VCC Integrated College Plan

Vancouver Community College celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015/16 and is now positioning itself for the next 50 years.
VCC is a vibrant urban college that serves a diverse multicultural student population by delivering a broad spectrum of programming. The college prepares learners for ongoing education, direct entry into employment, career advancement and greater participation in the community.

VCC trains students for success in health, hospitality, business, English as a second language, adult basic education, career and design, as well as trades and technology. Programming is delivered from three campuses, Broadway, Downtown, Annacis Island and from a number of satellite and community outreach and learning centres.


Our Strength

VCC provides our students with the job-ready career and trades training, so they can go out and find a job. We believe students learn best by practicing their skills in real-life conditions, with support from industry-experienced instructors. VCC's four restaurants, bakery, Hair Salon and Spa, auto shops and simulated health units prepare students to walk into their new careers with confidence.

VCC at-a-glance


Measures of success are used to ensure that students are being supported to achieve academically, personally and in the development of skills that will allow them to be successful. In January 2016, students were asked to participate in a student survey. Approximately 17% of the student population responded. VCC has among the highest BC student outcomes.

Key Success Drivers

Key success drivers (KSDs) are factors that have a major impact on the performance and continued success of the college. KSDs provide focus when identifying goals, objectives and initiatives to ensure the short-term and long-term direction of the institution is realized.

The five VCC key success drivers are:

Integrated Planning Overview

VCC has implemented an integrated planning framework in order to set the overall direction for the college. The goals, objectives, and initiatives align with the five key success drivers and will guide both the academic and operations departments to achieve the short-term and long-term objectives of the institution.
The post-secondary landscape is rapidly changing. VCC will build on its considerable strengths and core programming while recognizing it must adapt, to position it as the college of the future as we move into the next 50 years.
In the past two years there have been a number of significant changes that have occurred in the post-secondary sector that created challenges for VCC and its administrative team. The most significant of these was the change in funding model for ESL, from grant to tuition based. The total student head count decreased from 21,188 in 2013-14 to 15,039 forecasted for 2015-16. The decrease is mainly related to ABE and ESL; in 2013-14 the student head count was 9,194 compared to 4,751 forecasted in 2015-16.
The decline in enrolment has driven VCC to undertake a comprehensive review of its organizational structure, academic programming and operational costs through an intense integrated planning and budgeting process. The college believes this is an opportunity to restructure and resize the institution to achieve financial stability while still delivering quality academic programming that is relevant, flexible, and career oriented. VCC is dedicated to providing education of the quality required to meet the needs of students and employers and fulfill the provincial mandate outlined in the BC Skills for Jobs Blueprint.
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