The BC Career Colleges Association was established in 1977 to promote and support post secondary schools, stakeholders, students and all interested parties involved in private post-secondary education and training in BC. The aim is to ensure that the private education and training industry is recognized for the high level of service delivery, commitment to quality, and student satisfaction that the sector delivers to the consumers. With a shortage of skilled workers in B.C., and inadequate capacity in the public post-secondary system, private institutions are a vital part of the education and training environment in this province.
BCCCA member schools adhere to a Code of Ethics and are committed to providing students with individual care and attention throughout their studies, and as they graduate and search for employment.
Our member schools believe in offering students an education and training experience that is satisfying, supportive and designed to provide the skills and knowledge that students need to find the job and/or career that they want.
What We Do
We expect to promote consistency, accountability and excellence in the private post-secondary education and training industry. To further this larger goal, we co-ordinate and disseminate information on topics relevant to our members - through seminars and meetings as well as our annual conference.
The association is also a communications and advocacy liaison between the private training industry and the provincial government, the media and the general public.
We undertake projects such as:
- Representing the interests of our members to government and quasi-government organizations
- Keeping our members updated on government regulations
- Representing the private post-secondary sector on Commissions and Committees where, in the past, only public sector representation was invited
- Assisting in placing students when institutions close without fulfilling contracts
- Providing opportunities for members to post information about job vacancies, space availabilities, school sales and partnership opportunities
Private post-secondary education - lets talk results:
- Over 85% of graduates from private institutions said the training they received met their expectations
- Over 82% of graduates found jobs in their field of study
- Approximately 25% of graduates were hired before they graduated
- On average, 89% of the employed graduates got their jobs within eight weeks of completing school
- At least 72%of Canadian small and medium enterprises, that hired graduates of private training institutions, were satisfied with the graduates' training compared with 62% satisfaction with university graduates and 59% with public college graduates.
A Brief History
The BC Career Colleges Association has grown from a base of 23 member schools to an organization that represents:
- Over 100 businesses in locations throughout B.C.,
- Over 1,200 instructors,
- Over 60,000 students per year, and
- Over $150 million dollars in gross revenue to the B.C. economy.
The BC Career Colleges Association is managed by an Executive Director and takes its direction from an elected board of industry professionals.
The membership itself is diverse, including institutions offering training in areas such as the vocational and apprentice-able occupations, health care, tourism, business, information technology and the applied arts.
The BCCCA is a partner with the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC). Founded in 1896, the NACC represents career colleges in Canada that educate and train over 100,000 students annually - in 1,200 locations across the country. All Career Colleges are registered annually and regulated under the terms of the applicable provincial/territorial Act. An accrditation process applies to many of the provincial associations.
Private Career Training Contribution
BC private career trainers educated 61,412 students in 2008. Some examples are:
- 1,850 Nurses Aides and other patient services associates in 2008
- 901 Practitioners of Natural Healing graduated
- 1,362 Early Childhood Educators and Assistants successfully completed their program
- 588 Hairstylists contributed to the provincial labour market
- 1,282 more estheticians, electrologists and related personal service workers are now working
- 906 air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors are working in the aviation field
Provincial and federal governments know that the public education and training system - alone - cannot accomodate the entire demand for training. The need for innovative, responsive, effective and cost efficient skills training is increasing. It is important to recognize that private career colleges are well positioned to build our country's capacity for providing access to quality post-secondary education.