VCC Success StorySeptember 4, 2012
Get that promotion
Like a lot of B.C. businesspeople in their 30s, Lisa Eckert has a family, works full-time, and her job with a Port Coquitlam-based company that makes and markets winemaking products requires frequent travel across Canada.
So, you couldn’t blame her for putting the proverbial cork in her full-bodied schedule.
But like a lot of B.C. businesspeople in their 30s, Eckert is highly ambitious and eager to move up the corporate ladder. So, on the advice of her company’s Human Resources department, she enrolled in Vancouver Community College’s management skills for supervisors certificate program. And it paid off.
“After completing my certificate, I got a promotion and a pay increase,” says Eckert, who has worked for Global Vinters Inc. for 15 years and is now a senior buyer.
The best part of Continuing Studies is the knowledgeable instructors who have first-hand, relatable business experience, Eckert says. “Education is key to keeping up with constant changes in the business world.” She plans to register for VCC's business leadership and management certificate program in the near future.
Eckert admits, during nine months of part-time studies it wasn’t easy juggling work, family and school commitments. With busy schedules in mind, many VCC programs are offered during the day, evenings or weekends for maximum flexibility.
Every year, more than 23,000 students – close to half of them part-time – choose VCC to continue their education or upgrade their skills, selecting from 140 programs and more than 360 courses.