president and CEO Ajay Patel toured VCC’s training kitchens, on-site bakeries, and hair salon and spa, meeting with dozens of student apprentices in honour of Apprenticeship Recognition Month.

“Investing in students is an important part of building a stronger B.C.,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. “Students across the province will have the opportunity to learn the latest techniques with state-of-the-art technology and equipment, preparing them for their future careers.”

The funding will allow students throughout B.C. to gain the hands-on training they need to start a career in the skilled trades. Approximately 73,000 job openings are expected in the 10-year period 2019-29.

“At VCC, we know the value of keeping our trades programs aligned with industry standards,” said Ysabel Sukic, department leader of Culinary Arts. “This funding will help our students continue to learn on the same equipment they will use in the workforce. We appreciate the government’s support in helping us continue to offer students the best tools while training at VCC.”

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 Interested in learning more about starting a career in trades or technology? Sign up for an upcoming free online information session.

 




‘Tis the season for taxes - tips for fiscal year-end

Posted on November 10, 2021



With the fiscal year coming to an end for many businesses, filing for taxes can seem like a daunting task. Whether you are the owner or employee of a small to medium-sized business, accounting software, such as QuickBooks, can help you manage payments, bills and payroll.

Here are some tips to get the most out of your fiscal year end procedures:

1. Keep track of all the expenses:
To help maximize your deductions, keep a record of your receipts, deposit slips, agreements, and invoices. In addition, you may be able to deduct your mileage, travel expenses, accommodations, and some meals. Be sure to have supporting documents.

2. Purchasing assets:
Asset depreciation usually must be made over several years, and your business can only claim half of the annual depreciation in the year of the acquisition. It may make sense to make a major capital purchase towards the end of the fiscal year to utilize the write-off sooner.

3. Home office expenses:
For those using a home workspace for more than 50% of the time, you may be able to deduct a portion of your home office expenses, such as utilities, house insurance, property taxes, mortgage interest, office equipment, maintenance, and more. These expenses cannot be used for creating a loss; however, the unused portion of deductible expenses can be carried forward.

4. Plan for salary or dividends:
As an owner of a business which generates an income, you may decide to be compensated in the form of a salary or dividends. Remember that, for taxes on corporations, you may deduct salary as an expense but not dividends.

5. Keep your business account only for business transactions:
Any deposits will be treated as an income, unless proven otherwise. For deposits that are not income (loans, transaction reversals, or refunds), be sure to keep all supporting documentation.

6. File on time:
Paying a late-filing penalty can put a dent in your profits. Consider online filing to save time and hassle, and to minimize inaccuracies.


 

To learn or refresh your skills on popular accounting software, check out VCC's part-time QuickBooks desktop courses offered through Continuing Studies. Taught by instructors with years of industry experience, these classes offer hands- on training using scenarios that mirror real-world situations.




Support VCC students this #GivingTuesday

Posted on November 10, 2021

Double your impact with donation matching Nov. 30 until Dec. 31

It’s that time of year where our actions can lead to positive change in the lives of VCC students. All gifts big and small between now and Dec. 31, 2021 will help build VCC student scholarship and bursary funds. Fend off the #blackfridayblues and visit vcc.ca/makeagift to make your gift today.

Plus, your gift will go even further since all donations made between November 30 and December 31 will be matched up to $20,000!

How to give

  • make a gift early – double the impact of your gift by donating before Dec. 31, 2021 and we’ll match your gift, dollar-to-dollar at vcc.ca/makeagift
  • employee-giving through payroll deduction: if you are already giving through payroll deduction, we will automatically match your gifts during this period. Top up if you’d like, but there is no action required! If you need to enroll, download a payroll deduction here.
  • buy a coffee by donation at Blenz at the Broadway campus, Building B on November 30 and for any donation of $15 or more, enjoy a free latte or hot chocolate, or mocha!

Please spread the word

Celebrate your donation and/or encourage others to give by tagging us on Twitter or Facebook and using the hashtag #GivingTuesday.

Join #GivingTuesday and help change a student’s life!


 




Speechless: VCC Graphic Design 2021 grad show

Posted on November 2, 2021




It's called Speechless, but that's not stopping VCC Graphic Design students from talking up their latest works in this 2021 grad show.

In the online show, 12 graphic design students will promote their work and skills to an audience made of industry and future clients.

Through VCC's in-house Studio Nuvo at the Downtown campus, students have been taking on assignments in print and web work, branding, and visual design as part of their training. Much of what's produced at the studio ends up as part of the students' portfolios.

Studio Nuvo is always looking for clients and the annual grad show is a great way to find out more.

Speechless – VCC Graphic Design 2021 Grad Show

When: Thursday, Nov. 4, 6 p.m.
Where: Zoom
Register: Eventbrite

 Speechless grad show design samples


Instagram grey @speechless.design 




New consolidation system at VCC

Posted on September 27, 2021




Vancouver Community College (VCC) has implemented a new design for our waste consolidation stations throughout the Broadway and Downtown campuses. 

This new design aligns with the Vancouver Municipality Recycling Collection System. 

One notable change: In our previous system, mixed paper was collected in the blue bin; in the new system the mixed paper is collected in the yellow bin. 

Our overall goal is to recycle as much as possible and limit the use of the black bins. If we recycle properly, there should be very little landfill/waste energy garbage. 

Please take the time to look at the placards below and familiarize yourself with the collection system. 

Zero waste is our goal.

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How to access free, 24/7 counselling services for students

Posted on October 29, 2021




As post-secondary students return to in-person learning and the demands of busy lives, Vancouver Community College (VCC) wants to ensure that free counselling and mental health supports are easily accessible.

Here2Talk is a mental health counselling and referral service available to all B.C. post-secondary students. The service offers confidential, free, single-session services by app, phone, or online chat, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How to access Here2Talk

B.C. post-secondary students can access professional counselling services by:

Students calling from outside Canada can also dial 604.642.5212 (international calling charges may apply). Phone services are available in additional languages upon request.

The Here2Talk service is operated by LifeWorks, and can support students dealing with challenges such as depression, anxiety, loneliness, pressure to perform, crises, racism, and relationships. Counsellors will also be equipped to refer students to local resources in their communities.


VCC Counselling Services

At VCC, counselling services are available free of charge to all registered students and applicants. VCC’s counselling team consists of trained, professional counsellors who are able to support you in the management of personal issues that may affect your academic performance or personal well-being.

Counselling reception for both VCC campuses can be reached by calling 604.871.7000, option 2.

VCC Counselling office hours

Broadway campus  
Monday, Tuesday, Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. 
Thursday  10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Downtown campus   
Monday - Wednesday, Friday  8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m 
Thursday  10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

 


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From costumes to couture: How VCC Fashion cultures creativity

Posted on October 27, 2021




According to VCC Fashion instructional assistant Allison Drake, the best part of Halloween is getting to bend the “rules” of garment construction and create fantasy.
 

Especially for people with a foundation of professional fashion design skills, Allison says the sky’s the limit on Halloween. “In the fashion industry, you are normally designing to a brief, and you're restricted to what your customer wants or needs." When it comes to costumes, however, Allison says the brief is shifted to simply making a wild idea come to life. "For Halloween, if you know how to put things together and you want to be a giant centipede, it’s totally feasible!” 

Psychologists have said that Halloween costumes can serve as outlets for parts of our personalities that we don’t get to show in daily life, such as boldness, sexiness, or silliness. At VCC, fashion programs and courses take this idea beyond costumes and into the real world, asking students: why do you wear what you wear, or how do your clothes make you feel or help you represent yourself? “We get people thinking a little deeper about why they get dressed in the morning,” says Allison, “and who they’re designing for.”

Designing different

Year-round, students in VCC’s Fashion Design and Production programs are also encouraged to exercise their creativity through illustrating, drafting patterns, and sewing original garments.

After learning the basics of drafting, construction, and design, VCC Fashion students in their second year focus on making a mini collection that is showcased at Vancouver Fashion Week.

In this process, many students end up exploring specialized skills such as corsetry, fibre arts, or die-cutting, leading them to ask "how do I make this?" To support individual student projects, VCC instructors will occasionally develop custom workshops or recruit guest instructors to ensure the students’ visions can come to life. 

This term, VCC instructors developed a workshop focused on the properties of stretch fabrics, as numerous students were designing tight-fitting bodysuits or “catsuits." Corsetry/lingerie sessions are also in the works, and leading up to this Halloween, VCC instructors opened up the sewing lab on a Saturday to work alongside students designing costumes. 

So, whether a student’s signature style involves stripes, spandex, or centipedes, VCC Fashion is ready to help make their designs a reality. “We have such a wonderful base of instructors with all different talents,” says Allison,” and we want to empower students to learn.” 


Get the skills to bring your creativity to life. Learn more about VCC certificates in Fashion Design and Production and Fashion Merchandising or individual fashion courses.

 




RBC Foundation’s $45K grant augments virtual skills training

Posted on October 20, 2021




Over the past 18 months, organizations have had to pivot and change to respond to new challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Vancouver Community College (VCC) led the way by finding new ways to continue teaching essential skills to students both virtually and in-person – while safely maintaining nearly 40 per cent occupancy during the pandemic.

RBC Foundation stepped up to help address new student needs. In 2020, RBC donated $45,000 in support of a face-to-face program that was placed on hold at the pandemic’s outset. Recognizing the new challenges students were facing, RBC quickly agreed to reallocate these funds to purchase augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) technology to our trades’ departments to allow students to practice their skills while off-campus.

The first cohort to take advantage of the new technology were students from VCC's Auto Collision and Refinishing program, students originating from China, Iran, South Korea, Taiwan, and India were able to practice virtual car-painting skills prior to classroom re-entry.

“Students were able to practice the physical motions of automotive refinishing at home and have had more time developing the muscle memory that is required to refinish. Through an app, students receive feedback on travel speed, spray gun distance, and spray gun angle – which are aspects of painting that are very difficult to explain to new students,” says Brett Griffiths, VCC Dean of Trades, Technology and Design.

Students reported having very positive experiences with the virtual learning tool. “Oculus was very helpful in learning automotive paint. It actually helped a lot in controlling my speed and distance from the painting surface and was directly related to actual painting,” notes one student.

An unexpected benefit to using AR/VR technology to assist virtual learning was that students gained confidence while attempting new skills in the privacy of their own home and without being concerned about wasting product.

“The Oculus helped a lot in gaining motor skills, “highlights another student. “It’s a great tool for someone like me, who never had painted before, to gain confidence and become comfortable with the equipment and finding what works for me (or not) and how I should move/position my body before actually going into a paint booth.”

“RBC’s gift will definitely keep on giving as additional VCC cohorts and programs can utilize this same equipment with a variety of software. These shifts in how and where we learn are silver linings revealed out of difficult times,” says VCC Foundation Director Nancy Nesbitt.


We thank RBC Foundation for their generosity and willingness to be flexible and meet the needs of our students.




Raising up Health Care Assistants this HCA Day

Posted on October 18, 2021




A message from Lisa Beveridge, department head, VCC Continuing Care


Monday, Oct. 18 marks Health Care Assistant (HCA) Day in British Columbia. HCA Day was first introduced in 2011 by the B.C. government to recognize the tremendous difference that HCAs make in the lives of thousands of British Columbians who struggle with complex health challenges.

Over the years, Health Care Assistants have had many different job titles. They have been called Residential Care Aides, Home Support Workers, Long-Term Care Aides, Home Health Aides, Continuing Care Assistants, and Personal Care Attendants, yet they all provide frontline personal care and assistance to people who are unable to fully manage their own daily needs.

The creation of a provincial curriculum for Health Care Assistants, the BC Care Aid Registry, and HCA day have all helped create unity and consistency across the service areas and given these frontline workers one united name: Health Care Assistants. These developments have brought attention and support to the vital work that HCAs do in settings such as complex care, assisted living, home support, and group homes.

There are currently 38,000 registered HCAs in B.C., but over the next 10 years, WorkBC projects that over 18,000 jobs will need to be created to match the growth in the province's senior population. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the essential nature of HCAs and the growing demand for more HCA graduates. VCC’s HCA graduates have never been as valuable as they are today and the skills, ethics, and standards learned in the program will go far to improve the lives of the people we love and meet the needs of this growing demographic.

Please join VCC's School of Health Sciences in celebrating and recognizing faculty and students in the HCA program and to show our appreciation for their hard work and dedication to our health care system. May they be positive agents of change, hope, and comfort to our ill, elderly, and disabled clients during these troubling times.

Working as an HCA during COVID-19

In honour of HCA Day, Choose2Care BC has created a video about the experience of HCAs working during the COVID-19 pandemic. 



Read the 2021 proclamation for Health Care Assistant Day from the B.C. government.


Learn more about the courses and programs available at VCC to help you start your health care career.




Becoming a global citizen with collaborative international learning at VCC

Posted on October 19, 2021




Imagine working on a real-world humanitarian problem with students in different countries from around the world. For one Vancouver Community College (VCC) student, the UMAP Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) program allowed him to do just that.

Syed Hussain, a third-year domestic student in VCC’s Bachelor of Hospitality Management program, is the college’s first participant to complete the opportunity this fall – made possible by the University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP), a consortium with over 200 higher education institutions from 23 countries in Asia and the Pacific Rim.

“My assumptions were challenged when working with international students,” says Syed, currently a duty manager at Coast Coal Harbour in Vancouver. “I also got to learn about new tools and technology I’d never heard of before and that could help me in my career later down the road.”

Global goals

Over seven weeks from August to October, COIL students collaborated on projects related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Syed’s group consisted of students from Japan, Mexico, and Chile who researched drowning prevention around the world.

According to Syed, while Canadian statistics show a decline in drowning deaths over the years thanks to swimming education and the use of lifeguards, other countries such as Chile and Mexico lack such resources. Japan, specifically, has been doubling down on efforts to teach more citizens to swim, especially after the 2011 tsunami took the lives of thousands of people.

Gaining such global awareness and learning to work across borders are some of the most valuable benefits of the COIL program for Syed, who hopes to become a hotel consultant in the future and help businesses make data-driven decisions to better run their operations.

The exchange experience

In January 2021, VCC became the International Secretariat of UMAP, which aims to provide intercultural learning opportunities to as many students as possible, either through fully immersive international exchange semesters or through virtual programs such as COIL for working students like Syed who are unable to travel abroad.

“Programs such as these bring new perspectives to the classroom, and, in turn, give students the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills to an informed global citizen,” says Chelsey Laird, director of UMAP at VCC. “These opportunities expose you to different ways of thinking and give you a chance to work with people abroad that you otherwise would not have had.”

While the thought of going on exchange or working across time zones may seem daunting at first, Syed encourages any student at VCC to jump right in if this is something they are considering.

“Don’t be shy,” he says. “This is a great learning opportunity, especially working with different cultures.”


Learn more about studying abroad and gaining intercultural knowledge as part of your learning experience. Contact the UMAP team (umap@vcc.ca) for information about the UMAP consortium and other exchange opportunities for students at VCC. 




With technical training, VCC students highly sought after for employment

Posted on October 13, 2021



 

Originally published on Trimble.com

Founded in the late 1940s, the Vancouver Community College (VCC) Steel Construction Modelling program is one of only a handful of steel detailing programs worldwide. Over the years, the program has developed a reputation for being a valuable source for well-trained graduates with firsthand technical detailing experience.

With the industry constantly in search of candidates with technical detailing experience and students asking for more opportunities to learn software they would use in the field, VCC began exploring new ways to provide the next generation of industry leaders with the technical knowledge they need to start and grow their careers. In 2008, after a donation from Trimble, VCC began teaching students how to use Tekla Structures, a structural building information modeling (BIM) software for creating, combining, managing and sharing 3D models. 

When student graduate Lindsay Meikle started the steel detailing program in the Fall of 2019, he began an academic journey that would eventually lead to his first job as a steel detailer.

Fast-tracking students for employment

Lindsay Meikle worked as a welder and fabricator before an injury forced him to transition to an office-focused career. He was drawn to the steel detailing program at VCC because of its proximity and reputation for fast tracking students into in-demand construction careers. 

The 10-month program started with several months devoted to Autocad for drafting before Meikle moved into steel detailing where he learned the codes and standards that would be expected of him once hired into the industry. With a solid foundation in place, he began learning about BIM and began using Tekla Structures for 3D modeling, first learning the training manual before applying those skills to specific industrial and commercial projects.

By the time he graduated with the Stan Phipps Award, which is given to the top academic performer of the year, Meikle had used Tekla Structures for four out of the ten months of the program and had begun working part-time as a junior steel detailer for Exact Detailing prior to graduation. Exact Detailing, a steel detailing company based in British Columbia, uses Tekla Structures extensively on everything from residential staircases and industrial projects to large commercial developments.

“My first job at Exact Detailing was to help with drawing and editing for a new large data center in the Pacific Northwest,” said Meikle. “It was a complicated project with a lot of moving parts. I could not have done my job without the prior training using Tekla Structures. It gave me the foundation and experience I needed to hit the ground running on this project.” 

Meikle is a year into his job and has worked on several interesting projects, including steel and pipe modeling, miscellaneous steel and numerous commercial jobs, all aided by his Tekla Structures training. 

Fueling the local labour pipeline

Matt Arnott, the Director of Admin at Exact Detailing is no stranger to VCC as the company has been hiring graduates from the steel detailing program since 2000. While it also sources students from a wide variety of other programs, VCC is preferred due to its extensive Tekla Structures training, which gives incoming candidates a leg up compared to other new employees. 

“I can’t stress how valuable this training is for us because it provides incoming job candidates with the skills they need to succeed on day one,” said Arnott. “Otherwise, they have to learn on the job, which typically takes at least six months to a year, time that we have to source from existing staff who are willing to impart their knowledge to bring them up to speed. It’s very time intensive and can detract from getting work done on in-demand projects.” 

Arnott also credits the VCC with helping students understand the industry and what’s expected of them - from how things are built, to giving them the vocabulary they need to understand the workflow. Graduates adapt well once they’re out on the job, and the technical skills they acquire are typically long vs. short term.

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Build solid foundations in the CAD & BIM technologies for an advanced start in the engineering, architecture, and construction science industries. Learn more about the program at our free virtual open house Experience VCC on Oct. 26 & 27.




Understanding and breaking down anti-Indigenous racism in health care

Posted on September 28, 2021




During the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of quality health care in our lives has become clearer than ever. For many Indigenous people, however, Canada’s health care system continues to be a source of discrimination and pain. As we recognize the new National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Sept. 30), Vancouver Community College (VCC) faculty and staff are pursuing specialized training to break down anti-Indigenous racism in health care and beyond. 

Commissioned in 2020 by the B.C. government, the report In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in B.C. Health Care [PDF] unequivocally confirmed that stereotyping, prejudice, and racist treatment are common experiences for Indigenous people (especially women) in health care at all levels. This, in turn, negatively affects the overall health and wellness of Indigenous peoples in B.C.

The report reviews the history of segregated, government-operated “Indian hospitals” which were established out of fear about Indigenous people passing on diseases to the settler population. These hospitals, which ran from the 1930s to 1980s, were not only underequipped but also frequently used as sites for medical research and experimentation.

The In Plain Sight report continues by analyzing the modern-day experiences of more than 9,000 people including many Indigenous patients and health care workers. The report shares repeated stories of Indigenous patients in medical distress who were presumed to be drunk, sent away, accused of being high or seeking drugs, denied access to washrooms, made to endure comments about being “sterilized,” and so on.

In the report summary, author Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond stresses “the need for immediate, principled and comprehensive efforts to eliminate prejudice and discrimination against Indigenous peoples. This is essential if we aspire to an accessible and effective health care system.”

Indigenous Cultural Safety Training at VCC

In our continuing work to combat historical and systemic anti-Indigenous racism, VCC is pleased to share that 50 faculty members from the School of Health Sciences are registered to complete San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training. This program, provided by the B.C. Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), is a set of facilitated online modules designed to increase understanding of Indigenous history and culture, enhance self-awareness, and give valuable context to anyone working directly or indirectly with Indigenous people.

VCC’s 50 health sciences faculty (and counting) will join the 100+ employees from across the college who have already completed the program.

“Instructors who have completed San’yas express having a much deeper understanding of Indigenous history and the role of cultural safety, not only in health care education, but in all instructional practices. It’s very encouraging to see this influencing the next generation of professionals,” says Reba Noel, Dean of Indigenous Initiatives at VCC.

A portion these new registrations were made possible by a grant from the B.C. Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture. Thanks to additional commitments by VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement department and VCC People Services, the college is continuing to offer San’yas training opportunities to staff and instructors.


Learn more about VCC’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation by reading President Ajay Patel’s invitation to listen, learn, and heal together

 




Q&A with Lennox Griffith, IV Therapy and Insertion instructor

Posted on July 28, 2021




Vancouver Community College (VCC) instructor Lennox Griffith talks about the nursing student’s journey and the importance of IV therapy skills.

What do you teach? 
I have been teaching part-time at VCC since 2012 in the practical nursing program in addition to Continuing Studies where I teach IV Therapy and Insertion (HLTH 1403), and Physical Assessment for Nurses (HLTH 1271). 

What do you love about teaching? 
I appreciate the energy and passion students have for learning and developing new skills, and I feel privileged to be able to share in their enthusiasm as they reach their goals. Nursing students often make many personal sacrifices to be able to attend school. It is very rewarding to be able to provide support and assist them on their learning journey. 

What is your full-time job? 
I am currently a nurse practice consultant with Indigenous Services Canada. I provide education and support to nurses employed in providing primary care in First Nations Communities in Northern Manitoba. 

What is an interesting thing about your journey?
My wife is a nursing instructor and her passion and dedication to nursing education was my inspiration. During nursing school and throughout my nursing career, I have been exposed to many great instructors and role models, and have been provided an abundance of support.

Why are IV Therapy skills so important to the role of the nurse? 
IV therapy is an effective method of administering fluid, medication, and treatments in both emergency and non-emergent situations. IV insertion and Therapy requires both skill and knowledge on the part of the nurse in initiation, monitoring, and evaluation of its effectiveness, and in avoiding any potential complications. 

Who should take the IV Therapy course? 
Many patients in hospital will require an IV and nurses, whether they be an RN, RPN, or LPN, require the knowledge and skill to safely initiate and provide IV therapy. The course is well suited for nurses who may not have received IV insertion skills in their nursing education, and for those wanting a refresher. 


IV Therapy and Insertion (HLTH 1403) is a one-day, 7-hour course held the VCC Broadway campus. See the schedule and register now for our next session.

 

 




What are microcredentials? VCC now offers Microsoft Office Specialist exam

Posted on March 11, 2020

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Originally published in The Georgia Straight

Anyone searching for a job online has come across postings that list Microsoft Office skills as a requirement for applicants, but how can a person know if they’re really comfortable using all of the applications, including PowerPoint, Access, and Excel? And how can an employer determine if a job seeker is truly proficient?

There is a new way to answer these questions, according to Sid Khullar, coordinator of the technology and trades program at Vancouver Community College (VCC) Continuing Studies.

That’s because VCC has become a Certiport-authorized testing centre, which means it will begin offering a Microsoft Office Specialist exam option at the Downtown campus. The first test date is May 23.

“There is an increasing focus on microcredentials,” said Khullar. “Once a person gets certified, they can proudly broadcast their accomplishment with digital badges on their website, on social media, and on professional platforms like LinkedIn. Certiport offers those professional badges.”

Certification is job-applicant gold

Anyone who takes the test can validate their skills in any of the Microsoft Office 2016 applications, including Word. Khullar said certification of skills is becoming increasingly relevant in the digital economy, and hiring managers consider certification a valuable tool to screen applicants.

For those who feel they need to brush up on their skills, VCC also offers general courses in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. “These courses are not designed to prepare them for certification,” he said, “but they will certainly help people learn about the topics and help them prepare.”

Khullar suggested that the Microsoft Office Specialist exam could be suitable for a wide range of people, including students, administrators, and those between jobs. Not only can certification increase a person’s earning potential, it can validate one’s skills and increase self-confidence as well.

Khullar said it can also assure employers that a worker can complete certain tasks efficiently and accurately. That, in turn, boosts productivity and employees’ motivation.

Certiport’s Canadian partner is CCI Learning, which is providing VCC with vouchers to offer the test to students. For a limited time, Khullar said, the cost of the voucher and proctoring fee are included in the tuition fee of $89 (subject to change).

Getting technical

Microsoft Office Specialist is not the only area of certification that VCC is exploring. Microsoft Azure is an ever-expanding set of cloud services that securely enables organizations to meet their business challenges, and VCC will be offering a course in cloud computing that will help prepare students to write the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals (AZ-900) exam. This will also be available in May 2020.

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Learn more about the many computer skills and information technology courses available through VCC Continuing Studies.




Building service worker plus training at VCC

Posted on September 16, 2021




Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to offer a specialized, no-cost Building Service Worker program to support recent immigrants experiencing difficulties securing employment.

Building Service Worker+ (BSW) is a 12-week, full-time Skills Training for Employment (STE) program that provides the classroom training, hands-on work experience, and certifications needed to secure employment in the building service field. Program graduates will have the qualifications required to secure employment as janitors, caretakers, custodians, building service workers, housekeepers, maintenance workers, or general helpers. 

Each cohort has 16 seats available. Upon completion, participants will receive a VCC credential and three industry certifications: WHMIS, Pool Operator Level 1, and SuperHost.

Funding for this program is provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund.

Training schedule

Cohort 2: Sept. 27 - Dec. 17, 2021
Cohort 3: Dec. 6, 2021 - March 11, 2022

(Schedule includes three weeks of work experience) 

Elegibility criteria

You may be eligible if you are:

  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person (under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, S.C. 2001, C. 27) legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Living in British Columbia
  • Unemployed or precariously employed (working in unstable employment or self-employment with irregular work).

Admission requirements

In addition to the above eligibility requirements, applicants must have:

  • English language proficiency of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 6 or above
  • The ability to commit to a full-time program for 12 weeks
  • No allergies to cleaning agents/chemicals
  • A clean criminal record 

Fees and other costs

All tuition is covered and at no additional cost to the employer or individual participant.

Application process

All eligible participants must attend an information session to apply for the program.

To register for the upcoming information session, please email Alena Worster at contracttraining@vcc.ca 

Questions?

Alena Worster, Program Assistant
contracttraining@vcc.ca
604.871.7000 ext.8751  


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The benefits of learning online

Posted on August 6, 2020


The majority of VCC Continuing Studies courses and programs scheduled to start in the Fall 2020 term will proceed using online learning and alternative delivery modes. At a time like this, you may want to consider the many benefits that learning online offers:

  • Learn from anywhere, including the comfort and safety of your home, local park or patio, while following public health guidelines.
  • Easily access and interact with your instructors, who are subject matter experts and industry practitioners in their fields.
  • Stay connected with your classmates and instructors and be part of an online learning community using platforms such as Zoom and Moodle.
  • Spend this time learning a new skill, advancing your professional skills, or continuing with your career education.
  • Work at your own pace. This means less intensity and less pressure.
  • Hone essential skills and become more self-motivated, a trait that will make you stand out in the workplace.
  • Take this opportunity to become more tech-savvy. Learn to navigate the course lectures, download materials, interact with others online, and communicate well digitally. These are essential skills in today’s work environment.

Check out all of the newest courses available to take online here. To view the full selection of courses and programs download the Fall 2020 Guide.


BUILDING 
· Antiviral Cleaning: An Introduction to Disinfection
· Facility Management: An Introduction to this Exciting Profession

BUSINESS
· Digital Marketing: An Introduction to the Fundamentals
· Mobile Phone Photography 
· Volunteer Management 

COUNSELLING SKILLS 
· Addictions Counselling Advanced Certificate

FASHION
· Launch and Build a Fashion Brand
· Fashion Wholesaling
· Minimize Your Fashion Impact 
· Solving Fit For Online Customers 
· Branding Through Ornamentation 
· Product Line Architecture 
· Apparel Product Calendars 
· Product Briefs 

 TECHNOLOGY
· Smart Home: An Introduction to Home Automation Technology 
· Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
· Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam 
· 3D Studio Max Level 1 
· Revit Level 3 
· Digital Image Editing with GIMP 
· Software Product Management 
· Data Science I & II with Python 
 
TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING 
· Let’s Talk About Death
· Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction
· Systems Change
· Urban Farming Essentials – Practical Resilience in Precarious Times
· The Work That Reconnects
· Local Economies
· Authenticity and Personal Mastery
· Leading Change in Teams
· Leading Change in Organizations
· Applied Leadership Project

WRITING 
· Advanced Writing Sparks to Refinement
· Writing to Heal Your Life
· The Nuts and Bolts of Fiction


Apply online now, attend an upcoming info session, or book an apointment with a program advisor




Media Release: VCC fights anti-Indigenous racism through San’yas training

Posted on September 27, 2021

VANCOUVER – In recognition of Canada’s new National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Sept. 30), Vancouver Community College (VCC) is excited to share that 50 faculty members from the School of Health Sciences are registered to complete the San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training provided by the B.C. Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), with many more registered to participate in the coming months. These participants will join the 100+ employees from across VCC who have already completed the San’yas training program.

A portion of our Health Sciences faculty registrations were made possible by a grant from the B.C. Ministry of Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture. Thanks to additional commitments by VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement department and VCC People Services, the college is continuing to offer San’yas training opportunities to VCC staff and instructors.

“Instructors who have completed this program express having a much deeper understanding of Indigenous history and the role of cultural safety, not only in health care education, but in all instructional practices. It’s very encouraging to experience this acknowledgement of Indigenous history in post-secondary and to know it is influencing the next generation of professionals,” says Reba Noel, Dean of Indigenous Initiatives at VCC.

San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training is a set of facilitated online learning modules designed to increase understanding of Indigenous history and culture, enhance self-awareness, and give valuable context to any person working directly or indirectly with Indigenous people.

Driving this training, especially among health care workers, is the report In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in B.C. Health Care [PDF]. Commissioned by B.C. Minister of Health Adrian Dix and published by Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond in November 2020, this report unequivocally confirmed that stereotyping, prejudice, and racist treatment are common experiences for Indigenous people (especially women) in health care at all levels. This, in turn, negatively affects the overall health and wellness of Indigenous peoples in B.C.

Through the 10-hour online course, participants examine things like culture, history, and the legacies of colonization that persist today. With the help of Indigenous facilitators, participants also learn to use appropriate, meaningful terminology that respects Indigenous culture, while gaining skills to further positive and mutually beneficial interactions.

“San’yas” is a word meaning “way of knowing” in Kwak’wala, the language of the Kwakwaka'wakw peoples whose traditional, unceded lands make up northern Vancouver Island.

About Vancouver Community College

VCC has been inspiring students to reach their career and educational goals for over 50 years, offering post-secondary training in over 130 programs including bachelor's degrees, diplomas, certificates, and apprenticeships. With three campuses located in East Vancouver, Downtown, and on Annacis Island, students receive hands-on instruction in culinary arts, business, design, health sciences, hospitality, transportation trades, music, and more.

About the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA)

The first organization of its kind in Canada, PHSA was established in 2001 to plan, manage, and evaluate specialty and province-wide health care services across B.C. PHSA collaborates with the five geographic health authorities to ensure access to specialized health services by providing leadership to the agencies, services, and projects under PHSA jurisdiction, and planning, coordinating, and monitoring specialized health services.

 

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Media can contact:

Fareedah Rasoul Kim
Marketing and Communications Officer
Vancouver Community College
T: 604.871.7538
E: frasoulkim@vcc.ca

 

 




Scheduled web maintenance – Sept. 25 - 26

Posted on September 24, 2021

Vancouver Community College (VCC) will be conducting planned upgrades to our web systems starting Saturday, Sept. 25, at 10 p.m until Sunday, Sept. 26 at 12 p.m. (noon).

During this time, vcc.ca and my.vcc.ca will continue to be available, but with limited functionality. Online contact forms and info session registrations will be down. Registration for courses will not be affected.

Please plan ahead to access contact forms and register for info sessions outside of this period. Contact webmaster@vcc.ca with any quetsions.


Thank you for your patience as we continue to advance VCC’s web systems. 




Dr. Jane Shin appointed VCC's Vice President, Students and Community Development

Posted on September 23, 2021




Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to welcome Dr. Jane Jae-Kyung Shin to the role of Vice President, Students and Community Development. Jane has been serving in this role in an interim capacity since August 2020 and has been selected for the permanent position, effective immediately.

Jane immigrated to British Columbia from South Korea as a child and has always attributed her family’s well-being to the social values of Canadians. After studying Cell Biology and Genetics at UBC, she went on to earn her medical doctorate at Spartan Health Sciences University in St. Lucia, and completed clinical rotations at various teaching hospitals in the United Kingdom, Chicago, and Halifax.

Jane joined VCC in May 2010 as a Biology and Anatomy & Physiology instructor in the Science department. In 2013, she ran successfully to represent Burnaby-Lougheed in B.C.’s Legislative Assembly for the 40th Parliament, becoming the first Canadian of Korean descent to be elected as an MLA in Canada.

In addition to her medical training and political experience, Jane has an executive certificate in Women in Leadership from Cornell University, a Provincial Instructor's Diploma from VCC, and a Master of Education in Educational Technology and Learning Design from Simon Fraser University. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at University of Toronto with a research interest in Universal Design. Throughout her career, Jane has continued to advocate for representation, equity, and social justice in both public and non-profit areas. She currentlly serves on the board of DIVERSEcity and supports BC Children’s Hospital as the ambassador of its Legacy program. 

Jane entered the role of Dean, Student Development at VCC in April 2017 and Associate Vice President, Student Success in March 2019 before beginning her interim role of VP in August 2020. In her now permanent position, Jane will continue to provide strategic leadership in the areas of Student Success, Indigenous Education and Community Engagement, Marketing and Communications, VCC Foundation and Alumni Relations, Partnership Development Office, and student arbitration. 

“It is rare to find someone of Jane’s background, calibre, and commitment in any industry. I am pleased that Jane will continue to provide her valuable perspectives and insights to support VCC’s strategic objectives, and serve our college community with her enthusiastic leadership,” says VCC president and CEO Ajay Patel. 


Keep up to date with the latest news at VCC by visiting vcc.ca/news.

 




Q&A with VCC business and technical writing instructor Tamara Bailey

Posted on April 22, 2021




Vancouver Community College (VCC) instructor Tamara Bailey talks about the fascinating and ever-changing profession of business and technical writing.

