Health and safety measures for Fall 2021


Q&A with Lennox Griffith, IV Therapy and Insertion instructor

Posted on July 28, 2021

Vancouver Community College (VCC) instructor Lennox Griffith talks about the nursing student’s journey and the importance of IV therapy skills.

What do you teach? 
I have been teaching part-time at VCC since 2012 in the practical nursing program in addition to Continuing Studies where I teach IV Therapy and Insertion (HLTH 1403), and Physical Assessment for Nurses (HLTH 1271). 

What do you love about teaching? 
I appreciate the energy and passion students have for learning and developing new skills, and I feel privileged to be able to share in their enthusiasm as they reach their goals. Nursing students often make many personal sacrifices to be able to attend school. It is very rewarding to be able to provide support and assist them on their learning journey. 

What is your full-time job? 
I am currently a nurse practice consultant with Indigenous Services Canada. I provide education and support to nurses employed in providing primary care in First Nations Communities in Northern Manitoba. 

What is an interesting thing about your journey?
My wife is a nursing instructor and her passion and dedication to nursing education was my inspiration. During nursing school and throughout my nursing career, I have been exposed to many great instructors and role models, and have been provided an abundance of support.

Why are IV Therapy skills so important to the role of the nurse? 
IV therapy is an effective method of administering fluid, medication, and treatments in both emergency and non-emergent situations. IV insertion and Therapy requires both skill and knowledge on the part of the nurse in initiation, monitoring, and evaluation of its effectiveness, and in avoiding any potential complications. 

Who should take the IV Therapy course? 
Many patients in hospital will require an IV and nurses, whether they be an RN, RPN, or LPN, require the knowledge and skill to safely initiate and provide IV therapy. The course is well suited for nurses who may not have received IV insertion skills in their nursing education, and for those wanting a refresher. 

IV Therapy and Insertion (HLTH 1403) is a one-day, 7-hour course held the VCC Broadway campus. See the schedule and register now for our next session.



What are microcredentials? VCC now offers Microsoft Office Specialist exam

Posted on March 11, 2020



Originally published in The Georgia Straight

Anyone searching for a job online has come across postings that list Microsoft Office skills as a requirement for applicants, but how can a person know if they’re really comfortable using all of the applications, including PowerPoint, Access, and Excel? And how can an employer determine if a job seeker is truly proficient?

There is a new way to answer these questions, according to Sid Khullar, coordinator of the technology and trades program at Vancouver Community College (VCC) Continuing Studies.

That’s because VCC has become a Certiport-authorized testing centre, which means it will begin offering a Microsoft Office Specialist exam option at the Downtown campus. The first test date is May 23.

“There is an increasing focus on microcredentials,” said Khullar. “Once a person gets certified, they can proudly broadcast their accomplishment with digital badges on their website, on social media, and on professional platforms like LinkedIn. Certiport offers those professional badges.”

Certification is job-applicant gold

Anyone who takes the test can validate their skills in any of the Microsoft Office 2016 applications, including Word. Khullar said certification of skills is becoming increasingly relevant in the digital economy, and hiring managers consider certification a valuable tool to screen applicants.

For those who feel they need to brush up on their skills, VCC also offers general courses in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. “These courses are not designed to prepare them for certification,” he said, “but they will certainly help people learn about the topics and help them prepare.”

Khullar suggested that the Microsoft Office Specialist exam could be suitable for a wide range of people, including students, administrators, and those between jobs. Not only can certification increase a person’s earning potential, it can validate one’s skills and increase self-confidence as well.

Khullar said it can also assure employers that a worker can complete certain tasks efficiently and accurately. That, in turn, boosts productivity and employees’ motivation.

Certiport’s Canadian partner is CCI Learning, which is providing VCC with vouchers to offer the test to students. For a limited time, Khullar said, the cost of the voucher and proctoring fee are included in the tuition fee of $89 (subject to change).

Getting technical

Microsoft Office Specialist is not the only area of certification that VCC is exploring. Microsoft Azure is an ever-expanding set of cloud services that securely enables organizations to meet their business challenges, and VCC will be offering a course in cloud computing that will help prepare students to write the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals (AZ-900) exam. This will also be available in May 2020.


Learn more about the many computer skills and information technology courses available through VCC Continuing Studies.

Building service worker plus training at VCC

Posted on September 16, 2021

Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to offer a specialized, no-cost Building Service Worker program to support recent immigrants experiencing difficulties securing employment.

Building Service Worker+ (BSW) is a 12-week, full-time Skills Training for Employment (STE) program that provides the classroom training, hands-on work experience, and certifications needed to secure employment in the building service field. Program graduates will have the qualifications required to secure employment as janitors, caretakers, custodians, building service workers, housekeepers, maintenance workers, or general helpers. 

Each cohort has 16 seats available. Upon completion, participants will receive a VCC credential and three industry certifications: WHMIS, Pool Operator Level 1, and SuperHost.

Funding for this program is provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund.

Training schedule

Cohort 2: Sept. 27 - Dec. 17, 2021
Cohort 3: Dec. 6, 2021 - March 11, 2022

(Schedule includes three weeks of work experience) 

Elegibility criteria

You may be eligible if you are:

  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person (under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, S.C. 2001, C. 27) legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Living in British Columbia
  • Unemployed or precariously employed (working in unstable employment or self-employment with irregular work).

Admission requirements

In addition to the above eligibility requirements, applicants must have:

  • English language proficiency of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 6 or above
  • The ability to commit to a full-time program for 12 weeks
  • No allergies to cleaning agents/chemicals
  • A clean criminal record 

Fees and other costs

All tuition is covered and at no additional cost to the employer or individual participant.

Application process

All eligible participants must attend an information session to apply for the program.

To register for the upcoming information session, please email Alena Worster at 


Alena Worster, Program Assistant
604.871.7000 ext.8751  



The benefits of learning online

Posted on August 6, 2020

The majority of VCC Continuing Studies courses and programs scheduled to start in the Fall 2020 term will proceed using online learning and alternative delivery modes. At a time like this, you may want to consider the many benefits that learning online offers:

  • Learn from anywhere, including the comfort and safety of your home, local park or patio, while following public health guidelines.
  • Easily access and interact with your instructors, who are subject matter experts and industry practitioners in their fields.
  • Stay connected with your classmates and instructors and be part of an online learning community using platforms such as Zoom and Moodle.
  • Spend this time learning a new skill, advancing your professional skills, or continuing with your career education.
  • Work at your own pace. This means less intensity and less pressure.
  • Hone essential skills and become more self-motivated, a trait that will make you stand out in the workplace.
  • Take this opportunity to become more tech-savvy. Learn to navigate the course lectures, download materials, interact with others online, and communicate well digitally. These are essential skills in today’s work environment.

Check out all of the newest courses available to take online here. To view the full selection of courses and programs download the Fall 2020 Guide.

· Antiviral Cleaning: An Introduction to Disinfection
· Facility Management: An Introduction to this Exciting Profession

· Digital Marketing: An Introduction to the Fundamentals
· Mobile Phone Photography 
· Volunteer Management 

· Addictions Counselling Advanced Certificate

· Launch and Build a Fashion Brand
· Fashion Wholesaling
· Minimize Your Fashion Impact 
· Solving Fit For Online Customers 
· Branding Through Ornamentation 
· Product Line Architecture 
· Apparel Product Calendars 
· Product Briefs 

· Smart Home: An Introduction to Home Automation Technology 
· Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
· Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam 
· 3D Studio Max Level 1 
· Revit Level 3 
· Digital Image Editing with GIMP 
· Software Product Management 
· Data Science I & II with Python 
· Let’s Talk About Death
· Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction
· Systems Change
· Urban Farming Essentials – Practical Resilience in Precarious Times
· The Work That Reconnects
· Local Economies
· Authenticity and Personal Mastery
· Leading Change in Teams
· Leading Change in Organizations
· Applied Leadership Project

· Advanced Writing Sparks to Refinement
· Writing to Heal Your Life
· The Nuts and Bolts of Fiction

Apply online now, attend an upcoming info session, or book an apointment with a program advisor

President’s message: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Posted on September 27, 2021

For many people in our community, myself included, this past year has been one of incredible learning and growth. As we near the end of 2021, I believe it is more than fitting that we take a day to reflect on what reconciliation truly means to us and to our country, to grieve with our Indigenous loved ones, and to commit to do better.

In late May, the world learned that the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc had recovered the remains of 215 children from the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. Following this, as hundreds more unmarked graves were (and continue to be) revealed at other sites across the country, Canadians began to pay attention. Seemingly overnight, the topic permeated social media feeds, family conversations, workplace meetings, and classrooms alike. Children confronted their parents, teachers adapted history lessons, and journalists dug deep for accountability.

The impact of this news was immense, yet to Indigenous nations and families across Turtle Island, we must remember that it wasn’t news at all. Just as none of us would forget losing our children, they never did. We must also remember that for decades, Indigenous people have been working to bring their trauma and oppression to light in ways that our colonial culture would not write off or ignore.

Moving forward, we must keep listening, learning, and humbly sharing in the work of reconciliation as led by Indigenous people. As our community continues to heal from the widespread grief, fear, and loss of the COVID-19 pandemic, I urge you to also reflect on the ongoing healing of Indigenous people, and consciously work towards the societal healing we have yet to achieve.

To this end, I encourage the entire VCC community to visit the on-campus tables hosted by VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement department and make an “orange shirt pledge” or purchase a T-shirt from the VCC Bookstore with proceeds going to the Orange Shirt Society and BC Aboriginal Child Care Association. To take part in further reconciliation efforts, see the resources listed below.

For centuries, Canadians attempted to “kill the Indian in the child” under the guise of education. Now, these children and their descendants are teaching us. As a post-secondary community, we, especially, have a responsibility to truth, equity, and justice. If we are good students, our learning will extend beyond this tragic history and teach us great things about resilience, progress, and stewardship of the land that sustains us all.



Ajay Patel
President and CEO
Vancouver Community College


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Media Release: VCC fights anti-Indigenous racism through San’yas training

Posted on September 27, 2021

VANCOUVER – In recognition of Canada’s new National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Sept. 30), Vancouver Community College (VCC) is excited to share that 50 faculty members from the School of Health Sciences are registered to complete the San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training provided by the B.C. Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), with many more registered to participate in the coming months. These participants will join the 100+ employees from across VCC who have already completed the San’yas training program.

A portion of our Health Sciences faculty registrations were made possible by a grant from the B.C. Ministry of Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture. Thanks to additional commitments by VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement department and VCC People Services, the college is continuing to offer San’yas training opportunities to VCC staff and instructors.

“Instructors who have completed this program express having a much deeper understanding of Indigenous history and the role of cultural safety, not only in health care education, but in all instructional practices. It’s very encouraging to experience this acknowledgement of Indigenous history in post-secondary and to know it is influencing the next generation of professionals,” says Reba Noel, Dean of Indigenous Initiatives at VCC.

San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training is a set of facilitated online learning modules designed to increase understanding of Indigenous history and culture, enhance self-awareness, and give valuable context to any person working directly or indirectly with Indigenous people.

Driving this training, especially among health care workers, is the report In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in B.C. Health Care [PDF]. Commissioned by B.C. Minister of Health Adrian Dix and published by Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond in November 2020, this report unequivocally confirmed that stereotyping, prejudice, and racist treatment are common experiences for Indigenous people (especially women) in health care at all levels. This, in turn, negatively affects the overall health and wellness of Indigenous peoples in B.C.

Through the 10-hour online course, participants examine things like culture, history, and the legacies of colonization that persist today. With the help of Indigenous facilitators, participants also learn to use appropriate, meaningful terminology that respects Indigenous culture, while gaining skills to further positive and mutually beneficial interactions.

“San’yas” is a word meaning “way of knowing” in Kwak’wala, the language of the Kwakwaka'wakw peoples whose traditional, unceded lands make up northern Vancouver Island.

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 130 programs including bachelor's degrees, diplomas, certificates, and apprenticeships. With three campuses located in East Vancouver, Downtown, and on Annacis Island, students receive hands-on instruction in culinary arts, business, design, health sciences, hospitality, transportation trades, music, and more.

About the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA)

The first organization of its kind in Canada, PHSA was established in 2001 to plan, manage, and evaluate specialty and province-wide health care services across B.C. PHSA collaborates with the five geographic health authorities to ensure access to specialized health services by providing leadership to the agencies, services, and projects under PHSA jurisdiction, and planning, coordinating, and monitoring specialized health services.


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Media can contact:

Fareedah Rasoul Kim
Marketing and Communications Officer
Vancouver Community College
T: 604.871.7538



Scheduled web maintenance – Sept. 25 - 26

Posted on September 24, 2021

Vancouver Community College (VCC) will be conducting planned upgrades to our web systems starting Saturday, Sept. 25, at 10 p.m until Sunday, Sept. 26 at 12 p.m. (noon).

During this time, and will continue to be available, but with limited functionality. Online contact forms and info session registrations will be down. Registration for courses will not be affected.

Please plan ahead to access contact forms and register for info sessions outside of this period. Contact with any quetsions.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to advance VCC’s web systems. 

Dr. Jane Shin appointed VCC's Vice President, Students and Community Development

Posted on September 23, 2021

Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to welcome Dr. Jane Jae-Kyung Shin to the role of Vice President, Students and Community Development. Jane has been serving in this role in an interim capacity since August 2020 and has been selected for the permanent position, effective immediately.

Jane immigrated to British Columbia from South Korea as a child and has always attributed her family’s well-being to the social values of Canadians. After studying Cell Biology and Genetics at UBC, she went on to earn her medical doctorate at Spartan Health Sciences University in St. Lucia, and completed clinical rotations at various teaching hospitals in the United Kingdom, Chicago, and Halifax.

Jane joined VCC in May 2010 as a Biology and Anatomy & Physiology instructor in the Science department. In 2013, she ran successfully to represent Burnaby-Lougheed in B.C.’s Legislative Assembly for the 40th Parliament, becoming the first Canadian of Korean descent to be elected as an MLA in Canada.

In addition to her medical training and political experience, Jane has an executive certificate in Women in Leadership from Cornell University, a Provincial Instructor's Diploma from VCC, and a Master of Education in Educational Technology and Learning Design from Simon Fraser University. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at University of Toronto with a research interest in Universal Design. Throughout her career, Jane has continued to advocate for representation, equity, and social justice in both public and non-profit areas. She currentlly serves on the board of DIVERSEcity and supports BC Children’s Hospital as the ambassador of its Legacy program. 

Jane entered the role of Dean, Student Development at VCC in April 2017 and Associate Vice President, Student Success in March 2019 before beginning her interim role of VP in August 2020. In her now permanent position, Jane will continue to provide strategic leadership in the areas of Student Success, Indigenous Education and Community Engagement, Marketing and Communications, VCC Foundation and Alumni Relations, Partnership Development Office, and student arbitration. 

“It is rare to find someone of Jane’s background, calibre, and commitment in any industry. I am pleased that Jane will continue to provide her valuable perspectives and insights to support VCC’s strategic objectives, and serve our college community with her enthusiastic leadership,” says VCC president and CEO Ajay Patel. 

Keep up to date with the latest news at VCC by visiting


Q&A with VCC business and technical writing instructor Tamara Bailey

Posted on April 22, 2021

Vancouver Community College (VCC) instructor Tamara Bailey talks about the fascinating and ever-changing profession of business and technical writing.

How long have you been teaching?
I have been an instructor on and off with the business and technical writing certificate program since 2006! I teach Technical Communication (TECW 1101) and Editing (TECW 1103).

What do you love about teaching?
Teaching is an opportunity for me to revisit and reevaluate the foundations of my profession. It’s also rewarding to see students get excited about how they can use what they’ve learned.

How did you learn the trade?
I’m always learning! I got my start through the Douglas College print futures program many years ago. Over time, I’ve honed my expertise on the job through trial and error, from observing skilled communicators, and a variety of both formal and informal learning opportunities.

The thing about a career in technical communication is that you are always learning new things: whether it’s about the subject you are writing about, your users and their needs, or the technologies that you use to craft and deliver your materials, which is always changing.

What's an interesting thing about your journey?
I’ve worked in the telecom, semiconductor, aerospace, and healthcare industries, and have produced many different types of materials for many different types of users. All these experiences have made for really interesting work, with lots of opportunities to learn and to grow, and lots of great folks to collaborate with along the way.

How do you personally define success?
In the context of my profession, when users have the right content at the right time.

What is your best piece advice for someone starting out in this industry?
Focus on understanding how to write for users. Being able to demonstrate that you can produce user-centred content, whether it is for a policy and procedure document, a knowledge base article or user guide, it is at the core of what you need to know. Technologies, tools, and even methodologies will change over time.

Discover which VCC Continuing Studies programs and courses can take your career in an exciting new direction. Register now for Spring 2021!!

VCC student and employee password information

Posted on September 10, 2021

VCC students

See below for VCC employee information 

When will my account be active?

If you have fully registered, your VCC student account should be active 30 days before your first class begins.

Where to start

Your first login should be done at Continue reading for important information about your username and password.

Which login ID do I use?

Students encounter many systems during their time at VCC. Most use the same username format (all use the same password).  Here is how to enter your username for our major systems.

  • myVCC (VCC’s intranet)
    Enter only your student ID (e.g. 000123456)
  • Moodle
    Use the same information as for myVCC (above)
  • Email/Office 365 (
    Use your full email address (e.g. and your current password.

What is my email address?

Your email address is formatted as (e.g.

IMPORTANT! You may be aware that you also have (e.g. as an email address. Never use this address as a username on any VCC system.

What is my password?

If it's your first time logging in, your initial password will use your birthday in this format: VCCMMDDYY# ("VCC" plus your birthday (MMDDYY) plus "#"). E.g. if your birthday is January 30, 1995, your initial temporary password will be VCC013095#. Following your first login, you will be prompted to create a new, secure password (see below).

Password rules

VCC requires the following elements in passwords:

  • Password length of minimum 10 characters 
  • Must contain upper- and lowercase letters
  • Must include at least one number
  • Must include a special character (e.g. ! # $ % …) 
  • Must not contain account holder's first or last name 
  • Must not be one of the passwords previously used  

Resetting Your Password

Although VCC’s IT team is always happy to help, you can reset your own password after your first successful login. First, you need to register and set up your authentication options.

After you have registered, you may use the “Forgot Password” link on the myVCC login page to reset your own password at any time.

Where are my files? / How to retrieve files

This section applies only to students who were active prior to April, 9 2021. In early 2021, the VCC student account systems were updated, and OneDrive files and Outlook email messages were not included in the process. Please see appropriate guides for retrieving these files: 

For detailed guidance, watch our Moving Outlook Emails Video Tutorial.

For additional help, call the VCC Help Desk at 604.443.8700 or email

VCC employees

When will my account be active?

Your account should be active on your first day of employment. 

Where to start

Your first login should be done at Continue reading for important information about your username and password.

Which login ID do I use?

Employees encounter many systems during their time at VCC. Most use the same username format (all use the same password).  Here is how to enter your username for our major systems.

  • myVCC (VCC’s intranet)
    Enter the network ID given to you when hired. This is usually your first initial plus last name (e.g. rcochrane). Employees with more common names, may include more letters from their first name (e.g. John Smith may be johsmith)
  • Moodle
    Use the same information as for myVCC (above).
  • Email/Office 365 (
    Use your full email address (e.g. and your current password.

What is my email address?

Your email address is formatted as first initial plus last name  (e.g. Employees with more common names may get email addresses that include additional letters from their first name (e.g. John Smith may be

What is my password?

Your first-time password is provided to you by your manager.

Password rules

VCC requires the following elements in passwords: (applies to staff and students)

  • Password length of minimum 10 characters 
  • Must contain upper- and lowercase letters
  • Must include at least one number
  • Must include a special character (e.g. ! # $ % …) 
  • Must not contain account holder's first or last name 
  • Must not be one of the passwords previously used  

Resetting Your Password

Although VCC’s IT team is always happy to help, you can reset your own password after your first successful login. First, you need to register and set up your authentication options.

After you have registered, you may use the “Forgot Password” link on the myVCC login page to reset your own password at any time.

For additional help, call the VCC Help Desk at 604.443.8700 or email


The CS fall 2016 flyer is out!

Posted on August 4, 2016

‌‌VCC Continuing Studies is pleased to announce the following new offerings for Fall 2016 and beyond:CS fall 2016 flyer cover image

• En Español, Por Favor
• Fashion Design & Production Diploma
• French for Seniors
• French through Theatre
• Hairstyling for Makeup Artists 1
• Interpreting
• Introduction to Practice for Non-Registered Healthcare Workers
• Make a Copper Bowl in a Day
• Make a Ring in a Day
• Makeup and Hairstyling for Indian Bridal
• Positive Guidance Strategies Workshop
• Raising Bilingual Children Workshop
• Renal Dialysis Technician Citation
• Samsung Appliance Repair Technician
• Separation Anxiety in Young Children Workshop
• Supervised Jewellery Workshop


If you’re ready to upgrade your skills, change careers or prepare for a promotion, you’ve come to the right place. VCC Continuing Studies offers more than 40 certificate and diploma programs, scheduled during the day or in the evenings for maximum flexibility.

Career FAQ: Automotive Collision and Refinishing Diploma

Posted on August 12, 2021

Auto trades are one of the top demand trades in our province (B.C.). Check some frequently asked questions about career opportunities and how VCC prepares international students in Automotive Collision and Refinishing Diploma for employment.


Image: @VCCautobody Instagram


What type of work may be expected?

  • Detailing: interior/exterior cleaning
  • Refinishing Prep (sanding, masking, priming)
  • Bodywork: removing installing parts, sheet metal repair, dent repair, welding
  • Autoglass: removing/installing


Where do VCC graduates work in Vancouver?


What is the salary range?


Image: @VCCautobody Instagram


How does VCC prepare students for employment?

  • Theory and practical training at VCC's Auto Shop
  • Resume building, mock interviews, and job searching skills
  • Instructors connect students to part-time and full-time jobs.


What are students' experiences in this program?


Image: @VCCautobody Instagram


Scheduled web maintenance – Sept. 16

Posted on September 14, 2021

Vancouver Community College (VCC) will be conducting planned upgrades to our web servers on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 5 p.m to Thursday, Sept. 16, 4 p.m. 

During this time, and will continue to be available, but with limited functionality. Online contact forms and info session registrations will be down. Registration for courses will not be affected.

Please plan ahead to access contact forms and register for info sessions outside of this period. Contact with any quetsions.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to advance VCC’s web systems. 

Q&A with James Strand: Discovering talent with Logic Pro X

Posted on December 15, 2020

Get to know James Strand, owner of In-Motion Talent, a successful agency in Vancouver for film, TV, and commercials for the last 25 years. James recently took the VCC course Logic Pro X: An introduction for songwriters and beat makers to support his company moving into the area of music placement and syncing. 

Share an interesting thing about your journey?
Music has always been a passion of mine and four years ago, I decided to take a leap of faith and learned to play piano and started to write music. I have been very fortunate in working with some very talented artists who opened my eyes to music and the possibilities out there. I guess you can say I am part of the “DNA club” (Dreams Never Age). 

What impact did your teachers at VCC have on your career path?
My instructor, Georges, taught me the fundamentals of Pro Logic X that allowed me to start programming music with confidence. This led me to writing and producing the song Cause it's Christmas that received radio play.

What was the best part about studying at VCC?
The evening hours and the small class size, hence the individual attention I got from the instructor.

How do you personally define success? 
I define success as surrounding myself with people who have the same drive and passion that I do, that allows me to make mistakes that will take me to a better place in work and life. 

What is your best piece of advice for someone starting out in this industry?
The best piece of advice that I could give is to be patient and to not rush things. 

Discover a new talent. VCC Continuing Studies courses are now accepting registrations for Winter 2021.


What students need to know about toxic drugs in B.C.

Posted on September 14, 2021

In recent years, and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a staggering increase in deaths from toxic drugs in B.C. As we gradually resume social activities this fall, we want to ensure that Vancouver Community College (VCC) students have important safety information.

Many people try drugs for the first time as post-secondary students, whether for recreation, due to social pressure, or to deal with stress or anxiety. With lives at risk, it’s critically important to normalize and destigmatize the conversation about substance use and addiction.

If you use drugs or know someone who does

Be prepared for an emergency

Understanding substance use

Words are powerful, which is why it’s important to talk about substance use and addictions in accurate, medical terms and keep real people at the centre of the conversation.

Addiction is a disease that anyone can get. Nobody chooses to experience addiction. Addiction can affect people from all walks of life and is often rooted in physical or emotional pain or trauma. Beyond abstinence (detox), these root causes need to be addressed as part of a patient’s healing and recovery. Shame and blame often make a person’s condition worse and create barriers to getting help.

Harm reduction is saving lives. Harm reduction services (e.g. supervised consumption sites, Naloxone kits) are often a vital step to helping people stay alive so that they can access the services they need. Harm reduction is a key part of B.C.’s response to the overdose crisis; nearly 6,000 deaths have been averted using harm reduction strategies since 2016.

