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Minister Wilkinson confirms his attendance at BCCCA’s Conference

The Minister of Advanced Education, the Honourable Andrew Wilkinson, has confirmed his attendance at BCCCA’s conference in October.  

Minister Wilkinson will attend the conference and present awards at our annual gala on October 8th.

The next question is: will you be there?

You can register by clicking here.

BCCCA new Board members

Three new directors were elected to the Board of BCCCA.

This includes:

  • Debbie Bennett (Canadian Health Care Academy)
  • Richard Novek (Greystone College)
  • Robert Prendergast (Western Maritime College)

The next Board meeting is May 21st.

BCCCA member elected to NACC’s Board of Directors

BCCCA is pleased to announce that BCCCA’s own Vice Chair, Ms. Maggie Harvie of Sprott Shaw, was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Career Colleges.  Ms. Harvie was elected as a director-at-large on NACC’s Board.  

There are now two NACC directors from British Columbia on the Board of NACC.  This gives British Columbia a good opportunity to influence the direction and priorities of NACC.

BCCCA Membership Survey

We have started to receive some feedback, but we still need to hear from more of you. If you haven’t done so already, please take a moment and fill out the 2015 BCCCA Membership Survey. This will help us make your membership more valuable to you.

Please click here to fill out the survey.

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2015 Membership Update: 

Membership continues to grow, please help BCCCA promote our mission by referring us to others who might also be interested in supporting our cause.
New Members for 2015:
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Annual Legislative Luncheon Update: 

BCCCA is proud to report on the successful Legislature Luncheon on Monday, April 20th. Minister Andrew Wilkinson spoke to BCCCA members on the great work that career colleges are doing across BC. The BCCCA Outstanding Graduate of the Year for 2014, Trevor Fraser, spoke to members and MLAs about his experiences as a student and his post-graduate life at Grieg Seafood. Trevor is a fantastic ambassador for career colleges.

In total, 17 MLAs, including 4 high level Cabinet Ministers attended the luncheon. BCCCA worked to maximize the amount of face time between members and MLAs. The BC Liberal Whip’s office sent a staffer to help ensure that as many MLAs as possible could attend. BCCCA looks forward to building on the success of this event going forward to ensure that MLAs are aware of the important work being done by career colleges. 

BCCCA 2015 Excellence Awards: 

Nominations are now being accepted for BCCCA’s awards for Outstanding Graduate and Outstanding Educator award, which will be presented at our Awards Gala, on October 8th, 2015  during our annual conference. Members are encouraged to nominate qualified candidates in the following categories:  
  1. Outstanding Graduate – Our aim is to recognize the efforts and accomplishments of graduates who has demonstrated leadership, inspiration to others, innovation and creativity in their chosen field of study.  One student will be selected from the top candidates by the conference planning committee. 
  2. Excellence in Teaching – Our aim is to recognize the efforts and accomplishments of educators who demonstrate a passion for sharing their knowledge and experience, and inspiring their students through superb teaching and mentorship. Members are encouraged to identify and honor educators who model such commitment. One educator will be selected from the top candidates by the conference planning committee.
  3. Excellence in Business– Our aim is to recognize the efforts and accomplishments of private career colleges who demonstrate stategic leadership and effective frontline management by establishing, maintaining and leveraging exceptional workplace culture. This may include, but is not limited to: innovative job design, unique compensation and benefits, a commitment to employee learning and development, employee charitable giving programs, and peer mentorship and training programs. The business should be able to clearly communicate how the culture leads to improved business performance outcomes. Must be nominated by three employees. One college will be selected from the top candidates by the conference planning committee.

To download the Excellence in Teaching nomination form, please click here

To download the Outstanding Graduate nomination form, please click here

To download the Excellence in Business nomination form, please click here

Please click here to view our 2014 BCCCA Award Winners: Trevor Fraser and Julian Bond

 Nominations are due by September 1st, 2015.
To nominate an outstanding graduate or educator, please contact Kelsey Keohane, at 236-237-1431 or by email at 

Open Call For Good News Stories: 

Over the past few months, BCCCA has been involved in a strong push to increase its communications activities in an effort to showcase the industry and benefits of private post secondary education to key decision makers, stakeholders, government officials and the general public.  Our efforts in this regard have included scheduling organized meetings and events with government officials and regulators including the Ministry of Advanced Education, SABC, PCTIA and QAF, in addition to increased public responses to media stories, and presence on social media platforms, etc.
As part of this new direction we would like to publicly highlight the great news we know is happening almost every day within the industry and, more specifically within our membership.  In this regard we ask that you share with us your good news stories. Do you have a good news story worth publishing? Let us know!
Featured Good News Story: 
Sprott Shaw College, awards scholarship to woman who lost her family in a Typhoon 
Please send your news and idea’s to Kelsey Keohane, at or contact her directly by phone at 236-237-1431. 

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Upcoming Events

Annual Legislature Luncheon - Victoria, BC
Annual Conference - Vancouver, BC
10/7/2015 - 10/9/2015
Annual Christmas Dinner - Vancouver, BC
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