Former national chief will lead talks with First Nations, companies, political leaders

Christy Clark enlists Shawn Atleo to improve aboriginal relations. Premier Christy Clark has tapped former national aboriginal leader Shawn Atleo to lead a new round of talks between First Nations, governments and the business community during a contentious time for aboriginal relations in the province, The Vancouver Sun has learned. Clark will make the announcement in Nanaimo on Thursday, proclaiming Atleo, a former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, as British Columbia’s new “Shqwi qwal (Speaker) for Indigenous … Continued

KPU’s Access Program for People with Disabilities – A success story

Metro Vancouver, B.C. – “A lot of the employers when he went for the interview would think he didn’t care about the job, but it had nothing to do with that. It’s just the way he functions.” Shawn Rill’s father says his son is very intelligent. In fact, he constantly made his high school’s honour roll. “It wasn’t that he couldn’t do the job,” he added. “It’s just nobody would give him a chance.” Shawn has autism. And while he has the skills … Continued

Federal government invests $2.1 million to benefit agriculture students at UFV

August, 7, 2014 – Chilliwack, British Columbia – Western Economic Diversification Canada Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced funding of over $2.1 million for state of the art training equipment for the Agriculture Centre of Excellence at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). The investment will provide specialized equipment to train the next generation of agricultural technicians, engineers, researchers, and scientists. The training equipment will enhance existing programs and offer two new … Continued

JIBC launches new firefighting pre-employment program

Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate to replace the Career Fire Fighter Pre-Employment Certificate Future firefighters have a new program to gain the skills needed to be a sought-after fire service recruit. Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is accepting applications for its new Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate (FFTC). The new program succeeds JIBC’s longstanding Career Fire Fighter Pre-Employment Certificate Program, which recently graduated its one-hundredth class. “The Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate is an updated career fire fighter program that was developed … Continued

More access, reduced waitlist for trades training seats at BCIT

Government is delivering on its commitment in B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint to increase access and reduce waitlists for critical trades training seats by adding 272 seats at the BC Institute of Technology (BCIT). Seats will be available to students as early as September, 2014. The seats are aligned with the top 12 Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) trades jobs that include welders, industrial electricians, ironworkers, crane operators and heavy duty equipment mechanics, and will support in-demand jobs needed in other … Continued

VIU’s Statement in Response to NDP Executive Compensation Claims

Yesterday, the BC Official Opposition released a report on executive compensation at certain post-secondary institutions including Vancouver Island University. Unfortunately, some of the information contained in this report is inaccurate and misleading. We feel it is necessary to set the record straight, and to highlight VIU’s outstanding record in accountability and transparency with respect to reporting on executive compensation. VIU takes great effort to ensure that we perform our government-mandated responsibilities with the utmost care and attention. Each year, we … Continued

Executive compensation at UFV

UFV students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community, You may be aware of recent media attention given to the salaries of university executives. I am writing to assure you that UFV has followed all of the rules on this matter, is fully transparent, and would welcome an external review. The allegation of UFV executive overcompensation is simply not true, and is both disappointing and damaging to UFV. UFV executive compensation is paid within a plan approved by the Board, and is … Continued

BCIT Engineering programs granted accreditation

BCIT’s Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering received accreditation from the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). The CEAB was established by Engineers Canada to examine Canadian undergraduate engineering programs and accredit those that meet the profession’s high education standards. Graduates of accredited programs are considered to have the necessary academic qualifications to be licensed as professional engineers in Canada.  Click here for more information.

A generational shift in aboriginal education

Laurie Sterritt / Times Colonist June 26, 2014 03:47 PM – This is the time of year when students graduate, families celebrate and schools breathe a sigh of relief that they have successfully supported hundreds — even thousands — of people navigating the challenges of post-secondary education. However, at this critical point in our history, it is important to recognize these cultural milestones as relatively new for aboriginal people. While formal education is a norm in our modern society, aboriginal communities have … Continued

RBC and JIBC build first-responder capacity in rural and Aboriginal communities

Support from RBC has helped build much-needed first-responder capacity in rural and Aboriginal communities in B.C. “In many rural, remote and access-challenged communities across B.C., there is a demonstrated need for additional first responders who can provide much-needed emergency medical assistance to those who may have extended ambulance response and transport times to hospitals and clinics,” said Jodie Marshall, JIBC Health Sciences Division Program Manager.  Read more….