Toxic drugs are everywhere. Approximately 84 per cent of illicit drug toxicity deaths in B.C. in 2020 have involved fentanyl, which is 100 times more toxic than morphine and up to 50 times more toxic than heroin. Fentanyl is odourless, tasteless, and colourless, and can be mixed with pills, powders, or liquid in drugs like fake oxycodone, heroin, cocaine, or ecstasy. People may take fentanyl without knowing it.

Help is available

If you fear for your safety or suspect an overdose, call 9-1-1 immediately.

VCC Counselling
VCC students seeking help with substance use can begin by contacting VCC’s free and confidential counselling services.

Provincial resources
For more information about provincial services such supervised consumption sites, Naloxone training, medical information, and treatment options, visit

Lifeguard app
Download the Lifeguard app. This life-saving app connects you to emergency responders if you become unresponsive.

All B.C. post-secondary students can access free, professional counselling services 24/7 via the Here2Talk app, by visiting, or calling toll free 1.877.857.3397 or direct 604.642.5212.


VCC hosting drop-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics

Posted on September 13, 2021

Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to host drop-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics on all three campuses throughout September.

These single-day clinics offer convenient locations for post-secondary students, employees, and our public neighbours to receive their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and be eligible for a BC Vaccine Card. Vaccines will be free of charge and available to anyone 12 and older.

To be eligible for a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, it needs to be at least 28 days since your first dose. Please bring your COVID-19 Immunization Record Card if you have it. 

VCC’s vaccination clinic is one of several on-campus clinics operated by Vancouver Coastal Health throughout the fall.

VCC Downtown campus vaccination clinic

Wednesday, Sept. 22, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
VCC Downtown campus Atrium
Enter at Georgia St. and Dunsmuir St. or 250 W. Pender St.

Students from neighbouring Downtown post-secondary campuses including Simon Fraser University (SFU), British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), and Vancouver Film School (VFS) are encouraged to visit VCC’s campus on Sept. 22 for vaccinations.

VCC Broadway campus vaccination clinic 

Tuesday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Building B Event Space
Enter at 7th Ave. and Glen Dr.

VCC Annacis Island campus vaccination clinic

Wednesday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
1608 Cliveden Avenue, Delta
Scale Up Lab

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VCC restaurants reopening, BC Vaccine Card requirements

Posted on September 10, 2021

Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to welcome back restaurant, cafeteria, and salon patrons from the general public for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

BC Vaccine Card required

Starting Monday, Sept. 13, JJ's Restaurant and The Bistro at VCC’s Downtown campus require guests to meet the province's BC Vaccine Card requirements. JJ's is open for lunch reservations and walk-ins. The same regulations apply to VCC's Chef's Table pop-up kitchen events running three evenings per week during September. The Bistro opens on Sept. 21

Until Sept. 26, both restaurants will accept the printed proof of vaccination from a pharmacy or vaccination clinic if supplied with BC government ID.

Exempted service outlets

VCC's cafeterias and Seiffert Market, popular for its daily fresh-baked goods, are exempt from BC Vaccine Card requirements.

VCC’s Salon and Spa, which provides competitively-priced hairstyling and esthetics, is also exempt from BC Vaccine Card requirements but will be requiring customers to wear face masks at all times. Services are by appointment only.

VCC's Dental Clinic is open for weekday appointments. For dental hygiene services, please call the receptionist at 604-443-8499 and schedule a 45-minute screening appointment.

Learn more about VCC's on-campus services and business hours.


Only yes means yes: Understanding sexual consent

Posted on September 10, 2021

Please note: the following article describes hypothetical instances of sexual violence.

For many Vancouver Community College (VCC) students, a new term means new classmates and new relationships. Unfortunately, statistics show that one in eight people who identify as women experience sexual assault on B.C. campuses annually, and two-thirds of on-campus assaults occur during the first eight weeks of school.

This month, to raise awareness about sexual violence and help keep students safe, VCC is taking part in the B.C. government’s “...Is NOT Yes” campaign about sexual consent. 

Read the B.C. Government announcement: Sex without consent is rape.

What is sexual consent?

In short, sexual consent is a clear and enthusiastic “yes” to sexual activity.

Consent must be freely given. There’s only one way to know for sure if someone has given their consent: if they tell you. Just because someone isn’t saying “no,” does not mean that they are saying “yes.”

Consent must be enthusiastic and informed. Consent also cannot be given by individuals who are underage, intoxicated or incapacitated by drugs or alcohol, asleep, unconscious, or under intimidation or threat. This includes sexual contact by people using a position of authority over you e.g. teachers or bosses.

Consent is reversible. If one partner decides at any time that that they want to stop any sexual activity (even if it has already begun, or happened before), consent is no longer given. Just stop.

Examples of verbal and non-verbal ways of not communicating consent

 Verbal (using words)   Non-verbal 
  • No
  • I’m not sure
  • Stop
  • I want to, but...
  • That hurts
  • Maybe
  • I love you, but...
  • I don’t know how I feel about this
  • I don’t want to do this anymore
  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Pushing someone away
  • Avoiding touch
  • Shaking head no
  • Uncomfortable being naked
  • Crying, looking sad or fearful 
  • Turning away from someone
  • Silence
  • Changing the topic

Learn more at

SafeCampus posters

You may notice these posters on VCC campuses this term: 



Help is available

VCC has a strict policy [PDF] and easy-to-understand procedures [PDF] addressing sexual violence. VCC employees are obliged to take reports of sexual violence seriously, offer support, and prioritize confidentiality. We recommend contacting the following departments with questions or to report sexual violence:

If you are in immediate danger or fear for your safety, please call 9-1-1.

For students

For employees




VCC Japanese class finds fluency and friendship during COVID-19

Posted on June 2, 2021

Ema (絵馬) plaques inscribed with wishes and prayers hanging on a Japanese shrine

Vancouver Community College (VCC) Continuing Studies offers dozens of part-time evening language classes, including Arabic, Cantonese, French, Mandarin, Korean, and more. While most students sign up to dabble in a language for vacation travel, business, or personal interest, becoming fluent is a much bigger endeavour.

For one special group of VCC students, learning Japanese has become more than hobby, and their instructor is willing to take them as far as they want to go.

Typically, Continuing Studies language programs offer two or three levels before enrolment declines or students begin to travel for language immersion. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, many would-be world travellers have remained in Canada, including eight Japanese language students who have pursued their immersion right here at VCC.

Rika Knox is a native Japanese speaker and experienced teacher who began as an introductory Japanese instructor at VCC in 2006. Over the past few years, Rika has developed a special connection with her VCC cohort, guiding them through not only Japanese 1 to 3, but continuing to build and customize the curriculum up to Japanese 6.

“When I am teaching at the beginner level, it’s the first door to the Japanese language and culture, so I like to make a good impression and create long-term motivation and interest,” she says.

Mission accomplished. These eight language learners have continued to advance together in their knowledge of both the Japanese language and culture, as well as build a supportive community.

Japanese 6 cohort 2021

“Connecting virtually has been a bright spot during these dark times,” says longtime student Dean. “We’re all so different in terms of ages, occupations, and backgrounds, but we share something meaningful in common: the love of the Japanese language and culture.” 

“I have been very grateful for the Japanese classes during the pandemic,” says classmate Kathy. “As a retired person, nearly all of my usual social activities and volunteer shifts were cancelled. It was wonderful to have a regular Japanese class to add structure to my days.”

One of the world’s most complex and fascinating languages, Japanese is made up of two different “alphabets” (hiragana and katakana), plus thousands of Chinese-origin characters (kanji) which are all used in combination.

Class member Joey appreciates the challenge. “I think people would find that learning Japanese is surprisingly fun,” he says.

Rika also believes learning this remarkable language is worth it. “The Japanese language is so very connected to our culture, as well as our hospitality and our spirituality,” she says. “The words have greater power beyond just communication.”

Would you like to connect with VCC’s diverse language community? Do you dream of learning a language not currently offered? Connect with us by visiting VCC Languages or emailing

Welcome to VCC – Fall 2021

Posted on September 2, 2021

Welcome to VCC, new and returning students! We're very excited to start on-campus classes again this fall, and even more so to see you in person. Keep reading for important information about safety, support, and services for your upcoming school year.

Elder welcome

VCC Elder-in-Residence Deanna George welcomes students to the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

Return to campus

COVID-19 vaccinations

VCC strongly encourages all students who are eligible and able, to get vaccinated. Vaccination is the best defence we have against COVID-19. Starting Monday, Sept. 13, everyone 12 years old and over will need to provide proof of vaccination to access many events and services in B.C. This will include some publicly available services on VCC campuses. Cafeterias are exempt. Read more >

Masks required on VCC campuses

Effective Wednesday, Aug. 25, everyone 12 years old and over must wear a mask when in indoor public settings. The mask order applies to all indoor public areas on post-secondary campuses including lobbies, hallways, stairwells, elevators, libraries, cafeterias, classrooms, and labs. Read more >

Where's my class?

Look up start dates and room numbers for your first day of school:

  • Log into your myVCC account
  • Select “Registration Services”
  • Select “Registration Records – Current or Past”

Student rights and responsibilities

VCC expects students to conduct themselves responsibly and respectfully. As such, students are required to be familiar with academic and non-academic policies. Please review VCC's student non-academic conduct policy and procedures, as well as VCC's academic integrity policy and procedures. [PDF]

Student support

Services for students

VCC offers many support services to help you during studies. All services are available and will be offered in person, by phone, or online. 


myVCC and VCC student email

Use the student portal to look up grades, order transcripts, download tax forms, receive campus news and alerts, and access your VCC student email.

If it's your first time logging in, your initial password will use your birthday in this format: VCCMMDDYY# ("VCC" plus your birthday (MMDDYY) plus "#").

E.g. if your birthday is January 30, 1995, your initial temporary password will be VCC013095#. Following your first login, you will be prompted to create a new, secure password.

Check your VCC email regularly for important college notifications and communications from your instructors.

New and improved student self-service portal

Later this term, your myVCC student account will be upgraded with a new look and improved, user-friendly features.

Orientation to online learning

For those entering blended or online courses, we have created a guide with practical tips and resources that will help you learn how to get set up, become comfortable with VCC's technologies, identify effective strategies for learning online, and access free student supports. Get started >

Indigenous Gathering Spaces are open

VCC’s Indigenous Gathering Spaces promote cultural safety and belonging while offering the use of computers, printers, kitchenettes, and casual meeting areas. Our Downtown and Broadway Gathering Spaces are pleased to be open once again to support Indigenous learners and guests. 

Connect with your Students' Union

Be in the know about events, services, and campaigns available to you that are organized by students for students. Stay connected by downloading the SUVCC app in the App Store or Google Play.

Let’s connect

Follow VCC on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn to keep up to date on college news like campus closures, events, web maintenance, student success stories, and more. Feel free to send us messages and questions, or share your own photos and stories using the hashtag #myVCC.

 Important dates 

Labour Day

Did you know Labour Day has been an official Canadian holiday since 1894? It was established to honour the labour and rights of tradespeople and the working class. VCC closed.

Date: Monday, Sept. 6

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

This new holiday commemorates the history and legacy of residential schools, and honours Indigenous survivors, families, and communities. VCC closed.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 30


VCC bursary deadline

VCC bursaries are non-repayable grants given to students who demonstrate financial need.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 30

The Great ShakeOut

Prepare to “drop, cover, and hold on” as VCC participates in this annual, worldwide earthquake safety drill.

Date: Monday, Oct. 21
Time: 10:21 a.m.


VCC partners with Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre to offer basic education courses

Posted on September 8, 2021

Vancouver Community College (VCC) is proud to partner with Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre to offer tuition-free basic reading, writing, and math upgrading classes to our neighbours in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Start dates

September 2021 (then monthly) 

Class schedule

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays - 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.


VCC’s Basic Education program welcomes students who want to refresh and build skills for personal, training, education, and employment goals. During COVID-19, students may participate in person or online.

Classes are held at Ray-Cam, 920 East Hastings St., Vancouver.

Admission requirements

This program is for adults (16 years or older) who speak English fluently.


  • Math
  • English reading and writing


This program is tuition-free. 

Support services available through Ray-Cam

  • Child-minding is available
  • Meals for students
  • Technology and other supports available

Sign up now

Contact: James Ash at Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre
Phone: 604.220.7277


We respectfully acknowledge that we work and learn on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səlilw̓ ̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh First Nations).


President’s welcome – Fall 2021

Posted on September 7, 2021

I acknowledge that Vancouver Community College (VCC) is located on the traditional, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəyəm (Musqueam), Sḵwx ̓ ̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples who have been stewards of this land from time immemorial. 

As VCC president, I have the distinct honour of welcoming all new and returning students, faculty, and staff to the 2021-22 school year. Over the past 18 months, we’ve endured many things and accomplished many more. Now, we get to come back together and I could not be more excited.

Above all, VCC is about community. Supporting our students, our city, and our province is what we do best. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I am proud to say VCC never closed – never stopped providing the quality education and responsive support that our students count on, or the critical skills our community needs. This is the “VCC Effect” we’re known for. 

I want to personally thank and acknowledge every member of the VCC community who contributed to COVID-19 prevention and relief, whether by administering tests and vaccines, fundraising for bursaries, or by simply adapting to working or learning remotely. You have made this return to campus possible.

What to expect on VCC campuses

Following numerous talks with public health professionals in recent weeks, I want to share my full confidence that returning to campus is safe, and that our entire community will be better for it. Please remember that masks will be mandatory in many indoor public spaces until further notice, and this includes most spaces on VCC campuses, including classrooms.

Please also be prepared for new BC Vaccine Card requirements to come into effect Monday, Sept. 13, when everyone 12 years old and over will need to provide proof of vaccination to access many services and events in B.C. This will include some publicly available services on VCC campuses. 

For anyone who is still hesitant about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, I want to stress that vaccination is not only safe, but also the best tool we have for ending the COVID-19 pandemic. To anyone who is eligible and able: please visit your local clinic and get vaccinated.

After being distanced for so long, I realize that everyone will have different levels of comfort about returning to in-person learning. I urge you all to practice kindness, courage, and respect as we navigate these changes together, and as we continue to be the leaders our community needs.



Ajay Patel
President and CEO
Vancouver Community College

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Fall 2021: Health and safety on VCC campuses

Posted on September 2, 2021

A message from VCC Director, Safety, Security and Risk, Surinder Aulakh

Warm greetings to the VCC community,

Next week, students, faculty, and staff will return to campus, many for the first time in a year and a half.

Although it is exciting to be able to see each other again and learn together in-person, I know that there are some concerns about what to expect when you arrive.

Public health experts in British Columbia fully support the Sept. 7 return to on-campus instruction for all post-secondary institutions. We also know that educational settings like colleges are low-risk sites for COVID-19 transmission.

For the past 18 months and prior to vaccine availability, VCC remained open and successfully navigated the challenges of the pandemic with no person-to-person, on-campus transmissions.  

Today, we know that vaccines are proven to be highly effective in preventing COVID-19 infections, serious outcomes, and sustained transmission. Full vaccination (two doses) offers a high level of protection against COVID-19, including the Delta variant. Immunization has resulted in much lower infection rates, hospitalizations, and death rates in B.C., even as society has re-opened.

At VCC, we are committed to the health and safety of our community. We are also responsible for the delivery of post-secondary programs without barriers. Over the past 18 months, young adults aged 18-29 were among the hardest hit by pandemic-related response measures, and now is the time to support their recovery.

The plan to return to in-person learning this fall is about everyone to coming back together safely, so we can continue to offer hands-on, dynamic programs for our students.

How you can do your part

In preparation for next week, there are three key ways everyone can do their part to keep themselves and each other safe:

Get vaccinated

Vaccination is the best line of defence we have against COVID-19.

VCC strongly encourages all students and employees who are eligible and able, to get vaccinated.

We expect to receive new detailed information in the coming days about specifics around the BC Vaccine Card, and how to incorporate this measure into daily operations at certain on-campus services such as JJ’s Restaurant and The Bistro. We will continue to share updates with the VCC community as details are made available. 

Conduct a daily self pre-screen

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 7, all students and employees are required to perform a daily self-assessment before coming onto VCC campuses. This online tool will determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19.

Wear a mask

Masks are currently required in all public indoor settings for all people born in 2009 or earlier (12+).

At VCC, this applies to all indoor public areas on campuses including lobbies, hallways, stairwells, elevators, libraries, cafeterias (when not eating), classrooms, and labs. 

Please remember, there are those for whom wearing a mask is not an option. Wear a mask if you are able, and respect those who cannot.

Additionally, personal hygiene measures such as proper hand washing and sanitizing, and coughing and sneezing into elbows continue to be strongly recommended.  

The VCC community has done a tremendous job navigating and responding to new orders and recommendations from the Provincial Health Officer over these many months, and I am confident that we will continue to do so. 

Please get vaccinated, and let’s continue to do our very best to take care of each other.



Surinder Aulakh
Director, Safety, Security and Risk
Vancouver Community College

Fall 2021: Health and safety on VCC campuses

Posted on September 2, 2021

A message from VCC Director, Safety, Security and Risk, Surinder Aulakh

Warm greetings to the VCC community,

Next week, students, faculty, and staff will return to campus, many for the first time in a year and a half.

Although it is exciting to be able to see each other again and learn together in-person, I know that there are some concerns about what to expect when you arrive.

Public health experts in British Columbia fully support the Sept. 7 return to on-campus instruction for all post-secondary institutions. We also know that educational settings like colleges are low-risk sites for COVID-19 transmission.

For the past 18 months and prior to vaccine availability, VCC remained open and successfully navigated the challenges of the pandemic with no person-to-person, on-campus transmissions.  

Today, we know that vaccines are proven to be highly effective in preventing COVID-19 infections, serious outcomes, and sustained transmission. Full vaccination (two doses) offers a high level of protection against COVID-19, including the Delta variant. Immunization has resulted in much lower infection rates, hospitalizations, and death rates in B.C., even as society has re-opened.

At VCC, we are committed to the health and safety of our community. We are also responsible for the delivery of post-secondary programs without barriers. Over the past 18 months, young adults aged 18-29 were among the hardest hit by pandemic-related response measures, and now is the time to support their recovery.

The plan to return to in-person learning this fall is about everyone to coming back together safely, so we can continue to offer hands-on, dynamic programs for our students.

How you can do your part

In preparation for next week, there are three key ways everyone can do their part to keep themselves and each other safe:

Get vaccinated

Vaccination is the best line of defence we have against COVID-19.

VCC strongly encourages all students and employees who are eligible and able, to get vaccinated.

We expect to receive new detailed information in the coming days about specifics around the BC Vaccine Card, and how to incorporate this measure into daily operations at certain on-campus services such as JJ’s Restaurant and The Bistro. We will continue to share updates with the VCC community as details are made available. 

Conduct a daily self pre-screen

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 7, all students and employees are required to perform a daily self-assessment before coming onto VCC campuses. This online tool will determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19.

Wear a mask

Masks are currently required in all public indoor settings for all people born in 2009 or earlier (12+).

At VCC, this applies to all indoor public areas on campuses including lobbies, hallways, stairwells, elevators, libraries, cafeterias (when not eating), classrooms, and labs. 

Please remember, there are those for whom wearing a mask is not an option. Wear a mask if you are able, and respect those who cannot.

Additionally, personal hygiene measures such as proper hand washing and sanitizing, and coughing and sneezing into elbows continue to be strongly recommended.  

The VCC community has done a tremendous job navigating and responding to new orders and recommendations from the Provincial Health Officer over these many months, and I am confident that we will continue to do so. 

Please get vaccinated, and let’s continue to do our very best to take care of each other.



Surinder Aulakh
Director, Safety, Security and Risk
Vancouver Community College

President's message: BC Colleges statement on vaccine mandates

Posted on August 27, 2021

A message from VCC president Ajay Patel

Good afternoon VCC community,

As colleges across the province prepare for full on-campus activity, BC Colleges has written a statement in response to the new B.C. Public Health Orders regarding mask mandates and the new BC Vaccine Card.  

Click to download and read the BC Colleges news release. [PDF]

BC Colleges News Release Aug 27 2021

It is important to remember that in B.C., colleges operate differently from universities and are considered agents of government under the Colleges and Institutes Act. We follow the advice of the Provincial Health Officer.  

Colleges are considered low-risk environments. For the past 18 months and prior to vaccine availability, VCC remained open and successfully navigated the challenges of the pandemic with no person-to-person, on-campus transmissions.   

With the recent increase in vaccinations across the province, I am confident in our ability to incorporate the new mask mandate as the best course of action to continue to keep our community safe.  

BC Colleges shares this confidence and commitment to follow the orders set out by the Provincial Heath Officer (PHO).

We will continue to respond to the needs of our community during this health crisis by following the recommendations and guidelines set by the PHO, with the understanding that this issue is dynamic and will continue to evolve. We will provide the community with updates accordingly. 

Please help us keep our community safe and get vaccinated if you are able. You can learn more about vaccinations at



Ajay Patel
President and CEO
Vancouver Community College



Q&A with jewellery designer and entrepreneur Mariana Carneiro

Posted on September 1, 2021

Can you tell us about Kaju Creations?
For the past two years, Kaju Creations has been my full-time job. I do everything myself from designing to making the jewellery to customer service and packing orders. Kaju started as a hobby, as a desire to make things with my own hands. I am grateful that my passion turned into a business and I can do what I love the most for a living! 

What made you want to take jewellery courses at VCC? 
I designed jewellery for other companies for many years but never made the jewellery. When I started to dig into the making process I got really interested and could learn a lot online but I felt the need for a structured course with a knowledgeable teacher. That is when I found the VCC Jewellery Techniques 1 course.

What was the best part about studying at VCC? 
Learning in practice! Every class the teacher would talk about the theory, but most of it was actually making. The course was short but filled with so much information! I was given new tools to create my designs. 

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned since starting your business? 
One can never stop learning, there is so much to learn and improve! 

What is your best piece advice for someone starting out in this industry? 
Don’t overthink it; take one step at a time. It’s overwhelming to look around at a saturated market, but each designer has a different view and style, and there is space for everybody. Do your own thing, at your own pace. 

What is your goal for Kaju Creations? 
I want to keep creating new designs, improving my skills, and offering great quality handmade jewellery.

Take your creativity to the next level through VCC’s jewellery and gemmology programs and courses, including:


Media Release: Canada’s first Gladue report writing credential to be offered at

Posted on August 15, 2019

VCC Downtown campus with sun and reflection


VANCOUVER, B.C. – Vancouver Community College (VCC) and consulting firm IndiGenius & Associates have partnered to pioneer a credentialed Gladue report writing program from an Indigenous perspective, the first of its kind at a post-secondary institution in Canada.

The part-time certificate program launches in October 2019.

Intended to address the overrepresentation of Indigenous people in Canada’s criminal justice system, Gladue is a sentencing principle that takes intergenerational traumas and systemic discrimination into account during sentencing.

“It is truly an honour to be part of a journey in instructing and creating curriculum for Gladue training with VCC, but also in helping pave a path for a national standard in Gladue training for our people,” says Mark Marsolais-Nahwegahbow, Founder & President, IndiGenius & Associates. “Despite a majority of reports being court-ordered, there hasn’t been a program in Canada that has allowed writers to receive a certificate or recognition of credentials to be acknowledged as a professional – until now.”

A Gladue report is an individual’s ‘Sacred Story’. It shares with the courts the personal history and relevant factors that give detail of the individual’s life continuum that could possibly give insight to why he/she became involved in the justice system. This sacred information plays an important role in crafting recommendations in accordance to the individual’s needs to assist the judge in making well-informed decisions. It also plays another crucial role in creating a healing journey for the individual. 

Across Canada, courts have identified a demand for certified Gladue report writers as well as common standards and increased funding for Indigenous justice initiatives.

VCC’s Gladue report writing program was offered as a three-month, part-time pilot in 2018, and has now been expanded to a full certificate program designed for law students, lawyers, advocates, judges, First Nations Court workers, Indigenous community members, and anyone interested in writing Gladue reports. The program can be completed in one year and training is delivered at VCC’s Downtown campus and online.

“We are grateful to be part of this collaboration”, says David Wells, Vice President Academic and Applied Research at VCC. “The Gladue report writing program is the perfect opportunity to build capacity within Indigenous communities, reinforce the importance of Indigenization within the post-secondary system, and honour our commitments to addressing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and the Indigenous Education Protocol.”

The program advisory committee overseeing the design and development of VCC’s Gladue report writing certificate includes representation from the Legal Services Society of B.C., the Gladue Writers Association of B.C., the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General, MediateBC, and VCC's Indigenous faculty members and Elders.

VCC is committed to addressing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and fulfilling its commitment to the Indigenous Education Protocol through existing services and the development of unique programs.


VCC Continuing Studiesmission is to connect everyone in our diverse city to high-quality, flexible, and practical learning opportunities with industry practitioners. VCC Continuing Studies offers certificate and diploma programs, industry certifications, and professional development courses that are designed and delivered to develop skills that can be quickly applied to the workplace. Our over 60 program areas teach skills that translate into increased job opportunities for students, based on the need and feedback of Vancouver employers. No matter the area of study, whether it is related to administration, business, design, health, or human services, our expert instructors teach course content so that students develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to succeed in today’s workplace.


