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

PACE Report: Kwantlen Polytechnic Fungi 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 PDF

Kwantlen students take gold at provincial Skills Canada competition, advance to national competition

Competing in a six-hour garden building event which involved working from a prescribed landscape plan, two Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) Horticulture students took gold in the provincial Skills Canada—Skills BC—competition, held April 17 in Abbotsford. As part of the challenge, fourth-year student Kevin O’Connor, enrolled in KPU’s Landscape Apprenticeship Program, and first-year student Jason Thompson, enrolled in KPU’s Turf Management Diploma Program, installed paving stones, basalt stone walls, a water feature, a flag stone pathway and an extensive planting system. … Continued

Lululemon founders helps launch new Chip and Shannon Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is thrilled to share the news of a $12 million gift from Shannon and Chip Wilson and lululemon athletica to build a new School of Design located at the Richmond campus. The gift is to be matched by the Province of British Columbia and KPU, creating a $36 million facility that will inspire innovation and leadership. “We are enormously grateful to Shannon, Chip, lululemon and the Province for this investment,” said Dr. Alan Davis, KPU president … Continued

Minister Stephanie Cadieux discusses change with Kwantlen nursing students

Fourth year nursing students from Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) discussed the challenges that come with change with Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux, on November 20, 2012, at the Langley campus. “It’s important for government to engage the next generation because they are our leaders of tomorrow,” said Minister Cadieux. “Even as an elected politician, initiating change doesn’t come easily; so, I want to impress upon the students that, while one person can be the force of change, … Continued

Learning to live – Kwantlen launches adult literacy programs across the South Fraser Region

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is partnering with community service agencies to expand an existing community-based literacy initiative in Langley to additional regions of Surrey and Richmond. Literacy is defined as the ability to understand and use printed material in daily activities – at home, in the community and at work. However, 40% of adults in BC do not have the necessary skills to read a newspaper, understand a lease, read a map or fill out a work application form, and … Continued

Kwantlen’s faculty of community health studies offers creative programming that ladder from certificate to degree

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) faculty of community and health studies (CAHS) designs programming to support their graduates in the pursuit of continuing education. Once students receive a health care assistant program (HCAP) certificate, they are eligible to move into the bachelor of psychiatric nursing (BPN) degree program in semester three. In addition, BPN degree graduates can earn a dual degree by entering semester three of the bachelor of science in nursing, post baccalaureate (BSN – PB) program. The 30 week … Continued

Kwantlen’s appliance servicing program a promising career choice

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s appliance servicing (APPL) program has increasingly become a popular career choice not only for those interested in learning a trade, but also for those new to Canada who are looking to gain the credentials needed to find work in Canada. With the gap of qualified tradespeople forecasted in the next five to 10 years, learning a trade is something more people are considering every year. Originally from Lebanon, Rabih Bobo holds a law degree, an international air … Continued

Kwantlen supports new repayment assistance plan announced this week by the BC premier

BC premier Christy Clark announced this week the Repayment Assistance Plan (RAP) – part of the government’s “Families First” agenda which will include a two-stage RAP coming into effect July 1. The first stage provides payment assistance for the interest portion of the student loan, and the second stage provides payment assistance for the principal portion of a loan. “It’s great to see the governments come together and design a program such as the Repayment Assistance Plan to help those … Continued

Kwantlen students complete first year in BC's only policy studies program

The end of spring semester marked the completion of the first year for students enrolled in Kwantlen’s policy studies degree program. Offered at the Surrey campus, this program has students learning the research, information literacy, and critical thinking skills necessary to be successful in the growing field of sustainability policy. “The City of Surrey has a strong relationship with Kwantlen and is proud of this ‘made-in-Surrey’ program that is designed to fill an important need in our communities,” says Dianne … Continued