KPU educators and industry team up to create unique training for students living with FASD

Over the course of three inspirational days, local teens living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) participated in a unique greenskeeper training course at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) Langley campus. Formed in collaboration with the Surrey School District, Eaglequest Coyote Creek Golf Course and Quilchena Golf & Country Club, the training was custom-designed and organized by KPU turfgrass management instructor Stan Kazymerchyk to address the special learning needs of the participating students, while giving them the industry skills needed to … Continued

Kwantlen Polytechic University seeks a new Vice President, Finance and Administration

With a broad mandate focusing on access, academic and work-ready education as well as innovation & scholarship, KPU seeks a new Vice-President Finance and Administration (VPFA) who will help shape the institution during a period of dynamic growth and change. Your vision and leadership are needed to work effectively with a team of senior administrators and our multi-campus communities.  The portfolio includes the functions of Finance and Procurement Services, Human Resource Services, Information and Educational Technology, Security and Emergency Planning, … 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

KPU rebrands the university’s Faculty of Health

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) Faculty of Community and Health Studies has been renamed the Faculty of Health, a change effective as of April 1. The new name coincides with the faculty’s only non-health-focused program – the Special Education Teaching Assistant program – moving to the Faculty of Arts. Read more….

Industry suggests growing need for horticulture background in new jobs

Metro Vancouver, B.C. – From increasing the durability of sports fields and buildings, to mitigating the effects of climate change: When it comes to sustaining cities and life within them, several local experts agree that succeeding will in part fall to those with backgrounds in horticulture. Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) school of horticulture recently hosted an industry discussion, inviting local professionals to weigh in on the role horticulture will play in planning for the future……….

PACE Report: Native soil-dwelling beneficial fungi control plant diseases

For the past two years, we have worked to develop native beneficial fungi to help control pests and diseases of BC crops and landscapes while protecting the environment. The process to a new commercial product is long but this project, in partnership with local agricultural industries, grower associations, and with partial funding contributions from federal and provincial governments involves students. What is the research about?  Download the pdf report KPU Fungi Control

PACE Report: Connecting Non-Profit Organizations & Faculty

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s  CIR:CLE Cycle, 2013 Non-profit organization member: “I want to get Canada to pass a Disability Act.  How can I get news coverage for something like that?” Faculty member: I teach a course in Journalism at KPU that covers off-cycle media.  Maybe we could bring this question into the classroom? As interim Director of CIR:CLE (The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research: Community Learning Engagement), Larissa Petrillo has introduced a new concept to facilitate community service learning projects at Kwantlen … Continued