How long have you been teaching?
I have been an instructor on and off with the business and technical writing certificate program since 2006! I teach Technical Communication (TECW 1101) and Editing (TECW 1103).

What do you love about teaching?
Teaching is an opportunity for me to revisit and reevaluate the foundations of my profession. It’s also rewarding to see students get excited about how they can use what they’ve learned.

How did you learn the trade?
I’m always learning! I got my start through the Douglas College print futures program many years ago. Over time, I’ve honed my expertise on the job through trial and error, from observing skilled communicators, and a variety of both formal and informal learning opportunities.

The thing about a career in technical communication is that you are always learning new things: whether it’s about the subject you are writing about, your users and their needs, or the technologies that you use to craft and deliver your materials, which is always changing.

What's an interesting thing about your journey?
I’ve worked in the telecom, semiconductor, aerospace, and healthcare industries, and have produced many different types of materials for many different types of users. All these experiences have made for really interesting work, with lots of opportunities to learn and to grow, and lots of great folks to collaborate with along the way.

How do you personally define success?
In the context of my profession, when users have the right content at the right time.

What is your best piece advice for someone starting out in this industry?
Focus on understanding how to write for users. Being able to demonstrate that you can produce user-centred content, whether it is for a policy and procedure document, a knowledge base article or user guide, it is at the core of what you need to know. Technologies, tools, and even methodologies will change over time.


Discover which VCC Continuing Studies programs and courses can take your career in an exciting new direction. Register now for Spring 2021!!




VCC student and employee password information

Posted on September 10, 2021



VCC students

See below for VCC employee information 

When will my account be active?

If you have fully registered, your VCC student account should be active 30 days before your first class begins.

Where to start

Your first login should be done at my.vcc.ca. Continue reading for important information about your username and password.

Which login ID do I use?

Students encounter many systems during their time at VCC. Most use the same username format (all use the same password).  Here is how to enter your username for our major systems.

  • myVCC (VCC’s intranet)
    Enter only your student ID (e.g. 000123456)
  • Moodle
    Use the same information as for myVCC (above)
  • Email/Office 365 (https://portal.office.com)
    Use your full email address studentID@student.vcc.ca (e.g. 000123456@student.vcc.ca) and your current password.

What is my email address?

Your email address is formatted as studentID@student.vcc.ca (e.g. 000123456@student.vcc.ca)

IMPORTANT! You may be aware that you also have firstname.lastname@student.vcc.ca (e.g. john.smith@student.vcc.ca) as an email address. Never use this address as a username on any VCC system.

What is my password?

If it's your first time logging in, your initial password will use your birthday in this format: VCCMMDDYY# ("VCC" plus your birthday (MMDDYY) plus "#"). E.g. if your birthday is January 30, 1995, your initial temporary password will be VCC013095#. Following your first login, you will be prompted to create a new, secure password (see below).

Password rules

VCC requires the following elements in passwords:

  • Password length of minimum 10 characters 
  • Must contain upper- and lowercase letters
  • Must include at least one number
  • Must include a special character (e.g. ! # $ % …) 
  • Must not contain account holder's first or last name 
  • Must not be one of the passwords previously used  

Resetting Your Password

Although VCC’s IT team is always happy to help, you can reset your own password after your first successful login. First, you need to register and set up your authentication options.

After you have registered, you may use the “Forgot Password” link on the myVCC login page to reset your own password at any time.

Where are my files? / How to retrieve files

This section applies only to students who were active prior to April, 9 2021. In early 2021, the VCC student account systems were updated, and OneDrive files and Outlook email messages were not included in the process. Please see appropriate guides for retrieving these files: 

For detailed guidance, watch our Moving Outlook Emails Video Tutorial.

For additional help, call the VCC Help Desk at 604.443.8700 or email helpme@vcc.ca.


VCC employees

When will my account be active?

Your account should be active on your first day of employment. 

Where to start

Your first login should be done at my.vcc.ca. Continue reading for important information about your username and password.

Which login ID do I use?

Employees encounter many systems during their time at VCC. Most use the same username format (all use the same password).  Here is how to enter your username for our major systems.

  • myVCC (VCC’s intranet)
    Enter the network ID given to you when hired. This is usually your first initial plus last name (e.g. rcochrane). Employees with more common names, may include more letters from their first name (e.g. John Smith may be johsmith)
  • Moodle
    Use the same information as for myVCC (above).
  • Email/Office 365 (https://portal.office.com)
    Use your full email address (e.g. rcochrane@vcc.ca) and your current password.

What is my email address?

Your email address is formatted as first initial plus last name  (e.g. rcochrane@vcc.ca). Employees with more common names may get email addresses that include additional letters from their first name (e.g. John Smith may be johsmith@vcc.ca)

What is my password?

Your first-time password is provided to you by your manager.

Password rules

VCC requires the following elements in passwords: (applies to staff and students)

  • Password length of minimum 10 characters 
  • Must contain upper- and lowercase letters
  • Must include at least one number
  • Must include a special character (e.g. ! # $ % …) 
  • Must not contain account holder's first or last name 
  • Must not be one of the passwords previously used  

Resetting Your Password

Although VCC’s IT team is always happy to help, you can reset your own password after your first successful login. First, you need to register and set up your authentication options.

After you have registered, you may use the “Forgot Password” link on the myVCC login page to reset your own password at any time.

For additional help, call the VCC Help Desk at 604.443.8700 or email helpme@vcc.ca.


 




The CS fall 2016 flyer is out!

Posted on August 4, 2016

‌‌VCC Continuing Studies is pleased to announce the following new offerings for Fall 2016 and beyond:CS fall 2016 flyer cover image


• En Español, Por Favor
• Fashion Design & Production Diploma
• French for Seniors
• French through Theatre
• Hairstyling for Makeup Artists 1
• Interpreting
• Introduction to Practice for Non-Registered Healthcare Workers
• Make a Copper Bowl in a Day
• Make a Ring in a Day
• Makeup and Hairstyling for Indian Bridal
• Positive Guidance Strategies Workshop
• Raising Bilingual Children Workshop
• Renal Dialysis Technician Citation
• Samsung Appliance Repair Technician
• Separation Anxiety in Young Children Workshop
• Supervised Jewellery Workshop

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If you’re ready to upgrade your skills, change careers or prepare for a promotion, you’ve come to the right place. VCC Continuing Studies offers more than 40 certificate and diploma programs, scheduled during the day or in the evenings for maximum flexibility.




Scheduled web maintenance – Sept. 16

Posted on September 14, 2021

Vancouver Community College (VCC) will be conducting planned upgrades to our web servers on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 5 p.m to Thursday, Sept. 16, 4 p.m. 

During this time, vcc.ca and my.vcc.ca will continue to be available, but with limited functionality. Online contact forms and info session registrations will be down. Registration for courses will not be affected.

Please plan ahead to access contact forms and register for info sessions outside of this period. Contact webmaster@vcc.ca with any quetsions.


Thank you for your patience as we continue to advance VCC’s web systems. 




Q&A with James Strand: Discovering talent with Logic Pro X

Posted on December 15, 2020



Get to know James Strand, owner of In-Motion Talent, a successful agency in Vancouver for film, TV, and commercials for the last 25 years. James recently took the VCC course Logic Pro X: An introduction for songwriters and beat makers to support his company moving into the area of music placement and syncing. 

Share an interesting thing about your journey?
Music has always been a passion of mine and four years ago, I decided to take a leap of faith and learned to play piano and started to write music. I have been very fortunate in working with some very talented artists who opened my eyes to music and the possibilities out there. I guess you can say I am part of the “DNA club” (Dreams Never Age). 

What impact did your teachers at VCC have on your career path?
My instructor, Georges, taught me the fundamentals of Pro Logic X that allowed me to start programming music with confidence. This led me to writing and producing the song Cause it's Christmas that received radio play.

What was the best part about studying at VCC?
The evening hours and the small class size, hence the individual attention I got from the instructor.

How do you personally define success? 
I define success as surrounding myself with people who have the same drive and passion that I do, that allows me to make mistakes that will take me to a better place in work and life. 

What is your best piece of advice for someone starting out in this industry?
The best piece of advice that I could give is to be patient and to not rush things. 


Discover a new talent. VCC Continuing Studies courses are now accepting registrations for Winter 2021.

 




What students need to know about toxic drugs in B.C.

Posted on September 14, 2021




In recent years, and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a staggering increase in deaths from toxic drugs in B.C. As we gradually resume social activities this fall, we want to ensure that Vancouver Community College (VCC) students have important safety information.

Many people try drugs for the first time as post-secondary students, whether for recreation, due to social pressure, or to deal with stress or anxiety. With lives at risk, it’s critically important to normalize and destigmatize the conversation about substance use and addiction.

If you use drugs or know someone who does

Be prepared for an emergency

Understanding substance use

Words are powerful, which is why it’s important to talk about substance use and addictions in accurate, medical terms and keep real people at the centre of the conversation.

Addiction is a disease that anyone can get. Nobody chooses to experience addiction. Addiction can affect people from all walks of life and is often rooted in physical or emotional pain or trauma. Beyond abstinence (detox), these root causes need to be addressed as part of a patient’s healing and recovery. Shame and blame often make a person’s condition worse and create barriers to getting help.

Harm reduction is saving lives. Harm reduction services (e.g. supervised consumption sites, Naloxone kits) are often a vital step to helping people stay alive so that they can access the services they need. Harm reduction is a key part of B.C.’s response to the overdose crisis; nearly 6,000 deaths have been averted using harm reduction strategies since 2016.

Toxic drugs are everywhere. Approximately 84 per cent of illicit drug toxicity deaths in B.C. in 2020 have involved fentanyl, which is 100 times more toxic than morphine and up to 50 times more toxic than heroin. Fentanyl is odourless, tasteless, and colourless, and can be mixed with pills, powders, or liquid in drugs like fake oxycodone, heroin, cocaine, or ecstasy. People may take fentanyl without knowing it.

Help is available

If you fear for your safety or suspect an overdose, call 9-1-1 immediately.

VCC Counselling
VCC students seeking help with substance use can begin by contacting VCC’s free and confidential counselling services.

Provincial resources
For more information about provincial services such supervised consumption sites, Naloxone training, medical information, and treatment options, visit https://www.stopoverdose.gov.bc.ca/

Lifeguard app
Download the Lifeguard app. This life-saving app connects you to emergency responders if you become unresponsive.

Here2Talk
All B.C. post-secondary students can access free, professional counselling services 24/7 via the Here2Talk app, by visiting Here2talk.ca, or calling toll free 1.877.857.3397 or direct 604.642.5212.


 




VCC hosting drop-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics

Posted on September 13, 2021




Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to host drop-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics on all three campuses throughout September.

These single-day clinics offer convenient locations for post-secondary students, employees, and our public neighbours to receive their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and be eligible for a BC Vaccine Card. Vaccines will be free of charge and available to anyone 12 and older.

To be eligible for a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, it needs to be at least 28 days since your first dose. Please bring your COVID-19 Immunization Record Card if you have it. 

VCC’s vaccination clinic is one of several on-campus clinics operated by Vancouver Coastal Health throughout the fall.

VCC Downtown campus vaccination clinic

Wednesday, Sept. 22, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
VCC Downtown campus Atrium
Enter at Georgia St. and Dunsmuir St. or 250 W. Pender St.

Students from neighbouring Downtown post-secondary campuses including Simon Fraser University (SFU), British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), and Vancouver Film School (VFS) are encouraged to visit VCC’s campus on Sept. 22 for vaccinations.

VCC Broadway campus vaccination clinic 

Tuesday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Building B Event Space
Enter at 7th Ave. and Glen Dr.

VCC Annacis Island campus vaccination clinic

Wednesday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
1608 Cliveden Avenue, Delta
Scale Up Lab


Please continue visiting vcc.ca/covid-19 for the latest information on VCC operations.




VCC restaurants reopening, BC Vaccine Card requirements

Posted on September 10, 2021




Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to welcome back restaurant, cafeteria, and salon patrons from the general public for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

BC Vaccine Card required

Starting Monday, Sept. 13, JJ's Restaurant and The Bistro at VCC’s Downtown campus require guests to meet the province's BC Vaccine Card requirements. JJ's is open for lunch reservations and walk-ins. The same regulations apply to VCC's Chef's Table pop-up kitchen events running three evenings per week during September. The Bistro opens on Sept. 21

Until Sept. 26, both restaurants will accept the printed proof of vaccination from a pharmacy or vaccination clinic if supplied with BC government ID.

Exempted service outlets

VCC's cafeterias and Seiffert Market, popular for its daily fresh-baked goods, are exempt from BC Vaccine Card requirements.

VCC’s Salon and Spa, which provides competitively-priced hairstyling and esthetics, is also exempt from BC Vaccine Card requirements but will be requiring customers to wear face masks at all times. Services are by appointment only.

VCC's Dental Clinic is open for weekday appointments. For dental hygiene services, please call the receptionist at 604-443-8499 and schedule a 45-minute screening appointment.


Learn more about VCC's on-campus services and business hours.

 




Only yes means yes: Understanding sexual consent

Posted on September 10, 2021




Please note: the following article describes hypothetical instances of sexual violence.

For many Vancouver Community College (VCC) students, a new term means new classmates and new relationships. Unfortunately, statistics show that one in eight people who identify as women experience sexual assault on B.C. campuses annually, and two-thirds of on-campus assaults occur during the first eight weeks of school.

This month, to raise awareness about sexual violence and help keep students safe, VCC is taking part in the B.C. government’s “...Is NOT Yes” campaign about sexual consent. 

Read the B.C. Government announcement: Sex without consent is rape.

What is sexual consent?

In short, sexual consent is a clear and enthusiastic “yes” to sexual activity.

Consent must be freely given. There’s only one way to know for sure if someone has given their consent: if they tell you. Just because someone isn’t saying “no,” does not mean that they are saying “yes.”

Consent must be enthusiastic and informed. Consent also cannot be given by individuals who are underage, intoxicated or incapacitated by drugs or alcohol, asleep, unconscious, or under intimidation or threat. This includes sexual contact by people using a position of authority over you e.g. teachers or bosses.

Consent is reversible. If one partner decides at any time that that they want to stop any sexual activity (even if it has already begun, or happened before), consent is no longer given. Just stop.

Examples of verbal and non-verbal ways of not communicating consent

 Verbal (using words)   Non-verbal 
  • No
  • I’m not sure
  • Stop
  • I want to, but...
  • That hurts
  • Maybe
  • I love you, but...
  • I don’t know how I feel about this
  • I don’t want to do this anymore
  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Pushing someone away
  • Avoiding touch
  • Shaking head no
  • Uncomfortable being naked
  • Crying, looking sad or fearful 
  • Turning away from someone
  • Silence
  • Changing the topic


Learn more at SafeCampusBC.ca

SafeCampus posters

You may notice these posters on VCC campuses this term: 

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Help is available

VCC has a strict policy [PDF] and easy-to-understand procedures [PDF] addressing sexual violence. VCC employees are obliged to take reports of sexual violence seriously, offer support, and prioritize confidentiality. We recommend contacting the following departments with questions or to report sexual violence:

If you are in immediate danger or fear for your safety, please call 9-1-1.

For students

For employees

General

 

 




VCC Japanese class finds fluency and friendship during COVID-19

Posted on June 2, 2021



Ema (絵馬) plaques inscribed with wishes and prayers hanging on a Japanese shrine

Vancouver Community College (VCC) Continuing Studies offers dozens of part-time evening language classes, including Arabic, Cantonese, French, Mandarin, Korean, and more. While most students sign up to dabble in a language for vacation travel, business, or personal interest, becoming fluent is a much bigger endeavour.

For one special group of VCC students, learning Japanese has become more than hobby, and their instructor is willing to take them as far as they want to go.

Typically, Continuing Studies language programs offer two or three levels before enrolment declines or students begin to travel for language immersion. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, many would-be world travellers have remained in Canada, including eight Japanese language students who have pursued their immersion right here at VCC.

Rika Knox is a native Japanese speaker and experienced teacher who began as an introductory Japanese instructor at VCC in 2006. Over the past few years, Rika has developed a special connection with her VCC cohort, guiding them through not only Japanese 1 to 3, but continuing to build and customize the curriculum up to Japanese 6.

“When I am teaching at the beginner level, it’s the first door to the Japanese language and culture, so I like to make a good impression and create long-term motivation and interest,” she says.

Mission accomplished. These eight language learners have continued to advance together in their knowledge of both the Japanese language and culture, as well as build a supportive community.

Japanese 6 cohort 2021


“Connecting virtually has been a bright spot during these dark times,” says longtime student Dean. “We’re all so different in terms of ages, occupations, and backgrounds, but we share something meaningful in common: the love of the Japanese language and culture.” 

“I have been very grateful for the Japanese classes during the pandemic,” says classmate Kathy. “As a retired person, nearly all of my usual social activities and volunteer shifts were cancelled. It was wonderful to have a regular Japanese class to add structure to my days.”

One of the world’s most complex and fascinating languages, Japanese is made up of two different “alphabets” (hiragana and katakana), plus thousands of Chinese-origin characters (kanji) which are all used in combination.

Class member Joey appreciates the challenge. “I think people would find that learning Japanese is surprisingly fun,” he says.

Rika also believes learning this remarkable language is worth it. “The Japanese language is so very connected to our culture, as well as our hospitality and our spirituality,” she says. “The words have greater power beyond just communication.”


Would you like to connect with VCC’s diverse language community? Do you dream of learning a language not currently offered? Connect with us by visiting VCC Languages or emailing cstudies@vcc.ca.




Welcome to VCC – Fall 2021

Posted on September 2, 2021




Welcome to VCC, new and returning students! We're very excited to start on-campus classes again this fall, and even more so to see you in person. Keep reading for important information about safety, support, and services for your upcoming school year.


Elder welcome

VCC Elder-in-Residence Deanna George welcomes students to the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.


Return to campus

COVID-19 vaccinations

VCC strongly encourages all students who are eligible and able, to get vaccinated. Vaccination is the best defence we have against COVID-19. Starting Monday, Sept. 13, everyone 12 years old and over will need to provide proof of vaccination to access many events and services in B.C. This will include some publicly available services on VCC campuses. Cafeterias are exempt. Read more >

Masks required on VCC campuses

Effective Wednesday, Aug. 25, everyone 12 years old and over must wear a mask when in indoor public settings. The mask order applies to all indoor public areas on post-secondary campuses including lobbies, hallways, stairwells, elevators, libraries, cafeterias, classrooms, and labs. Read more >

Where's my class?

Look up start dates and room numbers for your first day of school:

  • Log into your myVCC account
  • Select “Registration Services”
  • Select “Registration Records – Current or Past”

Student rights and responsibilities

VCC expects students to conduct themselves responsibly and respectfully. As such, students are required to be familiar with academic and non-academic policies. Please review VCC's student non-academic conduct policy and procedures, as well as VCC's academic integrity policy and procedures. [PDF]


Student support

Services for students

VCC offers many support services to help you during studies. All services are available and will be offered in person, by phone, or online. 

 

myVCC and VCC student email

Use the myVCC.ca student portal to look up grades, order transcripts, download tax forms, receive campus news and alerts, and access your VCC student email.

If it's your first time logging in, your initial password will use your birthday in this format: VCCMMDDYY# ("VCC" plus your birthday (MMDDYY) plus "#").

E.g. if your birthday is January 30, 1995, your initial temporary password will be VCC013095#. Following your first login, you will be prompted to create a new, secure password.

Check your VCC email regularly for important college notifications and communications from your instructors.

New and improved student self-service portal

Later this term, your myVCC student account will be upgraded with a new look and improved, user-friendly features.

Orientation to online learning

For those entering blended or online courses, we have created a guide with practical tips and resources that will help you learn how to get set up, become comfortable with VCC's technologies, identify effective strategies for learning online, and access free student supports. Get started >

Indigenous Gathering Spaces are open

VCC’s Indigenous Gathering Spaces promote cultural safety and belonging while offering the use of computers, printers, kitchenettes, and casual meeting areas. Our Downtown and Broadway Gathering Spaces are pleased to be open once again to support Indigenous learners and guests. 

Connect with your Students' Union

Be in the know about events, services, and campaigns available to you that are organized by students for students. Stay connected by downloading the SUVCC app in the App Store or Google Play.


Let’s connect

Follow VCC on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn to keep up to date on college news like campus closures, events, web maintenance, student success stories, and more. Feel free to send us messages and questions, or share your own photos and stories using the hashtag #myVCC.


 Important dates 

Labour Day

Did you know Labour Day has been an official Canadian holiday since 1894? It was established to honour the labour and rights of tradespeople and the working class. VCC closed.

Date: Monday, Sept. 6

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

This new holiday commemorates the history and legacy of residential schools, and honours Indigenous survivors, families, and communities. VCC closed.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 30

 

VCC bursary deadline

VCC bursaries are non-repayable grants given to students who demonstrate financial need.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 30

The Great ShakeOut

Prepare to “drop, cover, and hold on” as VCC participates in this annual, worldwide earthquake safety drill.

Date: Monday, Oct. 21
Time: 10:21 a.m.

 




VCC partners with Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre to offer basic education courses

Posted on September 8, 2021



Vancouver Community College (VCC) is proud to partner with Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre to offer tuition-free basic reading, writing, and math upgrading classes to our neighbours in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Start dates

September 2021 (then monthly) 

Class schedule

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays - 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Overview

VCC’s Basic Education program welcomes students who want to refresh and build skills for personal, training, education, and employment goals. During COVID-19, students may participate in person or online.

Classes are held at Ray-Cam, 920 East Hastings St., Vancouver.

Admission requirements

This program is for adults (16 years or older) who speak English fluently.

Courses

  • Math
  • English reading and writing

Fees

This program is tuition-free. 

Support services available through Ray-Cam

  • Child-minding is available
  • Meals for students
  • Technology and other supports available

Sign up now

Contact: James Ash at Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre
Email: james.ash@vancouver.ca
Phone: 604.220.7277

 


We respectfully acknowledge that we work and learn on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səlilw̓ ̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh First Nations).

 




President’s welcome – Fall 2021

Posted on September 7, 2021




I acknowledge that Vancouver Community College (VCC) is located on the traditional, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəyəm (Musqueam), Sḵwx ̓ ̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples who have been stewards of this land from time immemorial. 

As VCC president, I have the distinct honour of welcoming all new and returning students, faculty, and staff to the 2021-22 school year. Over the past 18 months, we’ve endured many things and accomplished many more. Now, we get to come back together and I could not be more excited.

Above all, VCC is about community. Supporting our students, our city, and our province is what we do best. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I am proud to say VCC never closed – never stopped providing the quality education and responsive support that our students count on, or the critical skills our community needs. This is the “VCC Effect” we’re known for. 

I want to personally thank and acknowledge every member of the VCC community who contributed to COVID-19 prevention and relief, whether by administering tests and vaccines, fundraising for bursaries, or by simply adapting to working or learning remotely. You have made this return to campus possible.

What to expect on VCC campuses

Following numerous talks with public health professionals in recent weeks, I want to share my full confidence that returning to campus is safe, and that our entire community will be better for it. Please remember that masks will be mandatory in many indoor public spaces until further notice, and this includes most spaces on VCC campuses, including classrooms.

Please also be prepared for new BC Vaccine Card requirements to come into effect Monday, Sept. 13, when everyone 12 years old and over will need to provide proof of vaccination to access many services and events in B.C. This will include some publicly available services on VCC campuses. 

For anyone who is still hesitant about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, I want to stress that vaccination is not only safe, but also the best tool we have for ending the COVID-19 pandemic. To anyone who is eligible and able: please visit your local clinic and get vaccinated.

After being distanced for so long, I realize that everyone will have different levels of comfort about returning to in-person learning. I urge you all to practice kindness, courage, and respect as we navigate these changes together, and as we continue to be the leaders our community needs.

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Sincerely,

Ajay Patel
President and CEO
Vancouver Community College


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Fall 2021: Health and safety on VCC campuses

Posted on September 2, 2021

A message from VCC Director, Safety, Security and Risk, Surinder Aulakh


Warm greetings to the VCC community,


Next week, students, faculty, and staff will return to campus, many for the first time in a year and a half.

Although it is exciting to be able to see each other again and learn together in-person, I know that there are some concerns about what to expect when you arrive.

Public health experts in British Columbia fully support the Sept. 7 return to on-campus instruction for all post-secondary institutions. We also know that educational settings like colleges are low-risk sites for COVID-19 transmission.

For the past 18 months and prior to vaccine availability, VCC remained open and successfully navigated the challenges of the pandemic with no person-to-person, on-campus transmissions.  

Today, we know that vaccines are proven to be highly effective in preventing COVID-19 infections, serious outcomes, and sustained transmission. Full vaccination (two doses) offers a high level of protection against COVID-19, including the Delta variant. Immunization has resulted in much lower infection rates, hospitalizations, and death rates in B.C., even as society has re-opened.

At VCC, we are committed to the health and safety of our community. We are also responsible for the delivery of post-secondary programs without barriers. Over the past 18 months, young adults aged 18-29 were among the hardest hit by pandemic-related response measures, and now is the time to support their recovery.

The plan to return to in-person learning this fall is about everyone to coming back together safely, so we can continue to offer hands-on, dynamic programs for our students.


How you can do your part

In preparation for next week, there are three key ways everyone can do their part to keep themselves and each other safe:


Get vaccinated

Vaccination is the best line of defence we have against COVID-19.

VCC strongly encourages all students and employees who are eligible and able, to get vaccinated.

We expect to receive new detailed information in the coming days about specifics around the BC Vaccine Card, and how to incorporate this measure into daily operations at certain on-campus services such as JJ’s Restaurant and The Bistro. We will continue to share updates with the VCC community as details are made available. 


Conduct a daily self pre-screen

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 7, all students and employees are required to perform a daily self-assessment before coming onto VCC campuses. This online tool will determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19.


Wear a mask

Masks are currently required in all public indoor settings for all people born in 2009 or earlier (12+).

At VCC, this applies to all indoor public areas on campuses including lobbies, hallways, stairwells, elevators, libraries, cafeterias (when not eating), classrooms, and labs. 

Please remember, there are those for whom wearing a mask is not an option. Wear a mask if you are able, and respect those who cannot.

Additionally, personal hygiene measures such as proper hand washing and sanitizing, and coughing and sneezing into elbows continue to be strongly recommended.  


The VCC community has done a tremendous job navigating and responding to new orders and recommendations from the Provincial Health Officer over these many months, and I am confident that we will continue to do so. 

Please get vaccinated, and let’s continue to do our very best to take care of each other.

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Sincerely,

Surinder Aulakh
Director, Safety, Security and Risk
Vancouver Community College




Fall 2021: Health and safety on VCC campuses

Posted on September 2, 2021

A message from VCC Director, Safety, Security and Risk, Surinder Aulakh


Warm greetings to the VCC community,


Next week, students, faculty, and staff will return to campus, many for the first time in a year and a half.

Although it is exciting to be able to see each other again and learn together in-person, I know that there are some concerns about what to expect when you arrive.

Public health experts in British Columbia fully support the Sept. 7 return to on-campus instruction for all post-secondary institutions. We also know that educational settings like colleges are low-risk sites for COVID-19 transmission.

For the past 18 months and prior to vaccine availability, VCC remained open and successfully navigated the challenges of the pandemic with no person-to-person, on-campus transmissions.  

Today, we know that vaccines are proven to be highly effective in preventing COVID-19 infections, serious outcomes, and sustained transmission. Full vaccination (two doses) offers a high level of protection against COVID-19, including the Delta variant. Immunization has resulted in much lower infection rates, hospitalizations, and death rates in B.C., even as society has re-opened.

At VCC, we are committed to the health and safety of our community. We are also responsible for the delivery of post-secondary programs without barriers. Over the past 18 months, young adults aged 18-29 were among the hardest hit by pandemic-related response measures, and now is the time to support their recovery.

The plan to return to in-person learning this fall is about everyone to coming back together safely, so we can continue to offer hands-on, dynamic programs for our students.


How you can do your part

In preparation for next week, there are three key ways everyone can do their part to keep themselves and each other safe:


Get vaccinated

Vaccination is the best line of defence we have against COVID-19.

VCC strongly encourages all students and employees who are eligible and able, to get vaccinated.

We expect to receive new detailed information in the coming days about specifics around the BC Vaccine Card, and how to incorporate this measure into daily operations at certain on-campus services such as JJ’s Restaurant and The Bistro. We will continue to share updates with the VCC community as details are made available. 


Conduct a daily self pre-screen

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 7, all students and employees are required to perform a daily self-assessment before coming onto VCC campuses. This online tool will determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19.


Wear a mask

Masks are currently required in all public indoor settings for all people born in 2009 or earlier (12+).

At VCC, this applies to all indoor public areas on campuses including lobbies, hallways, stairwells, elevators, libraries, cafeterias (when not eating), classrooms, and labs. 

Please remember, there are those for whom wearing a mask is not an option. Wear a mask if you are able, and respect those who cannot.

Additionally, personal hygiene measures such as proper hand washing and sanitizing, and coughing and sneezing into elbows continue to be strongly recommended.  


The VCC community has done a tremendous job navigating and responding to new orders and recommendations from the Provincial Health Officer over these many months, and I am confident that we will continue to do so. 

Please get vaccinated, and let’s continue to do our very best to take care of each other.

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Sincerely,

Surinder Aulakh
Director, Safety, Security and Risk
Vancouver Community College




Q&A with jewellery designer and entrepreneur Mariana Carneiro

Posted on September 1, 2021




Can you tell us about Kaju Creations?
For the past two years, Kaju Creations has been my full-time job. I do everything myself from designing to making the jewellery to customer service and packing orders. Kaju started as a hobby, as a desire to make things with my own hands. I am grateful that my passion turned into a business and I can do what I love the most for a living! 

What made you want to take jewellery courses at VCC? 
I designed jewellery for other companies for many years but never made the jewellery. When I started to dig into the making process I got really interested and could learn a lot online but I felt the need for a structured course with a knowledgeable teacher. That is when I found the VCC Jewellery Techniques 1 course.

What was the best part about studying at VCC? 
Learning in practice! Every class the teacher would talk about the theory, but most of it was actually making. The course was short but filled with so much information! I was given new tools to create my designs. 

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned since starting your business? 
One can never stop learning, there is so much to learn and improve! 

What is your best piece advice for someone starting out in this industry? 
Don’t overthink it; take one step at a time. It’s overwhelming to look around at a saturated market, but each designer has a different view and style, and there is space for everybody. Do your own thing, at your own pace. 

What is your goal for Kaju Creations? 
I want to keep creating new designs, improving my skills, and offering great quality handmade jewellery.


Take your creativity to the next level through VCC’s jewellery and gemmology programs and courses, including:

 




Media Release: Canada’s first Gladue report writing credential to be offered at

Posted on August 15, 2019

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VANCOUVER, B.C. – Vancouver Community College (VCC) and consulting firm IndiGenius & Associates have partnered to pioneer a credentialed Gladue report writing program from an Indigenous perspective, the first of its kind at a post-secondary institution in Canada.

The part-time certificate program launches in October 2019.

Intended to address the overrepresentation of Indigenous people in Canada’s criminal justice system, Gladue is a sentencing principle that takes intergenerational traumas and systemic discrimination into account during sentencing.

“It is truly an honour to be part of a journey in instructing and creating curriculum for Gladue training with VCC, but also in helping pave a path for a national standard in Gladue training for our people,” says Mark Marsolais-Nahwegahbow, Founder & President, IndiGenius & Associates. “Despite a majority of reports being court-ordered, there hasn’t been a program in Canada that has allowed writers to receive a certificate or recognition of credentials to be acknowledged as a professional – until now.”

A Gladue report is an individual’s ‘Sacred Story’. It shares with the courts the personal history and relevant factors that give detail of the individual’s life continuum that could possibly give insight to why he/she became involved in the justice system. This sacred information plays an important role in crafting recommendations in accordance to the individual’s needs to assist the judge in making well-informed decisions. It also plays another crucial role in creating a healing journey for the individual. 

Across Canada, courts have identified a demand for certified Gladue report writers as well as common standards and increased funding for Indigenous justice initiatives.

VCC’s Gladue report writing program was offered as a three-month, part-time pilot in 2018, and has now been expanded to a full certificate program designed for law students, lawyers, advocates, judges, First Nations Court workers, Indigenous community members, and anyone interested in writing Gladue reports. The program can be completed in one year and training is delivered at VCC’s Downtown campus and online.

“We are grateful to be part of this collaboration”, says David Wells, Vice President Academic and Applied Research at VCC. “The Gladue report writing program is the perfect opportunity to build capacity within Indigenous communities, reinforce the importance of Indigenization within the post-secondary system, and honour our commitments to addressing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and the Indigenous Education Protocol.”

The program advisory committee overseeing the design and development of VCC’s Gladue report writing certificate includes representation from the Legal Services Society of B.C., the Gladue Writers Association of B.C., the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General, MediateBC, and VCC's Indigenous faculty members and Elders.

VCC is committed to addressing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and fulfilling its commitment to the Indigenous Education Protocol through existing services and the development of unique programs.

 

VCC Continuing Studiesmission is to connect everyone in our diverse city to high-quality, flexible, and practical learning opportunities with industry practitioners. VCC Continuing Studies offers certificate and diploma programs, industry certifications, and professional development courses that are designed and delivered to develop skills that can be quickly applied to the workplace. Our over 60 program areas teach skills that translate into increased job opportunities for students, based on the need and feedback of Vancouver employers. No matter the area of study, whether it is related to administration, business, design, health, or human services, our expert instructors teach course content so that students develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to succeed in today’s workplace.

 

IndiGenius & Associates was born of the passion to help Indigenous people and encourage a positive change in the justice system possessed by its founder, Mark Marsolais-Nahwegahbow. Mark and his team have extensive experience working with Indigenous people and communities in a range of justice and justice-related contexts. Mark has several staff that work closely with him using a multidisciplinary team approach to ensure Gladue reports are done effectively and efficiently and delivered to the courts in a timely fashion. In addition, Mark has secured many community partnerships across Canada and works closely with others who share a similar interest in Indigenous justice. 

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Media can contact:

Danielle Libonati
Marketing Communications Officer
Vancouver Community College
T: 604.871.7000, ext. 7531
E: dlibonati@vcc.ca

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Mark Marsolais-Nahwegahbow
Founder
IndiGenius & Associates
T: 613.366.2268
E: indigeniusandassociates@gmail.com




Meet VCC’s Gladue report writing Instructor Mark Marsolais-Nahwegahbow

Posted on April 28, 2021




In 2020, the over-representation of Indigenous people in federal custody reached an all-time high, which means that Gladue report writers are needed more than ever to play an important role in reconciliation.