IndiGenius & Associates was born of the passion to help Indigenous people and encourage a positive change in the justice system possessed by its founder, Mark Marsolais-Nahwegahbow. Mark and his team have extensive experience working with Indigenous people and communities in a range of justice and justice-related contexts. Mark has several staff that work closely with him using a multidisciplinary team approach to ensure Gladue reports are done effectively and efficiently and delivered to the courts in a timely fashion. In addition, Mark has secured many community partnerships across Canada and works closely with others who share a similar interest in Indigenous justice. 

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Media can contact:

Danielle Libonati
Marketing Communications Officer
Vancouver Community College
T: 604.871.7000, ext. 7531


Mark Marsolais-Nahwegahbow
IndiGenius & Associates
T: 613.366.2268

Meet VCC’s Gladue report writing Instructor Mark Marsolais-Nahwegahbow

Posted on April 28, 2021

In 2020, the over-representation of Indigenous people in federal custody reached an all-time high, which means that Gladue report writers are needed more than ever to play an important role in reconciliation.

The first of its kind in Canada, Vancouver Community College’s (VCC) Gladue report writing program was developed in collaboration with IndiGenius & Associates, a consulting firm dedicated to eliminating the over-representation of Indigenous people in the criminal justice system. Its founder, Mark Marsolais-Nahwegahbow, is a proud Ojibway and member of Whitefish River First Nation located on Manitoulin Island in Ontario.

Mark, who also teaches in the program, has a wide range of experience with Indigenous justice, including researching community needs within the justice system, developing and monitoring restorative justice programs, and participating in peacemaking and sentencing circles. Mark is also an Indian Residential School Crisis Line counsellor, and has over 17 years of experience as case manager with youth and adult offenders.

Mark has held several positions within Indigenous organizations, helping to develop and oversee First Nations justice programs. In addition to providing Gladue training and Gladue report writing services, Mark has worked consistently to ensure the courts and Indigenous people have a better understanding of the options for bail, incarceration, diversion, or reintegration back into the community.

Mark’s mission to improve the lives of Indigenous people also extends to his other initiative, Birch Bark Coffee Co., which donates a portion of proceeds towards clean water solutions for Canadian Indigenous communities. 

What are Gladue reports?

In 1996, Canada’s Criminal Code was first amended to require judges to consider alternative sentencing to reduce the number of Indigenous people in Canadian prisons. In 1999, a case involving a 19-year-old Cree woman named Jamie Tanis Gladue established “Gladue” rights, requiring judges to recognize the historical trauma that continues to affect Indigenous offenders in Canada. 

Gladue report writing is playing an important role in reconciliation. A Gladue report is a written document which tells a person's "sacred story", and identifies and suggests options to consider during sentencing such as addiction treatments, restorative justice, or other paths to address past trauma. It also aims to incorporate community members and the victim in determining a fit sentence, when possible.

Play a role in reconciliation. Register now for VCC’s unique, part-time Gladue report writing program starting in September 2021.

VCC jewellery student donates small business profits to food bank

Posted on May 5, 2020


The moment Vancouver Community College (VCC) international student Mariana Carneiro saw people struggling to meet their basic needs due to COVID-19, she started thinking of ways to help. 

As a fashion professional and jewellery designer, however, Mariana’s skills weren’t typically the kind needed in a global health emergency. Having only recently moved to Canada from Brazil, her connections were limited, and living with an at-risk family member meant she also had to be extra careful about leaving the house. 

Still, she was resolute. “I really wanted to do something that would help people beyond my friends and neighbours,” she says.

Watching the news one day, she saw that the food bank needed extra help, so she decided to donate 10 per cent of sales from her online jewellery shop, Kaju. Additionally, she gave numerous pairs of earrings as a token of thanks to health care workers, and began promoting donations to Canadian Blood Services on her popular Instagram account.

“If you can, I think you need to share,” she says. “Every little bit counts right now.”

An artistic journey

Before moving to Canada, Mariana studied industrial design and earned a master’s degree in fashion business in Brazil. She started her career in a large clothing company where she also designed jewellery, but never crafted it herself. 

“I drew the designs, picked the stones and materials, but someone else would make it,” she says. “I love jewellery but I never learned the making process.”

In Vancouver, Mariana began experimenting with jewellery at home using colourful clay and metal. Her designs soon became popular on Etsy, but she wanted to refine her techniques, so she enrolled in the Jewellery Techniques 1 course through VCC Continuing Studies.

“I learned so much in two and a half months,” says Mariana. While the focus of the class was making silver rings, once Mariana had learned the basic techniques, she’s grateful that the instructor allowed her to shift to her real passion – making earrings.  

Mariana is now planning on taking Jewellery Techniques 2 in the coming months, and enrolling in VCC’s full Jewellery Art and Design diploma program in 2021. 

No small gift

A ten per cent donation may sound small, but for a solo entrepreneur, it’s huge. “I wanted to find some way I could help, and I wish I could do more,” says Mariana, who independently looks after every aspect of her business, from manufacturing to web design to customer service. 

With her elderly mother and grandmother homebound in Brazil, Mariana is especially grateful for a family friend who has been shopping for them, and encourages everyone in Vancouver to seek out a need and lend a hand right now. “You can always help,” she says. 


Earrings by Kaju Creations

Read more about how VCC students, grads, and employees are working together to fight the spread of COVID-19

International Week of the Deaf 2020

Posted on September 21, 2020



As a proud member of B.C.'s the Deaf and hard of hearing community, Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to recognize this year's International Week of the Deaf (IWD) from Sept. 21 to 25, 2020.

IWD is a celebration of Deaf culture first launched by the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) in 1958. It is recognized annually by Deaf communities all over the world during the last full week of September. Activities and events take place that welcome the participation of all members of Deaf communities, including families of Deaf people, professional and accredited sign language interpreters, and peers.

"It's about gathering together, becoming united, showing that unity to the rest of the world, and promoting the human rights of Deaf people," says Mari Klassen, department head of ASL and Deaf Studies at VCC.

This year’s theme for IWD is “Reaffirming Deaf People’s Human Rights,” and participants are encouraged to learn more about Deaf culture and human rights through daily themes, including:

Monday, Sept. 21 – Sign Languages
Tuesday, Sept. 22 – Inclusive Sign Language Environments
Wednesday, Sept. 23 – International Day of Sign Languages – Sign Language is for Everyone!
Thursday, Sept 24 – The Legal Recognition of National Sign Languages
Friday, Sept. 25 – Equal Opportunities for All Deaf People

For more information, visit

View Mari Klassen's video message in ASL

Explore a new language and culture. VCC offers a certificate program as well as individual courses in ASL and Deaf studies




COVID-19 updates from VCC's Student Service team

Posted on April 14, 2020

 Watch an American Sign Language (ASL) version of this message

Dear VCC student,

Over the past few weeks, we have seen the COVID-19 pandemic change how we learn, work, play, and live. Our collective response to these unexpected challenges has brought to light the strength, resilience, and heart of our college community. As we navigate through this, please know that VCC’s Student Service team is here to support you.


With information changing fast and coming from many sources, please bookmark VCC's new COVID-19 information site and check back frequently for the latest updates on student services, resources, and frequently asked questions.

Emergency funding

Information on relevant and helpful government and community funding can be found by visiting the resources page on VCC's COVID-19 information site. For information on VCC's Indigenous emergency assistance fund, please contact

International students

For international students, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has stated that the transition of Canadian post-secondary programs to online studies will not impact visas, study permits, or post-graduate work permits. If you have questions, please contact VCC International student support.

Studying from abroad

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is now allowing international students with study permits for programs starting in May or June to complete up to 50 per cent of their program online from abroad, before travelling to Canada. ‌


Campus and technology access

Need access to the Internet or a computer? VCC’s computer labs are available:

Downtown campus
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Learning Centre

Please bring VCC or government-issued ID and a letter from your program confirming your active student status. The computer lab can be accessed from the Dunsmuir St. entrance only, and by signing in with Security.

Broadway campus
Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Building B, room 2231

The computer lab in Building B can be accessed from the 7th Ave. entrance.

Libraries and tutoring

VCC's librarians are available! Chat online with them using AskAway, or get personalized help in English, Business, Math, Life Sciences, and Sciences from our Learning Centre tutors using Zoom. You can book your sessions via WCOnline

Get tips on resume writing, practice one-to-one interview skills, and explore careers online using Career Guidance

Disability services and interpreting 

As our classes shift to online and alternative delivery modes, VCC’s Disability Services and Registered Sign Language Interpreting teams are available to ensure your new learning environment and materials are accessible. Please get in touch by emailing or

Dispute resolution

If you have any concerns that you are being treated unfairly, have a specific complaint, or would like to appeal a grade, the Arbiter of Student Issues at VCC is an impartial, neutral, and confidential resource for you. The office provides information on student rights and responsibilities, and assistance with college policies and procedures. Please contact the Arbiter by emailing or calling 604.871.7000 ext. 7040.

Your health and well-being 

VCC's Student Service team cares about your health and well-being. It is very normal to feel overwhelmed and anxious at this time, with the heightened stressors that surround us. If this is your experience, VCC counsellors are just a call away. Check out your health and dental plan and student savings card at SUVCC's Green Shield Canada.

Very soon, LinkedIn Learning will also be available to VCC students, which includes many wonderful webinars on self care. Watch for a special announcement and stay up to date by checking your myVCC student portal


Student loans

Effective March 30, 2020, all British Columbia (StudentAid BC) and national (NSLSC) student loan borrowers will temporarily have their repayments suspended.


The Government of B.C. is introducing a new temporary rental supplement, halting evictions, and freezing rents. 

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

For eligible workers who have lost their income due to COVID-19, the Government of Canada is offering temporary income support.  

B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers

The Government of B.C. will provide a one-time payment to people who lost income because of COVID-19. 

Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

Post-secondary students hired through SWPP may now access more flexible start dates and duration of placements. Students may also be permitted to work from home, and post-secondary institutions may access a wage subsidy.

Canada Summer Jobs Program

Up to 70,000 summer jobs will be created for youth between the ages of 15 and 30, thanks to more flexible hiring policies and increased wage subsidies.

We’re here for you

If you have any other questions or concerns, please connect with our Student Service Centre team by calling 604.871.7000, option 2. Please stay safe, take care of yourself, those you love, and those you don't know – we are all in this together.

Jane Shin, MEd MD
Associate Vice President, Student Success
Vancouver Community College

Media Release: VCC becomes first academic partner of Hydrogen BC

Posted on August 26, 2021

VANCOUVER – Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to announce its partnership with Hydrogen BC (HyBC) to assist the college’s future direction of providing technician training for hydrogen fuel. VCC became the first academic member to join the regional branch of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA), a provincial partnership to promote and accelerate the use of hydrogen technologies in B.C.

VCC’s automotive trades training programs are among the largest and oldest in the province. Our program success comes from our ability to innovate to keep up with employers’ needs and provincial mandates, such as climate initiatives.

To this end, VCC is currently in the initial planning stages for technician training for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The college is currently working with a major automotive manufacturer on the development of FCEV training programs and will begin to offer the new curriculum as part of its current programming in the coming months. 

The specific goals of the Hydrogen BC partnership will be to work together to provide technician training on the repair, service, and maintenance of FCEVs for light, medium, and heavy-duty applications.

"VCC is excited to be the first post-secondary to join Hydrogen BC. We look forward to working together to implement the province’s CleanBC strategy by providing education and training opportunities to VCC students related to fuel cell electric vehicles”, says Ajay Patel, VCC President and CEO. “This is just another great example of how VCC stays ahead of the curve when it comes to training our students for B.C.’s future”. 

“We are thrilled to see the VCC embrace hydrogen and participate in Hydrogen BC. Education and familiarization with hydrogen are important steps towards building the low-carbon future we want to live in and leave behind for future generations,” says Colin Armstrong, Chair, Hydrogen BC; President and CEO, HTEC. 

About Vancouver Community College

Vancouver Community College is a public community college in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Founded in 1965, it is the largest and oldest community college in British Columbia, offering 78 certificate programs, 28 diploma programs, and 3 bachelor's degree programs. VCC has three campuses in Vancouver and Annacis Island.

About Hydrogen BC

Hydrogen BC is the regional branch of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) in British Columbia.  Established with the support of the BC Government, Hydrogen BC is a public-private partnership mandated to support the growth of the BC low-carbon hydrogen energy ecosystem by coordinating the deployment of new supply infrastructure and applications across the province. In addition, Hydrogen BC works to ensure the safe handling of hydrogen and the safe operation of hydrogen equipment and FCEVs by sharing best practices developed in Canada and abroad.

About the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA)

The Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) is a national, non-profit association that supports Canadian companies, governments, research institutions and academia in the development, demonstration and deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in Canada and overseas.  Established in 2009, the CHFCA has over 100 members across Canada as well as regional branches in British Columbia (Hydrogen BC), Quebec (Hydrogène Québec) and Ontario (Hydrogen Business Council of Canada).  The CHFCA’s members specialize in fuel cell stack development, hydrogen production, hydrogen fueling infrastructure, energy storage, vehicle manufacturing, components and materials, research, engineering and consulting.

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Media can contact:

Karen Wilson
Executive Director, Marketing and Communications
Vancouver Community College
T: 604.871.7429

Q&A with VCC Paralegal instructor MaryAnn Reinhardt

Posted on August 26, 2021

MaryAnn ReinHardt has been teaching torts, personal injury practice, and litigation courses at Vancouver Community College (VCC) since 2019. Learn more about her love of teaching and industry experience.

What do you love about teaching?
I like interacting and connecting with my students. Although the weekly discussions happen in online forums, I am always taken aback at the insightful and interesting perspective of students. Many students draw from experiences that hit close to home. I feel privileged that these personal experiences are shared as they provide a little window into understanding and appreciating each of my students. 

What are some highlights from your courses?
I love guiding students in understanding principles of law through case law. Through these courses, we regularly review and analyze previous decisions handed down by the Court. These decisions are sometimes unexpected and always interesting. Truth really is much stranger than fiction. I love that “aha” moment when the concept suddenly becomes clear for students through interpretation and discussion of the decision. I also love some of the great students’ arguments in opposition of the Court’s decision – impressive! 

What is your experience in the legal field?
I have been in this industry for more than 30 years. Currently I am a designated paralegal with RDM Lawyers LLP specializing in personal injury. I have had the opportunity to work on some very interesting cases which both fascinated and challenged me, and I have even been lucky enough to travel overseas in my role.

My experience also extends beyond the walls of my office. I have participated on various boards including the BC Paralegal Association and access to legal services committees which allowed me to give back to my profession. I have also had the privilege of co-chairing and presenting at seminars through both the Trial Lawyers Association of BC and the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC

What kinds of opportunities are there for paralegals?
The role of a paralegal is diverse and exciting. It requires you to exercise your critical thinking, your people skills, and most of all, your resourcefulness. There are many environments where the skills of paralegals are valued – from government positions to private business to law firms. It is my hope that the paralegal’s role here in B.C. will continue to expand and we can play a greater role in the efforts to increase access to legal services for all British Columbians. 

Learn the skills to be an essential part of any legal, medical, or business team by exploring Legal and Office Administration courses and programs from VCC Continuing Studies.


PHO Announces New BC Vaccine Card

Posted on August 23, 2021

We would like to acknowledge that VCC is on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples who have been stewards of this land from time immemorial.


Today, August 23, 2021, Premier John Horgan, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Adrian Dix announced that BC would be implementing a BC Vaccine Card. By order of the B.C. Public Health Officer (PHO), proof of vaccination will be required to access some events, services and businesses. Starting September 13, you must have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. By October 24, you must be fully vaccinated.

Key Points from Today’s Announcement

  • The Delta variant is the key focus of the increased measures and need for vaccines.
  • Vaccines are our way forward as a province.
  • At this time, BC is not moving forward to Step 4 of the B.C. Restart Plan on September 7, 2021. However, the plan to open campuses back up in September is not affected by the postponement of Step 4 of the B.C. Restart Plan.

We will be reviewing the new BC Vaccine Card requirements in consultation with the PHO and our Ministry, and any impact it may have on program areas that are public facing (cafeteria, Seiffert Market, VCC Salon & Spa, JJ’s Restaurant, etc.). More information and details will be coming from government soon. We will share that information with the broader VCC community when it becomes available.

About On-Campus Planning for September

Although there may be some amended measures added to how we work and learn together on campus, the return-to-campus planning is moving forward and remains in line with the BC COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Guidelines.

VCC will continue to follow the orders from the B.C. Public Health Officer and Ministry of Advanced Education (AEST).

Our goal is to bring campuses back together safely, and to return to the activities that sustain us as individuals, communities and learning institutions.

If you are not already fully vaccinated, please register immediately and schedule your vaccination. If you are already fully vaccinated, thank you for doing your part to protect yourself and those around you.

You can find out more about vaccinations at For more information for student vaccinations, visit the Vancouver Coast Health webpage for students.

If you have any questions of concerns, please email

Safety updates for VCC campuses

Posted on August 24, 2021

Good afternoon VCC community,

On Tuesday, Aug. 24, Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training (AEST), and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer (PHO) announced updated safety measures for post-secondary institutions for the 2021-22 school year.

Key points

  • Effective Wednesday, Aug. 25, everyone 12 years old and over must wear a mask when in indoor public settings.
  • The mask order will apply to all indoor public areas on post-secondary campuses including lobbies, hallways, stairwells, elevators, libraries, cafeterias, classrooms, and labs.

For VCC this means that all employees, students and visitors are to wear a mask when:

  • walking in hallways,
  • moving through common traffic spaces (e.g. stairwells, elevators),
  • when in non-academic group activity spaces (e.g. cafeteria, bookstores, bakery, library, etc.),
  • in the classroom (masks will be required to be worn by students and faculty)

Social distancing is not required.

Please remember, there are those for whom wearing a mask is not an option. Wear a mask if you are able, and respect those who cannot.

Returning to campus

VCC strongly encourages all students and employees who are eligible and able, to be vaccinated.

Vaccination is the best line of defence we have against COVID-19. 

Starting Monday, Sept. 13, everyone 12 years old and over will need to provide proof of vaccination to access a broad range of social, recreational, and discretionary events and businesses throughout the province. This will include some services on campus that are also accessible to the broader public.

VCC will continue to work with AEST and the PHO on details on implementation of these requirements and any further actions we may need to take.

Learn more about vaccinations at For more information for student vaccinations, visit the Vancouver Coast Health webpage for students.

Keeping our community safe

It goes without saying that over the last 18+ months we have been navigating dynamic health and safety issues, and we will continue to do so.

I am proud of all we have accomplished to keep our community safe. And, I know we will continue to work together to ensure our classrooms and our workspaces remail safe and in-line with the orders from the PHO.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email



Surinder Aulakh
Director, Safety, Security & Risk
Vancouver Community College


More Information

VCC Music introduces new Indigenous Vocal Ensemble

Posted on August 25, 2021

Coastal Journey by Kelly Cannell, 2011

This September, the music department at Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to introduce a new Indigenous singing group to its collection of talented ensembles.

VCC’s Indigenous Vocal Ensemble is open to singers of all levels and serves as an introduction to Indigenous music and Salish music forms. The ensemble will rehearse and perform a number of Indigenous songs utilizing voice and percussion.

The new group will be under the direction of Russell Wallace, a composer, producer and traditional singer from the Lil’wat Nation.

"Russell is a warm and knowledgeable instructor with years of experience facilitating music events, as well as being a solo artist who composes and performs his own music," says Laurence Mollerup, Department Leader, VCC Music and Dance. "We are really excited about this new direction."

Indigenous students and staff are also encouraged to take part in the group. Traditional songs along with original compositions will serve as the basis of the repertoire but collective improvisation will also be explored. Student arrangements and harmonies will be welcome.

VCC's Indigenous Vocal Ensemble will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays during the Fall 2021 term. The first rehearsal is on Tuesday, Sept. 7 and runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The ensemble's first concert is planned for Wednesday Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. in the VCC Auditorium (level 2, building A), with the Mount Pleasant Brass Ensemble.

For more information or to register for VCC's Indigenous Vocal Ensemble, contact




New Automotive Collision and Refinishing Foundation expands options for VCC students

Posted on August 24, 2021

Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to introduce a new program option that will broaden opportunities for students in both the automotive collision repair and automotive refinishing prep industries.

VCC’s new Automotive Collision and Refinishing Foundation program combines learning that was formerly offered in two distinct programs: automotive collision repair (identifying damage, removing and installing parts, repairing, welding, and bonding parts), and automotive refinishing prep (restoring corrosion protection, paint repair and preperation).

VCC’s new harmonized foundation eliminates course overlap between the two programs and offers introductory training in both fields, allowing students to learn a wider range of skills before specializing in future apprenticeship levels.

According to VCC Automotive Collision and Refinishing department head Keith Mew, past students have often switched between programs or taken both. “I did it myself,” he said. “I wanted a deeper understanding of the trade, from welding to paint.”

In coordination with B.C.’s Industry Training Authority (ITA), VCC’s new Automotive Collision and Refinishing Foundation will now also be recognized across provinces, offering students greater flexibility to complete their apprenticeships wherever they may be working. 

“I wish I’d had a core program like this,” says Keith. “These students will have a better understanding of both sides of the trade and be more successful on any path they take.”

Limited seats are still available in VCC’s Automotive Collision and Refinishing Foundation program for September 2021 and January 2022. Apply now >



Welcome back! Winter 2019

Posted on January 1, 2019



Welcome to Vancouver Community College. Whether you’re starting a brand-new program or you’re back for another term, we want to make sure you have the information and resources you need to succeed throughout your studies.

Where's my class?

Know where to go on your first day. Use this chart to look up your building and room number on the first day of school.

If you have any questions, just find one of our friendly Peer Helpers. They’ll be around campus wearing "VCC" T-shirts.

myVCC student email

Get access to your own myVCC student email:

  • Log in to and select "Email" to access your student email.
  • If it's your first time logging in, your password will be your birthday (MMDDYY).
  • Important notifications may be sent to this email address, so it's a good idea to check it regularly or forward your myVCC email to your personal email account.

You can also use myVCC to look up grades, order transcripts, access tax forms, and receive campus news and alerts.

Welcome Days

Welcome Days is a fun, interactive opportunity for all students to ask questions and learn about life at VCC. Enjoy music, games and snacks, and win great prizes while getting acquainted with classmates, staff, and all the on-campus services.

Welcome Days will be held from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at the Broadway campus and Wednesday, Jan. 9 at the Downtown campus.


On-campus services

VCC offers a wide range of services to help you meet your educational goals and make the most of your time at college.

Student services

Eat, shop + more


Cannabis on campus

As many of you know, cannabis is now legal for non-medical use in Canada. VCC is committed to providing a safe working and learning environment, and the well-being of our students and employees is always our first priority.

VCC expects all students to be fit to perform their learning activities in a safe and secure manner. This includes being free from the effects of any intoxicants (such as cannabis) while engaging in educational activities at one of our campuses or at an offsite location. Learn more >

Safe and respectful campus

VCC expects students to conduct themselves responsibly and respectfully. As such, students are required to be familiar with the student non-academic code of conduct. Please review the student code of conduct policy and procedures.

Talk to us

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Follow and engage with your college online via VCC's official social media accounts. Mention us in your posts or use the hashtag #myVCC to share your talents, your projects, or even just the view from your classroom. 



Material handling training at VCC

Posted on August 20, 2021

Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to offer a specialized, no-cost materials handling program for eligible applicants currently experiencing difficulties securing work.

Material Handling 4.0 (MH 4.0) is a comprehensive nine-week training program that provides employability and vocational skills training to equip participants for warehousing, forklift operations, material handling and other related roles. Seven weeks of classroom training uses a blended delivery model of in-person and on-line instructions followed by two weeks of paid work experience with a local employer.

Funding for this program is provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada Future Skills Program.

Training schedule

Cohort 1: October 18 – December 17, 2021
Cohort 2: January 24 – March 28, 2022 

(Schedule includes two weeks of work experience) 

Elegibility criteria

You may be eligible if you are:

  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person (under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, S.C. 2001, C. 27) legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Living in British Columbia
  • Unemployed or precariously employed (working in unstable employment or self-employment with irregular work).
  • 19 years or older
  • Not currently in high school, college or university

 Priority will be given to clients from the following groups:

  • All underrepresented groups
  • Immigrants
  • Indigenous Peoples

Fees and other costs

All tuition is covered and at no additional cost to the employer or individual participant.

Important information

Applicants must have access to a computer or a laptop with Windows 10, high speed-internet/Wi-Fi, and audio/video.

Application process

All eligible participants must attend an information session to apply for the program.

To register for the upcoming information session, please email Alena Worster at 


Alena Worster, Program Assistant
604.871.7000 ext.8751  



Message from the President: Upcoming Mask Information

Posted on August 20, 2021

Dear VCC community,

I would like to acknowledge that VCC is on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples who have been stewards of this land from time immemorial.

We have heard your concerns about wearing masks on campus, and what might be done at VCC to ensure masks are taken seriously on campus this fall. Please know we share your concerns.

It is important to remember that during a health crisis like COVID-19, post-secondary institutions take direction on safety protocols from government, the Provincial Health Office, and local health authorities.

I want to share with you this morning that, while VCC continues towards full on-campus operations in September, we have also been advocating for, and working with our ministry and the Provincial Health Office on mask and vaccine guidelines for the post-secondary sector.

