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Media Release: RBC supports Transportation Trades Sampler program at VCC

Posted on August 23, 2018



Vancouver, B.C. – RBC Foundation has donated $25,000 to support Vancouver Community College’s (VCC) Transportation Trades Sampler program. The new program provides an opportunity for high school students to try VCC’s various transportation trades programs over the summer break.  

This unique program was developed in partnership with the B.C. Industry Training Authority (ITA), the Vancouver School Board, and Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre to offer younger learners exposure to trades programs such as automotive collision repair, automotive refinishing, automotive service, and heavy mechanical trades. 

“The Transportation Trades Sampler program provides the opportunity for youth to experience VCC’s first-class training in four of the top 15 in-demand trades in B.C.,” says Brett Griffiths, dean of VCC’s School of Trades, Technology and Design. “We are grateful to receive this funding which will allow youth to participate at no cost.”

The donation is provided by RBC’s Future Launch program, which empowers Canadian youth to prepare for the jobs of tomorrow. 

“The success of RBC Future Launch goes beyond just financial investment. It’s about supporting our community partners to create programs like the VCC Transportation Trades Sampler program; to provide youth with technical skills that will empower them for the jobs of tomorrow,” says Martin Thibodeau, RBC Regional President of British Columbia.

Upon successful completion of the program, youth obtain a forklift operator certification and the opportunity to transition into a number of ITA foundation training programs. 

About Vancouver Community College

VCC has been inspiring students to reach their career and educational goals for over 50 years, offering post-secondary training in over 120 programs including bachelor's degrees, diplomas, certificates, and apprenticeships. With three campuses located on Broadway, Downtown, and on Annacis Island, students can choose from hands-on instruction in culinary arts, business, design, health sciences, hospitality, transportation trades, and music.

About RBC Future Launch

RBC Future Launch is RBC’s commitment to empower Canadian youth for the jobs of tomorrow. Over the next 10 years, RBC will dedicate its knowledge, skills, and resources to help young people access meaningful employment through work experience, skills development, and networking. RBC is working with educational institutions and partners in the private, public, and social sectors to co-create and provide access to long-term solutions.


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Media can contact:

Fareedah Rasoul Kim
Marketing and Communications Officer
Vancouver Community College
604.871.7000, ext. 7538