The first of its kind in Canada, Vancouver Community College’s (VCC) Gladue report writing program was developed in collaboration with IndiGenius & Associates, a consulting firm dedicated to eliminating the over-representation of Indigenous people in the criminal justice system. Its founder, Mark Marsolais-Nahwegahbow, is a proud Ojibway and member of Whitefish River First Nation located on Manitoulin Island in Ontario.

Mark, who also teaches in the program, has a wide range of experience with Indigenous justice, including researching community needs within the justice system, developing and monitoring restorative justice programs, and participating in peacemaking and sentencing circles. Mark is also an Indian Residential School Crisis Line counsellor, and has over 17 years of experience as case manager with youth and adult offenders.

Mark has held several positions within Indigenous organizations, helping to develop and oversee First Nations justice programs. In addition to providing Gladue training and Gladue report writing services, Mark has worked consistently to ensure the courts and Indigenous people have a better understanding of the options for bail, incarceration, diversion, or reintegration back into the community.

Mark’s mission to improve the lives of Indigenous people also extends to his other initiative, Birch Bark Coffee Co., which donates a portion of proceeds towards clean water solutions for Canadian Indigenous communities. 

What are Gladue reports?

In 1996, Canada’s Criminal Code was first amended to require judges to consider alternative sentencing to reduce the number of Indigenous people in Canadian prisons. In 1999, a case involving a 19-year-old Cree woman named Jamie Tanis Gladue established “Gladue” rights, requiring judges to recognize the historical trauma that continues to affect Indigenous offenders in Canada. 

Gladue report writing is playing an important role in reconciliation. A Gladue report is a written document which tells a person's "sacred story", and identifies and suggests options to consider during sentencing such as addiction treatments, restorative justice, or other paths to address past trauma. It also aims to incorporate community members and the victim in determining a fit sentence, when possible.


Play a role in reconciliation. Register now for VCC’s unique, part-time Gladue report writing program starting in September 2021.




VCC jewellery student donates small business profits to food bank

Posted on May 5, 2020

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The moment Vancouver Community College (VCC) international student Mariana Carneiro saw people struggling to meet their basic needs due to COVID-19, she started thinking of ways to help. 

As a fashion professional and jewellery designer, however, Mariana’s skills weren’t typically the kind needed in a global health emergency. Having only recently moved to Canada from Brazil, her connections were limited, and living with an at-risk family member meant she also had to be extra careful about leaving the house. 

Still, she was resolute. “I really wanted to do something that would help people beyond my friends and neighbours,” she says.

Watching the news one day, she saw that the food bank needed extra help, so she decided to donate 10 per cent of sales from her online jewellery shop, Kaju. Additionally, she gave numerous pairs of earrings as a token of thanks to health care workers, and began promoting donations to Canadian Blood Services on her popular Instagram account.

“If you can, I think you need to share,” she says. “Every little bit counts right now.”

An artistic journey

Before moving to Canada, Mariana studied industrial design and earned a master’s degree in fashion business in Brazil. She started her career in a large clothing company where she also designed jewellery, but never crafted it herself. 

“I drew the designs, picked the stones and materials, but someone else would make it,” she says. “I love jewellery but I never learned the making process.”

In Vancouver, Mariana began experimenting with jewellery at home using colourful clay and metal. Her designs soon became popular on Etsy, but she wanted to refine her techniques, so she enrolled in the Jewellery Techniques 1 course through VCC Continuing Studies.

“I learned so much in two and a half months,” says Mariana. While the focus of the class was making silver rings, once Mariana had learned the basic techniques, she’s grateful that the instructor allowed her to shift to her real passion – making earrings.  

Mariana is now planning on taking Jewellery Techniques 2 in the coming months, and enrolling in VCC’s full Jewellery Art and Design diploma program in 2021. 

No small gift

A ten per cent donation may sound small, but for a solo entrepreneur, it’s huge. “I wanted to find some way I could help, and I wish I could do more,” says Mariana, who independently looks after every aspect of her business, from manufacturing to web design to customer service. 

With her elderly mother and grandmother homebound in Brazil, Mariana is especially grateful for a family friend who has been shopping for them, and encourages everyone in Vancouver to seek out a need and lend a hand right now. “You can always help,” she says. 

 

Earrings by Kaju Creations


Read more about how VCC students, grads, and employees are working together to fight the spread of COVID-19




International Week of the Deaf 2020

Posted on September 21, 2020

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As a proud member of B.C.'s the Deaf and hard of hearing community, Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to recognize this year's International Week of the Deaf (IWD) from Sept. 21 to 25, 2020.

IWD is a celebration of Deaf culture first launched by the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) in 1958. It is recognized annually by Deaf communities all over the world during the last full week of September. Activities and events take place that welcome the participation of all members of Deaf communities, including families of Deaf people, professional and accredited sign language interpreters, and peers.

"It's about gathering together, becoming united, showing that unity to the rest of the world, and promoting the human rights of Deaf people," says Mari Klassen, department head of ASL and Deaf Studies at VCC.

This year’s theme for IWD is “Reaffirming Deaf People’s Human Rights,” and participants are encouraged to learn more about Deaf culture and human rights through daily themes, including:

Monday, Sept. 21 – Sign Languages
Tuesday, Sept. 22 – Inclusive Sign Language Environments
Wednesday, Sept. 23 – International Day of Sign Languages – Sign Language is for Everyone!
Thursday, Sept 24 – The Legal Recognition of National Sign Languages
Friday, Sept. 25 – Equal Opportunities for All Deaf People

For more information, visit www.wfdeaf.org

View Mari Klassen's video message in ASL


Explore a new language and culture. VCC offers a certificate program as well as individual courses in ASL and Deaf studies

 

 

 




COVID-19 updates from VCC's Student Service team

Posted on April 14, 2020

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Dear VCC student,

Over the past few weeks, we have seen the COVID-19 pandemic change how we learn, work, play, and live. Our collective response to these unexpected challenges has brought to light the strength, resilience, and heart of our college community. As we navigate through this, please know that VCC’s Student Service team is here to support you.


UPDATES AND INFORMATION

With information changing fast and coming from many sources, please bookmark VCC's new COVID-19 information site and check back frequently for the latest updates on student services, resources, and frequently asked questions.

Emergency funding

Information on relevant and helpful government and community funding can be found by visiting the resources page on VCC's COVID-19 information site. For information on VCC's Indigenous emergency assistance fund, please contact indigenous@vcc.ca.

International students

For international students, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has stated that the transition of Canadian post-secondary programs to online studies will not impact visas, study permits, or post-graduate work permits. If you have questions, please contact VCC International student support.

Studying from abroad

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is now allowing international students with study permits for programs starting in May or June to complete up to 50 per cent of their program online from abroad, before travelling to Canada. ‌


SERVICES FOR STUDENTS

Campus and technology access

Need access to the Internet or a computer? VCC’s computer labs are available:

Downtown campus
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Learning Centre

Please bring VCC or government-issued ID and a letter from your program confirming your active student status. The computer lab can be accessed from the Dunsmuir St. entrance only, and by signing in with Security.

Broadway campus
Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Building B, room 2231

The computer lab in Building B can be accessed from the 7th Ave. entrance.

Libraries and tutoring

VCC's librarians are available! Chat online with them using AskAway, or get personalized help in English, Business, Math, Life Sciences, and Sciences from our Learning Centre tutors using Zoom. You can book your sessions via WCOnline

Get tips on resume writing, practice one-to-one interview skills, and explore careers online using Career Guidance

Disability services and interpreting 

As our classes shift to online and alternative delivery modes, VCC’s Disability Services and Registered Sign Language Interpreting teams are available to ensure your new learning environment and materials are accessible. Please get in touch by emailing disabilityservices@vcc.ca or interpreting@vcc.ca.

Dispute resolution

If you have any concerns that you are being treated unfairly, have a specific complaint, or would like to appeal a grade, the Arbiter of Student Issues at VCC is an impartial, neutral, and confidential resource for you. The office provides information on student rights and responsibilities, and assistance with college policies and procedures. Please contact the Arbiter by emailing tmarks@vcc.ca or calling 604.871.7000 ext. 7040.

Your health and well-being 

VCC's Student Service team cares about your health and well-being. It is very normal to feel overwhelmed and anxious at this time, with the heightened stressors that surround us. If this is your experience, VCC counsellors are just a call away. Check out your health and dental plan and student savings card at SUVCC's Green Shield Canada.

Very soon, LinkedIn Learning will also be available to VCC students, which includes many wonderful webinars on self care. Watch for a special announcement and stay up to date by checking your myVCC student portal


HELP IS AVAILABLE

Student loans

Effective March 30, 2020, all British Columbia (StudentAid BC) and national (NSLSC) student loan borrowers will temporarily have their repayments suspended.

Renters

The Government of B.C. is introducing a new temporary rental supplement, halting evictions, and freezing rents. 

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

For eligible workers who have lost their income due to COVID-19, the Government of Canada is offering temporary income support.  

B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers

The Government of B.C. will provide a one-time payment to people who lost income because of COVID-19. 

Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

Post-secondary students hired through SWPP may now access more flexible start dates and duration of placements. Students may also be permitted to work from home, and post-secondary institutions may access a wage subsidy.

Canada Summer Jobs Program

Up to 70,000 summer jobs will be created for youth between the ages of 15 and 30, thanks to more flexible hiring policies and increased wage subsidies.


We’re here for you

If you have any other questions or concerns, please connect with our Student Service Centre team by calling 604.871.7000, option 2. Please stay safe, take care of yourself, those you love, and those you don't know – we are all in this together.

Sincerely,
 
Jane Shin, MEd MD
Associate Vice President, Student Success
Vancouver Community College




Media Release: VCC becomes first academic partner of Hydrogen BC

Posted on August 26, 2021



VANCOUVER – Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to announce its partnership with Hydrogen BC (HyBC) to assist the college’s future direction of providing technician training for hydrogen fuel. VCC became the first academic member to join the regional branch of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA), a provincial partnership to promote and accelerate the use of hydrogen technologies in B.C.

VCC’s automotive trades training programs are among the largest and oldest in the province. Our program success comes from our ability to innovate to keep up with employers’ needs and provincial mandates, such as climate initiatives.

To this end, VCC is currently in the initial planning stages for technician training for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The college is currently working with a major automotive manufacturer on the development of FCEV training programs and will begin to offer the new curriculum as part of its current programming in the coming months. 

The specific goals of the Hydrogen BC partnership will be to work together to provide technician training on the repair, service, and maintenance of FCEVs for light, medium, and heavy-duty applications.

"VCC is excited to be the first post-secondary to join Hydrogen BC. We look forward to working together to implement the province’s CleanBC strategy by providing education and training opportunities to VCC students related to fuel cell electric vehicles”, says Ajay Patel, VCC President and CEO. “This is just another great example of how VCC stays ahead of the curve when it comes to training our students for B.C.’s future”. 

“We are thrilled to see the VCC embrace hydrogen and participate in Hydrogen BC. Education and familiarization with hydrogen are important steps towards building the low-carbon future we want to live in and leave behind for future generations,” says Colin Armstrong, Chair, Hydrogen BC; President and CEO, HTEC. 

About Vancouver Community College

Vancouver Community College is a public community college in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Founded in 1965, it is the largest and oldest community college in British Columbia, offering 78 certificate programs, 28 diploma programs, and 3 bachelor's degree programs. VCC has three campuses in Vancouver and Annacis Island.

About Hydrogen BC

Hydrogen BC is the regional branch of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) in British Columbia.  Established with the support of the BC Government, Hydrogen BC is a public-private partnership mandated to support the growth of the BC low-carbon hydrogen energy ecosystem by coordinating the deployment of new supply infrastructure and applications across the province. In addition, Hydrogen BC works to ensure the safe handling of hydrogen and the safe operation of hydrogen equipment and FCEVs by sharing best practices developed in Canada and abroad.

About the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA)

The Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) is a national, non-profit association that supports Canadian companies, governments, research institutions and academia in the development, demonstration and deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in Canada and overseas.  Established in 2009, the CHFCA has over 100 members across Canada as well as regional branches in British Columbia (Hydrogen BC), Quebec (Hydrogène Québec) and Ontario (Hydrogen Business Council of Canada).  The CHFCA’s members specialize in fuel cell stack development, hydrogen production, hydrogen fueling infrastructure, energy storage, vehicle manufacturing, components and materials, research, engineering and consulting.

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Media can contact:

Karen Wilson
Executive Director, Marketing and Communications
Vancouver Community College
T: 604.871.7429
E: kwilson@vcc.ca




Q&A with VCC Paralegal instructor MaryAnn Reinhardt

Posted on August 26, 2021




MaryAnn ReinHardt has been teaching torts, personal injury practice, and litigation courses at Vancouver Community College (VCC) since 2019. Learn more about her love of teaching and industry experience.

What do you love about teaching?
I like interacting and connecting with my students. Although the weekly discussions happen in online forums, I am always taken aback at the insightful and interesting perspective of students. Many students draw from experiences that hit close to home. I feel privileged that these personal experiences are shared as they provide a little window into understanding and appreciating each of my students. 

What are some highlights from your courses?
I love guiding students in understanding principles of law through case law. Through these courses, we regularly review and analyze previous decisions handed down by the Court. These decisions are sometimes unexpected and always interesting. Truth really is much stranger than fiction. I love that “aha” moment when the concept suddenly becomes clear for students through interpretation and discussion of the decision. I also love some of the great students’ arguments in opposition of the Court’s decision – impressive! 

What is your experience in the legal field?
I have been in this industry for more than 30 years. Currently I am a designated paralegal with RDM Lawyers LLP specializing in personal injury. I have had the opportunity to work on some very interesting cases which both fascinated and challenged me, and I have even been lucky enough to travel overseas in my role.

My experience also extends beyond the walls of my office. I have participated on various boards including the BC Paralegal Association and access to legal services committees which allowed me to give back to my profession. I have also had the privilege of co-chairing and presenting at seminars through both the Trial Lawyers Association of BC and the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC

What kinds of opportunities are there for paralegals?
The role of a paralegal is diverse and exciting. It requires you to exercise your critical thinking, your people skills, and most of all, your resourcefulness. There are many environments where the skills of paralegals are valued – from government positions to private business to law firms. It is my hope that the paralegal’s role here in B.C. will continue to expand and we can play a greater role in the efforts to increase access to legal services for all British Columbians. 


Learn the skills to be an essential part of any legal, medical, or business team by exploring Legal and Office Administration courses and programs from VCC Continuing Studies.

 




PHO Announces New BC Vaccine Card

Posted on August 23, 2021

We would like to acknowledge that VCC is on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples who have been stewards of this land from time immemorial.

 

Today, August 23, 2021, Premier John Horgan, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Adrian Dix announced that BC would be implementing a BC Vaccine Card. By order of the B.C. Public Health Officer (PHO), proof of vaccination will be required to access some events, services and businesses. Starting September 13, you must have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. By October 24, you must be fully vaccinated.

Key Points from Today’s Announcement

  • The Delta variant is the key focus of the increased measures and need for vaccines.
  • Vaccines are our way forward as a province.
  • At this time, BC is not moving forward to Step 4 of the B.C. Restart Plan on September 7, 2021. However, the plan to open campuses back up in September is not affected by the postponement of Step 4 of the B.C. Restart Plan.

We will be reviewing the new BC Vaccine Card requirements in consultation with the PHO and our Ministry, and any impact it may have on program areas that are public facing (cafeteria, Seiffert Market, VCC Salon & Spa, JJ’s Restaurant, etc.). More information and details will be coming from government soon. We will share that information with the broader VCC community when it becomes available.

About On-Campus Planning for September

Although there may be some amended measures added to how we work and learn together on campus, the return-to-campus planning is moving forward and remains in line with the BC COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Guidelines.

VCC will continue to follow the orders from the B.C. Public Health Officer and Ministry of Advanced Education (AEST).

Our goal is to bring campuses back together safely, and to return to the activities that sustain us as individuals, communities and learning institutions.

If you are not already fully vaccinated, please register immediately and schedule your vaccination. If you are already fully vaccinated, thank you for doing your part to protect yourself and those around you.

You can find out more about vaccinations at gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated. For more information for student vaccinations, visit the Vancouver Coast Health webpage for students.

If you have any questions of concerns, please email secure@vcc.ca.




Safety updates for VCC campuses

Posted on August 24, 2021

Good afternoon VCC community,

On Tuesday, Aug. 24, Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training (AEST), and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer (PHO) announced updated safety measures for post-secondary institutions for the 2021-22 school year.

Key points

  • Effective Wednesday, Aug. 25, everyone 12 years old and over must wear a mask when in indoor public settings.
  • The mask order will apply to all indoor public areas on post-secondary campuses including lobbies, hallways, stairwells, elevators, libraries, cafeterias, classrooms, and labs.

For VCC this means that all employees, students and visitors are to wear a mask when:

  • walking in hallways,
  • moving through common traffic spaces (e.g. stairwells, elevators),
  • when in non-academic group activity spaces (e.g. cafeteria, bookstores, bakery, library, etc.),
  • in the classroom (masks will be required to be worn by students and faculty)

Social distancing is not required.

Please remember, there are those for whom wearing a mask is not an option. Wear a mask if you are able, and respect those who cannot.

Returning to campus

VCC strongly encourages all students and employees who are eligible and able, to be vaccinated.

Vaccination is the best line of defence we have against COVID-19. 

Starting Monday, Sept. 13, everyone 12 years old and over will need to provide proof of vaccination to access a broad range of social, recreational, and discretionary events and businesses throughout the province. This will include some services on campus that are also accessible to the broader public.

VCC will continue to work with AEST and the PHO on details on implementation of these requirements and any further actions we may need to take.

Learn more about vaccinations at gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated. For more information for student vaccinations, visit the Vancouver Coast Health webpage for students.

Keeping our community safe

It goes without saying that over the last 18+ months we have been navigating dynamic health and safety issues, and we will continue to do so.

I am proud of all we have accomplished to keep our community safe. And, I know we will continue to work together to ensure our classrooms and our workspaces remail safe and in-line with the orders from the PHO.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email secure@vcc.ca.

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Sincerely,

Surinder Aulakh
Director, Safety, Security & Risk
Vancouver Community College

 


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VCC Music introduces new Indigenous Vocal Ensemble

Posted on August 25, 2021



Coastal Journey by Kelly Cannell, 2011

This September, the music department at Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to introduce a new Indigenous singing group to its collection of talented ensembles.

VCC’s Indigenous Vocal Ensemble is open to singers of all levels and serves as an introduction to Indigenous music and Salish music forms. The ensemble will rehearse and perform a number of Indigenous songs utilizing voice and percussion.

The new group will be under the direction of Russell Wallace, a composer, producer and traditional singer from the Lil’wat Nation.

"Russell is a warm and knowledgeable instructor with years of experience facilitating music events, as well as being a solo artist who composes and performs his own music," says Laurence Mollerup, Department Leader, VCC Music and Dance. "We are really excited about this new direction."

Indigenous students and staff are also encouraged to take part in the group. Traditional songs along with original compositions will serve as the basis of the repertoire but collective improvisation will also be explored. Student arrangements and harmonies will be welcome.

VCC's Indigenous Vocal Ensemble will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays during the Fall 2021 term. The first rehearsal is on Tuesday, Sept. 7 and runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The ensemble's first concert is planned for Wednesday Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. in the VCC Auditorium (level 2, building A), with the Mount Pleasant Brass Ensemble.


For more information or to register for VCC's Indigenous Vocal Ensemble, contact music@vcc.ca.

 

 

 




New Automotive Collision and Refinishing Foundation expands options for VCC students

Posted on August 24, 2021




Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to introduce a new program option that will broaden opportunities for students in both the automotive collision repair and automotive refinishing prep industries.

VCC’s new Automotive Collision and Refinishing Foundation program combines learning that was formerly offered in two distinct programs: automotive collision repair (identifying damage, removing and installing parts, repairing, welding, and bonding parts), and automotive refinishing prep (restoring corrosion protection, paint repair and preperation).

VCC’s new harmonized foundation eliminates course overlap between the two programs and offers introductory training in both fields, allowing students to learn a wider range of skills before specializing in future apprenticeship levels.

According to VCC Automotive Collision and Refinishing department head Keith Mew, past students have often switched between programs or taken both. “I did it myself,” he said. “I wanted a deeper understanding of the trade, from welding to paint.”

In coordination with B.C.’s Industry Training Authority (ITA), VCC’s new Automotive Collision and Refinishing Foundation will now also be recognized across provinces, offering students greater flexibility to complete their apprenticeships wherever they may be working. 

“I wish I’d had a core program like this,” says Keith. “These students will have a better understanding of both sides of the trade and be more successful on any path they take.”


Limited seats are still available in VCC’s Automotive Collision and Refinishing Foundation program for September 2021 and January 2022. Apply now >

 

 




Welcome back! Winter 2019

Posted on January 1, 2019

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Welcome to Vancouver Community College. Whether you’re starting a brand-new program or you’re back for another term, we want to make sure you have the information and resources you need to succeed throughout your studies.


Where's my class?

Know where to go on your first day. Use this chart to look up your building and room number on the first day of school.

If you have any questions, just find one of our friendly Peer Helpers. They’ll be around campus wearing "VCC" T-shirts.


myVCC student email

Get access to your own myVCC student email:

  • Log in to my.vcc.ca and select "Email" to access your student email.
  • If it's your first time logging in, your password will be your birthday (MMDDYY).
  • Important notifications may be sent to this email address, so it's a good idea to check it regularly or forward your myVCC email to your personal email account.

You can also use myVCC to look up grades, order transcripts, access tax forms, and receive campus news and alerts.


Welcome Days

Welcome Days is a fun, interactive opportunity for all students to ask questions and learn about life at VCC. Enjoy music, games and snacks, and win great prizes while getting acquainted with classmates, staff, and all the on-campus services.

Welcome Days will be held from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at the Broadway campus and Wednesday, Jan. 9 at the Downtown campus.

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On-campus services

VCC offers a wide range of services to help you meet your educational goals and make the most of your time at college.

Student services


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Cannabis on campus

As many of you know, cannabis is now legal for non-medical use in Canada. VCC is committed to providing a safe working and learning environment, and the well-being of our students and employees is always our first priority.

VCC expects all students to be fit to perform their learning activities in a safe and secure manner. This includes being free from the effects of any intoxicants (such as cannabis) while engaging in educational activities at one of our campuses or at an offsite location. Learn more >


Safe and respectful campus

VCC expects students to conduct themselves responsibly and respectfully. As such, students are required to be familiar with the student non-academic code of conduct. Please review the student code of conduct policy and procedures.


Talk to us

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Follow and engage with your college online via VCC's official social media accounts. Mention us in your posts or use the hashtag #myVCC to share your talents, your projects, or even just the view from your classroom. 

 

 




Message from the President: Upcoming Mask Information

Posted on August 20, 2021

Dear VCC community,

I would like to acknowledge that VCC is on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples who have been stewards of this land from time immemorial.

We have heard your concerns about wearing masks on campus, and what might be done at VCC to ensure masks are taken seriously on campus this fall. Please know we share your concerns.

It is important to remember that during a health crisis like COVID-19, post-secondary institutions take direction on safety protocols from government, the Provincial Health Office, and local health authorities.

I want to share with you this morning that, while VCC continues towards full on-campus operations in September, we have also been advocating for, and working with our ministry and the Provincial Health Office on mask and vaccine guidelines for the post-secondary sector.

We anticipate new information from the PHO and Ministry on these issues in the coming days.

VCC remains committed to the health and safety of all our employees and students. We appreciate all the feedback we have received by our community, and thank you for your support.

If you are not already fully vaccinated, please register immediately and schedule your vaccination.  If you are already fully vaccinated, thank you for doing your part to protect yourself and those around you.

You can find out more about vaccinations at gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated.

Stay safe and well, and continue to follow the PHO guidelines.

Look for further updates from the college in the coming days.

 

Sincerely,

Ajay Patel

VCC President & CEO




Get your career moving with new fall courses from VCC Continuing Studies

Posted on August 19, 2021




VCC Continuing Studies is back this fall with a variety of brand-new courses designed to help you move forward on your professional journey. And thanks to our new, streamlined registration system, signing up just got a whole lot easier.

Tech industry professionals will definitely want to check out a variety of new credentials including the IT Operations Professional certificateIT Operations Professional short certificate, and the Network Security advanced certificate.

For anyone seeking career inspiration or personal growth, this fall’s lineup of Transformative Learning courses may be just for you. Our new course Design a Meaningful Career (TRLN 1301) helps you blaze a career path that brings true wealth and fulfilment. You can also learn the tools of mindfulness, how to work your wardrobe for a smaller environmental impact, or learn how the city plays a role in gender equity

Feel that chill in the air? Fall fashions are coming back fast, and designers can now get an intro to leather work by learning how to cut and stitch professional-looking accessories. 

Finally, what skill is greater in life than language? VCC’s part-time, evening language courses are back in full force this season, with helpful instructors using tried-and-true methods to help you find your voice. (But don’t take it from us, let our all-star Japanese language students shine by example.)


Our new website is ready. How about you? Visit vcc.ca/cs now to claim your spot for Fall 2021.




VCC graphic designers contribute to Ronald McDonald House refresh

Posted on August 19, 2021




When Jenna Gasbarro, Roiz Enriques, and Pham Kim enrolled in VCC’s graphic design program last fall, they knew they’d come away with job-ready skills. What they didn’t expect was that they’d work alongside a prominent B.C. interior designer on a charitable project that would touch the lives of thousands of children per year. 

Since the 1970s, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) have made it possible for families to stay close to their sick children who need medical treatments away from home. Earlier this year, RMHC British Columbia & Yukon reached out to popular interior designer Jamie Banfield for assistance in renovating several children’s play spaces inside Vancouver’s 73-bedroom Ronald McDonald House facility. As part of the project, Jamie, a past VCC instructor, requested the talents of VCC graphic design students.

“This is a very meaningful project,” says Kim, about the pro bono work being done under VCC’s Studio Nuvo. “Jamie and his team are great to work with and I’ve learned a lot throughout the process.”

Ronald McDonald House reading nook rendering


VCC’s student design team has been tasked specifically with creating wall graphics for a playhouse “village,” an outer-space themed reading nook, and an eco-friendly “garage” for the house’s fleet of child-sized ride-on cars.

As Vancouver's Ronald McDonald House hosts families from across B.C. and Yukon, one main focus for the students was to incorporate elements that would help the children feel at home. Inspirations included recognizable B.C. and Yukon landmarks, animals, license plates, and even a game of I-spy that challenges kids to find RMHC logo hearts hidden throughout the designs.

“I felt a bit intimidated,” says Roiz about working on the large-scale illustrations, “but I am also really excited to have this opportunity as these designs would be seen by many kids and families.”


Make your difference in VCC’s creative industries. Apply now to VCC graphic design programs for 2021-22.

 




VCC president Ajay Patel a finalist for Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards

Posted on August 9, 2021




Vancouver Community College (VCC) is proud to share that our president and CEO Ajay Patel has been nominated and selected as one of 75 finalists for this year’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards.

This prestigious people’s choice awards program honours inspirational immigrants who have made a positive impact on their communities since arriving in Canada, and recognizes the achievements of all immigrants including community advocates, volunteers, successful entrepreneurs, and cultural icons.

Past winners from B.C. include Senator Yuen Pau Woo, SUCCESS CEO Queenie Choo, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan, and BroadbandTV Corp Founder Shahrzad Rafati. 

The public can now vote for up to three of their favourite finalists online at www.canadianimmigrant.ca/top25 until Friday, Sept. 17, 2021.

This year’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards winners will be announced on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021 online at www.canadianimmigrant.ca and in Canadian Immigrant magazine.


Learn more about Ajay's inspiring journey by visiting VCC – About the President.




Scheduled registration system maintenance August 13-16

Posted on August 4, 2021




Vancouver Community College (VCC) will be conducting planned upgrades to our Banner online registration system from Friday, August 13 at 5 p.m. until Monday, August 16 at 6 a.m.
 

During this time, the following services will be unavailable:  

  • Program applications (via EducationPlannerBC)
  • Course registrations
  • Tuition payments
  • Grades and schedules 
  • Student records
  • Financial aid information

Please plan ahead to conduct important tasks outside of this period.   

This outage will not affect student email, Moodle, or Continuing Studies.  


Thank you for your patience as we continue to advance VCC’s web systems. 




Learn by doing in VCC’s dedicated early childhood education space

Posted on August 12, 2021




If you’ve ever watched a small child interact with the space around them, you realize that they’re constantly learning. From hitting blocks together to picking up stones to sticking little fingers where they don’t belong, every action is building knowledge – blocks make noise, stones are heavy, water is wet.

Vancouver Community College’s (VCC) early childhood care and education (ECCE) programs embrace this concept of using the environment as “the third teacher” (known the Reggio Emilia approach), especially in their dedicated Downtown campus learning space.

Formerly a typical classroom, VCC’s ECCE space is split in two, with half composed of four mock learning areas (dramatic play, language and literature, science, and manipulative), and the other half serving as a classroom equipped with tables and chairs that can be moved around as needed.


VCC ECCE classroom


The setup of the room changes based on the content being taught. Some days, it’s an art studio. Other days, it’s a storytelling circle, a music room, or a science lab.

In an early childhood education setting, such features allow for important elements such as uninterrupted exploration, play, and learning, self-expression, communication, logical thinking, and problem-solving. 

VCC’s classroom also contains elements like sinks, cupboards, and bulletin boards that enable other important training for child care providers, including organizing resources, documentation, and working with families.


Is your future in child care? Learn more about the early childhood care and education programs offered via VCC Continuing Studies.

 




New paid work placement program supports hospitality students and industry

Posted on August 11, 2021




As Canada’s tourism sector prepares for a rapid post-COVID-19 recovery, Vancouver Community College (VCC) is proud to be an early adopter of a new, paid work-integrated learning program for students.

The program, called Propel, is the latest addition to the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program and offers post-secondary students job opportunities to develop work-ready skills while employers receive a 75 per cent wage subsidy of up to $7,500 for each student hired.

“Propel creates a direct link between students looking to enhance their workplace skills and employers who can provide that valuable experience while also showcasing the depth and breadth of career pathways in the industry,” says Philip Mondor, President and CEO of Tourism HR Canada.

A wide range of placements are available with employers representing all facets of Canada’s visitor economy, including accommodations, culinary, recreation, entertainment, culture, events, transportation, travel services, and more. 

Applications are now open for the fall and winter semesters of the 2021-2022 school year, and placements are posted on the Propel online portal.

“Our students and community partners in hospitality have been deeply impacted by the pandemic, and we know there is uncertainty across the industry as Canada begins its recovery process,” says Dennis Innes, dean of VCC’s School of Hospitality, Food Studies and Applied Business. “The funding from Employment and Social Development Canada for the Propel program creates opportunities that support students and employers, while also highlighting the importance of paid internships and the value of skilled labour. We are excited to be a part of the launch of this program.”


Discover your exciting tourism-industry career through VCC’s hospitality management programs.




Cybersecurity – the need, demand, and talent crunch

Posted on August 6, 2021



 

Pause for a minute…and think about all the things you do on your phone, tablet, or laptop – the sites you visit, the social media you engage with, the pictures you share with friends and family, the assignments you submit, or the banking you do. The advancements and reliance on technology has increased the level of cyber risk that people, and organizations are facing.

No company or individual with an online presence is immune to attacks from criminals who try to steal money and identity, and disrupt business continuity. In fact, ransomware attacks, where malicious actors encrypt files that make systems unusable and then demand ransom in exchange for decryption, are becoming more common. A recent (May 07, 2021) cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline, the largest pipeline system for refined oil products in the U.S., resulted in a shutdown of all of pipeline’s operations. The pipeline carries fuel from Houston to New York, its halting had serious implications for this critical infrastructure that provides basic services, and also for national security.

Cybersecurity is about the constant pursuit to protect systems that we rely on, such as healthcare, finance and banking, telecommunications, energy and utilities, and transportation. The demand for digital talent remains high. An estimated 19 million Canadians have been affected by data breaches since November 2018, underscoring the importance of Cybersecurity Specialists who help secure information systems. The global cybersecurity workforce shortage is projected to reach 1.8 million unfilled positions by 2022, and in Canada, the number of jobs for cybersecurity professionals is growing by 7% every year. Cybersecurity Analysts are among the top 15 most in-demand digital occupations.

At VCC, we are helping fill this gap by providing training to those who want to step up to a career in network security by leveraging their prior education or experience in IT. The new Network Security Advanced Certificate, launching in January 2022, provides essential skills for a career in information systems security, including network analysis, architecture, forensics, and defence.

Over 28 million Canadians were affected by data breaches in a one year period (2018-2019) according to numbers released by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. The global cybersecurity workforce shortage is projected to reach 1.8 million unfilled positions by 2022, and in Canada, the number of jobs for cybersecurity professionals is growing by 7% every year (The Changing Faces of Cybersecurity, Deloitte). ICTC’s Canada’s Growth Currency: Digital Talent Outlook 2023 identified Cybersecurity Analysts as among the top 15 most in-demand digital occupations.


Future-proof your career in the tech sector. Sign up for an information session to learn more about becoming an IT operations professional




Media release: VCC Commits to 50 — 30 Diversity Challenge

Posted on August 4, 2021



VANCOUVER – Vancouver Community College (VCC) has accepted a national diversity challenge to ensure that the leadership of the college and its Board of Directors reflects a commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Developed by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, the 50 – 30 Challenge asks companies and organizations to make two aspirational commitments to increase diversity on their boards and in senior management, and report on their progress.

The 50 – 30 Challenge asks that organizations aspire to two goals: Gender parity ("50 per cent") on Canadian board(s) and senior management; and significant representation ("30 per cent") on Canadian board(s) and senior management of other under-represented groups.

“I thank VCC for joining the 50 – 30 Challenge and for being a part of this initiative. As a member of the education industry, VCC is fostering innovation by embracing diversity and inclusion, which invites new perspectives and insights into their work,” says François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.

“Ensuring diverse leadership in these areas will create a more equitable, inclusive Canada for everyone.”

Known for its inclusive programs and accessibility for all learners, VCC was eager to accept the challenge set forth by government.