We anticipate new information from the PHO and Ministry on these issues in the coming days.

VCC remains committed to the health and safety of all our employees and students. We appreciate all the feedback we have received by our community, and thank you for your support.

If you are not already fully vaccinated, please register immediately and schedule your vaccination.  If you are already fully vaccinated, thank you for doing your part to protect yourself and those around you.

You can find out more about vaccinations at

Stay safe and well, and continue to follow the PHO guidelines.

Look for further updates from the college in the coming days.



Ajay Patel

VCC President & CEO

Get your career moving with new fall courses from VCC Continuing Studies

Posted on August 19, 2021

VCC Continuing Studies is back this fall with a variety of brand-new courses designed to help you move forward on your professional journey. And thanks to our new, streamlined registration system, signing up just got a whole lot easier.

Tech industry professionals will definitely want to check out a variety of new credentials including the IT Operations Professional certificateIT Operations Professional short certificate, and the Network Security advanced certificate.

For anyone seeking career inspiration or personal growth, this fall’s lineup of Transformative Learning courses may be just for you. Our new course Design a Meaningful Career (TRLN 1301) helps you blaze a career path that brings true wealth and fulfilment. You can also learn the tools of mindfulness, how to work your wardrobe for a smaller environmental impact, or learn how the city plays a role in gender equity

Feel that chill in the air? Fall fashions are coming back fast, and designers can now get an intro to leather work by learning how to cut and stitch professional-looking accessories. 

Finally, what skill is greater in life than language? VCC’s part-time, evening language courses are back in full force this season, with helpful instructors using tried-and-true methods to help you find your voice. (But don’t take it from us, let our all-star Japanese language students shine by example.)

Our new website is ready. How about you? Visit now to claim your spot for Fall 2021.

VCC graphic designers contribute to Ronald McDonald House refresh

Posted on August 19, 2021

When Jenna Gasbarro, Roiz Enriques, and Pham Kim enrolled in VCC’s graphic design program last fall, they knew they’d come away with job-ready skills. What they didn’t expect was that they’d work alongside a prominent B.C. interior designer on a charitable project that would touch the lives of thousands of children per year. 

Since the 1970s, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) have made it possible for families to stay close to their sick children who need medical treatments away from home. Earlier this year, RMHC British Columbia & Yukon reached out to popular interior designer Jamie Banfield for assistance in renovating several children’s play spaces inside Vancouver’s 73-bedroom Ronald McDonald House facility. As part of the project, Jamie, a past VCC instructor, requested the talents of VCC graphic design students.

“This is a very meaningful project,” says Kim, about the pro bono work being done under VCC’s Studio Nuvo. “Jamie and his team are great to work with and I’ve learned a lot throughout the process.”

Ronald McDonald House reading nook rendering

VCC’s student design team has been tasked specifically with creating wall graphics for a playhouse “village,” an outer-space themed reading nook, and an eco-friendly “garage” for the house’s fleet of child-sized ride-on cars.

As Vancouver's Ronald McDonald House hosts families from across B.C. and Yukon, one main focus for the students was to incorporate elements that would help the children feel at home. Inspirations included recognizable B.C. and Yukon landmarks, animals, license plates, and even a game of I-spy that challenges kids to find RMHC logo hearts hidden throughout the designs.

“I felt a bit intimidated,” says Roiz about working on the large-scale illustrations, “but I am also really excited to have this opportunity as these designs would be seen by many kids and families.”

Make your difference in VCC’s creative industries. Apply now to VCC graphic design programs for 2021-22.


VCC president Ajay Patel a finalist for Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards

Posted on August 9, 2021

Vancouver Community College (VCC) is proud to share that our president and CEO Ajay Patel has been nominated and selected as one of 75 finalists for this year’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards.

This prestigious people’s choice awards program honours inspirational immigrants who have made a positive impact on their communities since arriving in Canada, and recognizes the achievements of all immigrants including community advocates, volunteers, successful entrepreneurs, and cultural icons.

Past winners from B.C. include Senator Yuen Pau Woo, SUCCESS CEO Queenie Choo, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan, and BroadbandTV Corp Founder Shahrzad Rafati. 

The public can now vote for up to three of their favourite finalists online at until Friday, Sept. 17, 2021.

This year’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards winners will be announced on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021 online at and in Canadian Immigrant magazine.

Learn more about Ajay's inspiring journey by visiting VCC – About the President.

Scheduled registration system maintenance August 13-16

Posted on August 4, 2021

Vancouver Community College (VCC) will be conducting planned upgrades to our Banner online registration system from Friday, August 13 at 5 p.m. until Monday, August 16 at 6 a.m.

During this time, the following services will be unavailable:  

  • Program applications (via EducationPlannerBC)
  • Course registrations
  • Tuition payments
  • Grades and schedules 
  • Student records
  • Financial aid information

Please plan ahead to conduct important tasks outside of this period.   

This outage will not affect student email, Moodle, or Continuing Studies.  

Thank you for your patience as we continue to advance VCC’s web systems. 

Learn by doing in VCC’s dedicated early childhood education space

Posted on August 12, 2021

If you’ve ever watched a small child interact with the space around them, you realize that they’re constantly learning. From hitting blocks together to picking up stones to sticking little fingers where they don’t belong, every action is building knowledge – blocks make noise, stones are heavy, water is wet.

Vancouver Community College’s (VCC) early childhood care and education (ECCE) programs embrace this concept of using the environment as “the third teacher” (known the Reggio Emilia approach), especially in their dedicated Downtown campus learning space.

Formerly a typical classroom, VCC’s ECCE space is split in two, with half composed of four mock learning areas (dramatic play, language and literature, science, and manipulative), and the other half serving as a classroom equipped with tables and chairs that can be moved around as needed.

VCC ECCE classroom

The setup of the room changes based on the content being taught. Some days, it’s an art studio. Other days, it’s a storytelling circle, a music room, or a science lab.

In an early childhood education setting, such features allow for important elements such as uninterrupted exploration, play, and learning, self-expression, communication, logical thinking, and problem-solving. 

VCC’s classroom also contains elements like sinks, cupboards, and bulletin boards that enable other important training for child care providers, including organizing resources, documentation, and working with families.

Is your future in child care? Learn more about the early childhood care and education programs offered via VCC Continuing Studies.


New paid work placement program supports hospitality students and industry

Posted on August 11, 2021

As Canada’s tourism sector prepares for a rapid post-COVID-19 recovery, Vancouver Community College (VCC) is proud to be an early adopter of a new, paid work-integrated learning program for students.

The program, called Propel, is the latest addition to the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program and offers post-secondary students job opportunities to develop work-ready skills while employers receive a 75 per cent wage subsidy of up to $7,500 for each student hired.

“Propel creates a direct link between students looking to enhance their workplace skills and employers who can provide that valuable experience while also showcasing the depth and breadth of career pathways in the industry,” says Philip Mondor, President and CEO of Tourism HR Canada.

A wide range of placements are available with employers representing all facets of Canada’s visitor economy, including accommodations, culinary, recreation, entertainment, culture, events, transportation, travel services, and more. 

Applications are now open for the fall and winter semesters of the 2021-2022 school year, and placements are posted on the Propel online portal.

“Our students and community partners in hospitality have been deeply impacted by the pandemic, and we know there is uncertainty across the industry as Canada begins its recovery process,” says Dennis Innes, dean of VCC’s School of Hospitality, Food Studies and Applied Business. “The funding from Employment and Social Development Canada for the Propel program creates opportunities that support students and employers, while also highlighting the importance of paid internships and the value of skilled labour. We are excited to be a part of the launch of this program.”

Discover your exciting tourism-industry career through VCC’s hospitality management programs.

Cybersecurity – the need, demand, and talent crunch

Posted on August 6, 2021


Pause for a minute…and think about all the things you do on your phone, tablet, or laptop – the sites you visit, the social media you engage with, the pictures you share with friends and family, the assignments you submit, or the banking you do. The advancements and reliance on technology has increased the level of cyber risk that people, and organizations are facing.

No company or individual with an online presence is immune to attacks from criminals who try to steal money and identity, and disrupt business continuity. In fact, ransomware attacks, where malicious actors encrypt files that make systems unusable and then demand ransom in exchange for decryption, are becoming more common. A recent (May 07, 2021) cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline, the largest pipeline system for refined oil products in the U.S., resulted in a shutdown of all of pipeline’s operations. The pipeline carries fuel from Houston to New York, its halting had serious implications for this critical infrastructure that provides basic services, and also for national security.

Cybersecurity is about the constant pursuit to protect systems that we rely on, such as healthcare, finance and banking, telecommunications, energy and utilities, and transportation. The demand for digital talent remains high. An estimated 19 million Canadians have been affected by data breaches since November 2018, underscoring the importance of Cybersecurity Specialists who help secure information systems. The global cybersecurity workforce shortage is projected to reach 1.8 million unfilled positions by 2022, and in Canada, the number of jobs for cybersecurity professionals is growing by 7% every year. Cybersecurity Analysts are among the top 15 most in-demand digital occupations.

At VCC, we are helping fill this gap by providing training to those who want to step up to a career in network security by leveraging their prior education or experience in IT. The new Network Security Advanced Certificate, launching in January 2022, provides essential skills for a career in information systems security, including network analysis, architecture, forensics, and defence.

Over 28 million Canadians were affected by data breaches in a one year period (2018-2019) according to numbers released by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. The global cybersecurity workforce shortage is projected to reach 1.8 million unfilled positions by 2022, and in Canada, the number of jobs for cybersecurity professionals is growing by 7% every year (The Changing Faces of Cybersecurity, Deloitte). ICTC’s Canada’s Growth Currency: Digital Talent Outlook 2023 identified Cybersecurity Analysts as among the top 15 most in-demand digital occupations.

Future-proof your career in the tech sector. Sign up for an information session to learn more about becoming an IT operations professional

Media release: VCC Commits to 50 — 30 Diversity Challenge

Posted on August 4, 2021

VANCOUVER – Vancouver Community College (VCC) has accepted a national diversity challenge to ensure that the leadership of the college and its Board of Directors reflects a commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Developed by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, the 50 – 30 Challenge asks companies and organizations to make two aspirational commitments to increase diversity on their boards and in senior management, and report on their progress.

The 50 – 30 Challenge asks that organizations aspire to two goals: Gender parity ("50 per cent") on Canadian board(s) and senior management; and significant representation ("30 per cent") on Canadian board(s) and senior management of other under-represented groups.

“I thank VCC for joining the 50 – 30 Challenge and for being a part of this initiative. As a member of the education industry, VCC is fostering innovation by embracing diversity and inclusion, which invites new perspectives and insights into their work,” says François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.

“Ensuring diverse leadership in these areas will create a more equitable, inclusive Canada for everyone.”

Known for its inclusive programs and accessibility for all learners, VCC was eager to accept the challenge set forth by government.

VCC’s current executive team is comprised of 50 per cent women (persons who identify as female) and 50 per cent of the team identify as ethnically diverse or from an under-represented group. As well, the 14 members of the college’s Board of Governors identify as 71 per cent female and 64 per cent as ethnically diverse or from an under-represented group.

"Initiatives like the 50 – 30 Challenge are a way for organizations, like VCC, to evaluate their position and be intentional around creating diverse representation in leadership. It is a point of pride for us that our leadership reflects our community," says Jane Shin, Vice President Students & Community Development.

A requirement of the challenge is for participating companies, organizations, and not-for-profits agree to voluntarily take action towards achieving meaningful and substantive improvements in supporting diversity and inclusion within their organization.

Adds Shin, "We are committed to developing and supporting all voices in leadership at VCC. It is meaningful to be a woman and a person of colour help steward this remarkable college with my colleagues. And it’s so important that we continue to foster diverse ways of being in positions of leadership at VCC, and across the post-secondary sector.


About Vancouver Community College

VCC has been inspiring students to reach their career goals for over 50 years through hands-on instruction in culinary arts, business, design, health sciences, hospitality, transportation trades, music, and more.


Media contact:

Jen Hill
Communications Manager
Vancouver Community College
T: 604.828.0974

VCC Nursing pin project supports 2SLGBTQIA+ patients

Posted on July 23, 2021

This spring, Vancouver Community College (VCC) 
nursing student Meaghan Brannagan brought up her recent training on the topic of gender diversity in health care with a close friend, J.L., who identifies as non-binary. Their response was candid – “It’s about time,” they said. 

This friend went on to describe numerous scenarios that ranged from uncomfortable to traumatic. With J.L.’s permission, Meaghan presented what she’d learned to her class at VCC. This eye-opening report soon grew into a special campaign called “We Care for all Bodies” that will use pins to identify health care workers who are responsive to the needs of trans and non-binary people.  

“Even as a queer woman, I identify with my assigned sex at birth and I’ve only ever been treated the way I wish to be treated,” says Meaghan. “I never clued into these issues until I heard about others’ experiences.

Already at a young age, J.L. remembered feeling hurt and dismissed by their family doctor when asking about gender-confirming health care. When J.L. later required a hysterectomy for medical reasons, they recalled waking up in a maternity ward alongside breastfeeding mothers, who were visibly uncomfortable with J.L.’s presence. 

“J.L. felt so guilty for distressing these mothers, they chose to ignore their pain and leave the hospital before the intended time of discharge,” recalls Meaghan. 

Similarly difficult experiences Meaghan learned about from J.L. and others included being accused of identity theft, enduring remarks about their body parts, and refusals to use chosen names or pronouns, all while in states of pain or distress and needing medical care. 

Signs of safety 

Following Meaghan’s class presentation, VCC nursing instructor Maki Iwase reached out to VCC Jewellery Art and Design department head Karin Jones who invited students to create an inclusive pin that nursing students can wear on their scrubs after completing gender diversity training.  

The chosen design was created by award-winning VCC jewellery student and 2SLGBTQIA+ advocate Kale Needham, who as a trans and nonbinary person directly relates to J.L.’s experiences in seeking gender-affirming health care. The design features a heart-shaped diversity pride flag with the message “We Care for All Bodies” at the top and “VCC Nursing” underneath. 

Maki believes these pins will be an important signifier of inclusive care“Especially now when everyone’s wearing masks, it’s hard to read expressions and you don’t know if you have psychological safety,” she says.  

Meaghan and Maki say that these symbols, coupled with questions about names, pronouns, and care needs, could make a world of difference for 2SLGBTQIA+ patients.  

“It’s important that people with all bodies feel safe in health care facilities,” says Meaghan. “You should never feel worse than when you went in.” 

The first batch of pins is currently in production for late July 2021. Watch for students sporting them in local health care settings this fall. 

Make your difference in the health care system. Discover a wide variety of career options through VCC Health Sciences programs. 


VCC convocation recap – Spring 2021

Posted on June 28, 2021

Vancouver Community College (VCC) was proud to celebrate the hard work, commitment, and excellence of 1,488 graduands in an online Spring 2021 convocation ceremony on Thursday, June 24.

Guests were welcomed with a greeting, prayer, and territorial acknowledgment from Elder Deanna George, followed by a performance from ‘The Coastal Wolfpack.’

In the wake of recent tragic news and events surrounding Canada's Indian Residential Schools, this spring, VCC took the time to reflect on the collective work we all need to do to support the healing of Indigenous communities.  

The event was conducted on Zoom and live streamed for friends and family of the graduands. Separate Zoom rooms were set up to recognize students from the different Schools.

Degrees, diplomas, and certificates were awarded to the following areas: 

  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Hospitality, Food Studies and Applied Business
  • School of Trades, Technology and Design
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Continuing Studies
  • Library and Teaching & Learning Services

Graduands received messages of congratulations from Anne Kang, B.C. Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training, as well as Jenny Kwan, Member of Parliament for Vancouver East.

Following remarks from the Board of Governors as well as VCC president Ajay Patel, valedictorian Vanessa Anderson addressed the graduating class of 2021 with words of wisdom, courage, and inspiration.

Vanessa Anderson

As we move forward onto the next chapters of our lives, it is important to remember that it is only through this change and uncertainty we are able to break down the barriers holding us back and become the incredible people we are meant to be.

Outstanding alumnus and president of Craftsman Collision Rick Hatswell welcomed the graduates to the alumni family and shared his wisdom with the group:

Rick Hatswell

Never be afraid of change. Be open to possibility because you never know what is waiting for you if you're ready to accept it. 

Missed the event or want to relive the moments? See videos below:

    • Presentation of graduates
      • Zoom Room 1 - School of Trades, Technology, and Design, School of Arts and Sciences (including Music), School of Instructor Education, School of Health Sciences, and Centre for Continuing Studies
      • Zoom Room 2 - School of Hospitality, Food Studies, and Applied Business

Congratulations to our VCC grads! Learn about the perks and benefits you now receive as VCC alumni


New VCC course reveals the power of creative writing to heal trauma

Posted on September 2, 2020



In one of VCC Continuing Studies’ newest courses, Writing to Heal Your Life, students are invited to discover the power of creative writing to navigate the challenges of loss, trauma, or illness. Through guided techniques, exercises, and reading recommendations, poet and author Renée Sarojini Saklikar will reveal how creative writing can help heal both the author and the reader. 

How can this course benefit those struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic? 

Using simple writing prompts and creative ideas, I’ve been exploring what “at home” means to those who might be facing all kinds of change both in their personal lives and in the world of work. In the course, we will design a writing practice that makes sense for each individual. 

How can writing together heal trauma? 

I invite folks to explore and write with me as a way to gain space for personal exploration. This course will give us the opportunity to look back on this time as both a window to our past and as a map for going forward. This refers to the idea that it is better to have something than to want more, as it will often leave you with nothing. 

What inspired this course? 

In developing this course, I have leaned into some of my personal favourites, such as the writings and wisdom of Louise Hay, Brené Brown, Jon Kabat Zinn, and Natalie Goldberg. I’ve used my hours alone during this pandemic to re-visit the teachings of these beloved authors and am looking forward to sharing them. 

How will the course be taught?

Our learning environment will be Zoom; we will use the “rooms” to create a sense of smaller gatherings and we’ll include time to mute microphones and cameras because it’s okay to connect in silence.

We’ll also take the time to check in with our own feelings and with those of others; to be gentle with ourselves, staying calm and kind and alert, all while exploring creative writing. 


Writing to Heal Your Life starts Wednesday, Sept. 16. REGISTER NOW >

Learn more about other creative writing courses available this term from VCC Continuing Studies: 

How to start a small business with confidence

Posted on December 9, 2020

As B.C.’s labour market continues to recover from the initial shocks of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are starting to see the world of work from a new perspective. For some, job security may continue to be uncertain. Others may have discovered new skills, identified a need they could meet, or just loved the convenience of working from home, and considered starting a small business.
There are many motivations to becoming an entrepreneur, but starting out can be daunting. Fortunately, VCC’s small business courses offer an efficient way to gain the foundational knowledge and skills to start and grow a successful small business. 
Courses include:

To help your bottom line, we're now offering a $100 discount for students who register for all 10 courses at the same time. 

Starting later in the winter term, VCC will be introducing an Ecommerce Award of Achievement for entrepreneurs wanting to build their business online. Courses will range from creating websites to coaching to data analytics and more, so stay tuned!

Learn something new this winter. VCC Continuing Studies courses are now open for reigistration.



VCC grad combines child care and ASL skills to support the fight against COVID-19

Posted on May 14, 2020



Like many people around the world, child care assistant Jordyn Mitchell saw her workplace change dramatically due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once bustling with 60 young children, her preschool now sat virtually empty. 

Jordyn’s job wasn’t the type she could do from home, yet thanks to an extra-special skill set, she was still able to offer much-needed support to one of Vancouver’s frontline health care workers.

Jordyn graduated from Vancouver Community College (VCC) in 2019 with an American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Studies certificate and was the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Silver Medal for academic excellence and community service.

Today, this high-achiever works as an early childhood care assistant at a daycare operated by the Deaf Children’s Society of BC (DCS). In this role, Jordyn has been able to continue her work at the facility by providing interpretive services and Kindergarten programming to the five-year-old child of a registered nurse in New Westminster. Jordyn also cares for the nurse’s two-and-half-year-old child. 

“My role in the classroom at this time looks a little different than it would if there was not a worldwide pandemic,” Jordyn says. Over the past months, Jordyn has taught the children about proper hand washing, and coughing and sneezing into their arms and tissues. Of course, physical distancing in a preschool setting is nearly impossible. Jordyn adds that she is unable to wear protective face masks since mouth and facial movements are an essential part of ASL communication.

Jordyn admits she is concerned for her safety, but remains fully committed to her work. “The services we are providing allow nurses and doctors to not worry about child care and be in the hospital caring for the sick,” she says. 

In her personal life, Jordyn is also trying to stay as isolated as possible to ensure the children in her care – and by extension, their mother – are safe. “I go straight from work to home,” she says.

“We are super grateful to VCC for the programs they offer,” says Lisa Meneian, Executive Director at DCS. “Their graduates often become strong allies in the Deaf community, and we are extremely grateful to have Jordyn on our team!”  

Based in Burnaby, B.C. the Deaf Children’s Society of BC is a not-for-profit agency that provides resources, programs, support, and information to families with? Deaf and hard of hearing children from birth to age five.?

Learn how you can make a difference through VCC’s Sign Language Studies. Apply now for September 2020.

Welcome to VCC – Winter 2020

Posted on January 1, 2020



Welcome new and returning students to Vancouver Community College! Let's make sure you have a great start. See below for information and resources to help you now and throughout your studies.

Where's my class?

Know where to go on your first day. Use this chart to look up your building and room number on the first day of school.

If you have questions, find one of our friendly Peer Helpers wearing a VCC T-shirt.

Student email

Get access to your myVCC student email:

  • Log in to and click the "Email" icon.
  • If it's your first time logging in, your password will be your birthday (MMDDYY).
  • Important notifications may be sent to this email address, so please check it regularly or forward your myVCC email to your personal email account.

You can also use myVCC to look up grades, order transcripts, access tax forms, and receive campus news and alerts.

Welcome Days

Welcome Days is a fun and interactive carnival meant to help new and returning students learn about life at VCC. Join us for music, games, snacks, and prizes while getting to know classmates and staff, and learning about the many on-campus services available to you.

Welcome Days will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22 at the Broadway campus and Wednesday, January 22 at the Downtown campus.

VCC Welcome Days collage, musicians, cotton candy, hot dogs, games

Student services

VCC offers a wide range of services to help you meet your educational goals and make the most of your studies.

Student services

Eat, shop and more

VCC also offers breastfeeding rooms and prayer spaces, please check with  for location information.

Student SIN numbers required

Starting in the 2019 tax year, the Canada Revenue Agency requires all post-secondary institutions to collect Social Insurance Numbers in order to issue Tuition and Enrolment Certificate (T2202) tax forms.

VCC students have already begun receiving official communications by email. Please update your SIN numbers by logging into myVCC or through our secure online form. Learn more >

Safe and respectful campus

VCC expects students to conduct themselves responsibly and respectfully. Please review the Student Code of Conduct policy and procedures, and learn about your rights and responsibilities.

Smoking and cannabis use

Cannabis is now legal for non-medical use in Canada. VCC is committed to providing a safe working and learning environment for our college community members, and the well-being of our students and employees is always our first priority.

VCC expects all students to be fit to perform their learning activities in a safe and respectful manner. This includes being free from the effects of any intoxicants (including cannabis) while in class, on campus, or offsite. Learn more >

Let's connect

Follow VCC on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook to stay up to date on college news like campus closures and other stories and announcements. Feel free to send us messages and questions, or share your own photos and stories using the hashtag #myVCC.

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Welcome to VCC

Posted on September 4, 2018



Welcome to Vancouver Community College. Whether you’re starting a brand-new program or you’re back for another year, we want to make sure you have all you need to succeed.

See below for tips and information that will help you now and throughout your studies.

Where's my class?

Know where to go on your first day. Use this handy chart to look up your building and room number on the first day of school.

If you have any questions, just find one of our friendly Peer Helpers. They’ll be around campus wearing "VCC" T-shirts.

myVCC student email

Get access to your own myVCC student email:

  • Log in to and select "Email" to access your student email.
  • If it's your first time logging in, your password will be your birthday (MMDDYY).
  • Important notifications may be sent to this email address, so it's a good idea to check it regularly or forward your myVCC email to your personal email account.

You can also use myVCC to look up grades, order transcripts, access tax forms, and receive campus news and alerts.

Welcome Days

Welcome Days is a fun, interactive opportunity for all students to ask questions and learn about life at VCC. Enjoy music, games and snacks, and win great prizes while getting acquainted with classmates, staff, and all the on-campus services available to you.

Welcome Days will be held from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at the Broadway campus and Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the Downtown campus.


On-campus services

VCC offers a wide range of services to help you meet your educational goals and make the most of your time at college.

Student services

Eat, shop + more


Safe and respectful campus

VCC expects students to conduct themselves responsibly and respectfully. As such, students are required to be familiar with the student non-academic code of conduct. Please review the student code of conduct policy and procedures.



Bees, flowers, and sustainable fashion blossom at VCC

Posted on October 15, 2020

Mason bee hovering next to habitat tube


Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to welcome some helpful new members to our campus community – a colony of mason bees! 

