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

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….

New JIBC degree addresses growing complexity in policing

Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is accepting applications for its new Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies (BLES) program that gives prospective recruits a competitive edge by providing the complex skills needed in today’s police officers. “The program is the first of its kind in Western Canada,” said Mike Trump, Dean of the School of Criminal Justice and Security at JIBC. “It was developed to provide the latest techniques and necessary skills to deal with the growing sophistication of crime and the increasing complexity of … Continued

Meeting Demand for Skills

Offered in collaboration with Eagle West Crane Academy, UFV’s eight-week Crane Operator program (for Stiff Boom 40 tonnes & Under) is your entry point into the profession. You train on real cranes with experienced instructors who know the ropes and have industry experience….. click here for more details

Paramedic Training Comes to Cranbrook

Justice Institute of British Columbia and College of the Rockies partner to deliver Primary Care Paramedic Training Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) and College of the Rockies (COTR) are excited to enter into a partnership to deliver Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) training in Cranbrook, starting February 2014. This announcement is supported by a commitment from the Ministry of Advanced Education to expand  paramedic training to rural areas . The partnership fits with COTR’s commitment to local community sustainability and JIBC’s strategic priority to expand … Continued

Vancouver Island University waives tuition for seven former children in care

Vancouver Island University has waived tuition for seven former children-in-care as it becomes the first post-secondary school in B.C. to cover fees for ex-wards of the state. University president Ralph Nilson said the seven students are enrolled in a variety of programs, including criminology, humanities, social work and health care. A number of them are in the second or third year of an undergraduate degree. Most are in their late 20s, Nilson said. “That’s, I think, an indication of the challenge they have … Continued


NANAIMO, B.C: Vancouver Island University is taking the lead on a new initiative aimed at making post-secondary education more accessible for youth in care. Beginning September 2013, VIU will run a pilot project – the Youth in Care Tuition Waiver Program – and waive tuition for eligible students who have grown up in the care system. It will be the first step in overcoming financial barriers that make it difficult for these students to consider and achieve success in higher … Continued

Positioning Aboriginal Women for Management Roles in Northern BC

Filling the Current Gap in Training NEWS RELEASE August 7, 2013 First time offering of Aboriginal Leadership Program in Dease Lake NEW WESTMINSTER – Moving aboriginal women beyond front-line administrative roles to position them as leaders in their Northern communities is the focus of the Associate Certificate in Aboriginal Leadership being offered by Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) for the first time this September in the small northern community of Dease Lake, B.C. The Associate Certificate is filling a … Continued