VCC’s current executive team is comprised of 50 per cent women (persons who identify as female) and 50 per cent of the team identify as ethnically diverse or from an under-represented group. As well, the 14 members of the college’s Board of Governors identify as 71 per cent female and 64 per cent as ethnically diverse or from an under-represented group.

"Initiatives like the 50 – 30 Challenge are a way for organizations, like VCC, to evaluate their position and be intentional around creating diverse representation in leadership. It is a point of pride for us that our leadership reflects our community," says Jane Shin, Vice President Students & Community Development.

A requirement of the challenge is for participating companies, organizations, and not-for-profits agree to voluntarily take action towards achieving meaningful and substantive improvements in supporting diversity and inclusion within their organization.

Adds Shin, "We are committed to developing and supporting all voices in leadership at VCC. It is meaningful to be a woman and a person of colour help steward this remarkable college with my colleagues. And it’s so important that we continue to foster diverse ways of being in positions of leadership at VCC, and across the post-secondary sector.

 

About Vancouver Community College

VCC has been inspiring students to reach their career goals for over 50 years through hands-on instruction in culinary arts, business, design, health sciences, hospitality, transportation trades, music, and more.

 

Media contact:

Jen Hill
Communications Manager
Vancouver Community College
T: 604.828.0974
E: jehill@vcc.ca




VCC Nursing pin project supports 2SLGBTQIA+ patients

Posted on July 23, 2021




This spring, Vancouver Community College (VCC) 
nursing student Meaghan Brannagan brought up her recent training on the topic of gender diversity in health care with a close friend, J.L., who identifies as non-binary. Their response was candid – “It’s about time,” they said. 

This friend went on to describe numerous scenarios that ranged from uncomfortable to traumatic. With J.L.’s permission, Meaghan presented what she’d learned to her class at VCC. This eye-opening report soon grew into a special campaign called “We Care for all Bodies” that will use pins to identify health care workers who are responsive to the needs of trans and non-binary people.  

“Even as a queer woman, I identify with my assigned sex at birth and I’ve only ever been treated the way I wish to be treated,” says Meaghan. “I never clued into these issues until I heard about others’ experiences.

Already at a young age, J.L. remembered feeling hurt and dismissed by their family doctor when asking about gender-confirming health care. When J.L. later required a hysterectomy for medical reasons, they recalled waking up in a maternity ward alongside breastfeeding mothers, who were visibly uncomfortable with J.L.’s presence. 

“J.L. felt so guilty for distressing these mothers, they chose to ignore their pain and leave the hospital before the intended time of discharge,” recalls Meaghan. 

Similarly difficult experiences Meaghan learned about from J.L. and others included being accused of identity theft, enduring remarks about their body parts, and refusals to use chosen names or pronouns, all while in states of pain or distress and needing medical care. 

Signs of safety 

Following Meaghan’s class presentation, VCC nursing instructor Maki Iwase reached out to VCC Jewellery Art and Design department head Karin Jones who invited students to create an inclusive pin that nursing students can wear on their scrubs after completing gender diversity training.  

The chosen design was created by award-winning VCC jewellery student and 2SLGBTQIA+ advocate Kale Needham, who as a trans and nonbinary person directly relates to J.L.’s experiences in seeking gender-affirming health care. The design features a heart-shaped diversity pride flag with the message “We Care for All Bodies” at the top and “VCC Nursing” underneath. 

Maki believes these pins will be an important signifier of inclusive care“Especially now when everyone’s wearing masks, it’s hard to read expressions and you don’t know if you have psychological safety,” she says.  

Meaghan and Maki say that these symbols, coupled with questions about names, pronouns, and care needs, could make a world of difference for 2SLGBTQIA+ patients.  

“It’s important that people with all bodies feel safe in health care facilities,” says Meaghan. “You should never feel worse than when you went in.” 

The first batch of pins is currently in production for late July 2021. Watch for students sporting them in local health care settings this fall. 


Make your difference in the health care system. Discover a wide variety of career options through VCC Health Sciences programs. 

 




VCC convocation recap – Spring 2021

Posted on June 28, 2021



Vancouver Community College (VCC) was proud to celebrate the hard work, commitment, and excellence of 1,488 graduands in an online Spring 2021 convocation ceremony on Thursday, June 24.

Guests were welcomed with a greeting, prayer, and territorial acknowledgment from Elder Deanna George, followed by a performance from ‘The Coastal Wolfpack.’

In the wake of recent tragic news and events surrounding Canada's Indian Residential Schools, this spring, VCC took the time to reflect on the collective work we all need to do to support the healing of Indigenous communities.  

The event was conducted on Zoom and live streamed for friends and family of the graduands. Separate Zoom rooms were set up to recognize students from the different Schools.

Degrees, diplomas, and certificates were awarded to the following areas: 

  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Hospitality, Food Studies and Applied Business
  • School of Trades, Technology and Design
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Continuing Studies
  • Library and Teaching & Learning Services

Graduands received messages of congratulations from Anne Kang, B.C. Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training, as well as Jenny Kwan, Member of Parliament for Vancouver East.

Following remarks from the Board of Governors as well as VCC president Ajay Patel, valedictorian Vanessa Anderson addressed the graduating class of 2021 with words of wisdom, courage, and inspiration.

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As we move forward onto the next chapters of our lives, it is important to remember that it is only through this change and uncertainty we are able to break down the barriers holding us back and become the incredible people we are meant to be.

Outstanding alumnus and president of Craftsman Collision Rick Hatswell welcomed the graduates to the alumni family and shared his wisdom with the group:

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Never be afraid of change. Be open to possibility because you never know what is waiting for you if you're ready to accept it. 


Missed the event or want to relive the moments? See videos below:

    • Presentation of graduates
      • Zoom Room 1 - School of Trades, Technology, and Design, School of Arts and Sciences (including Music), School of Instructor Education, School of Health Sciences, and Centre for Continuing Studies
      • Zoom Room 2 - School of Hospitality, Food Studies, and Applied Business

Congratulations to our VCC grads! Learn about the perks and benefits you now receive as VCC alumni

 




New VCC course reveals the power of creative writing to heal trauma

Posted on September 2, 2020

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In one of VCC Continuing Studies’ newest courses, Writing to Heal Your Life, students are invited to discover the power of creative writing to navigate the challenges of loss, trauma, or illness. Through guided techniques, exercises, and reading recommendations, poet and author Renée Sarojini Saklikar will reveal how creative writing can help heal both the author and the reader. 

How can this course benefit those struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic? 

Using simple writing prompts and creative ideas, I’ve been exploring what “at home” means to those who might be facing all kinds of change both in their personal lives and in the world of work. In the course, we will design a writing practice that makes sense for each individual. 

How can writing together heal trauma? 

I invite folks to explore and write with me as a way to gain space for personal exploration. This course will give us the opportunity to look back on this time as both a window to our past and as a map for going forward. This refers to the idea that it is better to have something than to want more, as it will often leave you with nothing. 

What inspired this course? 

In developing this course, I have leaned into some of my personal favourites, such as the writings and wisdom of Louise Hay, Brené Brown, Jon Kabat Zinn, and Natalie Goldberg. I’ve used my hours alone during this pandemic to re-visit the teachings of these beloved authors and am looking forward to sharing them. 

How will the course be taught?

Our learning environment will be Zoom; we will use the “rooms” to create a sense of smaller gatherings and we’ll include time to mute microphones and cameras because it’s okay to connect in silence.

We’ll also take the time to check in with our own feelings and with those of others; to be gentle with ourselves, staying calm and kind and alert, all while exploring creative writing. 

 


Writing to Heal Your Life starts Wednesday, Sept. 16. REGISTER NOW >

Learn more about other creative writing courses available this term from VCC Continuing Studies: 




How to start a small business with confidence

Posted on December 9, 2020



As B.C.’s labour market continues to recover from the initial shocks of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are starting to see the world of work from a new perspective. For some, job security may continue to be uncertain. Others may have discovered new skills, identified a need they could meet, or just loved the convenience of working from home, and considered starting a small business.
 
There are many motivations to becoming an entrepreneur, but starting out can be daunting. Fortunately, VCC’s small business courses offer an efficient way to gain the foundational knowledge and skills to start and grow a successful small business. 
 
Courses include:

To help your bottom line, we're now offering a $100 discount for students who register for all 10 courses at the same time. 

Starting later in the winter term, VCC will be introducing an Ecommerce Award of Achievement for entrepreneurs wanting to build their business online. Courses will range from creating websites to coaching to data analytics and more, so stay tuned!


Learn something new this winter. VCC Continuing Studies courses are now open for reigistration.

 

 




VCC grad combines child care and ASL skills to support the fight against COVID-19

Posted on May 14, 2020

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Like many people around the world, child care assistant Jordyn Mitchell saw her workplace change dramatically due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once bustling with 60 young children, her preschool now sat virtually empty. 

Jordyn’s job wasn’t the type she could do from home, yet thanks to an extra-special skill set, she was still able to offer much-needed support to one of Vancouver’s frontline health care workers.

Jordyn graduated from Vancouver Community College (VCC) in 2019 with an American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Studies certificate and was the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Silver Medal for academic excellence and community service.

Today, this high-achiever works as an early childhood care assistant at a daycare operated by the Deaf Children’s Society of BC (DCS). In this role, Jordyn has been able to continue her work at the facility by providing interpretive services and Kindergarten programming to the five-year-old child of a registered nurse in New Westminster. Jordyn also cares for the nurse’s two-and-half-year-old child. 

“My role in the classroom at this time looks a little different than it would if there was not a worldwide pandemic,” Jordyn says. Over the past months, Jordyn has taught the children about proper hand washing, and coughing and sneezing into their arms and tissues. Of course, physical distancing in a preschool setting is nearly impossible. Jordyn adds that she is unable to wear protective face masks since mouth and facial movements are an essential part of ASL communication.

Jordyn admits she is concerned for her safety, but remains fully committed to her work. “The services we are providing allow nurses and doctors to not worry about child care and be in the hospital caring for the sick,” she says. 

In her personal life, Jordyn is also trying to stay as isolated as possible to ensure the children in her care – and by extension, their mother – are safe. “I go straight from work to home,” she says.

“We are super grateful to VCC for the programs they offer,” says Lisa Meneian, Executive Director at DCS. “Their graduates often become strong allies in the Deaf community, and we are extremely grateful to have Jordyn on our team!”  

Based in Burnaby, B.C. the Deaf Children’s Society of BC is a not-for-profit agency that provides resources, programs, support, and information to families with? Deaf and hard of hearing children from birth to age five.?


Learn how you can make a difference through VCC’s Sign Language Studies. Apply now for September 2020.




Welcome to VCC – Winter 2020

Posted on January 1, 2020

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Welcome new and returning students to Vancouver Community College! Let's make sure you have a great start. See below for information and resources to help you now and throughout your studies.


Where's my class?

Know where to go on your first day. Use this chart to look up your building and room number on the first day of school.

If you have questions, find one of our friendly Peer Helpers wearing a VCC T-shirt.


Student email

Get access to your myVCC student email:

  • Log in to my.vcc.ca and click the "Email" icon.
  • If it's your first time logging in, your password will be your birthday (MMDDYY).
  • Important notifications may be sent to this email address, so please check it regularly or forward your myVCC email to your personal email account.

You can also use myVCC to look up grades, order transcripts, access tax forms, and receive campus news and alerts.


Welcome Days

Welcome Days is a fun and interactive carnival meant to help new and returning students learn about life at VCC. Join us for music, games, snacks, and prizes while getting to know classmates and staff, and learning about the many on-campus services available to you.

Welcome Days will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22 at the Broadway campus and Wednesday, January 22 at the Downtown campus.

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Student services

VCC offers a wide range of services to help you meet your educational goals and make the most of your studies.

Student services


Eat, shop and more

VCC also offers breastfeeding rooms and prayer spaces, please check with  for location information.


Student SIN numbers required

Starting in the 2019 tax year, the Canada Revenue Agency requires all post-secondary institutions to collect Social Insurance Numbers in order to issue Tuition and Enrolment Certificate (T2202) tax forms.

VCC students have already begun receiving official communications by email. Please update your SIN numbers by logging into myVCC or through our secure online form. Learn more >


Safe and respectful campus

VCC expects students to conduct themselves responsibly and respectfully. Please review the Student Code of Conduct policy and procedures, and learn about your rights and responsibilities.


Smoking and cannabis use

Cannabis is now legal for non-medical use in Canada. VCC is committed to providing a safe working and learning environment for our college community members, and the well-being of our students and employees is always our first priority.

VCC expects all students to be fit to perform their learning activities in a safe and respectful manner. This includes being free from the effects of any intoxicants (including cannabis) while in class, on campus, or offsite. Learn more >


Let's connect

Follow VCC on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook to stay up to date on college news like campus closures and other stories and announcements. Feel free to send us messages and questions, or share your own photos and stories using the hashtag #myVCC.

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Welcome to VCC

Posted on September 4, 2018

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Welcome to Vancouver Community College. Whether you’re starting a brand-new program or you’re back for another year, we want to make sure you have all you need to succeed.

See below for tips and information that will help you now and throughout your studies.


Where's my class?

Know where to go on your first day. Use this handy chart to look up your building and room number on the first day of school.

If you have any questions, just find one of our friendly Peer Helpers. They’ll be around campus wearing "VCC" T-shirts.


myVCC student email

Get access to your own myVCC student email:

  • Log in to my.vcc.ca and select "Email" to access your student email.
  • If it's your first time logging in, your password will be your birthday (MMDDYY).
  • Important notifications may be sent to this email address, so it's a good idea to check it regularly or forward your myVCC email to your personal email account.

You can also use myVCC to look up grades, order transcripts, access tax forms, and receive campus news and alerts.


Welcome Days

Welcome Days is a fun, interactive opportunity for all students to ask questions and learn about life at VCC. Enjoy music, games and snacks, and win great prizes while getting acquainted with classmates, staff, and all the on-campus services available to you.

Welcome Days will be held from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at the Broadway campus and Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the Downtown campus.

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On-campus services

VCC offers a wide range of services to help you meet your educational goals and make the most of your time at college.

Student services


Eat, shop + more

 


Safe and respectful campus

VCC expects students to conduct themselves responsibly and respectfully. As such, students are required to be familiar with the student non-academic code of conduct. Please review the student code of conduct policy and procedures.

 

 




Bees, flowers, and sustainable fashion blossom at VCC

Posted on October 15, 2020

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Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to welcome some helpful new members to our campus community – a colony of mason bees! 

Unlike honeybees, who build complex hives and work together in large numbers, mason bees are solitary but effective pollinators that live in small, reed-like tubes. Mason bees are non-aggressive and do not make honey, instead eating the pollen they collect.

VCC’s new mason bees and their custom-built houses were the result of a special sustainability project led by VCC science instructors Klaudia Jurkemik and Jacqueline Shehadeh. The initiative was made possible thanks to VCC’s Environmental Community Action Team (ECAT) and the Eco-College Small Grants program that provided up to $500 for winning sustainability proposals in late 2019.

Want to see the bees in action? Two of the mason bee homes in VCC’s Broadway campus courtyard have plexiglass sides, which allow the colony to be viewed by the community and used for educational purposes in our Biology classes.

Mason bee house at VCC Broadway
 

Garden bed upgrades 

To keep our bees happy and our urban ecosystem thriving, additional recipients this year’s Eco-College Small Grants have worked to keep flowers and vegetables growing at the Broadway campus. 

Thanks to the funding, mathematics department assistant and volunteer gardener Jotie Grewalson was able to re-soil and clean the courtyard beds, while student Xianan Bai planted a variety of perennial flowering bulbs including allium, gladiolus, and lilium. “I wanted our garden to be beautiful for a long time,” says Xianan.

 

Xianan planting bulbs and red gladiolas

 

Fighting fast fashion

Our final group of Eco-College grant winners approached the idea of “green” a little differently – by looking deep inside our closets. In their proposal, VCC Adult Special Education students in the Managing Your Money (CCED 0608) class wanted to call attention to issues surrounding “fast fashion” and textile waste. In doing so, they researched key statistics for an information campaign that would encourage the VCC community to reduce, reuse, and recycle their clothing.

In collaboration with VCC Graphic Design, the grant winners produced a series of posters and flyers that were launched at VCC Fashion’s “Clothing Mend-It" event in March 2020 and subsequently distributed across VCC campuses. 


Two poster images: Buy Less Wear More and Reduce, Repair, Reuse.

Poster design "Buy Less Wear More" by Kylie Woo
Poster design "Reduce, Repair, Reuse" by Lera Matsumura


Read more about how VCC continues to integrate energy conservation and sustainability into campus culture. 




See all programs with space available

Posted on February 13, 2020

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Considering college? Don't wait! These VCC programs still have space available for 2020.

(Updated Feb. 13, 2020)

Spring 2020

Business

Administrative Professional 1

Baking and Culinary

Baking & Pastry Arts – Pastry 

Professional Cook 1 Plus

Professional Cook 2

Hair, Esthetics and Makeup

Hairstylist

Esthetics and Spa Therapy

Health Sciences

Dental Assisting – Certified

Health Care Assistant
 

Information Technology

Computer Systems Technology

Transportation Trades

Automotive Service Technician Harmonized Foundation

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Apply online now, attend an upcoming info session, or book an apointment with a program advisor




Bake with Bruno Feldeisen at VCC

Posted on March 3, 2020

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Fans of The Great Canadian Baking Show will undoubtedly recognize Bruno Feldeisen. After three successful seasons as a judge on the beloved CBC baking program, the smiling, bespectacled pastry chef has become a household name for home bakers across the country. 

Less known, perhaps, is that Bruno not only calls Vancouver home, but also teaches part-time baking and pastry classes at Vancouver Community College (VCC). In his courses, he shares his love of baking and pastry using a combination of expert skill and encouragement. 

In one popular course, World of Breads (CUIS 1106), Bruno says his goal is to take away the fear of breadmaking. “It’s intimidating to a lot of people,” he says. The secret to better bread, according to Bruno, is to learn the essential steps but avoid getting stuck on a recipe. Rather, he encourages students to get a feel for the process, then get creative and have fun. “It’s OK to play around,” he says.

Why would a chef who has consistently wowed high-class diners from France to California to New York choose to teach baking basics? As a troubled teen, Bruno got his own start in the industry when a famous French chocolatier took him on as an apprentice. Today, he’s the one with a heart for anyone wishing to learn. 

“I meet people who are very good bakers with great ideas,” says Bruno. “My work is always so professional, and I enjoy the challenge of communicating with people who don’t speak the same culinary language.”

 

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VCC Continuing Studies offers baking courses from French pastry to chocolate showpieces at a fraction of the cost of private culinary schools. 




VCC’s CAD and BIM drafting grads are in demand

Posted on July 29, 2020

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Originally published in The Georgia Straight

The remarkable work of graduates from the drafting programs at Vancouver Community College (VCC) is all around us. The offices we work in, the roads we drive on, the bridges we cross over, and the buildings we live in—construction of these structures is based upon intricate design plans laid out by a drafter.

To meet the increasing demand for drafting technicians, VCC is offering six computer-assisted design (CAD) and building information modelling (BIM) programs:

“We have been producing drafting technicians since 1949 and our graduates have helped build our airports, sports arenas and stadiums, roads, bridges across the Lower Mainland, and beyond,” says Bruce McGarvie, department leader at VCC. 

Despite rising unemployment rates due to COVID-19, VCC has not noticed any slowdown in demand for its drafting graduates by local architectural firms.

“Certificate and diploma program statistics, averaged over the last five years, show that 84 percent of graduates find full-time work within four months of graduation,” McGarvie says. “Many of our students have jobs lined up before they even finish their programs.”

Safe and innovative online learning

Students can complete the majority of coursework for these programs online through virtual classrooms. This computer-based format is convenient for those hoping to gain an education while following social-distancing guidelines during the pandemic. With lectures, discussions, and peer collaborations taking place online, students are not required to commute to campus and can conveniently construct their own learning schedule.

Students in need of assistance with the course material can contact their instructors via Zoom and share their screens with peers when working on group projects. Additionally, all students have access to the specialized program software and can access course resources on Moodle at any time.

People with an interest in mathematics, technical drawing, 3D modelling, commercial and residential construction, and sustainability should consider pursuing an education in drafting.

“Drafting technicians prepare engineering designs, 3D virtual models, construction and fabrication drawings, and related technical information,” says McGarvie. “Drafters work in teams or with engineers and architects for consulting architectural and engineering firms, construction companies, resource and manufacturing companies, and in many levels of government.”

According to WorkBC, graduates from the CAD and BIM drafting programs earn a median wage of $27 per hour. The six programs available at VCC vary from 14 weeks to 10 months. Ideal for detail-oriented, self-motivated students, this is a small time investment considering that most graduates gain meaningful employment shortly after finishing their program.


Apply now to secure your seat in VCC’s CAD and BIM drafting programs this September or chat with VCC instructors during an upcoming online info session.




Five skills to help you prepare for the future of work

Posted on August 7, 2020


Experts predict that the nature of work will change substantially in a post-COVID world. Are you ready for the changes impacting businesses? Check out the following courses, available online this fall to help you round out your skill set and prepare you for the future of work: 

Online documentation 
Working from home indefinitely? Learn how to maximize your written communication skills in an online environment from our industry professionals and be sure you are getting your message across

Memos, emails, reports
Master the art of a well-crafted email and hone your business writing skills for a digital environment. 

Web development and programming
Improve your digital literacy by learning a coding language. VCC offers courses in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Python. Coding and web development skills are in demand in the emerging digital economy. 

Leadership
Leading a team through a crisis is tough. Courses in change management, problem solving and action planning, and building productive teams will help you and your team weather the storm and prepare for the next one.
 
Finance and accounting
Sound financial management practices are crucial to business success, especially during a crisis. Check out our introductory level courses in financeaccountingpayroll, and bookkeeping to ensure you have a solid understanding of business principles that are relevant in any field.

Browse through all the available Continuing Studies courses offered online this fall.




The future is cloud computing

Posted on August 11, 2020


Amazon, Google, Microsoft... these names need no introduction, but did you know that these technology giants offer much more than a shopping platform, a search engine service, or Office software? They are also among the top providers of cloud computing services for organizations around the world, from small businesses to large enterprises.

Cloud computing, which has quickly spread in recent years, is the use of computing resources, including servers, storage, software, computing power, over the internet (‘the cloud’). With virtualization technology, multiple virtual machines can be run on one physical server and the cloud computing provider can enable you or other clients to access the power of that server to run operating systems and applications, use software, utilize storage, perform analytics and intelligence, and much more, all through the internet.

The advantages are many. It offers flexibility – of computing power/storage/resources, elasticity – for scaling up or down your resource utilization, and automation – of resources and updates. All these benefits can result in efficiency of operations and lower operating costs for the business. As your or your organization’s needs grow, with cloud computing, you can add capacity on the fly. Cloud computing eliminates the cost of purchasing hardware and software, and the operating expenses related to running and managing IT infrastructure. In addition, data backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity is easier and less expensive.

Cloud computing is on a global scale, with providers offering data centers across multiple geographic locations, thus reducing latency while complying with local laws and regulations. Using machine learning and artificial intelligence, cloud computing services can provide valuable insights and intelligent models of the data for making informed decisions.

Whether you have a general interest in cloud computing, or are managing a team of technology professionals, the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals course at VCC can help you learn the fundamentals of cloud computing and prepare you for the AZ900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Certification exam.

If you're currently an IT professional or have fundamental experience VCC is proud to be the first public institution in B.C. to offer Microsoft Azure Architect TechnologiesMicrosoft Azure Data ScientistMicrosoft Azure Administrator, and Microsoft Azure Architect Design.

Join us for a free online infosession, visit vcc.ca/microsoft to learn more, or email the program coordinator.


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Introducing Transformative Learning – new courses for positive personal change

Posted on August 19, 2020

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What about your life do you wish you could transform? Are there elements of today’s world that you wish you were better prepared to face?

Vancouver Community College (VCC) Continuing Studies is pleased to launch a new program area – Transformative Learning – featuring courses designed to help people thrive in an evolving world and reach their fullest potential in health, wellness, careers, and relationships.

"The world around us is rapidly changing. That’s why it’s important to build a knowledge base around critical topics and develop methods for embracing our unknown future,” says Transformative Learning program coordinator Sarah Murray. 

Browse the new courses for Fall 2020 below or attend an upcoming free information session to learn more about this exciting new program area from VCC Continuing Studies.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Learn to live the mantra “stay calm and carry on.” Discover ways to understand your triggers and acquire the skills and practices needed to manage stress. 

Work That Reconnects
Strengthen your relationship with our world by developing compassion, connections, and hope through a series of interactive practices.

Systems Change
Discover how to map a system, identify leverage points, dismantle silos, and envision a system that can lead to positive change.

Let’s Talk about Death
Open a dialogue about dying and develop a set of end-of-life resources by uncovering new and traditional approaches to death. 

Urban Farming Essentials
Stock your pantry and your bank account with a combination of gardening tips, crop planning, and small business know-how.

Local Economies
Create a list of personal values you can use when shopping as you learn how to contribute to the re-establishment of our economic health. 


Get to know the benefits of online learning and see what else is new from VCC Continuing Studies this fall. 




Future-proof your career with VCC technology programs

Posted on September 23, 2020

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Did you ever try to imagine what a COVID-19 lockdown would be like without technology? From online shopping to virtual meetings to Netflix and Instagram stories, digital technology has played a crucial role in keeping us connected and our society functioning over the past months.

The COVID-19 pandemic has also accelerated the development of technology in countless fields. Most of these advancements are here to stay, which means new jobs are also in the making. 

The Government of BC’s Economic Recovery Plan places technology development and education at the core of a “resilient economy, ” and Vancouver Community College (VCC) Continuing Studies interim dean Claire Sauvé sees this future fast approaching. “There are a lot of great opportunities right now to join this growing workforce; to re-skill or up-skill in technology,” she says. “These are directly employable skills.”

Check out some of VCC’s newest courses and programs designed to help you embrace the technology of today and be ready for tomorrow.

New Microsoft Azure credentials

VCC is proud to be the first public college in B.C. to offer Microsoft credentials in cloud computing – today’s leading trend for scalable, flexible storage and business operations that has proven to be an immense benefit during COVID-19.

Learn more about the new Microsoft Azure courses at VCC by attending an upcoming info session or the Technology session at our Experience VCC virtual open house on Oct. 6 and 7.

Digital business 

From restaurants to clothing boutiques, businesses small and large have turned to the digital world during COVID-19 to keep their products and services front of mind and available to customers. Part-time VCC courses like Digital Marketing (CMPT 1426), Facebook for Business (LERN 1420), and Solving Fit for Online Customers (FASH1125) offer expert, practical advice.

Learn more about these courses and more by attending the Business session at our Experience VCC virtual open house on Oct. 6 and 7.

AR/VR Design and Development

While still a great option for “escaping” into a fantasy world or video game, virtual reality and augmented reality (VR/AR) technologies are also behind many key advancements (and jobs) in technical trades training, health care simulations, industrial design, and more. 

Learn all about VCC’s new VR/AR Design and Development program offered in partnership with Vancouver Film School by attending the Technology session at our Experience VCC virtual open house on Oct. 6 and 7.

Associate of Science in Computing Science

New high school grads or those seeking comprehensive training in computing science can now complete two years of university-level credits at VCC. Unlike first- and second-year lectures at major universities, VCC classes are kept small, with students benefitting from individual attention and support. Students can obtain an associate’s degree for entry-level technician or programmer jobs, or advance into the third year of bachelor’s degree programs at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, or other institutions. 

Learn more about this and VCC’s many other post-secondary pathways by attending the University Transfer session at our Experience VCC virtual open house on Oct. 6 and 7.


Let's talk about your future! Connect with a VCC program advisor by phone or Zoom to ask questions and plan your studies. 

 




Q&A with VCC creative writing instructor Kevin Spenst

Posted on April 6, 2021




What do you teach?
I teach Writing Sparks to Completion (CWRI 1123), a newer creative writing course that focuses on poetry but opens to other forms of writing.

What do you love about teaching?
I love how the classroom is a community writ small, a place where we test out, practice, and develop eloquences. It’s exciting to be part of that process. This means I could teach anything. I have, over the course of my life, taught business, drama, English Literature, and even yoga, but as I love poetry and creative writing the most, it’s what I’m most excited about teaching.

What is your current career?
I’m an author. My third book of poetry was published last year. Currently, I write reviews, conduct poetry interviews on co-op radio, give talks, and I’m working on my fourth book.

What is your best piece of advice for someone starting out in this industry?
Find a way to incorporate the craft of writing into the rhythm of your everyday life. For four years, I wrote a short-short story everyday. That helped get me started.

Who are your favourite authors?
James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and W.G. Sebald. Yes, the heavyweights!

What is your motto?
I do love Beckett’s “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”


Spark your creativity this spring with a wide variety of courses from VCC Continuing Studies.




Step up with Craftsman, Deeley to support COVID-19 emergency bursaries

Posted on May 27, 2020

VCC automotive student measuring blue car bumper

 

When we finally beat COVID-19, Rick Hatswell wants to be part of a revitalized and re-energized collision repair industry. 

To that end, the Vancouver Community College (VCC) Automotive Collision Repair Technician alumnus and president of The Craftsman Group donated $5,000 to the Giving Tuesday Now campaign funding emergency bursaries for VCC students.

The campaign, administered by the VCC Foundation, was launched on the Giving Tuesday Now global day of generosity (May 5, 2020) and runs until Sunday, May 31. Through donation matching, the campaign aims to raise $50,000 for a second round of emergency bursaries for VCC students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our industry’s future

Despite experienced technicians potentially making six-figure incomes, Rick says it’s difficult to get apprentices, even in normal circumstances. “We’re looking at any way we can help them build a career.”

Rick estimates that Craftsman Collision has 54 apprentices across their 40 repair locations. Rick completed his own apprenticeship through VCC in 1997 and earned his Red Seal.

One future apprentice is Minsu Kim, a 27-year-old international student from Korea who received one of the emergency bursaries in the first round of applications. Minsu is grateful because he says life in Vancouver is so expensive. “Thanks to the bursary, I was able to cover my living expenses, like buying food,” he says.

Rick and Craftsman Collision also have a long history of giving to VCC through annual Student Awards and sponsorship of fundraising events such as the Flourish gala. This time, however, Rick realized the need was different – and urgent. “COVID-19 has had an impact on us. It’s changed how we do things,” he says.

 

Rick Hatswell portrait and throwback

The Craftsman Group president Rick Hatswell today and as a young apprentice, circa 1988


Making the match

Others in the transportation industry are also answering the call to help students. Motorcycle retailer Deeley Group donated $1,000 to the campaign, knowing their donation would be matched by the Foundation.

“We celebrate VCC students in their pursuit of gaining skills and knowledge. We’re pleased we can support our community during this time of need,” says Peter Van Dyke, director of investments for Deeley Group.

Since April, the VCC COVID-19 Emergency Bursary Fund has distributed $195,000 to 312 students from 40 different programs.

VCC Foundation director Nancy Nesbitt shares gratitude for the continued student support, and also emphasizes the importance of acting now. “Never have students needed our help more,” she says.


There’s still time to help students in need. The first $20,000 donated before Sunday, May 31 will be matched, and we’ve almost reached our goal! To donate, visit the VCC Foundation donation page and select “COVID-19 Emergency Bursary Fund.”




Vice President’s statement: Acknowledging our past and facing our present

Posted on July 21, 2021



 

A message from David Wells, Vice President Academic & Research

Dear VCC community,

Last Monday, July 12, the Penelakut Tribe let the world know about 160 unmarked graves located on the nation’s grounds and foreshore near the site of the Kuper Island Residential School on Penelakut Island, off the coast of Vancouver Island. And, on July 15, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Nation released their final report on the preliminary findings of 215 children announced in May. These children represent the tip of the iceberg, an iceberg that residential school survivors, and the family members who have experienced and lived with the consequence of that trauma, have long known exists. 

The children taken from their families, from their communities, represents an absolute failure of society. More than that, the treatment of these children, and their families, as less than human in life and in death, represents nothing less than genocide. Genocide is not one specific example, genocide does not have a continuum; in all examples the intentions are clear and the consequences incontrovertible; lives were lost and communities destroyed.  

As a post-secondary educator, I believe our role is to grow knowledge, and create capacity. We must come to terms with a racist educational system that has a long history of engaging in genocide, in taking away Indigenous knowledge and removing capacity from Indigenous communities, and in relying on ways of being and doing that deny Indigenous knowledge and community. With institutional roots dating back to 1880, VCC is very much a part of this legacy that we must acknowledge, understand, and address.

I pray that what comes to light, and what continues to come to light in the coming weeks, months, and years forces us to confront the national crimes committed against the people Indigenous to Turtle Island, and the consequence of those crimes that continue to limit our ability to heal, and our ability as society to move forward in a good way. 

As an Indigenous person in a position of leadership within this broken system, I must reflect on the colonial and genocidal motivations that are behind our educational institutions, and work cooperatively to co-create a better way. Each day that we look at this as a problem of the past as opposed to a reality of the present, means that we are part of the problem, and that I am continuing to fail my ancestors, those who I walk alongside in this journey, and those that are yet to come. We can, and must, undertake the dialogue and the work to prioritize Indigenous knowledge and capacity, and return space to Indigenous knowledge holders and communities to create a healthy and safe way forward.

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David Wells, MA JD
Vice President Academic & Research
Vancouver Community College


If you are a former residential school student in distress or have been affected by the system and need help, a 24-hour Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line is available at 1-866-925-4419, or the Indian Residential School Survivors Society toll free line at 1-800-721-0066.

Additional mental-health support and resources for Indigenous people are available here.




President’s message: No place for anti-Asian racism

Posted on April 6, 2021




A message from VCC president Ajay Patel


Dear VCC community,


I wanted to take the opportunity to share my deep sadness and anger over the recent and ongoing acts of hate and racism towards Asian individuals and communities across North America.

The tragic shootings in Atlanta were truly horrifying, and the violence we continue to see locally reminds us of the unacceptable discrimination our Asian friends, family members, students, and colleagues face every day. 

At VCC, there is no place for racism, discrimination, or hate-speech. It is especially during these difficult times that our commitment to the safety and wellbeing of our own Asian students, staff, and faculty must be at its strongest. We are committed to working with our diverse community to ensure all voices are heard and everyone is protected and supported to live, work, and learn in a respectful, kind, and anti-racist environment. 