Unlike honeybees, who build complex hives and work together in large numbers, mason bees are solitary but effective pollinators that live in small, reed-like tubes. Mason bees are non-aggressive and do not make honey, instead eating the pollen they collect.

VCC’s new mason bees and their custom-built houses were the result of a special sustainability project led by VCC science instructors Klaudia Jurkemik and Jacqueline Shehadeh. The initiative was made possible thanks to VCC’s Environmental Community Action Team (ECAT) and the Eco-College Small Grants program that provided up to $500 for winning sustainability proposals in late 2019.

Want to see the bees in action? Two of the mason bee homes in VCC’s Broadway campus courtyard have plexiglass sides, which allow the colony to be viewed by the community and used for educational purposes in our Biology classes.

Mason bee house at VCC Broadway

Garden bed upgrades 

To keep our bees happy and our urban ecosystem thriving, additional recipients this year’s Eco-College Small Grants have worked to keep flowers and vegetables growing at the Broadway campus. 

Thanks to the funding, mathematics department assistant and volunteer gardener Jotie Grewalson was able to re-soil and clean the courtyard beds, while student Xianan Bai planted a variety of perennial flowering bulbs including allium, gladiolus, and lilium. “I wanted our garden to be beautiful for a long time,” says Xianan.


Xianan planting bulbs and red gladiolas


Fighting fast fashion

Our final group of Eco-College grant winners approached the idea of “green” a little differently – by looking deep inside our closets. In their proposal, VCC Adult Special Education students in the Managing Your Money (CCED 0608) class wanted to call attention to issues surrounding “fast fashion” and textile waste. In doing so, they researched key statistics for an information campaign that would encourage the VCC community to reduce, reuse, and recycle their clothing.

In collaboration with VCC Graphic Design, the grant winners produced a series of posters and flyers that were launched at VCC Fashion’s “Clothing Mend-It" event in March 2020 and subsequently distributed across VCC campuses. 

Two poster images: Buy Less Wear More and Reduce, Repair, Reuse.

Poster design "Buy Less Wear More" by Kylie Woo
Poster design "Reduce, Repair, Reuse" by Lera Matsumura

Read more about how VCC continues to integrate energy conservation and sustainability into campus culture. 

See all programs with space available

Posted on February 13, 2020



Considering college? Don't wait! These VCC programs still have space available for 2020.

(Updated Feb. 13, 2020)

Spring 2020


Administrative Professional 1

Baking and Culinary

Baking & Pastry Arts – Pastry 

Professional Cook 1 Plus

Professional Cook 2

Hair, Esthetics and Makeup


Esthetics and Spa Therapy

Health Sciences

Dental Assisting – Certified

Health Care Assistant

Information Technology

Computer Systems Technology

Transportation Trades

Automotive Service Technician Harmonized Foundation


Apply online now, attend an upcoming info session, or book an apointment with a program advisor

Bake with Bruno Feldeisen at VCC

Posted on March 3, 2020


Fans of The Great Canadian Baking Show will undoubtedly recognize Bruno Feldeisen. After three successful seasons as a judge on the beloved CBC baking program, the smiling, bespectacled pastry chef has become a household name for home bakers across the country. 

Less known, perhaps, is that Bruno not only calls Vancouver home, but also teaches part-time baking and pastry classes at Vancouver Community College (VCC). In his courses, he shares his love of baking and pastry using a combination of expert skill and encouragement. 

In one popular course, World of Breads (CUIS 1106), Bruno says his goal is to take away the fear of breadmaking. “It’s intimidating to a lot of people,” he says. The secret to better bread, according to Bruno, is to learn the essential steps but avoid getting stuck on a recipe. Rather, he encourages students to get a feel for the process, then get creative and have fun. “It’s OK to play around,” he says.

Why would a chef who has consistently wowed high-class diners from France to California to New York choose to teach baking basics? As a troubled teen, Bruno got his own start in the industry when a famous French chocolatier took him on as an apprentice. Today, he’s the one with a heart for anyone wishing to learn. 

“I meet people who are very good bakers with great ideas,” says Bruno. “My work is always so professional, and I enjoy the challenge of communicating with people who don’t speak the same culinary language.”




VCC Continuing Studies offers baking courses from French pastry to chocolate showpieces at a fraction of the cost of private culinary schools. 

VCC’s CAD and BIM drafting grads are in demand

Posted on July 29, 2020



Originally published in The Georgia Straight

The remarkable work of graduates from the drafting programs at Vancouver Community College (VCC) is all around us. The offices we work in, the roads we drive on, the bridges we cross over, and the buildings we live in—construction of these structures is based upon intricate design plans laid out by a drafter.

To meet the increasing demand for drafting technicians, VCC is offering six computer-assisted design (CAD) and building information modelling (BIM) programs:

“We have been producing drafting technicians since 1949 and our graduates have helped build our airports, sports arenas and stadiums, roads, bridges across the Lower Mainland, and beyond,” says Bruce McGarvie, department leader at VCC. 

Despite rising unemployment rates due to COVID-19, VCC has not noticed any slowdown in demand for its drafting graduates by local architectural firms.

“Certificate and diploma program statistics, averaged over the last five years, show that 84 percent of graduates find full-time work within four months of graduation,” McGarvie says. “Many of our students have jobs lined up before they even finish their programs.”

Safe and innovative online learning

Students can complete the majority of coursework for these programs online through virtual classrooms. This computer-based format is convenient for those hoping to gain an education while following social-distancing guidelines during the pandemic. With lectures, discussions, and peer collaborations taking place online, students are not required to commute to campus and can conveniently construct their own learning schedule.

Students in need of assistance with the course material can contact their instructors via Zoom and share their screens with peers when working on group projects. Additionally, all students have access to the specialized program software and can access course resources on Moodle at any time.

People with an interest in mathematics, technical drawing, 3D modelling, commercial and residential construction, and sustainability should consider pursuing an education in drafting.

“Drafting technicians prepare engineering designs, 3D virtual models, construction and fabrication drawings, and related technical information,” says McGarvie. “Drafters work in teams or with engineers and architects for consulting architectural and engineering firms, construction companies, resource and manufacturing companies, and in many levels of government.”

According to WorkBC, graduates from the CAD and BIM drafting programs earn a median wage of $27 per hour. The six programs available at VCC vary from 14 weeks to 10 months. Ideal for detail-oriented, self-motivated students, this is a small time investment considering that most graduates gain meaningful employment shortly after finishing their program.

Apply now to secure your seat in VCC’s CAD and BIM drafting programs this September or chat with VCC instructors during an upcoming online info session.

Five skills to help you prepare for the future of work

Posted on August 7, 2020

Experts predict that the nature of work will change substantially in a post-COVID world. Are you ready for the changes impacting businesses? Check out the following courses, available online this fall to help you round out your skill set and prepare you for the future of work: 

Online documentation 
Working from home indefinitely? Learn how to maximize your written communication skills in an online environment from our industry professionals and be sure you are getting your message across

Memos, emails, reports
Master the art of a well-crafted email and hone your business writing skills for a digital environment. 

Web development and programming
Improve your digital literacy by learning a coding language. VCC offers courses in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Python. Coding and web development skills are in demand in the emerging digital economy. 

Leading a team through a crisis is tough. Courses in change management, problem solving and action planning, and building productive teams will help you and your team weather the storm and prepare for the next one.
Finance and accounting
Sound financial management practices are crucial to business success, especially during a crisis. Check out our introductory level courses in financeaccountingpayroll, and bookkeeping to ensure you have a solid understanding of business principles that are relevant in any field.

Browse through all the available Continuing Studies courses offered online this fall.

The future is cloud computing

Posted on August 11, 2020

Amazon, Google, Microsoft... these names need no introduction, but did you know that these technology giants offer much more than a shopping platform, a search engine service, or Office software? They are also among the top providers of cloud computing services for organizations around the world, from small businesses to large enterprises.

Cloud computing, which has quickly spread in recent years, is the use of computing resources, including servers, storage, software, computing power, over the internet (‘the cloud’). With virtualization technology, multiple virtual machines can be run on one physical server and the cloud computing provider can enable you or other clients to access the power of that server to run operating systems and applications, use software, utilize storage, perform analytics and intelligence, and much more, all through the internet.

The advantages are many. It offers flexibility – of computing power/storage/resources, elasticity – for scaling up or down your resource utilization, and automation – of resources and updates. All these benefits can result in efficiency of operations and lower operating costs for the business. As your or your organization’s needs grow, with cloud computing, you can add capacity on the fly. Cloud computing eliminates the cost of purchasing hardware and software, and the operating expenses related to running and managing IT infrastructure. In addition, data backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity is easier and less expensive.

Cloud computing is on a global scale, with providers offering data centers across multiple geographic locations, thus reducing latency while complying with local laws and regulations. Using machine learning and artificial intelligence, cloud computing services can provide valuable insights and intelligent models of the data for making informed decisions.

Whether you have a general interest in cloud computing, or are managing a team of technology professionals, the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals course at VCC can help you learn the fundamentals of cloud computing and prepare you for the AZ900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Certification exam.

If you're currently an IT professional or have fundamental experience VCC is proud to be the first public institution in B.C. to offer Microsoft Azure Architect TechnologiesMicrosoft Azure Data ScientistMicrosoft Azure Administrator, and Microsoft Azure Architect Design.

Join us for a free online infosession, visit to learn more, or email the program coordinator.

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Introducing Transformative Learning – new courses for positive personal change

Posted on August 19, 2020

Two-sided image of urban garden and woman hiking a mountaintop


What about your life do you wish you could transform? Are there elements of today’s world that you wish you were better prepared to face?

Vancouver Community College (VCC) Continuing Studies is pleased to launch a new program area – Transformative Learning – featuring courses designed to help people thrive in an evolving world and reach their fullest potential in health, wellness, careers, and relationships.

"The world around us is rapidly changing. That’s why it’s important to build a knowledge base around critical topics and develop methods for embracing our unknown future,” says Transformative Learning program coordinator Sarah Murray. 

Browse the new courses for Fall 2020 below or attend an upcoming free information session to learn more about this exciting new program area from VCC Continuing Studies.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Learn to live the mantra “stay calm and carry on.” Discover ways to understand your triggers and acquire the skills and practices needed to manage stress. 

Work That Reconnects
Strengthen your relationship with our world by developing compassion, connections, and hope through a series of interactive practices.

Systems Change
Discover how to map a system, identify leverage points, dismantle silos, and envision a system that can lead to positive change.

Let’s Talk about Death
Open a dialogue about dying and develop a set of end-of-life resources by uncovering new and traditional approaches to death. 

Urban Farming Essentials
Stock your pantry and your bank account with a combination of gardening tips, crop planning, and small business know-how.

Local Economies
Create a list of personal values you can use when shopping as you learn how to contribute to the re-establishment of our economic health. 

Get to know the benefits of online learning and see what else is new from VCC Continuing Studies this fall. 

Future-proof your career with VCC technology programs

Posted on September 23, 2020

 Young Asian man using tablet and laptop computer 

Did you ever try to imagine what a COVID-19 lockdown would be like without technology? From online shopping to virtual meetings to Netflix and Instagram stories, digital technology has played a crucial role in keeping us connected and our society functioning over the past months.

The COVID-19 pandemic has also accelerated the development of technology in countless fields. Most of these advancements are here to stay, which means new jobs are also in the making. 

The Government of BC’s Economic Recovery Plan places technology development and education at the core of a “resilient economy, ” and Vancouver Community College (VCC) Continuing Studies interim dean Claire Sauvé sees this future fast approaching. “There are a lot of great opportunities right now to join this growing workforce; to re-skill or up-skill in technology,” she says. “These are directly employable skills.”

Check out some of VCC’s newest courses and programs designed to help you embrace the technology of today and be ready for tomorrow.

New Microsoft Azure credentials

VCC is proud to be the first public college in B.C. to offer Microsoft credentials in cloud computing – today’s leading trend for scalable, flexible storage and business operations that has proven to be an immense benefit during COVID-19.

Learn more about the new Microsoft Azure courses at VCC by attending an upcoming info session or the Technology session at our Experience VCC virtual open house on Oct. 6 and 7.

Digital business 

From restaurants to clothing boutiques, businesses small and large have turned to the digital world during COVID-19 to keep their products and services front of mind and available to customers. Part-time VCC courses like Digital Marketing (CMPT 1426), Facebook for Business (LERN 1420), and Solving Fit for Online Customers (FASH1125) offer expert, practical advice.

Learn more about these courses and more by attending the Business session at our Experience VCC virtual open house on Oct. 6 and 7.

AR/VR Design and Development

While still a great option for “escaping” into a fantasy world or video game, virtual reality and augmented reality (VR/AR) technologies are also behind many key advancements (and jobs) in technical trades training, health care simulations, industrial design, and more. 

Learn all about VCC’s new VR/AR Design and Development program offered in partnership with Vancouver Film School by attending the Technology session at our Experience VCC virtual open house on Oct. 6 and 7.

Associate of Science in Computing Science

New high school grads or those seeking comprehensive training in computing science can now complete two years of university-level credits at VCC. Unlike first- and second-year lectures at major universities, VCC classes are kept small, with students benefitting from individual attention and support. Students can obtain an associate’s degree for entry-level technician or programmer jobs, or advance into the third year of bachelor’s degree programs at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, or other institutions. 

Learn more about this and VCC’s many other post-secondary pathways by attending the University Transfer session at our Experience VCC virtual open house on Oct. 6 and 7.

Let's talk about your future! Connect with a VCC program advisor by phone or Zoom to ask questions and plan your studies. 


Q&A with VCC creative writing instructor Kevin Spenst

Posted on April 6, 2021

What do you teach?
I teach Writing Sparks to Completion (CWRI 1123), a newer creative writing course that focuses on poetry but opens to other forms of writing.

What do you love about teaching?
I love how the classroom is a community writ small, a place where we test out, practice, and develop eloquences. It’s exciting to be part of that process. This means I could teach anything. I have, over the course of my life, taught business, drama, English Literature, and even yoga, but as I love poetry and creative writing the most, it’s what I’m most excited about teaching.

What is your current career?
I’m an author. My third book of poetry was published last year. Currently, I write reviews, conduct poetry interviews on co-op radio, give talks, and I’m working on my fourth book.

What is your best piece of advice for someone starting out in this industry?
Find a way to incorporate the craft of writing into the rhythm of your everyday life. For four years, I wrote a short-short story everyday. That helped get me started.

Who are your favourite authors?
James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and W.G. Sebald. Yes, the heavyweights!

What is your motto?
I do love Beckett’s “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”

Spark your creativity this spring with a wide variety of courses from VCC Continuing Studies.

Step up with Craftsman, Deeley to support COVID-19 emergency bursaries

Posted on May 27, 2020

VCC automotive student measuring blue car bumper


When we finally beat COVID-19, Rick Hatswell wants to be part of a revitalized and re-energized collision repair industry. 

To that end, the Vancouver Community College (VCC) Automotive Collision Repair Technician alumnus and president of The Craftsman Group donated $5,000 to the Giving Tuesday Now campaign funding emergency bursaries for VCC students.

The campaign, administered by the VCC Foundation, was launched on the Giving Tuesday Now global day of generosity (May 5, 2020) and runs until Sunday, May 31. Through donation matching, the campaign aims to raise $50,000 for a second round of emergency bursaries for VCC students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our industry’s future

Despite experienced technicians potentially making six-figure incomes, Rick says it’s difficult to get apprentices, even in normal circumstances. “We’re looking at any way we can help them build a career.”

Rick estimates that Craftsman Collision has 54 apprentices across their 40 repair locations. Rick completed his own apprenticeship through VCC in 1997 and earned his Red Seal.

One future apprentice is Minsu Kim, a 27-year-old international student from Korea who received one of the emergency bursaries in the first round of applications. Minsu is grateful because he says life in Vancouver is so expensive. “Thanks to the bursary, I was able to cover my living expenses, like buying food,” he says.

Rick and Craftsman Collision also have a long history of giving to VCC through annual Student Awards and sponsorship of fundraising events such as the Flourish gala. This time, however, Rick realized the need was different – and urgent. “COVID-19 has had an impact on us. It’s changed how we do things,” he says.


Rick Hatswell portrait and throwback

The Craftsman Group president Rick Hatswell today and as a young apprentice, circa 1988

Making the match

Others in the transportation industry are also answering the call to help students. Motorcycle retailer Deeley Group donated $1,000 to the campaign, knowing their donation would be matched by the Foundation.

“We celebrate VCC students in their pursuit of gaining skills and knowledge. We’re pleased we can support our community during this time of need,” says Peter Van Dyke, director of investments for Deeley Group.

Since April, the VCC COVID-19 Emergency Bursary Fund has distributed $195,000 to 312 students from 40 different programs.

VCC Foundation director Nancy Nesbitt shares gratitude for the continued student support, and also emphasizes the importance of acting now. “Never have students needed our help more,” she says.

There’s still time to help students in need. The first $20,000 donated before Sunday, May 31 will be matched, and we’ve almost reached our goal! To donate, visit the VCC Foundation donation page and select “COVID-19 Emergency Bursary Fund.”

Vice President’s statement: Acknowledging our past and facing our present

Posted on July 21, 2021


A message from David Wells, Vice President Academic & Research

Dear VCC community,

Last Monday, July 12, the Penelakut Tribe let the world know about 160 unmarked graves located on the nation’s grounds and foreshore near the site of the Kuper Island Residential School on Penelakut Island, off the coast of Vancouver Island. And, on July 15, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Nation released their final report on the preliminary findings of 215 children announced in May. These children represent the tip of the iceberg, an iceberg that residential school survivors, and the family members who have experienced and lived with the consequence of that trauma, have long known exists. 

The children taken from their families, from their communities, represents an absolute failure of society. More than that, the treatment of these children, and their families, as less than human in life and in death, represents nothing less than genocide. Genocide is not one specific example, genocide does not have a continuum; in all examples the intentions are clear and the consequences incontrovertible; lives were lost and communities destroyed.  

As a post-secondary educator, I believe our role is to grow knowledge, and create capacity. We must come to terms with a racist educational system that has a long history of engaging in genocide, in taking away Indigenous knowledge and removing capacity from Indigenous communities, and in relying on ways of being and doing that deny Indigenous knowledge and community. With institutional roots dating back to 1880, VCC is very much a part of this legacy that we must acknowledge, understand, and address.

I pray that what comes to light, and what continues to come to light in the coming weeks, months, and years forces us to confront the national crimes committed against the people Indigenous to Turtle Island, and the consequence of those crimes that continue to limit our ability to heal, and our ability as society to move forward in a good way. 

As an Indigenous person in a position of leadership within this broken system, I must reflect on the colonial and genocidal motivations that are behind our educational institutions, and work cooperatively to co-create a better way. Each day that we look at this as a problem of the past as opposed to a reality of the present, means that we are part of the problem, and that I am continuing to fail my ancestors, those who I walk alongside in this journey, and those that are yet to come. We can, and must, undertake the dialogue and the work to prioritize Indigenous knowledge and capacity, and return space to Indigenous knowledge holders and communities to create a healthy and safe way forward.


David Wells, MA JD
Vice President Academic & Research
Vancouver Community College

If you are a former residential school student in distress or have been affected by the system and need help, a 24-hour Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line is available at 1-866-925-4419, or the Indian Residential School Survivors Society toll free line at 1-800-721-0066.

Additional mental-health support and resources for Indigenous people are available here.

President’s message: No place for anti-Asian racism

Posted on April 6, 2021

A message from VCC president Ajay Patel

Dear VCC community,

I wanted to take the opportunity to share my deep sadness and anger over the recent and ongoing acts of hate and racism towards Asian individuals and communities across North America.

The tragic shootings in Atlanta were truly horrifying, and the violence we continue to see locally reminds us of the unacceptable discrimination our Asian friends, family members, students, and colleagues face every day. 

At VCC, there is no place for racism, discrimination, or hate-speech. It is especially during these difficult times that our commitment to the safety and wellbeing of our own Asian students, staff, and faculty must be at its strongest. We are committed to working with our diverse community to ensure all voices are heard and everyone is protected and supported to live, work, and learn in a respectful, kind, and anti-racist environment. 

As members of an educational community, we have a shared responsibility to respond to these challenges by training the next generation with opportunities for learning and leadership.

A quote that is very important to me is from Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.  This is at the heart of the sacrifices my family made for my brothers and me, and I believe it is through education that we will advance reconciliation and win our fight against racism and injustice.

Nelson Mandela quote

For our students, if you would like to talk about the impact of these events on your life, I encourage you to reach out to our counselling department by booking an online appointment.

For our employees, Morneau-Shepell's call centres are available for you as well as your eligible dependents, 24/7/365 in 147 languages and six different formats.

As well, I invite you to explore our employee “Learning for Life” series at VCC for the following learning opportunities and resources:

  • Anti-racism Response Training (ART)
  • Intercultural Development Inventory
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for Students with Disabilities
  • Respectful Workplace Training

For further information and support, please see the list of community services below.

Also remember VCC’s “Safe Walk” program if you feel unsafe on campus or walking to your transit stop or car. Our security guards will escort you within a block of either campus to ensure your safety.

Please stand with me in solidarity with our Asian communities at VCC and across North America.



Ajay Patel
President and CEO
Vancouver Community College



Fight COVID Racism
A platform that aims to allow individuals to share their experiences of racism, and tracks and records instances of Anti-Asian racism during COVID-19. Includes resources and support for individuals.

Asian Canadian Equity Alliance (ACEA)
A non-profit organization with a mission to confront bullying and harassment due to discrimination of one’s Asian heritage. Educates the public about racial, ethnic, and minority groups to explain the difference between stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination, and racism, and identify different types of discrimination. 

Canadian Anti-Racism Education and Research Society
A registered non-profit charity with a mandate to advocate and provide support services for hate crime and systemic racism, as well as public education about institutional racism.

Canadian Anti-Hate Network
The Canadian Anti-Hate Network monitors, exposes, and counters hate groups.

Canadian Race Relations Foundation
Dedicated to the elimination of racism and all forms of racial discrimination in Canadian society.

POC in Play
An independent organization creating initiatives and events designed to increase the visibility and representation of People of Colour in the video games industry. The POC in Play team comprises of game industry professionals from a range of backgrounds and experiences, but who all share a passion to drive impactful change and open the door for more People of Colour.

A message from the VCC Indigenous Education and Community Engagement Department and VCC’s President

Posted on May 28, 2021

The 215 Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation children buried at a former Indian Residential School in Kamloops is a sad and stark reminder of the trauma that continues for Indigenous residential school survivors and their families. Our healing is not complete and our collective work in supporting this healing is far from over.

The damaging and lasting impacts that the residential school system continues to have on First Nations people, their families and communities cannot be understated. We have to face our history, not just acknowledge it.

Today, we call out to our Ancestors for care and healing for the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, and for all the Indigenous families and communities across Canada that have lost their children.

This news is difficult and deeply emotional. For those who need to talk or get support the National Residential School Crisis Line for former students can be accessed 24-Hours a day at: 1-866-925-4419


VCC Indigenous Education and Community Engagement Department



We at VCC are deeply saddened to learn of the 215 children buried at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.

I would also like to echo words of healing from VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement Department, and the reminder that our work towards reconciliation and truth is not done.

VCC is resilient in our commitment to the work of Truth and Reconciliation, as we face such a dark history, that we are painfully reminded of today.


Ajay Patel
President and CEO
Vancouver Community College


President’s Message: National Day of Awareness for MMIWG

Posted on May 5, 2021

A message from VCC president Ajay Patel

Dear VCC community,

I would like to acknowledge, with gratitude, that we work, live, and learn on the traditional unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.

Wednesday, May 5 is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. I ask you to join me in wearing red in remembrance of the Indigenous women, girls, and transexual and two-spirit individuals who have gone missing or have been murdered in Canada.

Also known as Red Dress Day, May 5 is an opportunity for all of us to acknowledge the systemic racism and violence against Indigenous women and girls all across Canada, which deeply impacts our Indigenous colleagues, their families, and our broader Indigenous community. 

At VCC, we acknowledge the pain and barriers many of our Indigenous students and colleagues face in our society, and our college is committed to decrease the number of murdered or missing Indigenous women and girls through education and advocacy, both in the classroom and in community.  

As we look towards VCC’s next chapter, our college will continue to focus on building community-based supports that foster safe, inclusive spaces for Indigenous women and girls, and educational opportunities that are easily accessible from all areas of the province.

Please join VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement department in wearing red on Wednesday, May 5 to honour and raise awareness about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Additional ways to participate include free webinars, social media campaigns, and a physically distanced gathering outside Vancouver City Hall.



Ajay Patel
President and CEO
Vancouver Community College

President's statement on the missing children of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools

Posted on June 25, 2021

A message from VCC president Ajay Patel

The disturbing news of the remains in unmarked graves recovered by the Cowessess First Nation at the former Marieval Indian Residential School is another sad and stark reminder of the real horror that continues for Indigenous residential school survivors and their families. I know this an extremely difficult time. 

This news is deeply emotional for the VCC community, especially our Elders, Indigenous learners, and employees. We are heartbroken and grieving with our Indigenous community and those across the country impacted by the continuing traumas inflicted by our collective history. Our work towards Truth and Reconciliation is far from over.

