BCCCA Member’s Update
Have you registered yet for the BCCCA 2015 Conference? This year’s conference is from October 7th – 9th in Vancouver. You will not want to miss it.
Registering is easy – you can do it online. Payment options include VISA, MasterCard, or by cheque. Click here to register
BC Training Announcement
On June 24th, The Government of Canada and the Government of BC signed a Memorandum of Understanding on a job training deal to align training with the jobs that are needed the most. This is an update to a current agreement and provides funding through a Labour Market Development Agreement to provide skills training to active and former Employment Insurance clients and employment services to people who are unemployed. More detail can be found on the Government of Canada news release found here.
Our CEO, Kyle Marsh, is in discussions with the government for more information on how this will benefit career colleges and to ensure that career colleges in BC will have a fair access to this program.
International Students in BC
The Ministry of Advanced Education released the 2013-14 International Student numbers last week. Private Post-Secondary Institutions had 17,400 international students, an increase from 15,000 in 2012-13.
Although a sector by sector breakdown of these numbers is unavailable, the career colleges sector can expect to see an increase in student enrolment as the number of international students coming to our province continues to grow. The provincial news release can be found here.
Private Training Act Regulation Updates
Through proactive communication with staff in the Ministry of Advanced Education our CEO has been made aware that the timetable for the establishment of the regulations for the Private Training Act, also referred to as Bill 7, has been pushed back from what was originally anticipated.
Regulations where initially expected to be shared in September, with them coming into force be the end of the 2015 calendar year. We can now expect that the timeline for the sharing of these regulations with our industry and their implementation will be pushed back.
The message the government wanted our industry to hear regarding this delay is their desire to allow more time to respond to sector feedback and allow sufficient time to allow the sector to understand the new requirements.
Our CEO will remain in touch with staff in the Ministry regarding any other developments on the regulations of this legislation.
Staffing Shuffle in Victoria
As happens periodically, there has been a shuffling of staff within Minister’s offices in Victoria. Many of the staff in key Ministries relating to our sector, particularly Advanced Education and Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, have changed. Our CEO has been reaching out to the new staff to introduce our sector and the role in plays in post-secondary education, as well as to establish important relationships with these offices.
Our newly redesigned website is nearly complete, and should be online by the end of this week. This new site addresses administrative issues we had with the old site, and will allow us greater control over many aspects of the site itself making the updating of it more efficient and economical. Be sure to keep an eye for when it goes live at www.bccca.com.
BCCCA Member Updates
BCCCA would like to congratulate the graduates of Vancouver Film School and the Canadian College of Performing Arts that won or were nominated for the Leo Awards. The Leo Awards are presented for excellence in film and television in BC.
Over 40 Vancouver Film School alumni were nominated for their contributions to the local industry with 9 accepting awards. The film Violent – co-produced by a Vancouver Film School alumni also won an additional 7 awards. More information on this great night can be found on Vancouver Film School’s blog post found here.
Vancouver Film School certainly weren’t the only ones taking home awards. Take a look at the list of nominees and winners found here and let us know about any talented former students you may have so BCCCA can help talk about your success.
A team of students from Vancouver Film School took first place at the Entertainment Software Association of Canada first annual student video game competition. Congratulations Melvin Kwan, Justin Ostensen, Charles Park and Brian Yich on this accomplishment!
Send us your updates
We want to share your student success stories, college news and other news that is happening in the career college sector in BC both with our membership and more widely to the general public through Twitter. If you have any updates that you would like to share with BCCCA, please send them to Frank Parker at email@example.com.