As members of an educational community, we have a shared responsibility to respond to these challenges by training the next generation with opportunities for learning and leadership.

A quote that is very important to me is from Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.  This is at the heart of the sacrifices my family made for my brothers and me, and I believe it is through education that we will advance reconciliation and win our fight against racism and injustice.

Nelson Mandela quote

For our students, if you would like to talk about the impact of these events on your life, I encourage you to reach out to our counselling department by booking an online appointment.

For our employees, Morneau-Shepell's call centres are available for you as well as your eligible dependents, 24/7/365 in 147 languages and six different formats.

As well, I invite you to explore our employee “Learning for Life” series at VCC for the following learning opportunities and resources:

  • Anti-racism Response Training (ART)
  • Intercultural Development Inventory
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for Students with Disabilities
  • Respectful Workplace Training

For further information and support, please see the list of community services below.

Also remember VCC’s “Safe Walk” program if you feel unsafe on campus or walking to your transit stop or car. Our security guards will escort you within a block of either campus to ensure your safety.

Please stand with me in solidarity with our Asian communities at VCC and across North America.

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Sincerely,

Ajay Patel
President and CEO
Vancouver Community College

 


RESOURCES 

Fight COVID Racism
A platform that aims to allow individuals to share their experiences of racism, and tracks and records instances of Anti-Asian racism during COVID-19. Includes resources and support for individuals.

Asian Canadian Equity Alliance (ACEA)
A non-profit organization with a mission to confront bullying and harassment due to discrimination of one’s Asian heritage. Educates the public about racial, ethnic, and minority groups to explain the difference between stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination, and racism, and identify different types of discrimination. 

Canadian Anti-Racism Education and Research Society
A registered non-profit charity with a mandate to advocate and provide support services for hate crime and systemic racism, as well as public education about institutional racism.

Canadian Anti-Hate Network
The Canadian Anti-Hate Network monitors, exposes, and counters hate groups.

Canadian Race Relations Foundation
Dedicated to the elimination of racism and all forms of racial discrimination in Canadian society.

POC in Play
An independent organization creating initiatives and events designed to increase the visibility and representation of People of Colour in the video games industry. The POC in Play team comprises of game industry professionals from a range of backgrounds and experiences, but who all share a passion to drive impactful change and open the door for more People of Colour.




A message from the VCC Indigenous Education and Community Engagement Department and VCC’s President

Posted on May 28, 2021


The 215 Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation children buried at a former Indian Residential School in Kamloops is a sad and stark reminder of the trauma that continues for Indigenous residential school survivors and their families. Our healing is not complete and our collective work in supporting this healing is far from over.

The damaging and lasting impacts that the residential school system continues to have on First Nations people, their families and communities cannot be understated. We have to face our history, not just acknowledge it.

Today, we call out to our Ancestors for care and healing for the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, and for all the Indigenous families and communities across Canada that have lost their children.

This news is difficult and deeply emotional. For those who need to talk or get support the National Residential School Crisis Line for former students can be accessed 24-Hours a day at: 1-866-925-4419

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VCC Indigenous Education and Community Engagement Department

 


 

We at VCC are deeply saddened to learn of the 215 children buried at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.

I would also like to echo words of healing from VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement Department, and the reminder that our work towards reconciliation and truth is not done.

VCC is resilient in our commitment to the work of Truth and Reconciliation, as we face such a dark history, that we are painfully reminded of today.

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Ajay Patel
President and CEO
Vancouver Community College

 




President’s Message: National Day of Awareness for MMIWG

Posted on May 5, 2021




A message from VCC president Ajay Patel


Dear VCC community,

I would like to acknowledge, with gratitude, that we work, live, and learn on the traditional unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.

Wednesday, May 5 is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. I ask you to join me in wearing red in remembrance of the Indigenous women, girls, and transexual and two-spirit individuals who have gone missing or have been murdered in Canada.

Also known as Red Dress Day, May 5 is an opportunity for all of us to acknowledge the systemic racism and violence against Indigenous women and girls all across Canada, which deeply impacts our Indigenous colleagues, their families, and our broader Indigenous community. 

At VCC, we acknowledge the pain and barriers many of our Indigenous students and colleagues face in our society, and our college is committed to decrease the number of murdered or missing Indigenous women and girls through education and advocacy, both in the classroom and in community.  

As we look towards VCC’s next chapter, our college will continue to focus on building community-based supports that foster safe, inclusive spaces for Indigenous women and girls, and educational opportunities that are easily accessible from all areas of the province.

Please join VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement department in wearing red on Wednesday, May 5 to honour and raise awareness about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Additional ways to participate include free webinars, social media campaigns, and a physically distanced gathering outside Vancouver City Hall.

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Sincerely,

Ajay Patel
President and CEO
Vancouver Community College




President's statement on the missing children of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools

Posted on June 25, 2021




A message from VCC president Ajay Patel

The disturbing news of the remains in unmarked graves recovered by the Cowessess First Nation at the former Marieval Indian Residential School is another sad and stark reminder of the real horror that continues for Indigenous residential school survivors and their families. I know this an extremely difficult time. 

This news is deeply emotional for the VCC community, especially our Elders, Indigenous learners, and employees. We are heartbroken and grieving with our Indigenous community and those across the country impacted by the continuing traumas inflicted by our collective history. Our work towards Truth and Reconciliation is far from over.

Indigenous peoples have long known about trauma of residential schools. The magnitude of the damage and lasting impact that the residential school system continues to have on their families, communities, and culture cannot be understated. We all have to face the truth of our history, not just acknowledge it.

I know that VCC is resilient in our commitment to the work of Truth and Reconciliation. I encourage all of our community to read the calls to action in the Honouring the Truth Reconciling for the Future report.   

For those who need to talk or get support the National Residential School Crisis Line for former students can be accessed 24-Hours a day at: 1-866-925-4419.

 

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Ajay Patel
President and CEO
Vancouver Community College




Moving forward with a cleaner and healthier outlook

Posted on July 20, 2021



 

Cleaners are among the essential, and often unseen, workers who have helped fight the spread of COVID-19. They work in a variety of sectors, including municipalities, educational institutions and schools, malls, grocery stores, hospitals, and private businesses. 

A clean and safe work environment is crucial for business continuity, and it is a matter of accessibility and equity for the health of all citizens. The work of cleaners is an integral part of our society. As part of the government’s economic growth strategy, Canada is offering permanent residency to around 90,000 foreign students and workers in jobs as diverse as plumbing and cleaning.

Since COVID-19 has changed how we conduct business in the world, the cleaning industry has also changed in how it hires and trains workers. The Building Service Worker (BSW) course at VCC has revised and upgraded its curriculum to reflect these changes in cleaning standards and its impact on all of us going forward. Our BSW course will examine the following standards that are here to stay:

  • More frequent cleaning 
  • Focus on high touch areas 
  • COVID-19 disinfectants, cleaners and soaps 
  • Electrostatic sprayers / foggers 
  • Enhanced ventilation 
  • Better PPE practices 
  • Proper and frequent hand-washing practices 

At VCC, we have been providing BSW training for over 30 years. In keeping with the times, the curriculum has adapted to include updated cleaning approaches, sustainable use of chemicals, and enhanced cleaning practices such as antiviral cleaning and disinfection. 


If you are interested in learning more about a fulfilling career driven through environmentally sustainable cleaning practices, join us at one of our free, online Building Service Worker information sessions. To sign up, visit vcc.ca/info.

 




VCC Continuing Studies launches new, streamlined registration system

Posted on July 11, 2021




Vancouver Community College (VCC) Continuing Studies is excited to introduce a new and improved online registration system featuring a streamlined, easy-to-use shopping-cart format.

For this major upgrade, which launches July 12, 2021, VCC selected the Destiny One student information system (SIS) by cloud computing leader Modern Campus due to its inherent focus on improving the experience of continuing learners.

“At VCC, our aim is to ensure our students are able to easily identify, locate, and enroll into a course or program. We want them to get the most out of the course offerings that best align with their professional aims and interests,” says Adrian Lipsett, VCC Dean of Continuing Studies.  

Not only will this new system improve the Continuing Studies registration experience, but also give current students the ability to access their transcripts and payment history, while offering staff and instructors an enhanced platform to develop and launch new programs.

“This registration system update has enabled us to greatly improve the VCC student’s journey, and we are excited to see the impacts this makes in the years ahead,” says Adrian.

Explore VCC’s new Continuing Studies registration system now and apply for courses and programs starting in Fall 2021. 

See our list of Summer 2021 courses still accepting traditional applications.

How-to videos

 




Hope to see you at VCC Continuing Studies soon! Still have questions? Email us at continuingstudies@vcc.ca.




Return to in-person learning follows BC's restart plan

Posted on July 5, 2021



 
A message from the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training

Students, faculty and staff at B.C.’s colleges and universities are being supported to come back together for in-person learning this fall, informed by the release of new Return-to-Campus Guidelines.

This follows the announcement that B.C. has transitioned to Step 3 of the Province’s restart plan.

“The pandemic has made the past year and a half difficult for post-secondary students and institutions, but now, thanks to vaccines, brighter days are right around the corner,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training. “I am so thankful to students, faculty and staff for showcasing their professionalism, flexibility and compassion throughout the pandemic, and I am excited for students to return to in-person learning this fall.”

The Return-to-Campus Guidelines are designed to parallel B.C.’s four-step restart plan. The transition period between Step 3, which took effect July 1, and the beginning of September is a crucial time, as post-secondary institutions ramp up operations and welcome back faculty, staff and students. The guidelines highlight the importance of public health measures, such as daily health checks and hand hygiene, as well as classroom logistics and on-campus student housing and dining services. For example, on-campus student housing providers can plan for close-to-full occupancy for the fall. Access to mental health supports for students, faculty and staff, Indigenous gathering places and accommodations for on campus-services are also outlined to support the transition. 

“We have made excellent progress with our provincial immunization program in B.C. That, along with declining case counts and low hospitalization rates, means we can gradually and safely move ahead with our restart plan – including in-person learning at our colleges and universities,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer. “We will continue to carefully monitor any transmission episodes on campuses, just as we do with influenza or other respiratory illnesses this fall, to keep students, faculty and staff safe. This is something we have shown we can successfully manage in B.C.”

The new Return-to-Campus Guidelines are the result of consultations with a broad team of experts from the public post-secondary sector, including Indigenous organizations and student associations, alongside faculty and staff unions, in partnership with the ministry and public health experts from the BC Centre for Disease Control, regional health authorities and the Office of the Provincial Health Officer.

Previous versions of B.C.’s guidelines for post-secondary institutions have been adopted by other jurisdictions across Canada as a model for planning a return to on-campus instruction.

Further, post-secondary institutions will no longer be required to have a COVID-19 safety plan. Instead, institutions are developing communicable disease plans to reduce the risk of all respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. The goal for the fall is to transition from highly prescriptive COVID-19 specific orders and protocols back to normal institutional policies and guidance on occupational health and safety.

Quick Facts:

  • B.C.’s vaccination coverage is among the highest in the world, and that is what is transforming the ability to safely live with COVID-19.
  • On June 29, 2021, with the transition to Step 3 of BC’s Restart plan, almost 80% of British Columbians have had at least one dose of vaccine.
  • As of June 25, 2021, 64.63% of people aged 18 to 29 in B.C. have received at least one dose of vaccine. https://health-infobase.canada.ca/covid-19/vaccination-coverage/#a3

Learn more at https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021AEST0045-001298 


Stay up to date by visiting VCC's COVID-19 information site regularly. 




Associate Vice President’s statement: The hard journey to reconciliation

Posted on July 6, 2021




A message from Clayton Munro, Associate Vice President, Student and Enrolment Services (Interim)
 


Dear VCC community,

On Wednesday, June 30, the Ktunaxa First Nation community of ?aq’am let the world know about 182 unmarked graves located near the site of the former St. Eugene Residential School near Cranbook, B.C.

The official statement clarified that it is unknown yet whether the remains belong to adults or children. Still, the message has rung clear that yet another Indigenous community in Canada has unearthed proof of an unjust, painful, and all too recent history.

As we face ongoing news like this, I want to emphasize that the people affected are not long-lost historical figures; they are our own peers and relatives. Having grown up in the Kootenays myself, I know the region well and return there as often as I can. My own grandfather, who passed away last September at the age of 90, is also a survivor of a residential school in Saskatchewan that closed its doors only in 1996.

The hard truth revealed in these announcements is not new to me, but I recognize that for many, there is newness to it. My sincere hope is that this collective reflection will further our understanding that Canada’s residential school system must be called an act of genocide, and that acknowledging this will help lead to transformation.

In my work at VCC, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration for Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) are not things I leave at home. I take them everywhere I go, to every meeting I have. I know VCC’s leadership stands with me on this, and I urge the entire VCC community, employees, and students to do the same.

Reconciliation will be a hard journey, but it’s a journey we need to take together. None of us should be disconnected from this. Get comfortable with the discomfort. Start conversations, reach out, reflect, and please join me in making change.

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Regards,

Clayton Munro
Associate Vice President, Student and Enrolment Services (Interim)
Vancouver Community College
 


The Indian Residential School Crisis Line is available 24/7 for survivors and their families: 1.866.925.4419.

Counselling support and further information is available for VCC students through VCC's Counselling Services or Indigenous Education and Community Engagement department.

 

 




Hamilton/Dunsmuir entrance closed July 6 and 7

Posted on July 2, 2021




VCC's main entrance on the corner of Dunsmuir St. and Hamilton St. is temporarily closing Tuesday, July 6, and Wednesday, July 7. If you must access the Downtown campus, please use the Pender entrance during this period.

 

Contact:

Kei Ikeda
Facilities Project Coordinator, Facilities Management
Vancouver Community College
T: 604.871.7000 ext. 8605
E: kikeda@vcc.ca

 

 

 

 




Hear from game-changing Canadian authors in VCC interview series

Posted on March 12, 2021




Updated June 30, 2021

Welcome to The Space Between. In this exciting new series presented by Vancouver Community College (VCC), Humanities department leader Larry Perras speaks with Canadian authors who are challenging the way we see our world and relate to the people around us.

Each of the three featured authors are leading the ever-evolving discourse surrounding gender, race, sexuality, and culture, and creating an open space of respect, compassion, and power.

Live interview sessions were between January and May 2021. Recordings of the interviews have been made available for a limited time only.

Interviews

Avan Jogia ­– Jan. 22, 2021

Avan Jogia is truly a modern Renaissance man. An actor, screenwriter, a director and musician, an LGBTQ advocate, and a poet, Avan, the son of an Indian-British father and English-Irish mother, reflects a new voice in the poetry world, one that is contemplative, at times starkly real, but always authentic. His perspective as a man of a mixed racial background, thus the title of his collection, Mixed Feelings, is one that honours his heritage and shows clarity about the possibility of inclusive change.



Louise Bernice Halfe – March 24, 2021

Award-winning and highly respected writer and poet Louise Bernice Halfe, also known by the Cree name Sky Dancer, has been named Canada's new parliamentary poet laureate, the first Indigenous person to receive this title. Her books, Bear Bones and Feathers(1994), Blue Marrow (2004), The Crooked Good (2007), and Burning In This Midnight Dream (2016) have all received numerous accolades and awards. Sôhkêyihta features selected poems and was published in 2018. Her latest work Awâsis – Kinky and Disheveled will be released in the spring of 2021.

In our interview, we discuss how Louise Bernice Halfe’s work contributes to a greater dialogue about connection and resilience. One of the most striking aspects of her writing is the focus on language as witnessing and documenting, and language as a force of claiming and reclaiming identity. Her ability to convey historical atrocities while maintaining a beauty of language and ideological optimism provides a perspective that is decidedly unique in our often-unconstructive discourses about Reconciliation. 


Ivan Coyote May 12 2021

Ivan Coyote – May 12, 2021 (Video expired – thank you for watching!)

Ivan Coyote is the award-winning author of 12 books, the creator of four short films, and has released three albums that combine storytelling with music. Ivan often grapples with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity in their work, as well as topics such as family, class, social justice, and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart, a quick wit, and the nuanced and finely honed timing of a gifted storyteller. 

In their latest book, Rebent Sinner, Ivan takes on the patriarchy and the political, as well as the intimate and the personal in beguiling and revealing stories of what it means to be trans and non-binary today.


Discover your own writing potential through VCC’s Academic Upgrading and University Transfer programs.




Heat Warning for Metro Vancouver today

Posted on June 28, 2021

Environment Canada announced a heat risk to the Lower Mainland today; please take preventative measures to avoid heat-related injuries.

Please note that Vancouver Community College (VCC) Broadway and Downtown campuses are open for normal operations today and our HVAC systems are operational. VCC will be monitoring the heat situation and will apply all WorkSafeBC guidelines regarding heat stress.

Protection from heat stress

Heat exhaustion can come on quickly when the body overheats to 40 degrees C. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include dizziness, nausea, headache, clammy skin, and intense thirst. Worse, heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, a more serious condition that can cause brain damage, unconsciousness, and even death.

How can you protect yourself from heat hazards at work? Here are some pointers, whether the work happens outdoors or indoors under hot conditions:

Stay hydrated

Drink lots of water. When your sweat glands are working overtime, you need to stay hydrated. Aim to drink about one litre of water every hour and stay away from caffeine and alcohol, which are dehydrating.

Avoid direct sunlight/stay in shade

Seek shade. Avoid working in the sun — particularly between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., when the sun’s UV rays are the strongest. And don’t forget to reapply sunscreen every couple of hours if you work in the sun.

Dress appropriately 

Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing to help sweat evaporate and keep you cooler. Avoid dark colors, which can absorb heat. If possible, wear a light-colored, wide-brimmed hat.

Moderate activities

Exercise in the morning or evening, when it's likely to be cooler outdoors. If possible, exercise in shady areas, or do a water workout in a pool. If possible, stay indoors. Work out at the gym, walk laps inside the mall, or climb stairs inside an air-conditioned building.

Heed the humidex

Humidex ratings tell us how hot we actually feel when heat and humidity mix to an uncomfortable or unsafe degree. The higher the humidex, the harder it is to cool down by sweating. It’s important that employers monitor other factors that affect how hot it feels in the workplace, such as air flow, workload, radiant heat sources, and the age and physical health of workers.

Pay attention to warning signs

Heat illnesses can happen quickly, especially during hot-weather exercise, watch for the following signs and symptoms:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Excessive sweating
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Confusion
  • Irritability
  • Low blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Visual problems

If you develop any of these symptoms, you must lower your body temperature and get hydrated right away. Stop exercising immediately and get out of the heat. If possible, have someone stay with you who can help monitor your condition. If you do not act, your condition may worsen, resulting in a medical emergency.

WorkSafe BC has also created a guide for workers during extreme heat conditions.

Please look out for each other! People generally don’t notice when they have heat exhaustion, so it’s important that workers be trained in recognizing its signs and symptoms and when to call for medical help.




VCC and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2021

Posted on June 24, 2021



VCC Music instructor Francois Houle / photo: Diane Smithers 

Vancouver Community College (VCC) is proud to present a roster of talented music alumni and faculty performing at this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival running from Friday, June 25 to Sunday, July 4 at various venues around the city.

Check out the schedule of Jazz Fest performances by VCC faculty and alumni (all events are free unless noted otherwise):

June 25

Sharon Minemoto Quartet (with faculty Sharon Minemoto, Bernie Arai)
7:30 p.m., Frankie’s Jazz Club

June 26

Malleus Trio (with alumni Ben Brown, Geordie Hart, Dominic Conway)
12 p.m., Ocean Art Works

Burrows/Carter/Loewen/Reed
4:30 p.m., The Ironworks

Katherine Penfold (with alumnus Matt Reid)
$11, 7 p.m., Pyatt Hall

Grdina-Houle-Loewen
$11, 9 p.m., The Ironworks

June 27

Idle Moon (with alumnus Ben Brown)
12 p.m., Ocean Art Works

Mary Ancheta Quartet (with alumni Dominic Conway, Matt Reid)
1:30 p.m., Ocean Art Works

Jillian Lebeck trio
2:30 p.m., Performance Works 

Roisin Adams Workshop
3:30 p.m., Tom Lee Music Hall

June 28

Electric Miles (with faculty Bernie Arai)
$10, 8 p.m., Blueshore Theatre, Capilano University

June 29

Ribcage (with alumni Jon Roper, Joel Fountain, Matt Reid)
1:30 p.m., Ocean Art Works

Emad Armoush’s Rayhan (with faculty Francois Houle)
2:30 p.m., Performance Works

Stop Time III (with alumna Roisin Adams)
4:30 p.m., The Ironworks

June 30

Itamar Erez Quartet (with faculty Francois Houle, Kevin Romain)
2:30 p.m., Performance Works

Kevin Romain acoustic trio
$20, 7:30 p.m., Frankie’s Jazz Club

Sax Jeopardy! (with alumni Steve Kaldestad, Cory Weeds, Dominic Conway)
8 p.m., Blueshore Theatre, Capilano University

July 1

Thad Bailey-Mai Quartet (with alumnus David Blake)
12 p.m., Ocean Art Works

Marin Patenaude (with alumnus Pete Schmitt)
1:30 p.m., Ocean Art Works

Lisa Cay Miller (with alumnus Ben Brown)
4:30 p.m., The Ironworks

Jimi James Quartet featuring John Gross (with alumnus Brad Pearson)
7:30 p.m., Frankie’s

Tommy Babin’s Benzene (with faculty Bernie Arai)
$11, 9 p.m., The Ironworks

July 2

Sharon Minemoto Workshop
3:30 p.m., Tom Lee Music Hall

July 3

San Pedro Cinco (with Robin Layne)
2:30 p.m., Performance Works

David Blake Quartet
7:30 p.m., Frankie’s Jazz Club

Dee Daniels (with alumnus Joel Fountain)
8 p.m., Performance Works

July 4

Christopher Fraser Quartet (with faculty Sharon Minemoto)
12 p.m., Ocean Art Works

Loewen/Carter + Not for Proper
9 p.m., The Ironworks


Immerse yourself in the field of music. Learn more about VCC’s music programs and opportunities for success in the music industry. Attend an info session to learn more about bachelor, diploma and community music programs.

 




New Mechanical Engineering Technician program fills needs in B.C. industry

Posted on June 22, 2021




Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to announce a new program designed to meet the growing demand for mechanical drafters and 3D modellers in British Columbia.

Launching in September 2021, the Mechanical Engineering Technician program was designed in consultation with multiple industry partners and will be delivered by VCC’s CAD and BIM department.

According to CAD and BIM department head Bruce McGarvie, industrial firms have expressed a heightened need for two specific professions: process pipers and 3D modellers for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems.

In any industrial facility, there can be millions of kilometres of pipelines, carrying anything from water and air to fuel or industrial gases. The term process piping refers to the design and installation of these vast pipe networks.

Similarly, in today’s large residential developments, designing safe, efficient MEP systems requires advanced training and 3D modelling technology.

In developing the new program, VCC received direct input from the industry, notably design firms Bycar Engineering and AME Group as well as Wood PLC, Fluor Canada, and PML Professional Mechanical.

"These firms are expecting a large demand for technicians," says Bruce.

Program options

VCC’s new, 10-month Mechanical Engineering Technician program is available to both domestic and international students, and can also be taken as a speciality within VCC’s two-year CAD and BIM diploma program.

According to Bruce, CAD and BIM grads, alumni, and other professionals working in the construction and design industry can also look forward to exciting new part-time options in the near future, including courses in virtual reality (VR) for building design.


Learn more about the Mechanical Engineering Technician certificate program and apply now for September 2021.

 




VCC students stand out on National Skills stage

Posted on June 16, 2021




Congratulations to Vancouver Community College (VCC) students on winning four medals in the Skills Canada 2021 Virtual National Competition held on Tuesday, June 15.

Students in the baking, autobody repair and car painting categories demonstrated outstanding performances and podium-finishes against competitors across the country.

Both VCC baking champions Noeka Nimmervoll (secondary) and Katie Rempel (post-secondary) earned the top titles following their provincial gold last month. Both competitors were required to produce a set of cakes and bonbons reflecting the theme “Enchanted Forest.”

Meanwhile, both autobody repair student Keagan Behiel (secondary) and car painter Emmett Thompson (secondary) produced stellar results with bronze and silver respectively.

We’re so proud of each student who took part in every level of this competition. Your pursuit of excellence, hard work, and perseverance have shone on the national stage. Well done!

Automotive collision repair – secondary

Keagan Behiel – BRONZE

Car painting – secondary

Emmett Thompson – SILVER

Baking – secondary

Noeka Nimmervoll – GOLD

Baking – post-secondary

Katie Rempel – GOLD

National Skills Canada 2022

The next National Skills Canada competition is set to take place in Vancouver in 2022 at the Vancouver Convention Centre from May 25 to 28. Stay tuned for more and get ready to cheer on our competitors in our home city next year.


Do you see yourself excelling in the skilled trades? Join one of VCC's upcoming free information sessions to find your fit.




VCC students raise funds for Deaf seniors

Posted on June 7, 2021




Each year, the graduating class of Vancouver Community College’s (VCC) ASL and Deaf Studies program holds a fun and educational community event called Deaf Deaf World. This year, they couldn't gather together but still wanted to still make a community contribution.

During the month of June, our students have partnered with the Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility to help assemble and deliver 100 gift hampers to Deaf and hard of hearing seniors in the Lower Mainland, and are aiming to raise $2,500 to buy gift cards and other essential items for the hampers.

The students are also seeking puzzles, used books, game books, magazines, colouring books, pencil crayons, playing cards, magnifying glasses, and phone stands/pop sockets to include in the hampers.

Donate here to help them reach their goal! Deadline for donations is June 20. If you have questions or material donations, please email vcc.senior.hampers@gmail.com.

Download and share the poster [PDF]

 

Flyer thumbnail (click to download PDF)


Are you interested in learning American Sign Language and connecting with Vancouver’s vibrant Deaf community? Apply now to VCC’s full-time ASL and Deaf Studies program for September.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




New VCC program teaches top trends in nail art and nail enhancements

Posted on June 14, 2021




Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to announce a new Nail Technology program designed to meet the rising demand for manicures and pedicures for all genders.

The new, four-month, full-time certificate program will start in September 2021 and is accepting applications now. There are 16 spots available in the first intake and no prior experience is required.

As nail enhancements rise in popularity, so do return customers, as most styles require consistent upkeep.

"Nail spas are recruiting and training employees to keep up with the newest trends,” says VCC Nail Technology program assistant Gabriela Silva Paula. “VCC Nail Technology grades will be industry-ready and have many career choices from working in a busy spa to owning their own businesses."

With social media-fuelled beauty trends spreading faster than ever, nail spa clients are looking for trained technologists to recreate the latest nail enhancements. According to VCC’s industry insiders, for 2021, these include metallic nails, holograph-inspired, double French tip, and even animal prints.

And the jobs don’t stop at neighbourhood nail salons. "There are lots of employment opportunities in the spa industry as a manicure, pedicure, or nail care specialist, but also retail jobs in beauty supply companies or even in the film industry," says Gabriela.

Three manicure trend samples


Additional program options

In addition to VCC’s new full-time Nail Technology program, there is also a part-time program that will run Saturdays from 9 a.m to 4 p.m, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This flexible schedule is designed students who would like to continue working or have other daytime obligations.

For students and grads from VCC’s Esthetics and Spa Therapy program who have already received a full introduction to manicure, pedicure and gel polish, the Nail Technology certificate is an excellent option for those looking to expand their skills and specialize in nail art and other enhancements.


Apply now for VCC's new Nail Technology program starting this September.




Skilled trades workers supported to strengthen B.C.'s recovery

Posted on June 11, 2021

VANCOUVER – Vancouver Community College (VCC) welcomes the announcement on skilled trades certification from the Government of British Columbia to strengthen the province's economic recovery post-pandemic. 

"Today’s announcement on skilled trades certification from the B.C. provincial government will directly benefit all VCC students enrolled in transportation trades programs by creating a framework that supports apprenticeship training, workplace and public safety, and provides the well-deserved recognition of the high-level of skill required for tradespeople to work in these industries," says Brett Griffiths, dean of VCC's School of Trades, Technology and Design. 

The province is launching a made-in-B.C. certification system to support higher-paying, more stable work for trades workers and to help build the foundation of a strong economic recovery.

The new skilled trades certification system will help deliver steady employment for people and address the demand for skilled workers in B.C. It will also create more opportunities for women, Indigenous peoples and those just starting their careers.

“Skilled tradespeople are building B.C., especially with the largest infrastructure investment in our province’s history already underway,” said Premier John Horgan. “This is a made-in-B.C. solution to ensure confidence that a highly skilled workforce is behind our recovery while providing good, family-supporting jobs that tradespeople can count on. By working together, we’re ensuring B.C. comes out of the pandemic stronger, with a recovery that reaches people across the province.”

Every other province in Canada requires tradespeople to be certified. B.C. removed that requirement in 2003. Without a recognized credential, it can be challenging for workers to transition between projects and industries, resulting in lost wages for workers and their families – especially for people who already face greater barriers to employment in the trades. Skilled trades certification will enhance the strong industry and safety training system, which includes partnerships with WorkSafeBC and Technical Safety BC.

Skilled trades certification will increase prestige for the trades, helping attract more people to trades careers. It will formally recognize the skills of current and future trades workers, helping them keep working as the economy and industry’s needs shift over time.

Apprentices will be part of a certified workforce that will build the infrastructure and provide the services that British Columbians rely on every day. Following public consultation, implementation will start with 10 initial trades from electrical, mechanical and automotive disciplines.

“Skilled trades certification recognizes the professionalism of tradespeople throughout B.C., and ensures equity-deserving groups and every person who wants a rewarding career in the trades can access the highest level of education and training,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training. “Similar to a post-secondary degree, a certified trades worker has a certification that is recognized by employers – just like teachers, lab techs, nurses and other certified workers. By recognizing the worker’s skill, we will attract more people into careers in the trades in order to help address labour shortages across a variety of trades.”

Based on recommendations from a 16-member stakeholder advisory working group Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training representing industry associations, labour, post-secondary institutions, Indigenous skills trainers and the Industry Training Authority, the 10 initial trades designated for skilled trades certification are:

  • mechanical: gasfitter Class A and B, steamfitter/pipefitter, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic and sheet metal worker;
  • electrical: powerline technician, industrial electrician and electrician (construction); and
  • automotive: heavy-duty equipment technician, automotive service technician and autobody and collision technician.

Once implemented, individuals in these 10 trades will be required to either be a certified journeyperson or a registered apprentice to work.

Quick Facts:

  • Approximately 73,000 job openings are expected in the trades in B.C. through to 2029. With 77% of these openings replacing retiring trades workers, skilled trades certification will help ensure the success of the individuals who will fill these roles, while continuing to build prestige around trades for those already working in them.
  • In 2003, the B.C. government eliminated compulsory trades credentialing system. This removed 11 compulsory trades and prescribed journeyperson-to-apprentice ratios.

  • Skilled trades certification will be implemented in phases after the public engagement process is complete. Once a trade has been designated for certification, individuals will have at least one year to either register as apprentices or challenge an exam to certify as a journeyperson, allowing uncertified workers to continue working while accessing any additional supports they may need to.

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Media can contact:

Fareedah Rasoul Kim 

Marketing Communications Officer
Marketing and Communications
Vancouver Community College
frasoulkim@vcc.ca

For skilled trades certification information, business cases and a public survey, visit: engage.gov.bc.ca/skilledtrades




Virtual runway show a dream come true for VCC Fashion grads

Posted on May 19, 2021




Eleven students from Vancouver Community College's (VCC) Fashion Design & Production program showcased their 2020-21 grad collections as part of Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) held online this year from April 16 to 18.

In lieu of a physical runway, VCC Fashion students collaborated with VCC Graphic Design students to stream a virtual runway film featuring collections including kids wear, Mariachi-inspired designs, horror film-inspired creations, nature-inspired looks, and more.

In addition to the VFW showcase, VCC Fashion students Celeste Sudermann and Shadi Arastehmanesh had the opportunity to share their experiences on CBC's Early Edition with host Michelle Eliot. Listen to the full interview online.

For Celeste, the process behind designing her collection was about challenging her creativity using only the fabrics available from the VCC fashion lab and adding hardware material such as hinges and seat belts to her streetwear pieces. 

International student Shadi, who aspires to become an independent designer for bridal fashion and evening wear, found that she had to adapt her designs so her pieces could be worn for other occasions – especially after the pandemic had restricted celebrations such as weddings and parties.

fashion, models


Shadhi's collection, titled Turquoise Treasure, is a women's evening wear collection inspired by the Victorian era of the 1800-1900s, and is marked by transformative details in the sleeves, collars, and skirts that are meant to mix and match with four different dresses. See more of her work on Instagram @shadi_arastehmanesh

Learn more about all 11 students from the 2020-21 Fashion Show or watch the virtual runway on Facebook Live.


Express yourself by bringing garments to life. Sign up to learn more about the fashion industry in a free online information session.




Students needed to meet the growing demand for apprentices in Canada

Posted on June 2, 2021




Original version published in The Georgia Straight

Did you know that Vancouver Community College (VCC) offers 14 trades apprenticeship programs that combine on-the-job training with classroom learning? If you prefer hands-on experience instead of spending your time buried in a textbook, then apprenticeship training may be the right choice for your post-secondary journey. Along with gaining invaluable career experience, most apprentices also get paid while they learn, and many graduate debt-free.

Isabelle Maheu, a communications advisor at Employment and Social Development Canada, recently told CBC News that there is “still limited awareness about the wide range of opportunities in the skilled trades.”

“Many youths don’t tend to readily view trades as a first-choice career and apprenticeship is not always promoted to youth as a pathway to rewarding and well-paying jobs,” she added.

According to a recent report [PDF] put together by Statistics Canada and the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, Canada needs to attract 167,739 new apprentices over the next five years in order to keep up with current demand. Because of the skyrocketing need for trained apprentices, now is the best time to start a program that interests you. 

VCC apprenticeship programs can be started during high school, after graduation, or at any point in a person’s career. 

After finishing an apprenticeship program, graduates will receive their Certificate of Qualification. This designation is otherwise known as a “ticket” and is recognized by employers across B.C. Grads can also challenge the exam to earn a Red Seal Endorsement, which allows their trade credentials to be recognized anywhere in Canada.