Indigenous peoples have long known about trauma of residential schools. The magnitude of the damage and lasting impact that the residential school system continues to have on their families, communities, and culture cannot be understated. We all have to face the truth of our history, not just acknowledge it.

I know that VCC is resilient in our commitment to the work of Truth and Reconciliation. I encourage all of our community to read the calls to action in the Honouring the Truth Reconciling for the Future report.   

For those who need to talk or get support the National Residential School Crisis Line for former students can be accessed 24-Hours a day at: 1-866-925-4419.



Ajay Patel
President and CEO
Vancouver Community College

Moving forward with a cleaner and healthier outlook

Posted on July 20, 2021


Cleaners are among the essential, and often unseen, workers who have helped fight the spread of COVID-19. They work in a variety of sectors, including municipalities, educational institutions and schools, malls, grocery stores, hospitals, and private businesses. 

A clean and safe work environment is crucial for business continuity, and it is a matter of accessibility and equity for the health of all citizens. The work of cleaners is an integral part of our society. As part of the government’s economic growth strategy, Canada is offering permanent residency to around 90,000 foreign students and workers in jobs as diverse as plumbing and cleaning.

Since COVID-19 has changed how we conduct business in the world, the cleaning industry has also changed in how it hires and trains workers. The Building Service Worker (BSW) course at VCC has revised and upgraded its curriculum to reflect these changes in cleaning standards and its impact on all of us going forward. Our BSW course will examine the following standards that are here to stay:

  • More frequent cleaning 
  • Focus on high touch areas 
  • COVID-19 disinfectants, cleaners and soaps 
  • Electrostatic sprayers / foggers 
  • Enhanced ventilation 
  • Better PPE practices 
  • Proper and frequent hand-washing practices 

At VCC, we have been providing BSW training for over 30 years. In keeping with the times, the curriculum has adapted to include updated cleaning approaches, sustainable use of chemicals, and enhanced cleaning practices such as antiviral cleaning and disinfection. 

If you are interested in learning more about a fulfilling career driven through environmentally sustainable cleaning practices, join us at one of our free, online Building Service Worker information sessions. To sign up, visit


VCC Continuing Studies launches new, streamlined registration system

Posted on July 11, 2021

Vancouver Community College (VCC) Continuing Studies is excited to introduce a new and improved online registration system featuring a streamlined, easy-to-use shopping-cart format.

For this major upgrade, which launches July 12, 2021, VCC selected the Destiny One student information system (SIS) by cloud computing leader Modern Campus due to its inherent focus on improving the experience of continuing learners.

“At VCC, our aim is to ensure our students are able to easily identify, locate, and enroll into a course or program. We want them to get the most out of the course offerings that best align with their professional aims and interests,” says Adrian Lipsett, VCC Dean of Continuing Studies.  

Not only will this new system improve the Continuing Studies registration experience, but also give current students the ability to access their transcripts and payment history, while offering staff and instructors an enhanced platform to develop and launch new programs.

“This registration system update has enabled us to greatly improve the VCC student’s journey, and we are excited to see the impacts this makes in the years ahead,” says Adrian.

Explore VCC’s new Continuing Studies registration system now and apply for courses and programs starting in Fall 2021. 

See our list of Summer 2021 courses still accepting traditional applications.

How-to videos


Hope to see you at VCC Continuing Studies soon! Still have questions? Email us at

Return to in-person learning follows BC's restart plan

Posted on July 5, 2021

A message from the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training

Students, faculty and staff at B.C.’s colleges and universities are being supported to come back together for in-person learning this fall, informed by the release of new Return-to-Campus Guidelines.

This follows the announcement that B.C. has transitioned to Step 3 of the Province’s restart plan.

“The pandemic has made the past year and a half difficult for post-secondary students and institutions, but now, thanks to vaccines, brighter days are right around the corner,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training. “I am so thankful to students, faculty and staff for showcasing their professionalism, flexibility and compassion throughout the pandemic, and I am excited for students to return to in-person learning this fall.”

The Return-to-Campus Guidelines are designed to parallel B.C.’s four-step restart plan. The transition period between Step 3, which took effect July 1, and the beginning of September is a crucial time, as post-secondary institutions ramp up operations and welcome back faculty, staff and students. The guidelines highlight the importance of public health measures, such as daily health checks and hand hygiene, as well as classroom logistics and on-campus student housing and dining services. For example, on-campus student housing providers can plan for close-to-full occupancy for the fall. Access to mental health supports for students, faculty and staff, Indigenous gathering places and accommodations for on campus-services are also outlined to support the transition. 

“We have made excellent progress with our provincial immunization program in B.C. That, along with declining case counts and low hospitalization rates, means we can gradually and safely move ahead with our restart plan – including in-person learning at our colleges and universities,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer. “We will continue to carefully monitor any transmission episodes on campuses, just as we do with influenza or other respiratory illnesses this fall, to keep students, faculty and staff safe. This is something we have shown we can successfully manage in B.C.”

The new Return-to-Campus Guidelines are the result of consultations with a broad team of experts from the public post-secondary sector, including Indigenous organizations and student associations, alongside faculty and staff unions, in partnership with the ministry and public health experts from the BC Centre for Disease Control, regional health authorities and the Office of the Provincial Health Officer.

Previous versions of B.C.’s guidelines for post-secondary institutions have been adopted by other jurisdictions across Canada as a model for planning a return to on-campus instruction.

Further, post-secondary institutions will no longer be required to have a COVID-19 safety plan. Instead, institutions are developing communicable disease plans to reduce the risk of all respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. The goal for the fall is to transition from highly prescriptive COVID-19 specific orders and protocols back to normal institutional policies and guidance on occupational health and safety.

Quick Facts:

  • B.C.’s vaccination coverage is among the highest in the world, and that is what is transforming the ability to safely live with COVID-19.
  • On June 29, 2021, with the transition to Step 3 of BC’s Restart plan, almost 80% of British Columbians have had at least one dose of vaccine.
  • As of June 25, 2021, 64.63% of people aged 18 to 29 in B.C. have received at least one dose of vaccine.

Learn more at 

Stay up to date by visiting VCC's COVID-19 information site regularly. 

Associate Vice President’s statement: The hard journey to reconciliation

Posted on July 6, 2021

A message from Clayton Munro, Associate Vice President, Student and Enrolment Services (Interim)

Dear VCC community,

On Wednesday, June 30, the Ktunaxa First Nation community of ?aq’am let the world know about 182 unmarked graves located near the site of the former St. Eugene Residential School near Cranbook, B.C.

The official statement clarified that it is unknown yet whether the remains belong to adults or children. Still, the message has rung clear that yet another Indigenous community in Canada has unearthed proof of an unjust, painful, and all too recent history.

As we face ongoing news like this, I want to emphasize that the people affected are not long-lost historical figures; they are our own peers and relatives. Having grown up in the Kootenays myself, I know the region well and return there as often as I can. My own grandfather, who passed away last September at the age of 90, is also a survivor of a residential school in Saskatchewan that closed its doors only in 1996.

The hard truth revealed in these announcements is not new to me, but I recognize that for many, there is newness to it. My sincere hope is that this collective reflection will further our understanding that Canada’s residential school system must be called an act of genocide, and that acknowledging this will help lead to transformation.

In my work at VCC, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration for Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) are not things I leave at home. I take them everywhere I go, to every meeting I have. I know VCC’s leadership stands with me on this, and I urge the entire VCC community, employees, and students to do the same.

Reconciliation will be a hard journey, but it’s a journey we need to take together. None of us should be disconnected from this. Get comfortable with the discomfort. Start conversations, reach out, reflect, and please join me in making change.



Clayton Munro
Associate Vice President, Student and Enrolment Services (Interim)
Vancouver Community College

The Indian Residential School Crisis Line is available 24/7 for survivors and their families: 1.866.925.4419.

Counselling support and further information is available for VCC students through VCC's Counselling Services or Indigenous Education and Community Engagement department.



Hamilton/Dunsmuir entrance closed July 6 and 7

Posted on July 2, 2021

VCC's main entrance on the corner of Dunsmuir St. and Hamilton St. is temporarily closing Tuesday, July 6, and Wednesday, July 7. If you must access the Downtown campus, please use the Pender entrance during this period.



Kei Ikeda
Facilities Project Coordinator, Facilities Management
Vancouver Community College
T: 604.871.7000 ext. 8605





Hear from game-changing Canadian authors in VCC interview series

Posted on March 12, 2021

Updated June 30, 2021

Welcome to The Space Between. In this exciting new series presented by Vancouver Community College (VCC), Humanities department leader Larry Perras speaks with Canadian authors who are challenging the way we see our world and relate to the people around us.

Each of the three featured authors are leading the ever-evolving discourse surrounding gender, race, sexuality, and culture, and creating an open space of respect, compassion, and power.

Live interview sessions were between January and May 2021. Recordings of the interviews have been made available for a limited time only.


Avan Jogia ­– Jan. 22, 2021

Avan Jogia is truly a modern Renaissance man. An actor, screenwriter, a director and musician, an LGBTQ advocate, and a poet, Avan, the son of an Indian-British father and English-Irish mother, reflects a new voice in the poetry world, one that is contemplative, at times starkly real, but always authentic. His perspective as a man of a mixed racial background, thus the title of his collection, Mixed Feelings, is one that honours his heritage and shows clarity about the possibility of inclusive change.

Louise Bernice Halfe – March 24, 2021

Award-winning and highly respected writer and poet Louise Bernice Halfe, also known by the Cree name Sky Dancer, has been named Canada's new parliamentary poet laureate, the first Indigenous person to receive this title. Her books, Bear Bones and Feathers(1994), Blue Marrow (2004), The Crooked Good (2007), and Burning In This Midnight Dream (2016) have all received numerous accolades and awards. Sôhkêyihta features selected poems and was published in 2018. Her latest work Awâsis – Kinky and Disheveled will be released in the spring of 2021.

In our interview, we discuss how Louise Bernice Halfe’s work contributes to a greater dialogue about connection and resilience. One of the most striking aspects of her writing is the focus on language as witnessing and documenting, and language as a force of claiming and reclaiming identity. Her ability to convey historical atrocities while maintaining a beauty of language and ideological optimism provides a perspective that is decidedly unique in our often-unconstructive discourses about Reconciliation. 

Ivan Coyote May 12 2021

Ivan Coyote – May 12, 2021 (Video expired – thank you for watching!)

Ivan Coyote is the award-winning author of 12 books, the creator of four short films, and has released three albums that combine storytelling with music. Ivan often grapples with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity in their work, as well as topics such as family, class, social justice, and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart, a quick wit, and the nuanced and finely honed timing of a gifted storyteller. 

In their latest book, Rebent Sinner, Ivan takes on the patriarchy and the political, as well as the intimate and the personal in beguiling and revealing stories of what it means to be trans and non-binary today.

Discover your own writing potential through VCC’s Academic Upgrading and University Transfer programs.

Charles Ya’Ya Heit: Revealing the power of Indigenous art

Posted on June 18, 2021

Even before Charles Heit was born in the Gitxsan community of Kispiox in northern British Columbia, his relatives began calling him “Ya’Ya,” a family nickname meaning “grandfather.”

“My grandmother’s uncle was the big chief, and I was first born after he died,” he explains. “We believe in reincarnation, so even as a small child, all these adults would call me Ya’Ya. They loved me like that too.”

In addition to his name, Ya’Ya also inherited his family’s artistic skill. Having learned traditional carving and drawing from a young age, Ya’Ya, who is now in his mid-60s, has contributed to some of the country’s most significant public Indigenous art pieces.

Now with grandchildren of his own, Ya’Ya continues to pursue new forms of art with the energy and curiosity of a high-school grad. For him, art not only runs through his veins, but also embodies his peoples’ history and identity, while being an important tool for resistance and justice.

Family foundations

Most recently, Ya’Ya’s art journey took him to Vancouver Community College (VCC) and the Jewellery Art and Design program, where he developed skills in stone setting, casting, and, his favourite, repouseé – a metalwork technique he describes as “hammering a piece of metal every which way” until it becomes a three-dimensional item such as a bracelet.

Long before he was setting gems and shaping metals, however, Ya’Ya was a wood carver, learning his craft from two rather famous uncles: Walter Harris (Chief Geel) and Earl Muldon (Chief Delgamuukw), both Gitxsan master carvers and recipients of the Order of Canada, whose legacies include totems, drawings, and other significant works in museums and public spaces across North America.


Ya'Ya Heit and raven rattle

Ya'Ya' working in VCC's jewellery lab / Raven rattle pipe

“When we were kids, Uncle Walter would take us fishing. All I knew is he was a good fisherman and a carpenter,” says Ya’Ya. “I was 14 when I found out they were artists.”

At 15, with his parents’ support, Ya’Ya left what he calls his “white Canadian life” to stay with his grandparents, immerse himself in his Gitxsan culture, and train as a master carver at the Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art.

Throughout his carving career, Ya’Ya has worked with both his uncles as well as other greats such as award-wining Haida artist Robert Davidson. "When a friend would get a big commission, I would volunteer sometimes to help,” he says. “I love making big art so much.”

The art of resistance

“A lot of Gitxsan art made by my ancestors was to record history,” explains Ya’Ya. “So I’ve always been recording history.”

The significance of this history was recognized most notably in 1997 after Ya’Ya’s Gitxsan community won a decade-long lawsuit, one of the first recognizing Aboriginal title to traditional lands. Known today as the Delgamuukw Case, it was named after Ya’Ya’s uncle Earl Muldon, who worked tirelessly to establish oral history as valid evidence in court.

Ya’Ya himself has also supported his people’s ongoing struggle for land rights by learning and teaching geographic information systems (GIS) computer mapping, in addition to making powerful statements through his art.

“Being native in Canada is just a really bad experience,” says Ya’Ya. After the recent news about the residential school mass grave in Kamloops spread so widely, he hopes awareness of Indigenous issues will continue to increase. “I’m glad that some of Canada is opening their eyes to how horrific Canadian colonialism is. 

Like many Indigenous people and their allies today, Ya’Ya has added this tragic news to a running list in his mind that includes the “wellness check” death of Chantel Moore in New Brunswick, the underfunding of Indigenous children in care, the destruction of thousand-year-old forests in Fairy Creek, B.C., and the 30-per cent unemployment rate in his home community.

“All this motivates me to say things with my art,” he says.


Ya'Ya Heit three jewellery designs

"Little Smiling Frog" repouseé silver bracelet (see more) / Self-portrait ring / Red garnet crown set ring

While he misses his village deeply, Ya’Ya says he’s experienced a lot of new things and quite enjoyed his time at VCC and in Vancouver. For now, he can be found hammering metal every which way at Rubble Rock and Gem in South Vancouver alongside numerous other VCC grads. “My classmates are one-third my age,” Ya’Ya says, continuing to live up to his name. “We’re a happy gang together.”

VCC is dedicated to creating a safe and empowering environment for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis learners through a range of supports and services. Learn more by visiting VCC Indigenous Education and Community Engagement.

Heat Warning for Metro Vancouver today

Posted on June 28, 2021

Environment Canada announced a heat risk to the Lower Mainland today; please take preventative measures to avoid heat-related injuries.

Please note that Vancouver Community College (VCC) Broadway and Downtown campuses are open for normal operations today and our HVAC systems are operational. VCC will be monitoring the heat situation and will apply all WorkSafeBC guidelines regarding heat stress.

Protection from heat stress

Heat exhaustion can come on quickly when the body overheats to 40 degrees C. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include dizziness, nausea, headache, clammy skin, and intense thirst. Worse, heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, a more serious condition that can cause brain damage, unconsciousness, and even death.

How can you protect yourself from heat hazards at work? Here are some pointers, whether the work happens outdoors or indoors under hot conditions:

Stay hydrated

Drink lots of water. When your sweat glands are working overtime, you need to stay hydrated. Aim to drink about one litre of water every hour and stay away from caffeine and alcohol, which are dehydrating.

Avoid direct sunlight/stay in shade

Seek shade. Avoid working in the sun — particularly between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., when the sun’s UV rays are the strongest. And don’t forget to reapply sunscreen every couple of hours if you work in the sun.

Dress appropriately 

Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing to help sweat evaporate and keep you cooler. Avoid dark colors, which can absorb heat. If possible, wear a light-colored, wide-brimmed hat.

Moderate activities

Exercise in the morning or evening, when it's likely to be cooler outdoors. If possible, exercise in shady areas, or do a water workout in a pool. If possible, stay indoors. Work out at the gym, walk laps inside the mall, or climb stairs inside an air-conditioned building.

Heed the humidex

Humidex ratings tell us how hot we actually feel when heat and humidity mix to an uncomfortable or unsafe degree. The higher the humidex, the harder it is to cool down by sweating. It’s important that employers monitor other factors that affect how hot it feels in the workplace, such as air flow, workload, radiant heat sources, and the age and physical health of workers.

Pay attention to warning signs

Heat illnesses can happen quickly, especially during hot-weather exercise, watch for the following signs and symptoms:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Excessive sweating
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Confusion
  • Irritability
  • Low blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Visual problems

If you develop any of these symptoms, you must lower your body temperature and get hydrated right away. Stop exercising immediately and get out of the heat. If possible, have someone stay with you who can help monitor your condition. If you do not act, your condition may worsen, resulting in a medical emergency.

WorkSafe BC has also created a guide for workers during extreme heat conditions.

Please look out for each other! People generally don’t notice when they have heat exhaustion, so it’s important that workers be trained in recognizing its signs and symptoms and when to call for medical help.

VCC and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2021

Posted on June 24, 2021

VCC Music instructor Francois Houle / photo: Diane Smithers 

Vancouver Community College (VCC) is proud to present a roster of talented music alumni and faculty performing at this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival running from Friday, June 25 to Sunday, July 4 at various venues around the city.

Check out the schedule of Jazz Fest performances by VCC faculty and alumni (all events are free unless noted otherwise):

June 25

Sharon Minemoto Quartet (with faculty Sharon Minemoto, Bernie Arai)
7:30 p.m., Frankie’s Jazz Club

June 26

Malleus Trio (with alumni Ben Brown, Geordie Hart, Dominic Conway)
12 p.m., Ocean Art Works

4:30 p.m., The Ironworks

Katherine Penfold (with alumnus Matt Reid)
$11, 7 p.m., Pyatt Hall

$11, 9 p.m., The Ironworks

June 27

Idle Moon (with alumnus Ben Brown)
12 p.m., Ocean Art Works

Mary Ancheta Quartet (with alumni Dominic Conway, Matt Reid)
1:30 p.m., Ocean Art Works

Jillian Lebeck trio
2:30 p.m., Performance Works 

Roisin Adams Workshop
3:30 p.m., Tom Lee Music Hall

June 28

Electric Miles (with faculty Bernie Arai)
$10, 8 p.m., Blueshore Theatre, Capilano University

June 29

Ribcage (with alumni Jon Roper, Joel Fountain, Matt Reid)
1:30 p.m., Ocean Art Works

Emad Armoush’s Rayhan (with faculty Francois Houle)
2:30 p.m., Performance Works

Stop Time III (with alumna Roisin Adams)
4:30 p.m., The Ironworks

June 30

Itamar Erez Quartet (with faculty Francois Houle, Kevin Romain)
2:30 p.m., Performance Works

Kevin Romain acoustic trio
$20, 7:30 p.m., Frankie’s Jazz Club

Sax Jeopardy! (with alumni Steve Kaldestad, Cory Weeds, Dominic Conway)
8 p.m., Blueshore Theatre, Capilano University

July 1

Thad Bailey-Mai Quartet (with alumnus David Blake)
12 p.m., Ocean Art Works

Marin Patenaude (with alumnus Pete Schmitt)
1:30 p.m., Ocean Art Works

Lisa Cay Miller (with alumnus Ben Brown)
4:30 p.m., The Ironworks

Jimi James Quartet featuring John Gross (with alumnus Brad Pearson)
7:30 p.m., Frankie’s

Tommy Babin’s Benzene (with faculty Bernie Arai)
$11, 9 p.m., The Ironworks

July 2

Sharon Minemoto Workshop
3:30 p.m., Tom Lee Music Hall

July 3

San Pedro Cinco (with Robin Layne)
2:30 p.m., Performance Works

David Blake Quartet
7:30 p.m., Frankie’s Jazz Club

Dee Daniels (with alumnus Joel Fountain)
8 p.m., Performance Works

July 4

Christopher Fraser Quartet (with faculty Sharon Minemoto)
12 p.m., Ocean Art Works

Loewen/Carter + Not for Proper
9 p.m., The Ironworks

Immerse yourself in the field of music. Learn more about VCC’s music programs and opportunities for success in the music industry. Attend an info session to learn more about bachelor, diploma and community music programs.


New Mechanical Engineering Technician program fills needs in B.C. industry

Posted on June 22, 2021

Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to announce a new program designed to meet the growing demand for mechanical drafters and 3D modellers in British Columbia.

Launching in September 2021, the Mechanical Engineering Technician program was designed in consultation with multiple industry partners and will be delivered by VCC’s CAD and BIM department.

According to CAD and BIM department head Bruce McGarvie, industrial firms have expressed a heightened need for two specific professions: process pipers and 3D modellers for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems.

In any industrial facility, there can be millions of kilometres of pipelines, carrying anything from water and air to fuel or industrial gases. The term process piping refers to the design and installation of these vast pipe networks.

Similarly, in today’s large residential developments, designing safe, efficient MEP systems requires advanced training and 3D modelling technology.

In developing the new program, VCC received direct input from the industry, notably design firms Bycar Engineering and AME Group as well as Wood PLC, Fluor Canada, and PML Professional Mechanical.

"These firms are expecting a large demand for technicians," says Bruce.

Program options

VCC’s new, 10-month Mechanical Engineering Technician program is available to both domestic and international students, and can also be taken as a speciality within VCC’s two-year CAD and BIM diploma program.

According to Bruce, CAD and BIM grads, alumni, and other professionals working in the construction and design industry can also look forward to exciting new part-time options in the near future, including courses in virtual reality (VR) for building design.

Learn more about the Mechanical Engineering Technician certificate program and apply now for September 2021.


VCC students stand out on National Skills stage

Posted on June 16, 2021

Congratulations to Vancouver Community College (VCC) students on winning four medals in the Skills Canada 2021 Virtual National Competition held on Tuesday, June 15.

Students in the baking, autobody repair and car painting categories demonstrated outstanding performances and podium-finishes against competitors across the country.

Both VCC baking champions Noeka Nimmervoll (secondary) and Katie Rempel (post-secondary) earned the top titles following their provincial gold last month. Both competitors were required to produce a set of cakes and bonbons reflecting the theme “Enchanted Forest.”

Meanwhile, both autobody repair student Keagan Behiel (secondary) and car painter Emmett Thompson (secondary) produced stellar results with bronze and silver respectively.

We’re so proud of each student who took part in every level of this competition. Your pursuit of excellence, hard work, and perseverance have shone on the national stage. Well done!

Automotive collision repair – secondary

Keagan Behiel – BRONZE

Car painting – secondary

Emmett Thompson – SILVER

Baking – secondary

Noeka Nimmervoll – GOLD

Baking – post-secondary

Katie Rempel – GOLD

National Skills Canada 2022

The next National Skills Canada competition is set to take place in Vancouver in 2022 at the Vancouver Convention Centre from May 25 to 28. Stay tuned for more and get ready to cheer on our competitors in our home city next year.

Do you see yourself excelling in the skilled trades? Join one of VCC's upcoming free information sessions to find your fit.

VCC students raise funds for Deaf seniors

Posted on June 7, 2021

Each year, the graduating class of Vancouver Community College’s (VCC) ASL and Deaf Studies program holds a fun and educational community event called Deaf Deaf World. This year, they couldn't gather together but still wanted to still make a community contribution.

During the month of June, our students have partnered with the Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility to help assemble and deliver 100 gift hampers to Deaf and hard of hearing seniors in the Lower Mainland, and are aiming to raise $2,500 to buy gift cards and other essential items for the hampers.

The students are also seeking puzzles, used books, game books, magazines, colouring books, pencil crayons, playing cards, magnifying glasses, and phone stands/pop sockets to include in the hampers.

Donate here to help them reach their goal! Deadline for donations is June 20. If you have questions or material donations, please email

Download and share the poster [PDF]


Flyer thumbnail (click to download PDF)

Are you interested in learning American Sign Language and connecting with Vancouver’s vibrant Deaf community? Apply now to VCC’s full-time ASL and Deaf Studies program for September.













New VCC program teaches top trends in nail art and nail enhancements

Posted on June 14, 2021

Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to announce a new Nail Technology program designed to meet the rising demand for manicures and pedicures for all genders.

The new, four-month, full-time certificate program will start in September 2021 and is accepting applications now. There are 16 spots available in the first intake and no prior experience is required.

As nail enhancements rise in popularity, so do return customers, as most styles require consistent upkeep.

"Nail spas are recruiting and training employees to keep up with the newest trends,” says VCC Nail Technology program assistant Gabriela Silva Paula. “VCC Nail Technology grades will be industry-ready and have many career choices from working in a busy spa to owning their own businesses."

