The Aboriginal Education and Services department provides a range of services including academic and personal support and referrals, cultural workshops and Elder support. These services include on-site Health Services, Child Care Services, Health Care coverage, a Learning Centre and support for Students with Disabilities in addition to the Aboriginal Education Gathering Spaces.
Both VCC campuses have an Aboriginal Gathering Space and staff that offer friendly, helpful one-stop learner services in a safe, relaxed atmosphere who are available to assist you in completing your educational goals whether you are hoping to attend VCC, a current student, or preparing to graduate/transfer to another institution. Both spaces feature study areas, MS Office and Internet accessible computers, resource textbooks, lounge and kitchen areas.
Students may also access a number of services through the VCC Student Union by calling the Downtown campus at 604.871.7000, ext. 8467, or the Broadway campus at 604.871.7000, ext. 7146. Student services include:
- Courtesy phones/ fax and copy services
- Housing and employment boards
- Lock rental services/bike locker service (Broadway campus)
- Microwave ovens
- Fast Trax Stickers on your student card that entitle full-time students with a one-zone bus pass to travel across all three zones for only $2.25
- Student Saver Discount Card.
"In the past all of our Nations of people, red, yellow, black and white were hunters of the land and waters. We all used the natural resources available to us, however today in our urban societies these resources are limited, and in order to survive we must maintain our cultures and become modern day hunters through education - degrees, diplomas, and technical trades are the tools that will allow us to grow into the future." ~ Elder Leonard George
Elders are available to support students in the Aboriginal Gathering Spaces.
In addition, VCC offers Counselling support for managing stress, anxiety, personal matters, as well as workshops on study skills, time management, communication skills and job search. You can call a counsellor at 604.443.8453, or visit the counselling department at either campus.