Popular apprenticeship pathways at VCC

The latest trade to get added to VCC’s apprenticeship list is the Hairstylist Apprenticeship pathway. Students with a passion for hair will learn the latest techniques in cutting, colouring, styling, shaving, chemical treatments, and extensions while earning a B.C. trade certificate. The pathway is made up of two levels and programs start on a regular basis with the next intake in August 2021.

Those applying for a spot in the program must be 16 years of age or older, or a high school graduate. If a student has not yet graduated, marks from the Hairstylist Apprenticeship can be converted into high school grades.

Other apprenticeship programs at VCC can help students become automotive collision repair technicians, automotive glass technicians, automotive service technicians, bakers, cooks, and more.

Most apprenticeships take four years to complete, with students spending about 80 percent of their time on the job, earning an income. Depending on the trade, apprentices must be prepared to attend full-time classes at VCC for four to seven weeks for each apprenticeship level.

Many apprentices are also eligible to receive the Apprenticeship Incentive from the Government of Canada. This can be up to $2,000 for men and $6,000 for women.

VCC has pre-apprenticeship (foundation) programs in many popular trades for those who want to get a head start while still attending high school classes. For example, VCC now offers a combined Automotive Collision and Refinishing Foundation to give post-secondary or high school students a taste of both trades.


Meet our experienced trades instructors and ask all the questions you want at an upcoming free information session.




VCC Spring 2021 Student Awards recap

Posted on May 31, 2021




On Friday, May 28, Vancouver Community College (VCC) was proud to celebrate the success, hard work, and achievements of students in a virtual Student Awards ceremony. The event was held on Zoom for donors and recipients, while friends and family were able to tune in through Facebook Live.

Elder Jean Wasegijig opened the ceremony with a territorial acknowledgment and welcome and was followed by remarks from VCC president and CEO Ajay Patel.  

"Twice a year, Student Awards are given to honour you – our students, for your hard work, commitment and lifelong learning path that you've chosen here. Pursuing a career or learning a new skill or a language during a pandemic is nothing short of remarkable, and I want each and every one of you to know that we are all proud of you." – Ajay Patel

Deans then presented the names and bios of award recipients from the following schools:

  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Hospitality, Food Studies and Applied Business
  • School of Trades, technology and Design
  • Centre for Continuing Studies
  • School of Instructor Education
  • School of Arts and Sciences

Student Awards video feature

Each year, VCC Foundation selects one or more Outstanding Student Award recipients to highlight in a video feature. This spring, we shined the spotlight on Angela Mawbey, recipient of the Dental Reception Coordinator scholarship, and Beatrice Antica, recipient of the Student Success Team Award for Excellence.

Special music alumni performance

In past virtual ceremonies, a group of VCC Music alumni produce a rendition of classic hits such as Everyday People by Sly and the Family Stone. Many thanks to Georges Couling (keyboard, producer, and editor), Jimmy Baldwin (guitar), Catherine Hiltz (bass), Daniel Ruiz (drums), and Elaine Shepherd (vocals) for their interpretation of Ed Sheeran’s Photograph.


This Award ceremony could not have been done without the generous support from our many donors. Thank you for continuing to give the gift of giving. Learn more about how you can support VCC students in need.




Five VCC students compete for national titles at Skills Canada 2021

Posted on May 25, 2021



Winning chocolate box by Katie Rempel, Skills Canada BC

Earlier this year, Vancouver Community College (VCC) celebrated multiple gold-medal performances in the Skills Canada BC virtual provincial competitions. Now, VCC’s champions in baking, autobody repair, and car painting will showcase their talents at the Skills Canada 2021 Virtual National Competition.

Instead of travelling across the country to a single host city, this year, our students will follow COVID-19 guidelines by competing remotely and safely at VCC campus facilities from May 25 to 30.

Baking

Comfortable and confident in VCC’s campus baking labs, competitors Noeka Nimmervoll (secondary) and Katie Rempel (post-secondary) will tackle the demanding requirements designed to find the best student baker in the country. 

To follow her golden performance at provincials, Noeka will be making 16 French macarons, two identical Povitica breads, and a decorated bar cake.

Our post-secondary champ Katie will need to produce 20 hand-dipped chocolate bonbons, a decorated chocolate presentation box, and a two-tiered celebration cake. Both competitors must creatively reflect the theme “Enchanted Forest.”

Autobody repair 

Meanwhile, in VCC’s autobody repair shop, provincial gold medallists Keagan Behiel (secondary) and Noah Kew (post-secondary) will be aiming for the title of Canada’s top student technician.

With judges expecting perfection, both our competitors will conduct a plastic bumper repair followed by a measuring and damage analysis project. Noah will then go on to complete a sectioning project.

Car painting

Finally, over in VCC’s high-tech downdraft paint booth, one more secondary winner, Emmett Thompson, will be showcasing his hard-earned car painting skills through tasks including prepping, masking, refinishing, colour tinting, and more.

Skills Canada event June 15

While individual virtual competitions will not be live-streamed, all competitors, classmates, friends, family, and fans are invited to join the Skills Canada Virtual National Competition virtual fair on Tuesday, June 15 for highlights, games, prizes, and a closing ceremony starting at 3 p.m. PDT. RSVP NOW >

Watch VCC’s social media feeds for updates on our national competitors and share your support online using the hashtags #myVCC and #SCVNC2021 or by mentioning @myVCC @vccautobody, or @vccbaking on Twitter and Instagram.


Are you interested in the exciting world of skilled trades? Join one of VCC’s upcoming free information sessions to find a rewarding, hands-on career that’s right for you.

 




VCC jewellery students inspire through public window displays

Posted on May 19, 2021




From Saturday, May 29 until Sunday, June 13, Vancouver Community College (VCC) Jewellery Art and Design students will be presenting their annual showcase in a new and innovative location – outdoors.

Typically a champagne-and-canapés affair in VCC’s Downtown campus atrium, last year’s jewellery show was shifted to a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While indoor gatherings are still restricted this spring, VCC’s Jewellery Art and Design students were inspired to utilize the large glass walls of VCC’s Broadway campus building B, displaying their famously creative jewellery vignettes inside the building while inviting the public to view them safely from outside.

Twenty-four displays of student-designed and handcrafted pieces will be featured along the building’s covered walkway, which is accessible from East 7th Ave. and Glen Dr.

“It will be viewed from outside the building, and will be well-lit, so visible anytime of the day or night," explains Karin Jones, VCC Jewellery Art and Design instructor and department leader.

Guests are also invited to follow the VCC Jewellery Facebook page to see photos and share comments.

Participating Jewellery Art and Design students

Graduating students

Leah Lang Instagram grey @westcoastmetalproject
Raquel Campos Instagram grey @raquelale
Tam Rueter Instagram grey @anchierrajewellery
Angela Thien Kim Nguyen Instagram grey @atkimndesigns
Michael Hill Instagram grey @michaelhilldesigns
Kourosh Mirabian Instagram grey @kourosh.ca
Sayeh Nourbahksh Instagram grey @sayehnourjewelry
Chera Kim Instagram grey @ouri_fine
Kelsea Balata Instagram grey @kelseabalata
Jing Yang Instagram grey @echpo.aul

First-year students

Aimée Taylor Instagram grey @ameli_jewellery
Iris Lo Instagram grey @ilj.studio
Clemence Beurton
Sebastian Penner Instagram grey @allparsleyeverything
Evan Matthews
Weiwei Li
Monique Huynh Instagram grey @moniquehuynhjewelry
Jill Vickers-Kealy Instagram grey @jillvk.jewelry
Tata Sadeghi
Kale Needham Instagram grey @triplefivejewelry

Are you coming to VCC’s parking-lot clinic for your COVID-19 vaccine? Pop across the street after your “jab” for some creative inspiration and picture yourself wearing beautiful jewellery again soon!


Interested in expanding your hobby or making jewellery as a career? Learn more about VCC's two-year diploma in Jewellery Art and Design and apply now for September.




Vancouver ranked best city for youth to work in Canada

Posted on May 11, 2021




It’s a great time to be in Vancouver. According to the 2021 Youthful Cities Urban Work Index, Metro Vancouver achieved the highest ranking in Canada as a place for youth aged 15 to 29 to live and work. 

The project considered 76 indicators, grouped into 11 different topics, to rank cities across Canada on things that matter most to youth. 

Youthful Cities 2021 categories


Of the 27 cities considered, Metro Vancouver was ranked first overall, in addition to achieving the top score in the categories of Equity and Inclusion, Public Transportation, and Public Health. 

Youthful Cities 2021 rankings chart

At Vancouver Community College (VCC), we’re thrilled about this ranking and proud to play a major role in preparing youth to take part in B.C.’s promising workforce.

Explore VCC’s wide variety of certificate, diploma, degree, and apprenticeship programs now and establish your future in the best city in Canada! 


For the purposes of this index, “Metro Vancouver” included our many friends in Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey, West Vancouver, and White Rock.

 




New mental health training tool for B.C. post-secondary faculty and staff

Posted on May 11, 2021




When it comes to mental health and wellness of post-secondary students, staff and instructors are often the first point of contact for those seeking help.

That’s why Vancouver Community College (VCC) welcomes the introduction of a new training initiative, Capacity to Connect, which provides basic mental health and wellness knowledge for post-secondary faculty and staff to support students in distress.

Developed by BCcampus and introduced on May 11 by the B.C. government, Capacity to Connect is another important tool for post-secondary institutions to support our future workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

“This past year has been tough for all British Columbians, including post-secondary students who have had to deal with so many disruptions and unexpected challenges,” says Anne Kang, B.C. Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training. "Capacity to Connect means faculty and staff at our post-secondary institutions will have easier access to the tools and skills they need to provide intervention and help."

Capacity to Connect is an open educational resource consisting of a two-hour training session that can be completed online or in person. Participants will gain a better understanding of their role in responding to students in distress and gain basic tools for approaching and referring students to campus and community resources. 

Key features of Capacity to Connect

  • Free, open education resource
  • How to recognize signs of distress, how to respond, and where to refer students
  • Resilience and wellness focus, including a wellness wheel self-assessment tool
  • A decolonized perspective on mental health and wellness
  • Scenarios representing B.C.’s diverse student population

Mental health supports for students

B.C. post-secondary students can access 24/7 professional counselling services through Here2Talk by:

Students calling from outside Canada can also dial 604.642.5212 (international calling charges may apply). Phone services are available in additional languages upon request.

VCC students may also access free, professional counselling services through VCC’s Counselling Services department.


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Media release: Four colleges partner to deliver workforce training

Posted on May 3, 2021

VANCOUVER – Four colleges from across Canada have partnered to support economic recovery in their regions with the launch of a new industry training program in the supply chain sector, funded by the Future Skills Centre and developed by City School by Mohawk. 

Nova Scotia Community College, Mohawk College, Red River College and Vancouver Community College have partnered to deliver the Material Handling 4.0 pilot program, designed to help people transition into careers in the supply chain sector. The program builds upon the successful training model used by Mohawk College’s City School initiative in Hamilton, combining industry-driven training, individualized student support, and practical work experience to provide comprehensive training services to people who face barriers to employment and education.

Upon completion of the program, participants receive a micro-credential and employment services to help them successfully transition into long-term, stable employment.

The Material Handling 4.0 pilot program will provide participants with six weeks of industry-specific instruction and a two-week paid work placement, complete with wrap-around supports, such as child care, all required PPE and supplies for work safety, and referrals to support services (legal clinics, housing, health, etc.). This program will provide training for 243 people across the four participating colleges. Mohawk begins its first local cohort of the program today, and the partner colleges will launch their cohorts starting in Fall 2021.

Future Skills Centre (FSC) announced an initial investment of $1.95 million in the first phase of the program at Mohawk College in 2020 to develop and establish the program in the Hamilton area. Today, it is announcing an additional $1.1 million to expand the program to the three additional communities across Canada.

“As we continue to recover from COVID-19, our government is helping jobseekers up-skill and re-skill to fill in demand jobs. Mohawk College’s Material Handling 4.0 project is helping workers transition into new job opportunities within the supply chain sector,” said Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough. “Further investments through the Future Skills Centre will allow new partnerships to expand the project’s reach and continue this important work.”

“Employers in the supply chain sector are suffering from labour shortages and disruptive technologies have left some workers behind,” said Ron McKerlie, President and CEO of Mohawk College. “The City School by Mohawk model has had proven success in creating pathways to meaningful employment in Hamilton over the past five years. We are grateful that our partner colleges have chosen to adapt this successful model to train people for supply chain job opportunities in their regions.”

“Thank you to the Future Skills Centre and Mohawk College for the opportunity to become one of the four colleges across Canada to train individuals for the supply chain sector,” says Ajay Patel, President and CEO, Vancouver Community College. “This program model, delivered by VCC in the heart of the city, aligns perfectly with our values of providing community-based education and training to those who need it the most.”

“We are pleased to support the expansion of this program,” said Pedro Barata, Executive Director of the Future Skills Centre. “We know that employers in the supply chain and material handling sector face labour shortages, while workers need to acquire different, more technical skills to meet the demands of this evolving industry. This learning model has demonstrated promise and fills a gap in the skills ecosystem around the need to connect post-secondary education with workforce development to support career advancement. Rolling out this program to strong partners in different regions will support workers, employers and industries to adapt effectively to these changes in order to thrive in the economy of the future.”

“We appreciate the investment from the Future Skills Centre in recognizing the importance of a skilled workforce in the much-needed function of materials handling,” said Pat Campbell, Vice President at Supply Chain Canada. Supply Chain Canada supports post-secondary institutions as they provide the full spectrum of education and training needed to work as practitioners and professionals. “Across warehousing and distribution, there is a chasm that needs to be addressed – especially now. And we’re glad to have the opportunity of expanding our existing partnerships with Mohawk College, Nova Scotia Community College, Red River College and Vancouver Community College as they take this important step to address a growing need.”

Material Handling 4.0 Background

  • Partnering colleges include Vancouver Community College (BC), Red River College (MB), Nova Scotia Community College (NS) and led by Mohawk College (ON)
  • 243 people across Canada will benefit from programming through this initiative
  • Investment totaling $3.05 million from the Future Skills Centre
  • The project will bring the City School model of community-based, tuition-free training to three new communities across Canada
  • Partner colleges were selected for their connections to the community, employers and the local opportunities within the supply chain sector
  • All participants will be provided with wrap-around supports, including a dedicated employment consultant for the program, provisions for child care services, PPE and appropriate referrals to support services
  • The program will train adults who are not currently enrolled in post-secondary education, who have been historically under-represented or under-served in their local communities
  • The program will consist of a six-week virtual training component, followed by a two-week paid placement with a local employer
  • Mohawk is set to launch its first cohort of Material Handling 4.0 to the Hamilton community in May 2021, with partner colleges following in the fall of 2021
  • Supported by FSC’s evaluation partner, Blueprint ADE, the program will also conduct research to understand the necessary conditions for replicating a community-based education model such as City School by Mohawk in diverse communities

 

About the Future Skills Centre

The Future Skills Centre (FSC) is a forward-thinking centre for research and collaboration dedicated to preparing Canadians for employment success. We believe Canadians should feel confident about the skills they have to succeed in a changing workforce. As a pan-Canadian community, we are collaborating to rigorously identify, test, measure, and share innovative approaches to assessing and developing the skills Canadians need to thrive in the days and years ahead. The Future Skills Centre was founded by a consortium whose members are Ryerson University, Blueprint, and The Conference Board of Canada, and is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Program.

The Material Handling 4.0 project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre. Le projet Material Handling 4.0 est financé par le Centre des Compétences futures du gouvernement du Canada.

About VCC

VCC has been inspiring students to reach their career and educational goals for over 55 years, offering post-secondary training in over 130 programs including bachelor's degrees, diplomas, certificates, and apprenticeships. With three campuses located in East Vancouver, Downtown, and on Annacis Island, students receive hands-on instruction in culinary arts, business, design, health sciences, hospitality, transportation trades, music, and more.

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Media can contact

Danielle Libonati
Marketing Communications Officer
Vancouver Community College 
dlibonati@vcc.ca

 




Applications now open for VCC nursing programs

Posted on April 19, 2021




British Columbia needs health care professionals. Over the next ten years, WorkBC estimates there will be a need for over 19,000 registered nurses, 17,000 health care assistants, and 4,200 licensed practical nurses in the province.

In response to this need, Vancouver Community College’s (VCC) Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) program has now streamlined its application process to eliminate the need for waitlists.

In line with other B.C. institutions, VCC’s new BScN application cycle will reset yearly and no longer place applicants on a waitlist for future intakes. After a given year’s cohort is filled, any students not admitted will be required to reapply the following year.

This change will also provide our future health care professionals the flexibility to apply to other nursing programs or enter related VCC health care or bridging programs instead of waiting in academic limbo.

Applications for VCC’s Bachelor of Nursing program are now being accepted for the September 2021 intake. Application deadline is May 31, 2021 at 4 p.m.

Start your health sciences career now

There are countless options for those interested in a health care career. See the full list of VCC health sciences programs currently accepting applications:


HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

Health Unit Coordinator
September 2021 - Currently filling

Medical Office Assistant
September 2021 - Currently filling

Medical Transcriptionist
September 2021 - Currently filling

Office Administration: Medical Office Skills (Continuing Studies)
May 2021 - Registering now
September 2021 - Registering now


HEALTH CARE

Acute Care for Health Care Assistants
October 2021 - Currently filling

Health Care Assistant
May 2021 - Currently filling
September 2021 - Currently filling 

Health Care Assistant – ESL
September 2021 - Currently filling

Medical Device Reprocessing Technician (Continuing Studies)
May 2021 - Registering now
September 2021 - Registering now

Medical Laboratory Assistant
May 2021 - Limited space left
September 2021 - Currently filling

Occupational/Physical Therapist Assistant (Rehab Assistant)
September 2021 - Currently filling

Pharmacy Technician
September 2021 - Currently filling


NURSING

Practical NursingSeptember 2021 - Currently filling

Access to Practical Nursing
September 2022 - Next intake

Nursing (BScN)
September 2021 - Currently filling (deadline May 31, 2021)

Nursing (BScN) Advanced Entry
August 2021 - Full


Information is current as of April 19, 2021. Apply now to secure your seat in these popular programs.




Eddy’s story: A new wave in nursing

Posted on May 10, 2021




At multiple points in his life, Eddy Gooch took career aptitude tests and they all told him the same thing: he would make an excellent nurse. His father was in construction, however, and no one in his family had pursued post-secondary education in health care. “I thought nursing was beyond me,” Eddy says.

It was only after he had tried multiple other careers that Eddy found his way into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Vancouver Community College (VCC). Today, he’s not only eagerly looking forward to a nursing career, but also opening new doors for Indigenous representation.

Confronting colonialism 

Eddy knew from childhood that he was adopted at birth from the Cowichan Tribes, one of the largest Indigenous groups in British Columbia. Eddy adores his family and was raised to take pride in his heritage – unlike many adopted Indigenous children at the time whose roots and identities were left a troubling mystery. 

The term “Sixties Scoop” can be misleading, as it’s used to describe a period of (not one, but) four decades ranging from the 50s to the 90s in which thousands of Indigenous children were systematically placed into non-Indigenous families in Canada and the United States. Carried out in the name of “child welfare,” this practice is now regarded as a strategy to strip Indigenous people of culture and language and assimilate them into the North American (colonial) mainstream.

Eddy remembers nothing but care and love growing up. “My parents always expressed how lucky they were to have me,” he says. Despite his own happy memories, however, Eddy also understands the importance of his story in the context of reconciliation, which is why he’s joined the 2009 class-action lawsuit that continues to seek justice for Sixties Scoop survivors.

Medical motivation

While Eddy learned construction skills from a young age, his first career passion was cooking. He trained in French cuisine and worked as a cook for eleven years before sustaining a career-ending injury to his wrist. As Eddy fell back on construction jobs, his mother also became ill during this time and spent extended periods in hospital.

“It was the nurses who were always there,” Eddy says, remembering how he’d watch and admire their medical skills as well as the comfort and assurance they brought in such a difficult time. 

In 2018, when yet another construction job ended, Eddy finally began looking into nursing programs. Thanks to the high demand as well as academic and financial opportunities for Indigenous nurses in B.C., multiple schools were eager to have him. Eddy chose VCC due to the quality academic upgrading classes and the personalized support he received from VCC staff, particularly Indigenous Advisor Toni Gladstone. “It became about the community,” Eddy says. 

Pride in progress

Now finished the first year of his nursing degree, Eddy has become one of VCC’s most enthusiastic students. In addition to full-time study and clinical placements, Eddy continues to deepen his Indigenous knowledge and has worked as a student aide at VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement department. In May 2021, Eddy was thrilled to join VCC instructor Maki Iwase and four other classmates to represent VCC on the national stage at the 2021 Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Virtual Conference.

While nursing careers come in many forms, Eddy’s personal goal is to work in the emergency room, helping and comforting people in some of the most distressing moments in their lives. “I’ve had too much experience going to the emergency,” he confesses. “I would love to be on the team that makes people feel taken care of.”

Similarly, Eddy hopes his presence as a proud and compassionate Indigenous man in medical centres will further the goals of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and ease the historic fears that Indigenous people have of being racialized or treated with discrimination. “This is an early wave of Indigenous representation in health care,” he says, “and it’s phenomenal to be part of it.”


Take the leap into a health care career through VCC’s various nursing and health sciences programs, or connect with our Indigenous Education and Community Engagement department for personalized support.

 




VCC auto collision and refinishing hosts 2021 Skills Canada provincials

Posted on May 6, 2021




On Friday, April 30, Vancouver Community College (VCC) was proud to host the auto collision and refinishing portion of the Skills Canada BC 2021 provincial competition.

A total of 19 VCC students from both post-secondary and Youth Train in Trades (secondary) programs participated safely, completing physically distanced tasks in VCC’s automotive repair shop at the Broadway campus.

Congratulations to our medallists for carrying on the long tradition of Skills BC victories for VCC automotive trades! See more photos >

Post-secondary Collision
GOLD – Noah Kew
SILVER – Gilbert Joshua Dichoso
BRONZE – Inveer Singh

Secondary Collision
GOLD – Keagan Behiel (Royal Oak Secondary)
SILVER – Shamahue Alam (John Oliver)
BRONZE - Maxine Santos (Total Education)

Secondary Car Paint
GOLD – Emmett Thompson (Earl Marriott Secondary)
SILVER – Jean Carlos Barcelona (King George Secondary)
BRONZE – Karl Dable (Britannia Secondary)


Can you picture yourself on the podium? Learn more about VCC automotive trades (including high school programs) by joining a free information session.

 




Good luck to VCC's Skills Canada BC 2021 competitors

Posted on April 27, 2021




Please join us in wishing all the best to the Vancouver Community College (VCC) students competing in Skills Canada BC 2021 this spring!

This annual provincial skills competition is normally held at the Tradex in Abbotsford, welcoming more than 600 competitors plus industry judges, as well as a public audience. The 2020 competition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but this year we’ve got our sights set on the podium again.

In the 2021 competition, multiple VCC students from various skilled trades programs will be competing safely in online challenges from their individual homes or schools, with proxy judges on site and official judges participating virtually.

Will VCC students continue to dominate in our famous skilled trades? Tune in to the Skills Canada BC social feeds to find out, and send your support to our students online using the hashtags #myVCC and #SkillsBC. Check back for updates on our medallists and go VCC!

Automotive collision repair – April 30 – See results

Post-secondary

Gilbert Joshua Dichoso
Inveer Singh
Khang Do
Noah Kew

Secondary

Kaisei Meighan
Behiel Keagan
Maxine Santos
Emmett Thomson
Romel Eyobe
Shamahue Alam
Steven Hayre
Kaiden Sao
George Babyuk

Car painting – April 30  – See results

Secondary

Emmett Thompson
Alvin Sum
Michael Wong
Jean Carlos Barcelona
Karl Dable
Nathan Ram

Baking – April 17 – See results

Post-secondary

Queenie Li Instagram grey @queenie_li16

  • Gold winner: 2018 Provincials
  • Silver winner: 2018 Nationals

Gabriela Robinson Instagram grey @gabi_bakes_

Yejin Park Instagram grey @yejimon_

  • Silver winner: 2019 Provincials

Katie Rempel

Secondary

Noeka Nimmervoll (Eric Hamber Secondary)

Ethan Jireh Dunol


Think you might shine at a skilled trade? Connect with VCC instructors and ask all the questions you want at an upcoming free information session.

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VCC student account updates: Important information

Posted on April 7, 2021




Updated April 15, 2021

During the weekend of April 9 - 11, Vancouver Community College (VCC) performed an important update to student online accounts. This update affects all student passwords and any files stored in the Office 365 environment.

What you need to know

Moodle access

Use the same password as myVCC.ca login. 

SharePoint access

As a result of a technical limitation, SharePoint access previously provided to students by instructors could not be maintained, and will need to be set up again. This is a one-time action required to reconnect student accounts.

Address Book

Due to privacy updates, students will now see a blank Address Book in Office 365. As a result, students will not be able to use the chat function with other students in MS Teams.

Student password change

Passwords provide the first line of defence against unauthorized access to your computer and personal information. The stronger your password, the more protected your data will be from hackers and malicious software. Complex passwords have now been implemented for VCC students to be aligned with all VCC users. 

What is my password after April 9?  

Students will log in with a temporary password initially. The new, temporary password incorporates your previous PIN/Password and starts with ‘VCC’ and ends with ‘#’.

  • Temporary password format: VCC[student’s PIN/Password from April 8]#
  • Example: VCC012345# 

After initial login, students will be prompted to change their temporary password to include the following: 

  • Password length of minimum 10 characters 
  • Must contain upper and lower case letters
  • Must include at least one number
  • Must include a special character (i.e.  ! # $ % …) 
  • Must not contain account holder's first or last name 
  • Must not be one of the passwords previously used 

For detailed guidance, watch our Student Password Video Tutorial.

Going forward, use this updated password to log in to myVCC , Moodle and email.

Where are my files? / How to retrieve files

Any files stored in Outlook or OneDrive were not included in the update and must be retrieved within 30 days (starting April 9). Please see appropriate guides for file retrieval instructions: 

For detailed guidance, watch our Moving Outlook Emails Video Tutorial.


Thank you for your patience during this important upgrade to VCC systems. For questions or assistance, the VCC Help Desk can be reached by calling 604.443.8700 or emailing helpme@vcc.ca.

 




David Blake: The relentless call of jazz

Posted on April 29, 2021




Most people would say they like music. They may even love it. When it comes to jazz musicians, however, they live it.

For recent VCC Bachelor of Applied Music grad David Blake, this devotion started young, as a typical teenage affinity to classic rock transformed into a lifelong passion for jazz guitar. 

In celebration of International Jazz Day (April 30), and as David gears up for his next chapter as a master’s student at New York University (NYU), he looks back on his complex journey and what it means to live and breathe this extraordinary genre.

The hard way

By the time David finished high school, jazz had already taken a firm hold. “I figured if I have to go to college, it’s going to be for music,” he says. “I knew I wanted to be a jazz guitar player but I didn’t really know what that meant.”

Despite having talent to spare, David struggled with post-secondary education. He remembers himself as an 18-year-old, failing most of his first-term courses at Capilano College (now University) and only showing up for ensemble practices. “I wasn’t ready for school,” he says. “I just had a bad attitude.”

Over the next decade, David continued to drop in and out of post-secondary music programs at both Capilano and the University of Toronto. “I’d hit a wall,” he says, remembering each time he quit out of frustration.

Even without a formal bachelor’s degree, David continued to grow into a strong and experienced musician. He credits much of his development to instruction and mentorship from certain Capilano instructors like Mary Jo Bischoff, Brad Turner, and Jared Burrows, David Occhipinti and Dave Young in Toronto, and his Vancouver jazz “heroes” Darren Radtke, Steve Kaldestad, and particularly Bill Coon.

In his pursuit of jazz, David naturally became a fixture in Vancouver’s music community. He recorded several independent albums and built a successful career around performing, teaching at the VSO School of Music, and curating popular concerts at the Tangent Café and for the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Body and soul

Like many committed jazz musicians, David also made the occasional pilgrimage to New York City, immersing himself in its vibrant music scene and taking lessons with acclaimed guitarist Lage Lund. It was during one of these demanding (and expensive) trips, however, that David says he realized he was battling depression, and returned to Vancouver to seek help.

“It was many years of hard work and struggling,” David says of his treatment, but he’s grateful for the new perspectives it gave him, including a fresh take on school. “I was able to grapple with many of the issues that prevented my success, like struggling with authority and being afraid to ask for help when I needed it.”

Then, during a jazz workshop in the summer of 2019, renowned Canadian saxophonist Phil Dwyer suggested David pursue a master’s degree, and he surprised himself by considering higher education once again.

David soon applied and was accepted to a master’s program at New York University (NYU), but on one condition: that he complete the bachelor’s degree that had haunted him for over a decade. That’s when David approached VCC about finishing his Bachelor of Applied Music quickly, easily, and close to home. 

“I went into VCC thinking this is going be another grind,” David admits. “I was thrilled to find that VCC faculty were some of the most phenomenal university teachers I’d had ever had,” he says, endorsing Deirdre Morgan, Ken Morrison, and guitar instructor Daryl Jahnke in particular.

What is this thing called jazz?

Charmingly cool and self-deprecating, David will be the first to admit that his story is not the best example for up-and-coming music students. Yet after nearly 20 years of playing, teaching, and honing his craft, David’s appreciation for jazz is deep, intelligent, and infectious.

At the core of jazz is improvisation – making up music as you play – a technique rooted in African American music of the 1920s that by nature represented “freedom.”

“Improvising seems scary at first,” says David, “but it’s really not.” For aspiring jazz artists, David recommends simply listening to as much of the music as possible. “You need to know what you’re after – what it means,” he says.

Next comes practice, and lots of it. Once jazz chord progressions and scales are internalized, David says a musician can summon them without thinking. “They’re there because you spent the time,” he says.

After that, David approaches improvising as a natural process of creating tension and release – something he says we are very used to feeling already, as filmmakers, authors, even chefs play with tension and resolution in their creative expression.

Finally, comes commitment. From A+ students to restlessly creative souls, “nobody is going to get very far just learning a ‘little bit’ about jazz,” David says. “You need to become fairly obsessed with it.”


Please join us in wishing very best to Vancouver’s own David Blake as he heads to NYU this fall!

Explore your own musical potential in any genre through VCC Music programs and courses. Applications are now open for September 2021 with auditions in May and June.






VCC baking students claim top spots at 2021 Skills Canada provincials

Posted on April 21, 2021



Winning macarons by VCC Youth Train in Trades student Noeka Nimmervoll


Congratulations to Vancouver Community College (VCC) baking and pastry arts students for claiming two golds, two silvers, and one bronze medal in the Skills Canada BC 2021 provincial competition held virtually on Sunday, April 18.

In the 2021 competition, six VCC students from both post-secondary and Youth Train in Trades (secondary) programs competed safely in online challenges from their individual homes or schools. The post-secondary students were challenged to make intricate chocolate boxes and decadent truffles, while our high schoolers tackled bar cakes and macarons, all with dazzling results!

Chocolate box by Katie Rempel

Woodland-inspired chocolate box and truffles by VCC baking student Katie Rempel


We’re extremely proud to announce that VCC students claimed multiple top spots in both categories – a testament to their talent and commitment, as well as their quick adaptation to blended online and on-campus learning over the past year.

See more photos and help us congratulate our winners using the hashtags #myVCC and #SkillsBC!

Post Secondary
GOLD – Katie Rempel (VCC)
SILVER – Yejin Park (VCC)
BRONZE– Queenie Li (VCC)
4 – Gabi Robinson (VCC)
5 – Alexa Wellnitz (La Salle College)

Secondary
GOLD – Noeka Nimmervoll (Eric Hamber/VCC Youth Train in Trades)
SILVER – Jireh Jurado (Windermere /VCC Youth Train in Trades)
BRONZE – Yen-Nhi H (Burnaby Central)
4 – Bailee Montufar (Claremont)
5 – Angela Luo (Fraser Heights)
6 – Emma Torrao (Alpha Secondary)


Can you picture yourself on the podium? Learn more about skilled trades at VCC by joining a free information session in the area of your choice. 

 




Q&A with VCC health care instructor Signy Novak

Posted on April 14, 2021



VCC instructor Signy Novak with best friends Missie and Louie

Vancouver Community College (VCC) practical nursing instructor Signy Novak has been teaching for 12 years and still loves every moment of it. Lately, she’s begun teaching new courses through VCC Continuing Studies that focus on professional development in the constantly evolving area of medication management.

What do you love about teaching?

I really love connecting with students from various backgrounds and sharing with each other about both the course material and life experiences. It’s all about learning from each other. Each time I complete a course with a group of students, I walk away having learned something new and changed for the good. 

Could you describe the new Medication Course for Health Care Workers?

Medication Course for Health Care Workers helps those working in detox and recovery to learn the basic knowledge and skills required to provide medications safely to clients. The feedback so far is positive. We have great discussions in the class regarding medication administration challenges that come up with clients, and how to manage these situations. There is a great deal of learning that goes on through this sharing of students’ experiences. The students say the course really highlights the high importance of safe medication administration.

What's something interesting about your journey?

I was encouraged to go into teaching by a nursing manager who strongly suggested I apply to VCC. I am so very grateful to her to this day. I did not let fear of change hold me back, and completely changed my career path. I am grateful for the opportunity to teach every single day.


Find your ideal career in B.C.s health care system through one of VCC's many health sciences programs.

 




Student-designed T-shirt sale supports VCC scholarships

Posted on April 13, 2021




The popular graphic design T-shirt fundraiser for VCC Foundation is back. Choose from three original designs now available online at the VCC Bookstore

Congratulations to second-year graphic design diploma students Natalie Bocking, Mio Masaki, and Natalie Cano, who won a competition to create the illustrations for the shirts.

T-shirts cost $21.95, and all proceeds go to the VCC Foundation, supporting scholarships and equipment for deserving VCC students. In 2019, the campaign sold out of T-shirts, raising more than $500. So get yours today! Order now from the VCC Bookstore.


Curious about a creative career? Learn more about VCC's graphic design programs at an upcoming free information session.

 




Women in trades needed for B.C.’s economic recovery

Posted on April 13, 2021



 

Excerpt from Business in Vancouver article: Women seen as key to reducing B.C.’s labour shortage

As B.C. looks to pull itself out of its COVID-induced economic lull, the sectors expecting to be the economy’s major engines – mining, resources, construction, and transportation – are struggling with skilled-labour shortages that could be resolved quickly if industry leaders looked in the right direction, observers say.