With social media-fuelled beauty trends spreading faster than ever, nail spa clients are looking for trained technologists to recreate the latest nail enhancements. According to VCC’s industry insiders, for 2021, these include metallic nails, holograph-inspired, double French tip, and even animal prints.

And the jobs don’t stop at neighbourhood nail salons. "There are lots of employment opportunities in the spa industry as a manicure, pedicure, or nail care specialist, but also retail jobs in beauty supply companies or even in the film industry," says Gabriela.

Three manicure trend samples

Additional program options

In addition to VCC’s new full-time Nail Technology program, there is also a part-time program that will run Saturdays from 9 a.m to 4 p.m, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This flexible schedule is designed students who would like to continue working or have other daytime obligations.

For students and grads from VCC’s Esthetics and Spa Therapy program who have already received a full introduction to manicure, pedicure and gel polish, the Nail Technology certificate is an excellent option for those looking to expand their skills and specialize in nail art and other enhancements.

Apply now for VCC's new Nail Technology program starting this September.

Skilled trades workers supported to strengthen B.C.'s recovery

Posted on June 11, 2021

VANCOUVER – Vancouver Community College (VCC) welcomes the announcement on skilled trades certification from the Government of British Columbia to strengthen the province's economic recovery post-pandemic. 

"Today’s announcement on skilled trades certification from the B.C. provincial government will directly benefit all VCC students enrolled in transportation trades programs by creating a framework that supports apprenticeship training, workplace and public safety, and provides the well-deserved recognition of the high-level of skill required for tradespeople to work in these industries," says Brett Griffiths, dean of VCC's School of Trades, Technology and Design. 

The province is launching a made-in-B.C. certification system to support higher-paying, more stable work for trades workers and to help build the foundation of a strong economic recovery.

The new skilled trades certification system will help deliver steady employment for people and address the demand for skilled workers in B.C. It will also create more opportunities for women, Indigenous peoples and those just starting their careers.

“Skilled tradespeople are building B.C., especially with the largest infrastructure investment in our province’s history already underway,” said Premier John Horgan. “This is a made-in-B.C. solution to ensure confidence that a highly skilled workforce is behind our recovery while providing good, family-supporting jobs that tradespeople can count on. By working together, we’re ensuring B.C. comes out of the pandemic stronger, with a recovery that reaches people across the province.”

Every other province in Canada requires tradespeople to be certified. B.C. removed that requirement in 2003. Without a recognized credential, it can be challenging for workers to transition between projects and industries, resulting in lost wages for workers and their families – especially for people who already face greater barriers to employment in the trades. Skilled trades certification will enhance the strong industry and safety training system, which includes partnerships with WorkSafeBC and Technical Safety BC.

Skilled trades certification will increase prestige for the trades, helping attract more people to trades careers. It will formally recognize the skills of current and future trades workers, helping them keep working as the economy and industry’s needs shift over time.

Apprentices will be part of a certified workforce that will build the infrastructure and provide the services that British Columbians rely on every day. Following public consultation, implementation will start with 10 initial trades from electrical, mechanical and automotive disciplines.

“Skilled trades certification recognizes the professionalism of tradespeople throughout B.C., and ensures equity-deserving groups and every person who wants a rewarding career in the trades can access the highest level of education and training,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training. “Similar to a post-secondary degree, a certified trades worker has a certification that is recognized by employers – just like teachers, lab techs, nurses and other certified workers. By recognizing the worker’s skill, we will attract more people into careers in the trades in order to help address labour shortages across a variety of trades.”

Based on recommendations from a 16-member stakeholder advisory working group Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training representing industry associations, labour, post-secondary institutions, Indigenous skills trainers and the Industry Training Authority, the 10 initial trades designated for skilled trades certification are:

  • mechanical: gasfitter Class A and B, steamfitter/pipefitter, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic and sheet metal worker;
  • electrical: powerline technician, industrial electrician and electrician (construction); and
  • automotive: heavy-duty equipment technician, automotive service technician and autobody and collision technician.

Once implemented, individuals in these 10 trades will be required to either be a certified journeyperson or a registered apprentice to work.

Quick Facts:

  • Approximately 73,000 job openings are expected in the trades in B.C. through to 2029. With 77% of these openings replacing retiring trades workers, skilled trades certification will help ensure the success of the individuals who will fill these roles, while continuing to build prestige around trades for those already working in them.
  • In 2003, the B.C. government eliminated compulsory trades credentialing system. This removed 11 compulsory trades and prescribed journeyperson-to-apprentice ratios.

  • Skilled trades certification will be implemented in phases after the public engagement process is complete. Once a trade has been designated for certification, individuals will have at least one year to either register as apprentices or challenge an exam to certify as a journeyperson, allowing uncertified workers to continue working while accessing any additional supports they may need to.

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Media can contact:

Fareedah Rasoul Kim 

Marketing Communications Officer
Marketing and Communications
Vancouver Community College

For skilled trades certification information, business cases and a public survey, visit:

Virtual runway show a dream come true for VCC Fashion grads

Posted on May 19, 2021

Eleven students from Vancouver Community College's (VCC) Fashion Design & Production program showcased their 2020-21 grad collections as part of Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) held online this year from April 16 to 18.

In lieu of a physical runway, VCC Fashion students collaborated with VCC Graphic Design students to stream a virtual runway film featuring collections including kids wear, Mariachi-inspired designs, horror film-inspired creations, nature-inspired looks, and more.

In addition to the VFW showcase, VCC Fashion students Celeste Sudermann and Shadi Arastehmanesh had the opportunity to share their experiences on CBC's Early Edition with host Michelle Eliot. Listen to the full interview online.

For Celeste, the process behind designing her collection was about challenging her creativity using only the fabrics available from the VCC fashion lab and adding hardware material such as hinges and seat belts to her streetwear pieces. 

International student Shadi, who aspires to become an independent designer for bridal fashion and evening wear, found that she had to adapt her designs so her pieces could be worn for other occasions – especially after the pandemic had restricted celebrations such as weddings and parties.

fashion, models

Shadhi's collection, titled Turquoise Treasure, is a women's evening wear collection inspired by the Victorian era of the 1800-1900s, and is marked by transformative details in the sleeves, collars, and skirts that are meant to mix and match with four different dresses. See more of her work on Instagram @shadi_arastehmanesh

Learn more about all 11 students from the 2020-21 Fashion Show or watch the virtual runway on Facebook Live.

Express yourself by bringing garments to life. Sign up to learn more about the fashion industry in a free online information session.

Students needed to meet the growing demand for apprentices in Canada

Posted on June 2, 2021

Original version published in The Georgia Straight

Did you know that Vancouver Community College (VCC) offers 14 trades apprenticeship programs that combine on-the-job training with classroom learning? If you prefer hands-on experience instead of spending your time buried in a textbook, then apprenticeship training may be the right choice for your post-secondary journey. Along with gaining invaluable career experience, most apprentices also get paid while they learn, and many graduate debt-free.

Isabelle Maheu, a communications advisor at Employment and Social Development Canada, recently told CBC News that there is “still limited awareness about the wide range of opportunities in the skilled trades.”

“Many youths don’t tend to readily view trades as a first-choice career and apprenticeship is not always promoted to youth as a pathway to rewarding and well-paying jobs,” she added.

According to a recent report [PDF] put together by Statistics Canada and the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, Canada needs to attract 167,739 new apprentices over the next five years in order to keep up with current demand. Because of the skyrocketing need for trained apprentices, now is the best time to start a program that interests you. 

VCC apprenticeship programs can be started during high school, after graduation, or at any point in a person’s career. 

After finishing an apprenticeship program, graduates will receive their Certificate of Qualification. This designation is otherwise known as a “ticket” and is recognized by employers across B.C. Grads can also challenge the exam to earn a Red Seal Endorsement, which allows their trade credentials to be recognized anywhere in Canada.

Popular apprenticeship pathways at VCC

The latest trade to get added to VCC’s apprenticeship list is the Hairstylist Apprenticeship pathway. Students with a passion for hair will learn the latest techniques in cutting, colouring, styling, shaving, chemical treatments, and extensions while earning a B.C. trade certificate. The pathway is made up of two levels and programs start on a regular basis with the next intake in August 2021.

Those applying for a spot in the program must be 16 years of age or older, or a high school graduate. If a student has not yet graduated, marks from the Hairstylist Apprenticeship can be converted into high school grades.

Other apprenticeship programs at VCC can help students become automotive collision repair technicians, automotive glass technicians, automotive service technicians, bakers, cooks, and more.

Most apprenticeships take four years to complete, with students spending about 80 percent of their time on the job, earning an income. Depending on the trade, apprentices must be prepared to attend full-time classes at VCC for four to seven weeks for each apprenticeship level.

Many apprentices are also eligible to receive the Apprenticeship Incentive from the Government of Canada. This can be up to $2,000 for men and $6,000 for women.

VCC has pre-apprenticeship (foundation) programs in many popular trades for those who want to get a head start while still attending high school classes. For example, VCC now offers a combined Automotive Collision and Refinishing Foundation to give post-secondary or high school students a taste of both trades.

Meet our experienced trades instructors and ask all the questions you want at an upcoming free information session.

VCC Spring 2021 Student Awards recap

Posted on May 31, 2021

On Friday, May 28, Vancouver Community College (VCC) was proud to celebrate the success, hard work, and achievements of students in a virtual Student Awards ceremony. The event was held on Zoom for donors and recipients, while friends and family were able to tune in through Facebook Live.

Elder Jean Wasegijig opened the ceremony with a territorial acknowledgment and welcome and was followed by remarks from VCC president and CEO Ajay Patel.  

"Twice a year, Student Awards are given to honour you – our students, for your hard work, commitment and lifelong learning path that you've chosen here. Pursuing a career or learning a new skill or a language during a pandemic is nothing short of remarkable, and I want each and every one of you to know that we are all proud of you." – Ajay Patel

Deans then presented the names and bios of award recipients from the following schools:

  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Hospitality, Food Studies and Applied Business
  • School of Trades, technology and Design
  • Centre for Continuing Studies
  • School of Instructor Education
  • School of Arts and Sciences

Student Awards video feature

Each year, VCC Foundation selects one or more Outstanding Student Award recipients to highlight in a video feature. This spring, we shined the spotlight on Angela Mawbey, recipient of the Dental Reception Coordinator scholarship, and Beatrice Antica, recipient of the Student Success Team Award for Excellence.

Special music alumni performance

In past virtual ceremonies, a group of VCC Music alumni produce a rendition of classic hits such as Everyday People by Sly and the Family Stone. Many thanks to Georges Couling (keyboard, producer, and editor), Jimmy Baldwin (guitar), Catherine Hiltz (bass), Daniel Ruiz (drums), and Elaine Shepherd (vocals) for their interpretation of Ed Sheeran’s Photograph.

This Award ceremony could not have been done without the generous support from our many donors. Thank you for continuing to give the gift of giving. Learn more about how you can support VCC students in need.

Five VCC students compete for national titles at Skills Canada 2021

Posted on May 25, 2021

Winning chocolate box by Katie Rempel, Skills Canada BC

Earlier this year, Vancouver Community College (VCC) celebrated multiple gold-medal performances in the Skills Canada BC virtual provincial competitions. Now, VCC’s champions in baking, autobody repair, and car painting will showcase their talents at the Skills Canada 2021 Virtual National Competition.

Instead of travelling across the country to a single host city, this year, our students will follow COVID-19 guidelines by competing remotely and safely at VCC campus facilities from May 25 to 30.


Comfortable and confident in VCC’s campus baking labs, competitors Noeka Nimmervoll (secondary) and Katie Rempel (post-secondary) will tackle the demanding requirements designed to find the best student baker in the country. 

To follow her golden performance at provincials, Noeka will be making 16 French macarons, two identical Povitica breads, and a decorated bar cake.

Our post-secondary champ Katie will need to produce 20 hand-dipped chocolate bonbons, a decorated chocolate presentation box, and a two-tiered celebration cake. Both competitors must creatively reflect the theme “Enchanted Forest.”

Autobody repair 

Meanwhile, in VCC’s autobody repair shop, provincial gold medallists Keagan Behiel (secondary) and Noah Kew (post-secondary) will be aiming for the title of Canada’s top student technician.

With judges expecting perfection, both our competitors will conduct a plastic bumper repair followed by a measuring and damage analysis project. Noah will then go on to complete a sectioning project.

Car painting

Finally, over in VCC’s high-tech downdraft paint booth, one more secondary winner, Emmett Thompson, will be showcasing his hard-earned car painting skills through tasks including prepping, masking, refinishing, colour tinting, and more.

Skills Canada event June 15

While individual virtual competitions will not be live-streamed, all competitors, classmates, friends, family, and fans are invited to join the Skills Canada Virtual National Competition virtual fair on Tuesday, June 15 for highlights, games, prizes, and a closing ceremony starting at 3 p.m. PDT. RSVP NOW >

Watch VCC’s social media feeds for updates on our national competitors and share your support online using the hashtags #myVCC and #SCVNC2021 or by mentioning @myVCC @vccautobody, or @vccbaking on Twitter and Instagram.

Are you interested in the exciting world of skilled trades? Join one of VCC’s upcoming free information sessions to find a rewarding, hands-on career that’s right for you.


VCC jewellery students inspire through public window displays

Posted on May 19, 2021

From Saturday, May 29 until Sunday, June 13, Vancouver Community College (VCC) Jewellery Art and Design students will be presenting their annual showcase in a new and innovative location – outdoors.

Typically a champagne-and-canapés affair in VCC’s Downtown campus atrium, last year’s jewellery show was shifted to a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While indoor gatherings are still restricted this spring, VCC’s Jewellery Art and Design students were inspired to utilize the large glass walls of VCC’s Broadway campus building B, displaying their famously creative jewellery vignettes inside the building while inviting the public to view them safely from outside.

Twenty-four displays of student-designed and handcrafted pieces will be featured along the building’s covered walkway, which is accessible from East 7th Ave. and Glen Dr.

“It will be viewed from outside the building, and will be well-lit, so visible anytime of the day or night," explains Karin Jones, VCC Jewellery Art and Design instructor and department leader.

Guests are also invited to follow the VCC Jewellery Facebook page to see photos and share comments.

Participating Jewellery Art and Design students

Graduating students

Leah Lang Instagram grey @westcoastmetalproject
Raquel Campos Instagram grey @raquelale
Tam Rueter Instagram grey @anchierrajewellery
Angela Thien Kim Nguyen Instagram grey @atkimndesigns
Michael Hill Instagram grey @michaelhilldesigns
Kourosh Mirabian Instagram grey
Sayeh Nourbahksh Instagram grey @sayehnourjewelry
Chera Kim Instagram grey @ouri_fine
Kelsea Balata Instagram grey @kelseabalata
Jing Yang Instagram grey @echpo.aul

First-year students

Aimée Taylor Instagram grey @ameli_jewellery
Iris Lo Instagram grey
Clemence Beurton
Sebastian Penner Instagram grey @allparsleyeverything
Evan Matthews
Weiwei Li
Monique Huynh Instagram grey @moniquehuynhjewelry
Jill Vickers-Kealy Instagram grey
Tata Sadeghi
Kale Needham Instagram grey @triplefivejewelry

Are you coming to VCC’s parking-lot clinic for your COVID-19 vaccine? Pop across the street after your “jab” for some creative inspiration and picture yourself wearing beautiful jewellery again soon!

Interested in expanding your hobby or making jewellery as a career? Learn more about VCC's two-year diploma in Jewellery Art and Design and apply now for September.

Vancouver ranked best city for youth to work in Canada

Posted on May 11, 2021

It’s a great time to be in Vancouver. According to the 2021 Youthful Cities Urban Work Index, Metro Vancouver achieved the highest ranking in Canada as a place for youth aged 15 to 29 to live and work. 

The project considered 76 indicators, grouped into 11 different topics, to rank cities across Canada on things that matter most to youth. 

Youthful Cities 2021 categories

Of the 27 cities considered, Metro Vancouver was ranked first overall, in addition to achieving the top score in the categories of Equity and Inclusion, Public Transportation, and Public Health. 

Youthful Cities 2021 rankings chart

At Vancouver Community College (VCC), we’re thrilled about this ranking and proud to play a major role in preparing youth to take part in B.C.’s promising workforce.

Explore VCC’s wide variety of certificate, diploma, degree, and apprenticeship programs now and establish your future in the best city in Canada! 

For the purposes of this index, “Metro Vancouver” included our many friends in Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey, West Vancouver, and White Rock.


New mental health training tool for B.C. post-secondary faculty and staff

Posted on May 11, 2021

When it comes to mental health and wellness of post-secondary students, staff and instructors are often the first point of contact for those seeking help.

That’s why Vancouver Community College (VCC) welcomes the introduction of a new training initiative, Capacity to Connect, which provides basic mental health and wellness knowledge for post-secondary faculty and staff to support students in distress.

Developed by BCcampus and introduced on May 11 by the B.C. government, Capacity to Connect is another important tool for post-secondary institutions to support our future workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

“This past year has been tough for all British Columbians, including post-secondary students who have had to deal with so many disruptions and unexpected challenges,” says Anne Kang, B.C. Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training. "Capacity to Connect means faculty and staff at our post-secondary institutions will have easier access to the tools and skills they need to provide intervention and help."

Capacity to Connect is an open educational resource consisting of a two-hour training session that can be completed online or in person. Participants will gain a better understanding of their role in responding to students in distress and gain basic tools for approaching and referring students to campus and community resources. 

Key features of Capacity to Connect

  • Free, open education resource
  • How to recognize signs of distress, how to respond, and where to refer students
  • Resilience and wellness focus, including a wellness wheel self-assessment tool
  • A decolonized perspective on mental health and wellness
  • Scenarios representing B.C.’s diverse student population

Mental health supports for students

B.C. post-secondary students can access 24/7 professional counselling services through Here2Talk by:

Students calling from outside Canada can also dial 604.642.5212 (international calling charges may apply). Phone services are available in additional languages upon request.

VCC students may also access free, professional counselling services through VCC’s Counselling Services department.




Media release: Four colleges partner to deliver workforce training

Posted on May 3, 2021

VANCOUVER – Four colleges from across Canada have partnered to support economic recovery in their regions with the launch of a new industry training program in the supply chain sector, funded by the Future Skills Centre and developed by City School by Mohawk. 

Nova Scotia Community College, Mohawk College, Red River College and Vancouver Community College have partnered to deliver the Material Handling 4.0 pilot program, designed to help people transition into careers in the supply chain sector. The program builds upon the successful training model used by Mohawk College’s City School initiative in Hamilton, combining industry-driven training, individualized student support, and practical work experience to provide comprehensive training services to people who face barriers to employment and education.

Upon completion of the program, participants receive a micro-credential and employment services to help them successfully transition into long-term, stable employment.

The Material Handling 4.0 pilot program will provide participants with six weeks of industry-specific instruction and a two-week paid work placement, complete with wrap-around supports, such as child care, all required PPE and supplies for work safety, and referrals to support services (legal clinics, housing, health, etc.). This program will provide training for 243 people across the four participating colleges. Mohawk begins its first local cohort of the program today, and the partner colleges will launch their cohorts starting in Fall 2021.

Future Skills Centre (FSC) announced an initial investment of $1.95 million in the first phase of the program at Mohawk College in 2020 to develop and establish the program in the Hamilton area. Today, it is announcing an additional $1.1 million to expand the program to the three additional communities across Canada.

“As we continue to recover from COVID-19, our government is helping jobseekers up-skill and re-skill to fill in demand jobs. Mohawk College’s Material Handling 4.0 project is helping workers transition into new job opportunities within the supply chain sector,” said Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough. “Further investments through the Future Skills Centre will allow new partnerships to expand the project’s reach and continue this important work.”

“Employers in the supply chain sector are suffering from labour shortages and disruptive technologies have left some workers behind,” said Ron McKerlie, President and CEO of Mohawk College. “The City School by Mohawk model has had proven success in creating pathways to meaningful employment in Hamilton over the past five years. We are grateful that our partner colleges have chosen to adapt this successful model to train people for supply chain job opportunities in their regions.”

“Thank you to the Future Skills Centre and Mohawk College for the opportunity to become one of the four colleges across Canada to train individuals for the supply chain sector,” says Ajay Patel, President and CEO, Vancouver Community College. “This program model, delivered by VCC in the heart of the city, aligns perfectly with our values of providing community-based education and training to those who need it the most.”

“We are pleased to support the expansion of this program,” said Pedro Barata, Executive Director of the Future Skills Centre. “We know that employers in the supply chain and material handling sector face labour shortages, while workers need to acquire different, more technical skills to meet the demands of this evolving industry. This learning model has demonstrated promise and fills a gap in the skills ecosystem around the need to connect post-secondary education with workforce development to support career advancement. Rolling out this program to strong partners in different regions will support workers, employers and industries to adapt effectively to these changes in order to thrive in the economy of the future.”

“We appreciate the investment from the Future Skills Centre in recognizing the importance of a skilled workforce in the much-needed function of materials handling,” said Pat Campbell, Vice President at Supply Chain Canada. Supply Chain Canada supports post-secondary institutions as they provide the full spectrum of education and training needed to work as practitioners and professionals. “Across warehousing and distribution, there is a chasm that needs to be addressed – especially now. And we’re glad to have the opportunity of expanding our existing partnerships with Mohawk College, Nova Scotia Community College, Red River College and Vancouver Community College as they take this important step to address a growing need.”

Material Handling 4.0 Background

  • Partnering colleges include Vancouver Community College (BC), Red River College (MB), Nova Scotia Community College (NS) and led by Mohawk College (ON)
  • 243 people across Canada will benefit from programming through this initiative
  • Investment totaling $3.05 million from the Future Skills Centre
  • The project will bring the City School model of community-based, tuition-free training to three new communities across Canada
  • Partner colleges were selected for their connections to the community, employers and the local opportunities within the supply chain sector
  • All participants will be provided with wrap-around supports, including a dedicated employment consultant for the program, provisions for child care services, PPE and appropriate referrals to support services
  • The program will train adults who are not currently enrolled in post-secondary education, who have been historically under-represented or under-served in their local communities
  • The program will consist of a six-week virtual training component, followed by a two-week paid placement with a local employer
  • Mohawk is set to launch its first cohort of Material Handling 4.0 to the Hamilton community in May 2021, with partner colleges following in the fall of 2021
  • Supported by FSC’s evaluation partner, Blueprint ADE, the program will also conduct research to understand the necessary conditions for replicating a community-based education model such as City School by Mohawk in diverse communities


About the Future Skills Centre

The Future Skills Centre (FSC) is a forward-thinking centre for research and collaboration dedicated to preparing Canadians for employment success. We believe Canadians should feel confident about the skills they have to succeed in a changing workforce. As a pan-Canadian community, we are collaborating to rigorously identify, test, measure, and share innovative approaches to assessing and developing the skills Canadians need to thrive in the days and years ahead. The Future Skills Centre was founded by a consortium whose members are Ryerson University, Blueprint, and The Conference Board of Canada, and is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Program.

The Material Handling 4.0 project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre. Le projet Material Handling 4.0 est financé par le Centre des Compétences futures du gouvernement du Canada.

About VCC

VCC has been inspiring students to reach their career and educational goals for over 55 years, offering post-secondary training in over 130 programs including bachelor's degrees, diplomas, certificates, and apprenticeships. With three campuses located in East Vancouver, Downtown, and on Annacis Island, students receive hands-on instruction in culinary arts, business, design, health sciences, hospitality, transportation trades, music, and more.

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Applications now open for VCC nursing programs

Posted on April 19, 2021

British Columbia needs health care professionals. Over the next ten years, WorkBC estimates there will be a need for over 19,000 registered nurses, 17,000 health care assistants, and 4,200 licensed practical nurses in the province.

In response to this need, Vancouver Community College’s (VCC) Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) program has now streamlined its application process to eliminate the need for waitlists.

In line with other B.C. institutions, VCC’s new BScN application cycle will reset yearly and no longer place applicants on a waitlist for future intakes. After a given year’s cohort is filled, any students not admitted will be required to reapply the following year.

This change will also provide our future health care professionals the flexibility to apply to other nursing programs or enter related VCC health care or bridging programs instead of waiting in academic limbo.

Applications for VCC’s Bachelor of Nursing program are now being accepted for the September 2021 intake. Application deadline is May 31, 2021 at 4 p.m.

Start your health sciences career now

There are countless options for those interested in a health care career. See the full list of VCC health sciences programs currently accepting applications:


Health Unit Coordinator
September 2021 - Currently filling

Medical Office Assistant
September 2021 - Currently filling

Medical Transcriptionist
September 2021 - Currently filling

Office Administration: Medical Office Skills (Continuing Studies)
May 2021 - Registering now
September 2021 - Registering now


Acute Care for Health Care Assistants
October 2021 - Currently filling

Health Care Assistant
May 2021 - Currently filling
September 2021 - Currently filling 

Health Care Assistant – ESL
September 2021 - Currently filling

Medical Device Reprocessing Technician (Continuing Studies)
May 2021 - Registering now
September 2021 - Registering now

Medical Laboratory Assistant
May 2021 - Limited space left
September 2021 - Currently filling

Occupational/Physical Therapist Assistant (Rehab Assistant)
September 2021 - Currently filling

Pharmacy Technician
September 2021 - Currently filling


Practical NursingSeptember 2021 - Currently filling

Access to Practical Nursing
September 2022 - Next intake

Nursing (BScN)
September 2021 - Currently filling (deadline May 31, 2021)

Nursing (BScN) Advanced Entry
August 2021 - Full

Information is current as of April 19, 2021. Apply now to secure your seat in these popular programs.