The key demographic that could provide the answer, they say, is women. According to B.C. advocates, educators, and tradespeople, the potential for skilled female workers to offset the shortage of electricians, heavy-machinery operators, automotive repair technicians, and other trades is huge in a province needing to maximize its workforce.

Few people have a better view of this than Lindsay Kearns, outreach co-ordinator at the BC Centre for Women in the Trades (BCCWITT) and a 10-year veteran electrician.

“Isolation, discrimination and poor workplace culture have long been barriers for women to enter and stay in these great careers, and with the current skilled workers shortage, it’s time to start focusing on under-represented groups,” Kearns said. “I’m an optimist, and the shift is happening, but the change needs to start at the leadership level. Everyone has to buy in.”

Breaking the mould

Keith Mew, head of the auto collision department of Vancouver Community College’s trades training program, said interest from female students in classes such as his has been steadily rising, although still at a relatively low one out of 15 or 16 student ratio.

But Mew agreed that workplace culture remains a key barrier for many female tradespeople who have the skill to enter the field but soon find themselves overwhelmed by either overt sexism or covert discriminatory behaviours in certain work situations.

“100%, that’s an issue,” Mew said. “And it sometimes depends on the area where someone is working geographically – and the company that they are working for. One thing about the auto collision and refinishing industry is that there are some very large companies with great work cultures, and there are also some smaller shops that may not have the best.”

That’s why, Mew said, VCC offers additional support for female graduates. Mew checks in with alumni from time to time to make sure their post-graduation journey in their career fields is going smoothly. It doesn’t mean these women workers are getting preferential treatment, he said, but rather that their entry into the workplace is in on as even a playing field as possible.

“What I would say is – and what I say to all our students is – this only works as a career if you find joy in the act of working in a shop and performing tasks,” he said. “If there’s no joy in that for you – and it is a demanding job with long hours and stressful environments – it probably won’t be for you. But for women that come through, based on the challenges they face, we really try to support them with resources that we have ... because no one should be able to tell you that you are not allowed to pursue a career that makes you happy.”

One alumna, Kiara Reissner, said she has been relatively lucky. While she is the only woman working at Richmond Auto Body in North Vancouver, co-workers have been understanding and respectful, allowing her to concentrate on her job and career path.

“I feel that there’s not a lot of women who continue [in trades], but I would like to break that mould,” Reissner said. “I’d like to have an apprentice one day. It’s difficult to find women mentorship. We do have a woman teacher at the shop at VCC, and she’s a great mentor. But I don’t know too many others. But the guys have been great, too. I don’t feel like I’ve been set apart from them in any way. They include me in everything.”

Continue reading in Business in Vancouver >


Discover rewarding, in-demand trades careers through VCC's automotive, collision and refinishing, culinary, baking, and hairstyling programs.

 




New VCC program pushes the limits of pet fashion

Posted on April 1, 2021




Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to announce a brand-new program that will elevate the creative industry in B.C. and take fashion design places it’s never gone before. 

Building upon current trends in dog and cat fashion, VCC is excited to support the next hot trend in pet clothing with a new Exotic Pet Fashion Design certificate.

For many, household pets have been our closest companions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and isolation has driven many pet owners to channel their inner McQueen, Westwood, or Versace towards their furry friends. Yet while social feeds abound with pups and kittens in argyle vests, prom dresses, and chenille onesies, the fashion market for exotic pets has remained virtually untapped – until now.

“At VCC, we don’t discriminate among people, and in the same spirit, we embrace and accept to all kinds of pets,” says animal apparel entrepreneur and Exotic Pet Fashion Design instructor Trixie Ruxpin.

Large rodent wearing pink dress


Taught by fashion influencers from the wildly successful Pet Fashion Weeks in Berlin, Paris, and Abbotsford, VCC’s program is a first for the global industry, while also hitting very close to home. “Humans have a foundational desire to dress up our pet family members,” says Trixie.

Working with exotic pet sanctuaries across Canada, VCC’s newest program teaches courses on measurement, textile selection, and pattern-making for a wide variety of fauna such as reptiles (iguanas, turtles), rodents (hamsters, guinea pigs), birds (parrots, canaries), as well as miniature pigs and hedgehogs. Optional workshops will be available in pet husbandry, and students will have weekly screenings for salmonella.

Fierce rooster and dapper hedgehog


Anticipating high demand for the new program, Trixie recommends that applicants have some previous sewing experience, a minimum of 5,000 Instagram followers, and excellent eyesight. “This kind of work can be quite intricate,” she says, recalling her smallest-ever design: a five-centimetre-long Baby Shark Halloween costume for a local public radio celebrity’s pygmy marmoset.

Depending on the success of the initial cohort, VCC anticipates expanding campus infrastructure to accommodate an aquatic pet fashion class, styling fish and various amphibians using the latest technical fabrics.


Learn more about this cutting-edge VCC program by emailing april.fools@vcc.ca.




VCC campaign and Scotiabank fund tools for tomorrow

Posted on March 31, 2021

VCC Loves Trades campaign logo

 

In recognition of VCC trades students, the VCC Foundation used the Red Seal Recognition event as a platform to launch the new fundraising initiative, VCC Loves Trades. This campaign will run in February of each year and support trades programs at VCC. In 2021, funds raised were dedicated to students and equipment needs in our transportation trades programs.

To attract further support for VCC students, Scotiabank, through its ScotiaRISE program, generously offered $5,000 in matching funds for gifts received before March 15, 2021. “We know that B.C.’s future will require Red Seal trades professionals to rebuild and sustain our economy,” said Stephen Gaskin, Senior Vice President, B.C. and Yukon Region, Scotiabank. The inaugural campaign wrapped on March 15, 2021, generating a total of $14,000 to seed VCC’s new Transportation Trades Equipment Fund.

“We extend our deepest appreciation to generous community partners, including The Deeley Group, ICBC, Kirmac Collision & Autoglass, Lordco, and long-time donors, Bill New and Guff Muench for ensuring that we fully utilized Scotiabank’s generous matching funds," said VCC Foundation Executive Director, Nancy Nesbitt. "Providing students with access to the tools they’ll need and use in the future definitely promotes their job readiness and employability.”

VCC also welcomed a generous equipment gift from Craftsman Collision to the auto collision, refinishing, and paint programs which will fortify training needs of students for generations to come. Color Compass Corp. and BASF are also partnering with VCC to meet specialized, in-demand training needs.


Learn more about the VCC Foundation. We thank all our generous donors for their commitment and support. If you would like to make a donation to support student success at VCC, please visit our giving page.




Critical reminders about COVID-19 safety at VCC

Posted on March 31, 2021




A message from the VCC Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)

In recent weeks, an increase in COVID-19 infections has brought British Columbia’s caseload to the highest it’s been so far in the pandemic. Many of these cases involve faster-spreading variants of the virus, causing the need for extra vigilance. 

On Monday, March 29, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced multiple new restrictions affecting workers, schools, exercise facilities, restaurants, and more. Vancouver Community College (VCC) is urging all students and employees to follow these restrictions closely for the safety of our community.


ON CAMPUS

Daily self-assessment

Due to increased provincial health restrictions and tracking measures, all employees (admin, staff, faculty) are now required to complete a daily self-assessment (https://bc.thrive.health) each day you are physically on any VCC campus. 

  • This is in addition to the weekly Pre-Screen Questionnaire. 
  • The daily assessment is a self-check, and does not need to be submitted to VCC.
    • However, a negative assessment needs to be communicated to your supervisor.
    • Students will continue with the assessment process via Moodle and their instructors.

Masks are required in all indoor public settings and workplaces

  • This applies to common areas where people circulate freely, such as hallways, stairwells, elevators, etc. 
    • Enclosed office spaces are exempt where physical distancing can be maintained. 
    • The mask requirement does not apply to people unable to wear a mask or put on or remove a mask on their own.  

Working from home

VCC employees who are able to work from home are strongly encouraged to do so. Do not come to campus if you don’t have to. For the small number of staff and instructors who must be on campus, please pay extra attention to physical distancing, mask-wearing, and hand hygiene.

If any VCC students or employees feel sick or display any sign of illness, they must stay home. The same applies to children in school K-12.

Confidentiality and privacy

It is important to remember that COVID-19 is a confidential health matter. There are processes in place to protect the rights of all our employees' and students' privacy in accordance with the Provincial Health Officer guidelines.

If you hear about a student or colleague being in contact with COVID-19 or contracting COVID-19, it is important to remember that this information is protected by privacy laws and should not be shared.

Local health authorities are responsible for contacting any and all people who may be impacted by a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.


OFF CAMPUS

Social gatherings 

Indoor social gatherings of any size with anyone other than your household or core bubble are prohibited.

Up to 10 people may gather outdoors with COVID-19 protection layers and physical distancing. Do not gather with several different groups. Stick to the same people.

Events

  • All events and gatherings as defined in the PHO Gatherings and Events Order are suspended until further notice. 
    • NOTE: this does not apply to educational activities offered by post-secondary institutions to deliver and/or support student learning and development, as safety precautions are already in place.  
    • Please note the previously announced allowance for indoor religious gatherings and services has been suspended.

Travel

  • All non-essential travel should be avoided. This includes travel into and out of B.C. and between regions of the province, or outside your health authority.
  • Essential travel within B.C. includes:
    • Regular travel for work within your region
    • Travel for medical appointments and hospital visits

Restaurants

All restaurants, pubs, and bars in British Columbia are to be closed for indoor dining. However, please continue to support VCC culinary students and alumni in Vancouver’s vibrant restaurant industry by ordering takeout or eating outdoors.


For the latest updates, please bookmark and check VCC’s COVID-19 information site regularly.




VCC announces new Vice President, People Services

Posted on March 30, 2021



Vancouver Community College (VCC) president Ajay Patel is pleased to announce that Kate Dickerson will join the college as the new Vice President, People Services.

Kate brings over 20 years of experience providing leadership and strategic direction in all aspects of human resources management, including working with boards, employers’ associations, unions, and government. For the past three years she has been the Executive Director of Human Resources at E-Comm 911.

“We are very excited to have someone as seasoned as Kate join our team at such a crucial and exciting time for VCC,” says Ajay. “Her experiences with employees, stakeholders, and partners in challenging industries like emergency response and the health sector are a huge asset for us as we look to reinvigorate our Strategic Innovation Plan and move our Campus Master Plan forward. I am pleased to have Kate join our college family on our journey as we chart VCC’s future.”

Thanks to 13 years of experience at Vancouver Coastal Health, Kate is well-versed in navigating the challenges and dynamics of a complex organization. She has introduced progressive HR programs and policies, and negotiated agreements with multiple unions in health care and in emergency services.

“We are impressed with Kate’s sense of collaboration and her leadership experience with all levels of employee groups. I can’t think of a better fit for VCC at this time,” adds Ajay.

Ajay would also like to thank Chemistry Consulting who conducted the search, the members of the recommendations committee, which included stakeholder groups from across the college, and Tania Dong in VCC People Services.  

Kate begins her new role on May 3, 2021.

Welcome aboard!


 




Further Universal Design with RHFAC accessibility training

Posted on March 31, 2021




Patrick White has a clear plan of what he wants to accomplish – and Vancouver Community College’s (VCC) Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) Training program is helping him achieve it.

Patrick’s goal is to become a preeminent Universal Design consultant, making the built environment inclusive for all. He’s always had an affinity for architecture and, having been a wheelchair user for 20 years, he often sees the built environment in ways others do not.

“The older I got, the more I wanted to use my career to make a difference,” Patrick said. Patrick’s background in accessibility and architecture, along with his lived experience, made him the perfect fit to become an RHFAC Professional.

His timing couldn’t be better. The federal government launched the Accessible Canada Act in 2019 and created Accessibility Standards Canada, an organization led by a board of directors, the majority of whom are persons with disabilities. As one of the organizations’ six pillars, it recently announced plans to make buildings in Canada more accessible for all.

Accessibility assessors working at VCC campus

The next advancement in architecture

Environmental sustainability has been a key consideration in architecture for more than a decade, so it makes sense for accessibility to be the next step. “You can’t really have sustainability if it doesn’t extend to people,” Patrick says. “A building needs to be able to sustain the changing needs of Canadians.”

“Let’s also consider the fact that it is people who are finding solutions to environmental issues,” he adds, “but they cannot accomplish this if they are unable to – literally – get through the door.”

Patick believes that, thanks to RHFAC training programs, more people will become aware of this connection. He also hopes it will add more people with disabilities to the work force and allow more people to enjoy spaces they normally wouldn’t because of the barriers involved.

VCC’s Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) Training is a registered program counting towards Continuing Education hours for architects, engineers, and more. When you earn your Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certificate, you are qualified to rate and certify sites for meaningful access under the RHFAC program.

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Help make Canada more accessible for all by becoming an RHFAC Professional. Register now for May or September 2021.




Top 10 VCC stories of 2019

Posted on January 7, 2020

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How’s 2020 going so far? Get inspired for the new school year by reading 2019’s most popular online stories featuring VCC students, instructors, and alumni.

10. VCC partnership with Musqueam advances early childhood education 

No-cost ECCE program for Indigenous students honours culture while launching careers 

9. VCC students rank high at WorldSkills Kazan 2019 

Two outstanding apprentices recognized for excellence on the global stage
 

8. Nespresso national competition finds pastry prodigies at VCC 

Six VCC baking students craft coffee-themed sweets for Nespresso Café Gourmand
 

7. Top five Valentine’s Day gift ideas from VCC Salon & Spa

Our expert instructors share five hair and skin care products worth falling in love with 

6. New Computer Systems Technology program opens doors to software careers 

Hundreds of tech industry jobs await grads from VCC’s newest program 

5. VCC shines at Skills Canada BC 2019 provincials 

Skilled trades students earn 19 medals including two podium sweeps in Abbotsford

4. Top Skills Canada performances launch VCC students onto the world stage 

VCC to compete in baking and culinary arts at WorldSkills 2019 in Russia

3. VCC will train Gladue report writers to advance justice for First Nations

New certificate program helps move Gladue reporting toward a national standard

2. VCC announces new Dean of Indigenous Initiatives 

Clayton Munro joins VCC to advance Indigenization of academy, space, and culture
 

1. Immigrant women find "Sewmates" in new VCC business program

New Sewing collective builds up women’s confidence to do business in Canada

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Stay up to date on what's happening in the VCC community year round by visiting vcc.ca/news.

 




Jolene’s story: making the grade in auto collision and refinishing

Posted on March 22, 2021



It takes years to learn a trade. Most Vancouver Community College (VCC) trades apprentices alternate between studying and on-the-job training for four years before fully starting their careers. It’s a major journey and a huge accomplishment. But what happens next?

After finishing her apprenticeship and earning her Red Seal in 2019, VCC automotive collision and refinishing alumna Jolene Orr began to notice some changes at work. “When you’re an apprentice, you get told to do this or that. Nobody asks for your opinion,” she says. “I went from being just a kid in the shop to having respect.”

Today, working as a painter at New Profession Collision in Richmond, Jolene now finds colleagues turning to her for professional advice on paint colours and finishes. “It surprised me a little bit,” she says.

Jolene Orr with vintage porsche in paint booth

Artistic license

Before entering the automotive collision and refinishing field, Jolene’s main interest was visual art, but career prospects weren’t promising. When her father recommended painting cars, she took an introductory course and loved it immediately. “I painted one bumper and that was it!” she says.

Jolene went on to attend VCC for automotive paint and refinishing apprenticeship training, and was extra pleased with the program’s hands-on learning, great instructors, and solid reputation. Even throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Jolene’s high-calibre skills kept her working. After she was reluctantly let go by a dealership last year, Jolene found her current job right away. “Everyone says the best painters come out of VCC,” she says.

In her new job, Jolene is also happy for the chance to do more custom painting, such as the vintage Porsche 9-11 she got to work on recently (pictured). Looking ahead, Jolene says her future will be all about auto paint, and hopes to someday work as a paint company rep, mixing colours and working on custom projects around the region.

For now, however, Jolene is enjoying her expert status in the shop. For apprentices out there, she says simply doing good work is the best way to earn respect. “Show them you know what you’re doing,” she says. “The proof is in the pudding.”

Jolene Orr in paint booth with black porsche


Discover your future in transportation trades at VCC. Join an upcoming free info session or attend the next Experience VCC virtual open house to learn more.

 




May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust ensures students of all abilities continue learning during COVID-19

Posted on March 26, 2021




The Vancouver Community College (VCC) Foundation is pleased to recognize a 
new donation of $125,000 by the May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust that supports VCC’s Adult Special Education programs and provides COVID-19 relief to Deaf, hard of hearing, and visually impaired students.   

Replicating a previous donation in support of VCC’s Adult Special Education programs, the May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust is providing $100,000 over two years (2021-2022) to help VCC keep tuition one of the lowest for programs of this kind in Canada. The funds also help greatly in maintaining the variety and quality of VCC’s unique, job-focused training in areas such as food service, retail and hospitalitycomputersfinance management, and more.  

Advancing accessibility in remote learning 

This year, an additional $25,000 will help students in VCC’s Deaf and hard of hearing and visually impaired programs continue learning effectively during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

VCC offers an extensive range of courses in Braille and using blindness-related technology, and is the only public institution in British Columbia to maintain in-house American Sign Language interpreting servicesAs a result, students frequently relocate to the Vancouver area from other regions to attend VCC. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic has limited in-person learning and access to campus-based equipment and services, many of our Deaf, hard of hearing, and visually impaired students have struggled to continue their studies. This additional funding from the May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust will be used towards urgently needed technology and resources that are essential to students who are now learning remotely. 

The May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust is a U.S.-based non-profit that recognizes the dignity and potential of every individual. One of their top priorities is to strengthen supportive services for adults and youth with intellectual, developmental, or physical disabilities, enabling them to live independently, gain economic security through employment, and engage in their communities. 


Learn how you can support the success of all VCC students through the VCC Foundation. 




Langley high school kitchen turns out future chefs

Posted on March 25, 2021




There’s a new take-out option coming to Langley.

Starting now the public can pre-order gourmet takeout and meal kits crafted by Langley students in the Walnut Grove Secondary Professional Cook program.

Supported by the Industry Training Authority (ITA), the tuition-free Youth Train in Trades Professional Cook 1 (PC1) program allows high school students in the Langley School District to cook with a Red Seal chef, while operating a restaurant.

“Youth Train PC1 is the level one of the professional cook program with [Vancouver Community College], and it’s the level one of the Red Seal program to become a professional chef,” explained Laura Dawe, the VCC chef who teaches the WGSS program.

VCC tuition is paid by the local district for Langley students registered in the program.

In addition to training alongside a professional chef, students will learn how to operate a restaurant.

One Season is our restaurant that we’ve opened here at Walnut Grove [Secondary] to have the students do their service component of the program, so part of their teaching in PC1 is to learn cafeteria service to the public,” Dawe explained.

In past years, the public could book reservations at the school’s restaurant, giving the students a chance to interact with paying customers. “So this year, instead of having the public come in and dine-in in house, we’re actually offering a fully to-go menu,” said Dawe. 

Continue reading in the Aldergrove Star > 


Did you know that B.C. high school students can get a head start in trades training as early as Grade 11? Learn more about Youth Train in Trades programs.




Vancouver Community College hosts COVID-19 vaccination clinic alongside testing site

Posted on March 25, 2021




In continued support of our province’s COVID-19 recovery efforts, Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to offer space for Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) to host vaccination clinics during Phase 2 of B.C.’s Immunization Plan.

VCC’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic is located alongside the current outdoor COVID-19 test collection site at the Broadway campus (Impark Lot #865, 7th Ave. E at Glen Dr.).

According to Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, these kinds of opportunities to ramp up B.C.’s immunization programs will likely lead to a careful return of some activities that have suspended, such as small social gatherings and kids’ camps. As was also announced recently, B.C. colleges and universities are to begin preparing for a full return to on-campus learning in Fall 2021.

Who is eligible to get immunized?

During the current phase of B.C.’s Immunization Plan, the province plans to immunize approximately 400,000 people from March to mid-April 2021.

Information on who is eligible and when to book a vaccine is available at gov.bc.ca/covid-19

Eligible seniors and Indigenous peoples are now invited to call VCH’s appointment booking phone line at 1.877.587.5767.

VCH is appealing to family members, friends, neighbours, and social services agencies to help reach eligible seniors in the community.

Please only call the VCH appointment line if you are eligible to book your vaccination now.

COVID-19 testing

Although immunizations have begun, please remember that COVID-19 is still a threat to our community, and we must continue to follow all active PHO orders and restrictions.

Anyone in the VCH region with cold, influenza, or COVID-19-like symptoms, however mild, can be tested for COVID-19. Use the B.C. COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool or call 8-1-1 to see if you need to be tested. Locate a test collection centre or get more information via the BC Centre for Disease Control website.


 




VCC Continuing Studies brings the strength of industry into the classroom

Posted on March 24, 2021




At Vancouver Community College (VCC), most of our Continuing Studies instructors spend their days working and their evenings teaching. This means instructors from early childhood education to medical device reprocessing bring real-world examples and case studies into the classroom.

“When we have instructors who work in the industry, students gain a deeper understanding of how they will experience the workplace. The result is more practical, work-ready assignments and projects,” says Janet Chee, VCC office administration and paralegal program coordinator.

Being entrenched in industry also means our instructors bring valuable connections to the classroom. They engage guest speakers that provide unique perspectives and a deeper dive into topics, and offer support beyond the classroom such as providing tips on associations to join, places to volunteer, and job opportunities.

Success by design

Before a student even ends up in a classroom, VCC Continuing Studies engages with experts to help identify industry needs and what skills are essential for program graduates to start working immediately.

“Subject matter experts bring a wealth of knowledge and industry experience to the program discussion. As they engage with each other, the ideas start to fly. That’s when I start to get excited and feel confident in knowing that we are going to create an amazing program,” says Sid Khullar, VCC trades and technology program coordinator.

Finally, as students near the end of their programs, many find themselves connecting directly with their industries during a practicum. These work placement opportunities allow students to see first-hand how the workplace operates, and to activate their classroom learning in an industry setting.

“Practicums are great for furthering developing a student’s industry network,” says Sarah Murray, program coordinator for VCC’s fashion and counselling skills programs. “By the end of their programs, students’ networks will include not only instructors, but also guest speakers and practicum supervisors. Knowing people in the industry is so important to finding a job.”


Set yourself up for success this spring. See the VCC Continuing Studies courses now open for registration.




Planned power outage – March 28, 2021

Posted on March 23, 2021

VCC will be undergoing a planned power outage on Sunday, Mar. 28 from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Broadway campus building A. This outage will cause a temporary shutdown of the following:

  • Internet (from any on-campus computer)
  • VPN (Global Protect connections)
  • VCC websites including my.vcc.ca, library.vcc.ca, ctlr.vcc.ca, and www.vcc.ca
  • Any electronic appliances in Broadway building A

During the outage, VCC’s Office 365 portal will remain accessible from off-campus devices. Visit https://portal.office.com and log in with your VCC credentials to access the following services:

  • Email (Outlook)
  • MS Teams
  • Online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • OneDrive

For assistance, please contact the VCC Helpdesk at 604.871.7000 ext. 8700, but please note IT Services will be unavailable during the outage period.

For questions about campus buildings or electronic appliances, contact VCC Facilities at 604.871.7000 ext. 8555 (Mon-Fri).


 




Five reasons an IT career may be in your future

Posted on March 22, 2021




Information Technology (IT) is the backbone of the digital economy. From financial transactions and e-commerce to entertainment and raising awareness for social causes, our daily lives rely upon the successful provisioning, maintenance, and management of IT infrastructure.

IT specialists are in demand. Check out the top five reasons to launch your IT career at Vancouver Community College (VCC):

1. Employer-developed programs

VCC’s new IT Operations Professional program was built with feedback from employers, subject matter experts, and students. Students will be ready to launch a career in IT with a strong foundation in computer hardware, software, networks, and security.

2. VCC grads are career-ready

B.C.’s technology sector is growing fast. There are an expected 4,700+ jobs openings for computer network technicians and user support technicians. There are no shortage of job opportunities, from help desk, to desk-side support, and into third level support for various areas of IT management. These are among the high-opportunity occupations in B.C. offering some of the best openings over the next 10 years.

3. VCC programs are hands-on 

At VCC, students are trained by engaging in experiential and hands-on learning to manage incidents and resolve issues related to IT Operations, including applications and infrastructure components.

4. Good money

IT technicians earn higher than average wages. According to WorkBC, the average wages in this sector are approximately 75 per cent higher than the B.C. industrial average.

5. There’s always something new 

VCC understands that IT is a forever-changing environment that offers incredible work experiences in a fast-paced atmosphere. Being able to produce new solutions and staying on the cutting-edge of technology is satisfying and rewarding. If you are a lifelong learner, IT is the career for you.


Find your future. Learn more about VCC’s IT at an upcoming free information session or our Experience VCC online open house.

 




VCC Fall 2019 Student Awards recap

Posted on November 28, 2019

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On Friday, Nov. 22, Vancouver Community College (VCC) was proud to celebrate over 200 deserving students at our Fall 2019 Student Awards ceremonies.

During the morning ceremony, VCC’s interim president Ajay Patel, along with deans, instructors, and awards donors presented a variety of scholarships to individual students from VCC’s School of Health Sciences, School of Hospitality, Food Studies and Applied Business, and School of Trades, Technology and Design.

The afternoon ceremony honoured students from VCC’s Centre for Continuing Studies, School of Instructor Education, School of Arts and Sciences, and VCC Music.

"Throughout my education, I was fortunate enough to receive several bursaries, and I know first-hand what a difference awards like these can make," said Ajay in his welcoming speech. "Someone who is touched by a gift, goes on to give."

This term, 202 awards were given out with a combined total of $155,431.

Following each ceremony, students, friends, and family members were invited to a tea reception offering the chance to celebrate alongside donors and VCC faculty and staff. 

Official photos

View the photo galleries of the Fall 2019 Student Awards ceremonies. All attendees are invited to download and share their photos. 

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Student Awards video feature

Each year, VCC Foundation selects one or more Student Award recipients to profile in a video feature. This fall, the honour went to culinary arts students Katherine Aguilar, recipient of the Santiago Cuyugan Award of Excellence; Jacqueline Guadalupe Muñoz Hererra, recipient of the International Wine & Food Society Award; and Phuong (Anne) Nguyen, recipient of the Cactus Club Café Above and Beyond Award. 

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Did you know? In honour of #GivingTuesday, VCC Foundation has committed to match the first $20,000 in new donations between Tuesday, Nov. 19 and Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. LEARN MORE >




Student T2202 tax forms available

Posted on February 23, 2021

Updated 2020 Student tax forms (T2202 forms) for VCC students will be available as of Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021.

Note: your Social Insurance Number (SIN) must be included in your student record in order for a T2202 tax form to be issued. Please ensure your SIN has been submitted

How to access your T2202

  • Go to myVCC.
  • Enter your student ID number and your password. Then click 'Submit' to proceed.
    (For first-time users, your initial password has been set to your birthdate in the format MMDDYY. For example, if your birthdate is Jan. 25, 1975, your password would be 012575. If you have logged in to the system before, enter your password. If you cannot remember your password, select "Password Help").

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  • Select the “Pay fees/Tax Forms" panel on the welcome screen.
  • Under the "Personal Information" tab, select "My Tax Forms (T2202)", then "T2202 Tax Credit Form".
  • Select the tax year you would like to print. (Select “printable T2202 form” to get the official form that is used for filing your taxes.)

If you need help accessing your tax form, please follow the steps described in the T2202 Frequently Asked Questions document. If you have any questions about your tax form, please email T2202Help@vcc.ca with your question and student ID.




Shape your path with new courses from VCC Continuing Studies

Posted on March 11, 2021



A message from VCC Continuing Studies dean Adrian Lipsett

What’s your dream career? What opportunity or interest have you been wanting to explore? In times such as this, we tend to avoid this line of inquiry for the sake of keeping our heads above the waves.

And yet, even amid this uniquely challenging period, each of us has the opportunity to pause, reflect on our current trajectory, and consider how we can bring about increasingly positive changes in our lives.

For those inclined to improve their own professional journeys, VCC Continuing Studies is exceptionally poised and ready to serve. Our mandate is to support our community through courses and programs specifically designed to help learners craft new possibilities for their lives. From pursuing new career options to generating additional and exciting revenue streams, our course and program offerings provide the needed boost to equip you for your future success.

One of the unique features of our programming is our focus on flexibility. Programs and courses are offered in the evenings to fit around the working professional’s schedule; offerings for those wishing to enter a new field are often structured in as short a time as possible to hasten the start of your new career; and as a result of ongoing uncertainty with the pandemic, our coursework in general has been adjusted to enable you to study from anywhere, while still ensuring you retain access to essential support services here at VCC.

Our students also enjoy the rich diversity of our offerings. From fashion, counselling, and medical device reprocessing, to early childhood education, business, and technology, VCC Continuing Studies provides you with a broad spectrum of specialized, industry-supported, and interest-driven opportunities for you to study.

As we continue to add to and improve upon our scope of programming, we invite you to explore our catalogue to find what best aligns with your own future goals. Our staff is available to answer any questions you may have and to assist you with registration.

This is a time to explore and benefit from new opportunities, to craft a new path forward. Start shaping your new path today.


 

New courses and programs – Spring 2021

BUILDING SERVICE

  • Facility Management: Foundations Level 1 (REAL 1160)

CREATIVE WRITING

  • Writing the Young Adult Novel (CRWI 1182)

HEALTH

  • Medication Course for Health Care Workers (HLTH 1404)

LANGUAGES

  • Japanese 3 (LANG 1176)
  • Japanese 4 (LANG 1177)
  • Japanese 5 (LANG 1178)
  • Spanish 4 (LANG 1175)

TECHNOLOGY



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Sincerely,

Adrian Lipsett
Dean, Continuing Studies
Vancouver Community College

VCC Continuing Studies dean Adrian Lipsett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




VCC Fashion shines in the community

Posted on March 13, 2021



The world of fashion has many faces. Top designers can produce works of art worth millions of dollars. Fast fashion gives us cute styles for less, but can take a toll on workers and the environment. Yet clothes are essential – we all need something to wear!

At Vancouver Community College (VCC), we take a people-centered approach to the fashion industry, emphasizing ethics and sustainability alongside creativity and innovation. Did you know that, as a standard part of VCC fashion programs, students work on charitable projects in the community?

For the past three years, VCC Fashion has operated a holiday sewing factory. We have made tote bags to welcome temporary modular housing residents, adult bibs and wheelchair bags for seniors in care, and COVID-19 masks for homeless youth. These projects are student-led; they do everything from pattern development to sewing to textile surface design.

VCC Fashion also supports the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre by producing a fashion show as part of their annual Herstory in Focus fundraiser. Staff and students from both VCC’s design and merchandising programs host styling workshops and runway walk classes, and help with choreography and backstage management.

In the fashion design and production program, our fashion cycle 5 class creates business attire made completely from donated fabric that, in turn, is given to charities such as Dress for Success, YWCA Career Zone, and the Harvest Project.

Fashion is about beauty, and at VCC, we do our best to foster the beautiful side of our industry by giving back and producing grads that will continue making positive change.


Come learn about trend movement and adoption, and participate in creating a trend word cloud at our next Fashion Cycles webinar. SIGN UP NOW >

Get your questions about VCC’s fashion programs answered during online open office hours with program coordinator Sarah Murray. LEARN MORE >




Make Census Day count on May 11

Posted on March 9, 2021



Statistics Canada has announced that Canada’s next Census Day is Tuesday, May 11, 2021. All Canadians are invited to take part in this important event.

Held every five years, the census counts every person in Canada and collects basic information about age, sex at birth, gender, official languages and family relationships. The long-form questionnaire gathers further details about income, education, religion, ethnic origins, Indigenous identity and languages, and more. A number of random households (about 25 per cent of the total) will receive the long-form questionnaire instead of the shorter version.

Census information is vital for planning programs and services at the national, provincial, territorial and local levels. Data are used by organizations, businesses, municipalities, governments, and Indigenous communities across Canada.

Census jobs for students

Statistics Canada is currently hiring. There are 32,000 census job opportunities across Canada that are ideal for students seeking both non-supervisory positions (enumerator) or supervisory positions (crew leader).


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Provincial Health Officer letter to B.C. post-secondary presidents

Posted on March 8, 2021



On March 8, 2021, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry sent a letter to all B.C. post-secondary presidents, acknowledging their institutions’ leadership and contributions in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 over the past year, and endorsing a safe return to on-campus learning in September 2021.

In the letter, Dr. Henry shared concerns about the well-being of post-secondary students and stressed the importance of colleges and universities in young peoples’ lives. Aligning with B.C.’s vaccine rollout plan and the Go-Forward Guidelines for B.C.’s Post-Secondary Sector, Dr. Henry supports a “safe and complete resumption of campus teaching, learning, and research” this fall.

Read the full letter [PDF]

 


 




Pastry practice: behind the scenes with Team VCC

Posted on May 24, 2019

Vancouver Community College (VCC) is proud to be sending a solid team of competitors to the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC), happening Monday, May 27 to Wednesday, May 29 in Halifax, NS. 

Earlier this week, we visited the top-secret Skills Canada practice sessions happening inside the VCC bakeries. Meet two of our most talented and promising pastry artists:

 

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Clarissa Roque

Team Canada candidate – WorldSkills 2019

Clarissa is a Level 3 baking and pastry arts apprentice who is no stranger to intense competition. Having participated in Skills BC “just for fun” in Grade 10, Clarissa soon found herself repeatedly topping the podium in the secondary school category. 

This year, with three SCNC appearances already under her belt, Clarissa will be trying for an opportunity to represent Canada at WorldSkills 2019 in Kazan, Russia. 

Clarissa, who inherited a love for baking from her parents, brings to the competition deep creative skills in drawing and sculpting, a sophisticated flavour palette, and remarkable organization and focus. “Competitions are really stressful but somehow I kind of like the stress,” she says.

During the WorldSkills Team Canada trials in Halifax, Clarissa will have to produce seven different types of pastries in 14 hours over the course of two days.

 

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Farzin Irani

Baking competitor – SCNC 2019

Farzin is a Level 1 apprentice who started the VCC baking and pastry arts program in April 2018. After high school, Farzin first entered a science degree program but switched to baking after only one semester. “I took the risk and fell in love with it,” she says.

In addition to having great organization skills and extraordinary attention to detail, Farzin stands out by using Persian flavours like saffron and rosewater that she grew up enjoying. “I don’t want to use the same things as everyone else, like strawberries,” she says. “I use flavours that I like and I know well.”

Since January, Farzin has been going above and beyond her coursework to train in the VCC kitchens multiple times per week. She appreciates the helpful feedback offered by her instructors, as well as their willingness to work with her after hours. 

During the SCNC competition in Halifax, Farzin will have to produce five different types of pastries in a single, eight-hour session. 

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Did you know you can begin a baking apprenticeship while still in high school? Learn more about the Youth Train in Trades program offered at VCC.




VCC students rank high at WorldSkills Kazan 2019

Posted on August 30, 2019

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For the first time, two Vancouver Community College (VCC) students have ranked among the best in the world in their skilled trades.  

After six days of Olympic-esque ceremonies and intense competition, WorldSkills Kazan 2019 wrapped up on Tuesday, August 27 in Kazan, Russia with VCC baking and pastry arts apprentice Clarissa Roque placing 5th out of 23 competitors in her category, and VCC culinary apprentice Leah Patitucci placing 11th out of 48.

Of the 32-member Team Canada competing in Kazan, 14 were also awarded Medallions of Excellence for their work, including Clarissa and Leah. In total, over 1,300 young professionals from 63 countries and regions competed in the event. 

Over the past two years, both Clarissa and Leah have continuously won their way into higher and higher levels of competition, starting with regional Skills Canada competitions, then provincials, nationals, and finally earning spots on WorldSkills Team Canada 2019.

In addition to school and work, both competitors spent countless hours training in VCC kitchens alongside chef instructors and other culinary experts and coaches. Both students also generously gave their time to local media for news and radio interviews (see more below). 

Upon her return to Canada, Leah will continue her work in fine dining at The Pear Tree Restaurant in Burnaby, B.C., and Clarissa will continue perfecting her craft at Chez Christophe Chocolaterie Patisserie.

Please join all of VCC in congratulating these women for their outstanding performances on the international stage, and stay tuned for more stories from Russia! 

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Baking with the best: Clarissa Roque earns top recognition at WorldSkills

Posted on January 29, 2020

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At Vancouver Community College (VCC), we’re extremely proud of our skilled trades competitors, whether they’re aiming for medals in regional, provincial, or national competitions. Every two years, however, the WorldSkills competition offers a chance for ultimate international recognition. 

After countless practice sessions and advancing through multiple levels of competition over the past two years, in August 2019, VCC baking and pastry arts apprentice Clarissa Roque found herself on the way to WorldSkills 2019 in Kazan, Russia. 

The 37-hour journey included stops in Montreal, Frankfurt, and Moscow, before arriving in the riverside city of Kazan. Clarissa and the rest of Team Canada (including VCC culinary arts competitor Leah Patitucci) spent the next few days settling in and sightseeing. Then, following an Olympic-like opening ceremony, the baking battle began. 

Gearing up 

Over four days, Clarissa was required to create hand-piped and hand-dipped chocolates, marzipan figurines, a two-tiered buttercream cake, petit fours, a plated dessert, and a sugar showpiece – all representing Formula One Grand Prix racing. 

When the theme was revealed only three months prior to the competition, it sent Clarissa and her instructors into creative action. “It was bizarre,” she says, “I didn’t even know what Formula One was!” Nonetheless, she got to work researching the rules, traditions, and symbols of this international car racing tournament. In the end, Clarissa’s creations included an ingenious “tire” cake, a buttercream winner’s wreath, sugar cars, and even a marzipan groundhog (Team Canada’s mascot) wearing a little racing uniform.

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The stress test

Clarissa knows from experience that competitions never go exactly as planned, even on the international stage. In Kazan, a near-disaster came on the first day of competition when her induction stove stopped working. “I was doing sugar work,” she says. “It’s a good thing I noticed right away.” In the end, the stove replacement put her behind schedule by about an hour, but she stayed focused and, with only an extra 10 minutes granted, still completed on time.

“I always get nervous, no matter how many times I do something,” says Clarissa, “but I know now more of what to expect.” During practice sessions at VCC, instructor Wolfgang Dauke‎ would bring up all kinds of scenarios – including equipment failures – to help Clarissa troubleshoot. 

Any chef will agree that unexpected situations crop up in kitchens and bakeries regularly. Thanks to her Skills experiences, Clarissa says she’s now prepared for nearly anything in her day-to-day work. “I feel like I can handle more crisis situations because of the competitions.”

World class

Clarissa’s personal goal was to finish in the top 50 per cent of WorldSkills competitors. In the end, she surpassed her own expectations by placing fifth out of 23 in the Pâtisserie and Confectionery category, and was also awarded a Medallion of Excellence for earning a total score above 700.

“The medallion meant a lot to me,” she says. “I’m happy with everything I made. I’m also very proud that I didn’t back out.”

At only 19, Clarissa has a world of opportunity ahead of her. Thanks to travelling and competing internationally, she’s started to dream of working abroad. For now, she’s enjoying her work in one of Burnaby’s finest chocolate and dessert shops, Chez Christophe

At the end of a busy day crafting (and tasting) impeccable chocolates and sweets, however, even Canada’s most promising pastry artist needs a break. “Sometimes I just cannot look at any more chocolate,” she says. “I crave steak, fried chicken, anything salty and meaty – especially if it’s cooked by someone else!”

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Help us congratulate Clarissa! Join VCC’s annual Flourish fundraising gala on Wednesday, Feb. 5 where she’ll be receiving an Outstanding Alumni Award in the “One to Watch” category. Tickets still available >

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Learn more about VCC's wide range of baking programs including Youth Train in Trades, specialized certificates in baking or pastry artsapprenticeship levels, and part-time courses

 




VCC receives Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™

Posted on April 22, 2020

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Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to announce that our Building B at the Broadway campus is now officially certified through the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) program, which recognizes meaningful access for people of all abilities. Some of the areas rated include accessible routes to the main entrances, accessible outdoor parking lots, proximity to transit, wayfinding, emergency systems, and more. Building B is now listed on the RHFAC Registry and will be displaying window decals at the entrances.

“This achievement is a proud accomplishment for VCC and speaks to our values of being accessible and inclusive for everyone,” says Ajay Patel, VCC president and CEO.

RHFAC aims to improve the accessibility of the built environment for people with vision, hearing and mobility disabilities – the places where we live, work, learn, and play. RHFAC is a national rating system that helps both owners and tenants measure the accessibility of their buildings and sites based on a consistent methodology, and promotes increased access through the adoption of Universal Design principles. 

Rick Hansen Foundation Vice President, Access and Inclusion Brad McCannell offers his congratulations. “This is a testament to your commitment to ensuring meaningful access for students, staff, and visitors of all abilities," he says. "We are proud to partner with VCC and this certification means that students, no matter their physical ability, have equal access to learning.” 

Beyond our buildings

In addition to earning this prestigious certification, VCC is proud to have trained many of the RHFAC professionals in Vancouver through a one-of-a-kind educational partnership formed in 2016.

Patricia Short, the main RHFAC assessor who rated Building B, is both an alumna of VCC’s Provincial Instructor Diploma program (PIDP) and an RHFAC Training instructor, who helped to develop the RHFAC Training curriculum. “VCC has shown great commitment to this program, right from the beginning. I am proud to be a member of this community,” she says.

Since its launch via VCC Continuing Studies, RHFAC Training has since expanded to five other post-secondary institutions across Canada. Over 1,250 sites have been rated across Canada thus far, with over 800 achieving RHF Accessibility Certified or Certified RHFAC Accessibility Certified Gold status. 

VCC is currently completing the rating process for Building A at the Broadway campus, and the Downtown campus will be rated once physical distancing measures are lifted in British Columbia.   

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Are you ready to help Canada become more accessible? VCC’s two-week, 48-hour Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) Training course runs in both the Spring and Fall terms at VCC. 

 




VCC receives second Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™

Posted on July 27, 2020

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Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to announce that our Building A at the Broadway campus is now officially certified through the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) program, which recognizes meaningful access for people of all abilities. Building A, constructed in 1983, was VCC's first building at the Broadway campus, and is home to VCC's automotive trades programs, international culinary arts, academic upgrading, university transfer programs, and more. 

Areas assessed include accessible routes to the main entrances, accessible outdoor parking lots, proximity to transit, wayfinding, emergency systems, and more. VCC's Broadway campus buildings are now listed on the RHFAC Registry and will be displaying window decals at the entrances.

Building B, which is home to VCC's health sciences programs, Indigenous Education and Community Engagement department, and serves as a public event space, earned VCC's first RHFAC certification in April 2020. Evaluation of VCC's Downtown campus is also planned in the near future.

Access for all

RHFAC is an organization that aims to improve the accessibility of the built environment for people with vision, hearing and mobility disabilities – the places where we live, work, learn, and play. RHFAC has created a national rating system that helps both owners and tenants measure the accessibility of their buildings and sites based on a consistent methodology, and promotes increased access through the adoption of Universal Design principles. 

VCC is also proud to have trained many of the RHFAC professionals in Vancouver through a one-of-a-kind educational partnership formed in 2016.

Since its launch via VCC Continuing Studies, RHFAC Training has since expanded to five other post-secondary institutions across Canada. Over 1,250 sites have been rated across Canada thus far, with over 800 achieving RHF Accessibility Certified or Certified RHFAC Accessibility Certified Gold status. 

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Are you ready to help Canada become more accessible? VCC’s two-week, 48-hour Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) Training course runs in both the Spring and Fall terms at VCC. 

 




VCC introduces Eco-College grants for sustainability initiatives

Posted on October 21, 2019

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Inspired by the City of Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan initiatives, Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to introduce the VCC Eco-College Small Grants Program.

This program provides grants of up to $500 to current VCC students, instructors, and staff who wish to develop projects that help make the college greener.

The VCC Eco-College grants will be allocated to projects based on VCC’s Environmental Sustainability Strategies:

  1. Environmental purchasing
  2. Local food
  3. Energy efficient buildings
  4. Green transportation
  5. Zero waste
  6. Sustainability curriculum development
  7. Community activations
  8. Water conservation

How to submit

Proposals must include:

  • A completed VCC Eco-College Small Grant application form (PDF)
  • Applicant name, Banner ID, phone number, email address, role at VCC (staff, student, instructor, etc.)
  • Project concept, location, budget, and related Environmental Sustainability Strategy (see 1-8 above)
  • All student proposals must include a recommendation letter from a VCC instructor, staff member, program, or service area.

Proposals may be submitted in any format (document, video file, audio file, or in person). To book an in-person proposal session, please contact VCC’s Environmental Community Action Team (ECAT) by emailing ecat@vcc.ca.

What kinds of projects qualify? 

  • Projects must be free, accessible, and welcoming to all.
  • Participants must not profit financially from the project.
  • Projects will not be supported retroactively.
  • Grant money may be used to pay people for services. Total honorarium(s) may not be more than $100 per project.
  • Applicants must have a current ID in Banner (VCC’s registration system).
  • Applicants may apply for only one grant per year.
  • Team/co-applicants are permitted to apply.
  • Project should be implemented between November 2019 and February 2020, although they may be ongoing.

Deadline

All proposals must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019.

Selection process

A panel will determine the eligibility of grant recipients based on the following criteria:

  1. Alignment with VCC’s Vision Statement (VCC – the first choice for innovative, experiential learning for life)
  2. Alignment with VCC’s Environmental Sustainability Strategies
  3. Community engagement
  4. Fun

Winners will be announced Friday, Nov. 22, 2019.

Using your grant

Grant recipients will be assigned an ECAT liaison member who will help navigate VCC resources such as room booking, printing, marketing, security, risk assessment, etc.

If the project is going to take place in a common area of the college, the grant recipient must obtain appropriate permission and insurance prior to their project start date.

Grant recipients are responsible for managing the grant money. They will be required to keep expense receipts to account for all project costs. While some projects may continue year-round, it is expected that grants are spent and receipts submitted no later than February 15, 2020.

Grant winners will be required to supply a 300-word report and images of the project after completion.

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Did you know? VCC has surpassed its sustainability goals by achieving $2 million in energy savings in less than 10 years.




Social Insurance Number (SIN) now required for student tax forms

Posted on December 13, 2019

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Starting in the 2019 tax year, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requires all post-secondary institutions to collect Social Insurance Numbers (SIN) for Tuition and Enrolment Certificate (T2202) tax forms (formerly T2202A).

VCC issues T2202 forms in late February each year. Students may download their tax forms by logging into myVCC

To ensure your T2202 form is successfully issued, please submit your SIN by updating your personal information on myVCC or via this secure, online form:

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You must be logged into myVCC as a student to complete this form. 

Please do not email your SIN.

For more information about tuition and education tax credits, see the latest CRA update

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Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t have a SIN. How can I apply for one?

Apply for a SIN in person at your nearest Service Canada office. Applying for a SIN is free and applicants must present valid original primary identification. For more information about SIN applications, see the government’s SIN application guide.

I misplaced or can’t remember my SIN. How can I find it?

Your SIN is printed on your latest Notice of Assessment from the CRA. If this isn’t available, you can request a confirmation of SIN at your nearest Service Canada office. For more information on SIN confirmation requests, visit the government’s SIN application guide.

I do not want to share my SIN online. Can I submit it in person?

Our online form is secure and your SIN is protected by VCC’s privacy policies, however you may also visit VCC Admissions and Records to submit your SIN in person.

Who can I contact for more information?

Domestic students may contact VCC Admissions and Records at our Broadway and Downtown campuses. International students may contact VCC International at our Downtown campus.

 




VCC’s COVID-19 response has community at its core

Posted on February 26, 2021



Originally published in The Globe and Mail

Colleges and institutes across Canada have played a key role in the response to the coronavirus pandemic – collaborating to support students, communities, and industry while working to contribute to a just recovery.

In British Columbia, for example, Vancouver Community College (VCC) partnered with Vancouver Coastal Health to ensure its students were work-ready under COVID-19 conditions. At the community level, VCC made its Broadway campus parking lot available for coronavirus testing, collected and donated more than 60,000 items of PPE and partnered with the City of Vancouver to make more than 80,000 meals so far for vulnerable community members. To continue to equip their students to serve the organizations depending on their skills, VCC’s faculty and staff made a rapid shift to online course delivery, even in programs like culinary training and automotive repair that have traditionally been entirely hands-on.

“Many of our courses are very experiential, so we had to deliver as much as we could online, while also building a safety plan to bring students back in to give them those essential hands-on skills,” says Dennis Innes, the college’s dean of hospitality, food and business.

It was an immersive, exploratory experience on an urgent timeline, experimenting with how to deliver each learning component in an entirely new world. “Our Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research supported us in providing hands-on training online as much as possible, using technology like Zoom, Moodle, and GoPros,” says Mr. Innes. “We started creating videos of the work that the chefs and bakers were doing and playing with synchronous and asynchronous delivery. We’re now creating a virtual reality kitchen and recipes. 

While it was exhausting and difficult, it was also exciting for faculty and students to discover what worked well online, he says. This new depth of innovation was essential training for students who will work in industries that are now evolving in unpredictable ways. “They have a new toolkit for learning and collaborating online, and in self-directing learning and time management. They’ll be taking these foundational skills and techniques and innovating with them when they get into industry,” says Mr. Innes.

The college’s School of Health Sciences also had to transform its programs almost overnight in response to COVID-19 safety requirements and soaring demand for its graduates. “VCC is known for its students being hired immediately after graduation, but in the pandemic, they’ve become even more vital,” says the school’s dean Jo-Ellen Zakoor. “We had a group of LPN-BSNs who were close to completing, and we had to figure out how to get them into preceptorships. Once we did that in a safe way, the graduates were being hired almost on the spot.” 

COVID-19 has inspired powerful new collaborations between schools, the health authorities, the ministries of Advanced Education and Health, and the regulatory bodies under which the students will be licensed, Ms. Zakoor stresses. One example, a new collaboration between Vancouver Coastal Health, Providence Health, and VCC, the Health Career Access Program is designed to provide skilled caregivers to long-term facilities. “The student is hired by the health authority to work in a non-direct care role while they’re coming to VCC to take the health care assistant program in a modular way.” 

“Over the course of 2020, our team has risen to the myriad of challenges presented by this unexpected COVID-19 pandemic in ways that have consistently impressed me,” says VCC president and CEO Ajay Patel. “Our students, staff, faculty, and alumni contribute in profound ways to our economy and the welfare of our province. We don’t just train students to be successful in their careers – we foster citizens who care deeply about their communities. 

“Through all this, we have continued to provide the skills, experiential education, and support our students need to reach their career goals and contribute to their communities.” 


Join a community that cares. See VCC's wide range of programs accepting applications for 2021.




Katherine’s story: Cooking for a cause

Posted on March 3, 2021



Which women in your life have inspired your tastes and talents? Like many Canadians, VCC culinary arts student Katherine Aguilar remembers her mother and grandmother as the ones who passed on cultural recipes and flavours, and brought family together around the table.

Today, as a professional cook, Katherine continues to hold these values close as she connects food and people in her own unique and essential career.

Although she’d always had a passion for cooking, when Katherine came to Canada from the Philippines as a young teenager over 20 years ago, her focus was simply learning English and making it through high school. “It was hard for me to adapt,” she remembers.

After high school, on the advice of her parents, Katherine started a career in pharmacy technology. “I survived,” she says about her job, “but I mostly looked forward to weekends in the kitchen with family.”

Soon, Katherine joined her grandmother in making and selling the family’s famous lumpia (spring rolls) to make extra money. With secret family recipes in hand, she eventually opened a catering business, Palate Catering, serving traditional Filipino snacks and meals at community events.

At the same time, Katherine started a job as a dietary aide at a long-term care home in Abbotsford, but her talents did not go unnoticed, and she soon started cooking full meals in the kitchen.  

Lifelong learning

Between cooking full-time for seniors, running a catering business, and opening a Filipino fusion food stall (Star Burrito) at the Richmond Night Market, in 2019, Katherine decided to pursue formal culinary training and credentials. 

“It was scary at first!” she says about starting VCC’s culinary arts program after 15 years of working. “But now, I feel like I’m a teenager again. I never knew learning could be so fun and amazing.”

In 2019, after completing Professional Cook 1 Plus, Katherine won VCC’s Santiago Cuyguan Award of Excellence, recognizing her dedication to cooking and openness to diverse culinary influences.

 

 

In 2021, with her catering business and food stall temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Katherine decided that now would be the perfect time to complete Level 3 of Culinary Arts (Cook) Apprentice – the final stage of trades training before challenging the Red Seal examination. Even with a portion of the program now online, Katherine is pleased with her progress. “I’m glad I did it!” she says. “It refreshed my memory. It was the right time.”

A COVID-19 commitment

Throughout her schooling as well as the pandemic, Katherine has continued to work and apprentice at the long-term care home. “The pandemic has had a big impact on our work,” she says. “The elderly are prone to sickness, so we are very careful.”

Fortunately, as of February 2021, the facility had avoided any outbreaks, and Katherine, her colleagues, and all the residents have received full COVID-19 vaccinations.

When classmates ask Katherine why, with her advanced culinary training, she continues to cook for seniors rather than work at a fine restaurant or hotel, she recalls her grandmother’s values. “You don’t get to know people in a restaurant,” Katherine says. “I’m connected to the people I’m serving. I know who’s eating the food, and that’s why it doesn’t feel like work.” 


Look forward to your job. Learn more about VCC’s culinary arts programs at an upcoming free information session or our Experience VCC online open house.




VCC offers free Building Service Worker pilot courses

Posted on February 22, 2021



Vancouver Community College (VCC) is proud to offer new courses to support cleaners and other workers in the building service industry during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

The new Building Service Worker (BSW) foundation course provides comprehensive introductory training in custodial service including commercial sanitation, equipment, and disinfection.

A special antiviral cleaning/infection prevention online module is included in the foundation course but has also been made available as a standalone course for those currently working in the building service industry or those looking for additional training.

These courses are being provided tuition-free thanks to funding from the BC Government.

Class schedule

Building Service Worker foundation course (with antiviral cleaning module)
24 hours total

  • March 1-5 (online w/ instructor), 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    (and)
  • March 8 or 9 (off-site w/instructor), 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Antiviral Cleaning Module only (suited to building service workers or those seeking training on antiviral/antimicrobial cleaning in the workplace)
6 hours total

  • March 7 and 14 (Sundays), 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (online w/ instructor)

Topics covered

  • Safe Work practices
  • Tools and equipment
  • Dry/wet cleaning procedures
  • Chemistry of cleaning
  • Green cleaning
  • Specific cleaning for:
    • Carpets
    • Hard floors
    • Glass
    • Stairways
    • Walls
    • Washrooms
    • Food prep areas etc.
    • General antiviral cleaning

Admission requirements

This program is for adults (16 years or older) who reside in B.C. and are eligible to work in Canada. 

Fees and other costs

All tuition for these pilot courses is covered and at no additional cost to the employer or individual participant.

Credential

Upon satisfactory completion, participants will receive a Statement of Completion.

Important information

Students must be prepared to:

  • Participate in all days of training, as specified
  • Provide feedback on the course at the end of the pilot
  • Attend live online classes through a video conferencing platform, such as Zoom

Please ensure that you have access to a device (preferably a computer) with a stable internet connection.

If participating in the BSW foundation course (including ½ day hands-on training at an off-site location), in addition to the above, please ensure that:

  • You are available and prepared to attend a ½-day hands-on, in-person training at an off-site location on March 8 and March 9, 2021. (You will attend on only one of these two days, to be determined later.)
  • You will follow the COVID-19 protocols put in place by VCC and/or the off-site training location in order to receive hands-on training.

Apply now

To reserve your spot or for further information, please email buildingprogram@vcc.ca.

To learn more and ask questions, attend our next Building Service Worker info session.


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New funding from PBC Foundation advances mental health services at VCC

Posted on February 24, 2021



Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to announce that Pacific Blue Cross (PBC) Health Foundation is donating $45,000 over three years to support student mental health initiatives at the college.

As the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, VCC’s counselling department made a dramatic shift to providing services remotely while continuing to offer full mental health supports and career guidance to VCC students.

During this stressful and uncertain year for post-secondary students, VCC’s counsellors served 1,006 clients through 3,024 sessions and delivered 134 workshops to a total of 3,086 students. 2020 also saw a rise in crisis counselling cases such as psychological emergencies or suicidal episodes due to mental health issues, trauma from assault, family violence, or other distressing events. 

Thanks to this generous funding from PBC Health Foundation, VCC’s first efforts will be to update hardware and software for VCC’s counsellors, allowing them to shift from using personal or aged equipment to faster, more stable, networked computers.

“Our counsellors are deeply committed to helping students, and this gift from PBC Health Foundation ensures they have the resources they need to do so,” says VCC Interim Associate Vice President of Student and Enrolment Services Clayton Munro. 

So far in 2021, VCC’s counselling sessions are on track to exceed the 2020 numbers.


Learn more about the types of counselling services available at VCC or book an appointment online.




BC’s Top Employer feature: VCC puts heart into the heart of the city

Posted on February 17, 2021



Originally published in The Vancouver Sun

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, much of the normal food distribution for impoverished residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside was abruptly disrupted. Over a 12-week period from April to June, staff from neighbouring Vancouver Community College (VCC) stepped into the breach.

Partnering with the City of Vancouver and with provincial government support, VCC’s culinary and food services departments worked tirelessly from campus-based professional kitchens to prepare 72,000 meals for those in need.

“It was a wonderful example of the VCC community living out its values,” says Ajay Patel, VCC president and CEO.

It wasn’t the only one. VCC students and employees raised $55,000 to provide bursaries for students impacted by the pandemic. And departments across VCC joined to collect more than 60,000 items, including masks, sanitizers, gowns, viral swabs, and cleaning supplies for Vancouver Coastal Health.

The community outreach took place even as VCC itself underwent a seismic shift in the way it delivers services to more than 15,000 students. 

Located in the heart of the city, VCC offers hands-on learning in the trades through on-campus facilities such as gourmet restaurants, an auto shop, and salon and spa. Having to switch to mostly online instruction presented some unique challenges. 

How, after all, do you teach someone remotely to repair or paint a car? VCC found a way. It introduced a new virtual reality (VR) program for welding and automotive painting, the first of its kind in Canada.

Working with a software engineering company in India, VCC developed a VR program that allowed students to practise welding and automotive painting at home before being brought back to campus, in a safe and staggered manner, to do the real thing.

“It’s just one of many examples of VCC instructors and support staff being creative and innovative in response to the pandemic,” says Patel. “They deserve all the credit for taking on the immense challenge of pivoting from applied, face-to-face learning to largely virtual instruction.”

Timothy Conklin, a program assistant with CAD and BIM – the VCC department that trains construction industry drafting technicians – says his team was one of the lucky ones; they already did most of their work on computers.

Still, he wasn’t surprised by the ability of colleagues to be flexible and nimble, with the strong support of VCC leaders.

Conklin recalls how, pre-pandemic, VCC supported his initiative to help train faculty and staff about suicide awareness and prevention.

“VCC recognizes everyone has something to contribute,” he says. “They give you the opportunity to innovate and lead.”


Learn how you can join the VCC community by visiting our Careers Portal




Lunar New Year greetings from VCC president Ajay Patel and Hon. Anne Kang

Posted on February 11, 2021



On behalf of Vancouver Community College’s (VCC) leadership team, I would like to wish our community a happy, healthy, and prosperous Lunar New Year. I extend well-wishes especially to our students and employees of Asian heritage to whom this time of year is most meaningful. 

At this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all longing to gather around tables of delicious food with extended family and friends, but if we continue to keep our distance now, the sooner we will be able to meet in the future. Thank you for celebrating safely.

In the spirit of the Lunar New Year season and the Year of the Ox, please watch and enjoy this message from our new Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training, Hon. Anne Kang. 



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Warmly,

Ajay Patel
President and CEO
Vancouver Community College




VCC joins prestigious list of BC’s Top Employers

Posted on February 16, 2021



Vancouver Commuinty College (VCC) has been recognized as one of BC's Top Employers. The organizers of the 16th annual competition announced the list Feb. 16, which includes employers such as Save-On Foods, City of Vancouver, and UBC.

BC's Top Employers is a special designation that recognizes companies and organizations in the province that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work.

"I am so proud of the employees and leadership at VCC and this award from BC Top Employers is well deserved," says Darlene Hodgson, Associate Director, Human Resources at VCC. "The VCC community is so special and our staff and faculty take a huge amount of pride in their work. It means a lot to us to be recognized in this way."

In this competition, participants are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offer the most progressive and forward-thinking programs. The annual competition is open to any employer with its head office in British Columbia. This is the first time VCC has entered.

"At VCC, we often focus on the achievements of our excellent students, programs, and graduates; this acknowledgement from BC's Top Employers is something we are very proud of and reflects the wonderful work all our employees bring to VCC every day," says Ajay Patel, VCC president and CEO. "It also speaks to the culture of care and community that makes VCC such a special place to work."

VCC's labour partners agree with the recognition for the college. "This honour speaks to our strong collective agreements, culture of collaboration, and dedication to doing our best for our students and colleagues," says Taryn Thomson, president of the VCC Faculty Association.

Stepping up in 2020

Employers were evaluated by the editors at Canada's Top 100 Employers using the same criteria as the national competition:

  • Physical workplace
  • Work atmosphere and social
  • Health, financial, and family benefits
  • Vacation and time off
  • Employee communications
  • Performance management
  • Training and skills development
  • Community involvement

For this year's competition, B.C.'s leading employers also stepped up with strong and comprehensive responses to keep employees safe and help protect the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The practical and timely responses we saw in British Columbia included organizing task forces and committees to spearhead organizational response and coordinate important tasks, such as safety and mitigation protocols for essential workers," says Richard Yerema, Managing Editor of the Canada's Top 100 Employers project. "Clear lines of communication and accountability have enabled these employers to create positive outcomes – even in the face of the pandemic's daunting challenges."


See the full list of BC's Top Employers and read VCC's feature story in the BC's Top Employers special magazine.




Congratulations to VCC’s Red Seal recipients

Posted on February 15, 2021



Vancouver Community College (VCC) Alumni Relations was pleased to honour this past year’s Red Seal recipients at a special online event held Thursday, Feb. 11.

VCC’s second annual Red Seal Recognition Event, which was hosted on Zoom, recognized the 229 alumni who earned a Red Seal endorsement between August 2019 and November 2020 in six different trades: culinary, baking, hairstyling, auto body and collision, automotive refinishing, automotive service, and heavy mechanical trades. 

A Red Seal is proof of excellence in certain skilled trades that is recognized by employers across Canada. A Red Endorsement (RSE) is earned at the end of an apprenticeship by completing a comprehensive examination.


Screenshot of VCC Red Seal Recognition Event participants


“A Red Seal is a literal badge of success. Wear it proudly,” said VCC president and CEO Ajay Patel in his welcoming message.

B.C. Minister for Advanced Education and Skills Training Anne Kang also addressed the group. “Trades training is as important as any academic accomplishment,” she said. “Tradespeople are in demand and highly valued by all British Columbians. The trades sector looks bright when I look at all of you.”

Trades sector representatives including Industry Training Authority (ITA) CEO Shelley Gray and Craftsman Collision president Rick Hatswell also shared words of pride and encouragement before each Red Seal recipient’s name was read aloud and displayed on the screen.

VCC Loves Trades campaign

VCC Loves Trades campaign logo


In further recognition of VCC trades students, the VCC Foundation also took the Red Seal Recognition Event as an opportunity to launch a new fundraising initiative, VCC Loves Trades.

The new campaign will run in February of each year and support trades programs at VCC. In 2021, funds raised will go to students and equipment needs in Transportation Trades programs.

To support the campaign, Scotiabank, through its ScotiaRISE program, is generously offering $5,000 in matching funds for gifts received before March 15, 2021. “We know that B.C.’s future will require Red Seal trades professionals to rebuild and sustain our economy,” said Stephen Gaskin, Senior Vice President, B.C. and Yukon Region, Scotiabank, who was also in attendance.


Support our province’s future trades professionals through the #VCCLovesTrades campaign today.




VCC collaborates to increase B.C. food on campus

Posted on February 9, 2021



Vancouver Community College (VCC) is proud to announce a new collaboration with the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training to bring more locally produced food to our campuses.

Feed BC is a provincial government initiative to encourage, inspire, and support a shift to more B.C. food in hospitals, residential care facilities, public post-secondary institutions, and other government-supported facilities.

As part of this collaboration, VCC joins eight other post-secondary partners who have committed to grow B.C. food purchases to reach at least 30 per cent of total campus food expenditures. 

“By emphasizing B.C. foods on campus, public post-secondary institutions are supporting campus sustainability goals and their students’ interests in local food options while also supporting farmers, fishers, food processors, and communities throughout the province,” says Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training.

As part of education delivery, VCC actively seeks out locally sourced food for educational purposes whenever possible and is working towards new opportunities with local producers. Considering VCC’s extensive culinary arts program, numerous food service outlets, and popular cafeterias, this initiative presents a great opportunity for the college to support B.C. agriculture and enhance B.C.’s food security and the sustainability of regional economies.

Did you know?

  • Food service purchases for all post-secondary institutions in B.C. is estimated at $40.9 million annually.

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Student Q&A: The foods and festivities of Lunar New Year

Posted on February 9, 2021



To celebrate this Lunar New Year and the Year of the Ox, we checked in with students from Vancouver Community College’s (VCC) Asian Culinary Arts program to find out how they're celebrating, and of course, what they're cooking.


Kevin Soo – VCC Asian Culinary Arts student

What do you remember most as a child about Lunar New Year?  

​Definitely the festive atmosphere and the food. Seeing the renowned lion dance, learning to write auspicious idioms and hanging them as decorations, receiving red envelopes, and eating all the snacks that are only made once a year.

How do you celebrate Lunar New Year today? 
Almost the same! A simple family dinner with my cousins and grandparents, though I am more appreciative of these dinners as opportunities to see family are sparse now that I'm working more.

What are your favourite Lunar New Year foods to cook or eat? 
Definitely the snacks. We only get to eat them once a year so I gorge on them. The two that stand out the most to me are the peanut pastry (gok zai) and sticky rice cake (nian gao). 

What traditional foods have you learned to cook at VCC? 
Lots! There are so many we learned at VCC. In regards to specific dishes cooked during Lunar New Year, though there are a few, I believe it is more of a symbolic ritual where certain ingredients are used rather than specific dishes being cooked. For example, fish is usually cooked as fish in the Chinese language is a homophone for surplus; a good luck wish for abundance. For Lunar New Year-related dishes, dumplings (Jiao Zi) and white turnip (radish) cakes were taught. Dumplings, for parts of China, are traditionally made together as a family so it was nice as my classmates/co-workers are kind of like my second family. 

What message do you have for anyone celebrating Lunar New Year during COVID-19? 
Wishing everyone a happy Lunar New Year! Best wishes for everyone's safety and health especially during this pandemic.

Gok zai peanut pastries

Gok zai (yau gok) fried peanut dumplings. Photo by Neodymium+Nd used under CC BY 2.0


Sally Wu – VCC Asian Culinary Arts student

What do you remember most as a child about Lunar New Year?
I love our big family reunions around Lunar New Year, seeing my cousins and getting red envelopes!

How do you celebrate Lunar New Year today?
All my extended family would get together at my Auntie’s house for a big meal!

What are your favourite Lunar New Year foods to cook or eat?
There isn’t one specific dish, it is more the abundance of mouth-watering food that makes the holiday!

What traditional foods have you learned to cook at VCC?
I really loved making dumplings! It is such a traditional food that an entire family can get together to make and talk at the same time.

What message do you have for anyone celebrating Lunar New Year during COVID-19?
Stay cheerful and safe! In order to have in-person gatherings next year, we must stay in our bubble this year to keep our loved ones safe!

Bean curd rolls by Sally Wu

Fu pei guen (bean curd rolls) made and photographed by Sally Wu – "A dish taught by Chef Barry I made at home."


Learn how you can join the only full-time Asian Culinary Arts program in North America.




Giving Tuesday campaign doubles December 2020 fundraising goal

Posted on February 1, 2021



The VCC Foundation is pleased to announce that the December 2020 Giving Tuesday campaign raised $23,000 in support for VCC students who have struggled financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This more than doubles the initial $10,000 donation-matching target.

Thanks to an additional holiday contribution from the Association of VCC Administrators (AVCCA), a total of $46,700 has been added to VCC's COVID-1