Eddy’s story: A new wave in nursing

Posted on May 10, 2021

At multiple points in his life, Eddy Gooch took career aptitude tests and they all told him the same thing: he would make an excellent nurse. His father was in construction, however, and no one in his family had pursued post-secondary education in health care. “I thought nursing was beyond me,” Eddy says.

It was only after he had tried multiple other careers that Eddy found his way into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Vancouver Community College (VCC). Today, he’s not only eagerly looking forward to a nursing career, but also opening new doors for Indigenous representation.

Confronting colonialism 

Eddy knew from childhood that he was adopted at birth from the Cowichan Tribes, one of the largest Indigenous groups in British Columbia. Eddy adores his family and was raised to take pride in his heritage – unlike many adopted Indigenous children at the time whose roots and identities were left a troubling mystery. 

The term “Sixties Scoop” can be misleading, as it’s used to describe a period of (not one, but) four decades ranging from the 50s to the 90s in which thousands of Indigenous children were systematically placed into non-Indigenous families in Canada and the United States. Carried out in the name of “child welfare,” this practice is now regarded as a strategy to strip Indigenous people of culture and language and assimilate them into the North American (colonial) mainstream.

Eddy remembers nothing but care and love growing up. “My parents always expressed how lucky they were to have me,” he says. Despite his own happy memories, however, Eddy also understands the importance of his story in the context of reconciliation, which is why he’s joined the 2009 class-action lawsuit that continues to seek justice for Sixties Scoop survivors.

Medical motivation

While Eddy learned construction skills from a young age, his first career passion was cooking. He trained in French cuisine and worked as a cook for eleven years before sustaining a career-ending injury to his wrist. As Eddy fell back on construction jobs, his mother also became ill during this time and spent extended periods in hospital.

“It was the nurses who were always there,” Eddy says, remembering how he’d watch and admire their medical skills as well as the comfort and assurance they brought in such a difficult time. 

In 2018, when yet another construction job ended, Eddy finally began looking into nursing programs. Thanks to the high demand as well as academic and financial opportunities for Indigenous nurses in B.C., multiple schools were eager to have him. Eddy chose VCC due to the quality academic upgrading classes and the personalized support he received from VCC staff, particularly Indigenous Advisor Toni Gladstone. “It became about the community,” Eddy says. 

Pride in progress

Now finished the first year of his nursing degree, Eddy has become one of VCC’s most enthusiastic students. In addition to full-time study and clinical placements, Eddy continues to deepen his Indigenous knowledge and has worked as a student aide at VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement department. In May 2021, Eddy was thrilled to join VCC instructor Maki Iwase and four other classmates to represent VCC on the national stage at the 2021 Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Virtual Conference.

While nursing careers come in many forms, Eddy’s personal goal is to work in the emergency room, helping and comforting people in some of the most distressing moments in their lives. “I’ve had too much experience going to the emergency,” he confesses. “I would love to be on the team that makes people feel taken care of.”

Similarly, Eddy hopes his presence as a proud and compassionate Indigenous man in medical centres will further the goals of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and ease the historic fears that Indigenous people have of being racialized or treated with discrimination. “This is an early wave of Indigenous representation in health care,” he says, “and it’s phenomenal to be part of it.”

Take the leap into a health care career through VCC’s various nursing and health sciences programs, or connect with our Indigenous Education and Community Engagement department for personalized support.


VCC auto collision and refinishing hosts 2021 Skills Canada provincials

Posted on May 6, 2021

On Friday, April 30, Vancouver Community College (VCC) was proud to host the auto collision and refinishing portion of the Skills Canada BC 2021 provincial competition.

A total of 19 VCC students from both post-secondary and Youth Train in Trades (secondary) programs participated safely, completing physically distanced tasks in VCC’s automotive repair shop at the Broadway campus.

Congratulations to our medallists for carrying on the long tradition of Skills BC victories for VCC automotive trades! See more photos >

Post-secondary Collision
GOLD – Noah Kew
SILVER – Gilbert Joshua Dichoso
BRONZE – Inveer Singh

Secondary Collision
GOLD – Keagan Behiel (Royal Oak Secondary)
SILVER – Shamahue Alam (John Oliver)
BRONZE - Maxine Santos (Total Education)

Secondary Car Paint
GOLD – Emmett Thompson (Earl Marriott Secondary)
SILVER – Jean Carlos Barcelona (King George Secondary)
BRONZE – Karl Dable (Britannia Secondary)

Can you picture yourself on the podium? Learn more about VCC automotive trades (including high school programs) by joining a free information session.


Good luck to VCC's Skills Canada BC 2021 competitors

Posted on April 27, 2021

Please join us in wishing all the best to the Vancouver Community College (VCC) students competing in Skills Canada BC 2021 this spring!

This annual provincial skills competition is normally held at the Tradex in Abbotsford, welcoming more than 600 competitors plus industry judges, as well as a public audience. The 2020 competition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but this year we’ve got our sights set on the podium again.

In the 2021 competition, multiple VCC students from various skilled trades programs will be competing safely in online challenges from their individual homes or schools, with proxy judges on site and official judges participating virtually.

Will VCC students continue to dominate in our famous skilled trades? Tune in to the Skills Canada BC social feeds to find out, and send your support to our students online using the hashtags #myVCC and #SkillsBC. Check back for updates on our medallists and go VCC!

Automotive collision repair – April 30 – See results


Gilbert Joshua Dichoso
Inveer Singh
Khang Do
Noah Kew


Kaisei Meighan
Behiel Keagan
Maxine Santos
Emmett Thomson
Romel Eyobe
Shamahue Alam
Steven Hayre
Kaiden Sao
George Babyuk

Car painting – April 30  – See results


Emmett Thompson
Alvin Sum
Michael Wong
Jean Carlos Barcelona
Karl Dable
Nathan Ram

Baking – April 17 – See results


Queenie Li Instagram grey @queenie_li16

  • Gold winner: 2018 Provincials
  • Silver winner: 2018 Nationals

Gabriela Robinson Instagram grey @gabi_bakes_

Yejin Park Instagram grey @yejimon_

  • Silver winner: 2019 Provincials

Katie Rempel


Noeka Nimmervoll (Eric Hamber Secondary)

Ethan Jireh Dunol

Think you might shine at a skilled trade? Connect with VCC instructors and ask all the questions you want at an upcoming free information session.

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VCC student account updates: Important information

Posted on April 7, 2021

Updated April 15, 2021

During the weekend of April 9 - 11, Vancouver Community College (VCC) performed an important update to student online accounts. This update affects all student passwords and any files stored in the Office 365 environment.

What you need to know

Moodle access

Use the same password as login. 

SharePoint access

As a result of a technical limitation, SharePoint access previously provided to students by instructors could not be maintained, and will need to be set up again. This is a one-time action required to reconnect student accounts.

Address Book

Due to privacy updates, students will now see a blank Address Book in Office 365. As a result, students will not be able to use the chat function with other students in MS Teams.

Student password change

Passwords provide the first line of defence against unauthorized access to your computer and personal information. The stronger your password, the more protected your data will be from hackers and malicious software. Complex passwords have now been implemented for VCC students to be aligned with all VCC users. 

What is my password after April 9?  

Students will log in with a temporary password initially. The new, temporary password incorporates your previous PIN/Password and starts with ‘VCC’ and ends with ‘#’.

  • Temporary password format: VCC[student’s PIN/Password from April 8]#
  • Example: VCC012345# 

After initial login, students will be prompted to change their temporary password to include the following: 

  • Password length of minimum 10 characters 
  • Must contain upper and lower case letters
  • Must include at least one number
  • Must include a special character (i.e.  ! # $ % …) 
  • Must not contain account holder's first or last name 
  • Must not be one of the passwords previously used 

For detailed guidance, watch our Student Password Video Tutorial.

Going forward, use this updated password to log in to myVCC , Moodle and email.

Where are my files? / How to retrieve files

Any files stored in Outlook or OneDrive were not included in the update and must be retrieved within 30 days (starting April 9). Please see appropriate guides for file retrieval instructions: 

For detailed guidance, watch our Moving Outlook Emails Video Tutorial.

Thank you for your patience during this important upgrade to VCC systems. For questions or assistance, the VCC Help Desk can be reached by calling 604.443.8700 or emailing


David Blake: The relentless call of jazz

Posted on April 29, 2021

Most people would say they like music. They may even love it. When it comes to jazz musicians, however, they live it.

For recent VCC Bachelor of Applied Music grad David Blake, this devotion started young, as a typical teenage affinity to classic rock transformed into a lifelong passion for jazz guitar. 

In celebration of International Jazz Day (April 30), and as David gears up for his next chapter as a master’s student at New York University (NYU), he looks back on his complex journey and what it means to live and breathe this extraordinary genre.

The hard way

By the time David finished high school, jazz had already taken a firm hold. “I figured if I have to go to college, it’s going to be for music,” he says. “I knew I wanted to be a jazz guitar player but I didn’t really know what that meant.”

Despite having talent to spare, David struggled with post-secondary education. He remembers himself as an 18-year-old, failing most of his first-term courses at Capilano College (now University) and only showing up for ensemble practices. “I wasn’t ready for school,” he says. “I just had a bad attitude.”

Over the next decade, David continued to drop in and out of post-secondary music programs at both Capilano and the University of Toronto. “I’d hit a wall,” he says, remembering each time he quit out of frustration.

Even without a formal bachelor’s degree, David continued to grow into a strong and experienced musician. He credits much of his development to instruction and mentorship from certain Capilano instructors like Mary Jo Bischoff, Brad Turner, and Jared Burrows, David Occhipinti and Dave Young in Toronto, and his Vancouver jazz “heroes” Darren Radtke, Steve Kaldestad, and particularly Bill Coon.

In his pursuit of jazz, David naturally became a fixture in Vancouver’s music community. He recorded several independent albums and built a successful career around performing, teaching at the VSO School of Music, and curating popular concerts at the Tangent Café and for the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Body and soul

Like many committed jazz musicians, David also made the occasional pilgrimage to New York City, immersing himself in its vibrant music scene and taking lessons with acclaimed guitarist Lage Lund. It was during one of these demanding (and expensive) trips, however, that David says he realized he was battling depression, and returned to Vancouver to seek help.

“It was many years of hard work and struggling,” David says of his treatment, but he’s grateful for the new perspectives it gave him, including a fresh take on school. “I was able to grapple with many of the issues that prevented my success, like struggling with authority and being afraid to ask for help when I needed it.”

Then, during a jazz workshop in the summer of 2019, renowned Canadian saxophonist Phil Dwyer suggested David pursue a master’s degree, and he surprised himself by considering higher education once again.

David soon applied and was accepted to a master’s program at New York University (NYU), but on one condition: that he complete the bachelor’s degree that had haunted him for over a decade. That’s when David approached VCC about finishing his Bachelor of Applied Music quickly, easily, and close to home. 

“I went into VCC thinking this is going be another grind,” David admits. “I was thrilled to find that VCC faculty were some of the most phenomenal university teachers I’d had ever had,” he says, endorsing Deirdre Morgan, Ken Morrison, and guitar instructor Daryl Jahnke in particular.

What is this thing called jazz?

Charmingly cool and self-deprecating, David will be the first to admit that his story is not the best example for up-and-coming music students. Yet after nearly 20 years of playing, teaching, and honing his craft, David’s appreciation for jazz is deep, intelligent, and infectious.

At the core of jazz is improvisation – making up music as you play – a technique rooted in African American music of the 1920s that by nature represented “freedom.”

“Improvising seems scary at first,” says David, “but it’s really not.” For aspiring jazz artists, David recommends simply listening to as much of the music as possible. “You need to know what you’re after – what it means,” he says.

Next comes practice, and lots of it. Once jazz chord progressions and scales are internalized, David says a musician can summon them without thinking. “They’re there because you spent the time,” he says.

After that, David approaches improvising as a natural process of creating tension and release – something he says we are very used to feeling already, as filmmakers, authors, even chefs play with tension and resolution in their creative expression.

Finally, comes commitment. From A+ students to restlessly creative souls, “nobody is going to get very far just learning a ‘little bit’ about jazz,” David says. “You need to become fairly obsessed with it.”

Please join us in wishing very best to Vancouver’s own David Blake as he heads to NYU this fall!

Explore your own musical potential in any genre through VCC Music programs and courses. Applications are now open for September 2021 with auditions in May and June.

VCC baking students claim top spots at 2021 Skills Canada provincials

Posted on April 21, 2021

Winning macarons by VCC Youth Train in Trades student Noeka Nimmervoll

Congratulations to Vancouver Community College (VCC) baking and pastry arts students for claiming two golds, two silvers, and one bronze medal in the Skills Canada BC 2021 provincial competition held virtually on Sunday, April 18.

In the 2021 competition, six VCC students from both post-secondary and Youth Train in Trades (secondary) programs competed safely in online challenges from their individual homes or schools. The post-secondary students were challenged to make intricate chocolate boxes and decadent truffles, while our high schoolers tackled bar cakes and macarons, all with dazzling results!

Chocolate box by Katie Rempel

Woodland-inspired chocolate box and truffles by VCC baking student Katie Rempel

We’re extremely proud to announce that VCC students claimed multiple top spots in both categories – a testament to their talent and commitment, as well as their quick adaptation to blended online and on-campus learning over the past year.

See more photos and help us congratulate our winners using the hashtags #myVCC and #SkillsBC!

Post Secondary
GOLD – Katie Rempel (VCC)
SILVER – Yejin Park (VCC)
BRONZE– Queenie Li (VCC)
4 – Gabi Robinson (VCC)
5 – Alexa Wellnitz (La Salle College)

GOLD – Noeka Nimmervoll (Eric Hamber/VCC Youth Train in Trades)
SILVER – Jireh Jurado (Windermere /VCC Youth Train in Trades)
BRONZE – Yen-Nhi H (Burnaby Central)
4 – Bailee Montufar (Claremont)
5 – Angela Luo (Fraser Heights)
6 – Emma Torrao (Alpha Secondary)

Can you picture yourself on the podium? Learn more about skilled trades at VCC by joining a free information session in the area of your choice. 


Q&A with VCC health care instructor Signy Novak

Posted on April 14, 2021

VCC instructor Signy Novak with best friends Missie and Louie

Vancouver Community College (VCC) practical nursing instructor Signy Novak has been teaching for 12 years and still loves every moment of it. Lately, she’s begun teaching new courses through VCC Continuing Studies that focus on professional development in the constantly evolving area of medication management.

What do you love about teaching?

I really love connecting with students from various backgrounds and sharing with each other about both the course material and life experiences. It’s all about learning from each other. Each time I complete a course with a group of students, I walk away having learned something new and changed for the good. 

Could you describe the new Medication Course for Health Care Workers?

Medication Course for Health Care Workers helps those working in detox and recovery to learn the basic knowledge and skills required to provide medications safely to clients. The feedback so far is positive. We have great discussions in the class regarding medication administration challenges that come up with clients, and how to manage these situations. There is a great deal of learning that goes on through this sharing of students’ experiences. The students say the course really highlights the high importance of safe medication administration.

What's something interesting about your journey?

I was encouraged to go into teaching by a nursing manager who strongly suggested I apply to VCC. I am so very grateful to her to this day. I did not let fear of change hold me back, and completely changed my career path. I am grateful for the opportunity to teach every single day.

Find your ideal career in B.C.s health care system through one of VCC's many health sciences programs.


Student-designed T-shirt sale supports VCC scholarships

Posted on April 13, 2021

The popular graphic design T-shirt fundraiser for VCC Foundation is back. Choose from three original designs now available online at the VCC Bookstore

Congratulations to second-year graphic design diploma students Natalie Bocking, Mio Masaki, and Natalie Cano, who won a competition to create the illustrations for the shirts.

T-shirts cost $21.95, and all proceeds go to the VCC Foundation, supporting scholarships and equipment for deserving VCC students. In 2019, the campaign sold out of T-shirts, raising more than $500. So get yours today! Order now from the VCC Bookstore.

Curious about a creative career? Learn more about VCC's graphic design programs at an upcoming free information session.


Women in trades needed for B.C.’s economic recovery

Posted on April 13, 2021


Excerpt from Business in Vancouver article: Women seen as key to reducing B.C.’s labour shortage

As B.C. looks to pull itself out of its COVID-induced economic lull, the sectors expecting to be the economy’s major engines – mining, resources, construction, and transportation – are struggling with skilled-labour shortages that could be resolved quickly if industry leaders looked in the right direction, observers say.

The key demographic that could provide the answer, they say, is women. According to B.C. advocates, educators, and tradespeople, the potential for skilled female workers to offset the shortage of electricians, heavy-machinery operators, automotive repair technicians, and other trades is huge in a province needing to maximize its workforce.

Few people have a better view of this than Lindsay Kearns, outreach co-ordinator at the BC Centre for Women in the Trades (BCCWITT) and a 10-year veteran electrician.

“Isolation, discrimination and poor workplace culture have long been barriers for women to enter and stay in these great careers, and with the current skilled workers shortage, it’s time to start focusing on under-represented groups,” Kearns said. “I’m an optimist, and the shift is happening, but the change needs to start at the leadership level. Everyone has to buy in.”

Breaking the mould

Keith Mew, head of the auto collision department of Vancouver Community College’s trades training program, said interest from female students in classes such as his has been steadily rising, although still at a relatively low one out of 15 or 16 student ratio.

But Mew agreed that workplace culture remains a key barrier for many female tradespeople who have the skill to enter the field but soon find themselves overwhelmed by either overt sexism or covert discriminatory behaviours in certain work situations.

“100%, that’s an issue,” Mew said. “And it sometimes depends on the area where someone is working geographically – and the company that they are working for. One thing about the auto collision and refinishing industry is that there are some very large companies with great work cultures, and there are also some smaller shops that may not have the best.”

That’s why, Mew said, VCC offers additional support for female graduates. Mew checks in with alumni from time to time to make sure their post-graduation journey in their career fields is going smoothly. It doesn’t mean these women workers are getting preferential treatment, he said, but rather that their entry into the workplace is in on as even a playing field as possible.

“What I would say is – and what I say to all our students is – this only works as a career if you find joy in the act of working in a shop and performing tasks,” he said. “If there’s no joy in that for you – and it is a demanding job with long hours and stressful environments – it probably won’t be for you. But for women that come through, based on the challenges they face, we really try to support them with resources that we have ... because no one should be able to tell you that you are not allowed to pursue a career that makes you happy.”

One alumna, Kiara Reissner, said she has been relatively lucky. While she is the only woman working at Richmond Auto Body in North Vancouver, co-workers have been understanding and respectful, allowing her to concentrate on her job and career path.

“I feel that there’s not a lot of women who continue [in trades], but I would like to break that mould,” Reissner said. “I’d like to have an apprentice one day. It’s difficult to find women mentorship. We do have a woman teacher at the shop at VCC, and she’s a great mentor. But I don’t know too many others. But the guys have been great, too. I don’t feel like I’ve been set apart from them in any way. They include me in everything.”

Continue reading in Business in Vancouver >

Discover rewarding, in-demand trades careers through VCC's automotive, collision and refinishing, culinary, baking, and hairstyling programs.


New VCC program pushes the limits of pet fashion

Posted on April 1, 2021

Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to announce a brand-new program that will elevate the creative industry in B.C. and take fashion design places it’s never gone before. 

Building upon current trends in dog and cat fashion, VCC is excited to support the next hot trend in pet clothing with a new Exotic Pet Fashion Design certificate.

For many, household pets have been our closest companions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and isolation has driven many pet owners to channel their inner McQueen, Westwood, or Versace towards their furry friends. Yet while social feeds abound with pups and kittens in argyle vests, prom dresses, and chenille onesies, the fashion market for exotic pets has remained virtually untapped – until now.

“At VCC, we don’t discriminate among people, and in the same spirit, we embrace and accept to all kinds of pets,” says animal apparel entrepreneur and Exotic Pet Fashion Design instructor Trixie Ruxpin.

Large rodent wearing pink dress

Taught by fashion influencers from the wildly successful Pet Fashion Weeks in Berlin, Paris, and Abbotsford, VCC’s program is a first for the global industry, while also hitting very close to home. “Humans have a foundational desire to dress up our pet family members,” says Trixie.

Working with exotic pet sanctuaries across Canada, VCC’s newest program teaches courses on measurement, textile selection, and pattern-making for a wide variety of fauna such as reptiles (iguanas, turtles), rodents (hamsters, guinea pigs), birds (parrots, canaries), as well as miniature pigs and hedgehogs. Optional workshops will be available in pet husbandry, and students will have weekly screenings for salmonella.

Fierce rooster and dapper hedgehog

Anticipating high demand for the new program, Trixie recommends that applicants have some previous sewing experience, a minimum of 5,000 Instagram followers, and excellent eyesight. “This kind of work can be quite intricate,” she says, recalling her smallest-ever design: a five-centimetre-long Baby Shark Halloween costume for a local public radio celebrity’s pygmy marmoset.

Depending on the success of the initial cohort, VCC anticipates expanding campus infrastructure to accommodate an aquatic pet fashion class, styling fish and various amphibians using the latest technical fabrics.

Learn more about this cutting-edge VCC program by emailing

VCC campaign and Scotiabank fund tools for tomorrow

Posted on March 31, 2021

VCC Loves Trades campaign logo


In recognition of VCC trades students, the VCC Foundation used the Red Seal Recognition event as a platform to launch the new fundraising initiative, VCC Loves Trades. This campaign will run in February of each year and support trades programs at VCC. In 2021, funds raised were dedicated to students and equipment needs in our transportation trades programs.

To attract further support for VCC students, Scotiabank, through its ScotiaRISE program, generously offered $5,000 in matching funds for gifts received before March 15, 2021. “We know that B.C.’s future will require Red Seal trades professionals to rebuild and sustain our economy,” said Stephen Gaskin, Senior Vice President, B.C. and Yukon Region, Scotiabank. The inaugural campaign wrapped on March 15, 2021, generating a total of $14,000 to seed VCC’s new Transportation Trades Equipment Fund.

“We extend our deepest appreciation to generous community partners, including The Deeley Group, ICBC, Kirmac Collision & Autoglass, Lordco, and long-time donors, Bill New and Guff Muench for ensuring that we fully utilized Scotiabank’s generous matching funds," said VCC Foundation Executive Director, Nancy Nesbitt. "Providing students with access to the tools they’ll need and use in the future definitely promotes their job readiness and employability.”

VCC also welcomed a generous equipment gift from Craftsman Collision to the auto collision, refinishing, and paint programs which will fortify training needs of students for generations to come. Color Compass Corp. and BASF are also partnering with VCC to meet specialized, in-demand training needs.

Learn more about the VCC Foundation. We thank all our generous donors for their commitment and support. If you would like to make a donation to support student success at VCC, please visit our giving page.

Critical reminders about COVID-19 safety at VCC

Posted on March 31, 2021

A message from the VCC Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)

In recent weeks, an increase in COVID-19 infections has brought British Columbia’s caseload to the highest it’s been so far in the pandemic. Many of these cases involve faster-spreading variants of the virus, causing the need for extra vigilance. 

On Monday, March 29, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced multiple new restrictions affecting workers, schools, exercise facilities, restaurants, and more. Vancouver Community College (VCC) is urging all students and employees to follow these restrictions closely for the safety of our community.


Daily self-assessment

Due to increased provincial health restrictions and tracking measures, all employees (admin, staff, faculty) are now required to complete a daily self-assessment ( each day you are physically on any VCC campus. 

  • This is in addition to the weekly Pre-Screen Questionnaire. 
  • The daily assessment is a self-check, and does not need to be submitted to VCC.
    • However, a negative assessment needs to be communicated to your supervisor.
    • Students will continue with the assessment process via Moodle and their instructors.

Masks are required in all indoor public settings and workplaces

  • This applies to common areas where people circulate freely, such as hallways, stairwells, elevators, etc. 
    • Enclosed office spaces are exempt where physical distancing can be maintained. 
    • The mask requirement does not apply to people unable to wear a mask or put on or remove a mask on their own.  

Working from home

VCC employees who are able to work from home are strongly encouraged to do so. Do not come to campus if you don’t have to. For the small number of staff and instructors who must be on campus, please pay extra attention to physical distancing, mask-wearing, and hand hygiene.

If any VCC students or employees feel sick or display any sign of illness, they must stay home. The same applies to children in school K-12.

Confidentiality and privacy

It is important to remember that COVID-19 is a confidential health matter. There are processes in place to protect the rights of all our employees' and students' privacy in accordance with the Provincial Health Officer guidelines.

If you hear about a student or colleague being in contact with COVID-19 or contracting COVID-19, it is important to remember that this information is protected by privacy laws and should not be shared.

Local health authorities are responsible for contacting any and all people who may be impacted by a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.


Social gatherings 

Indoor social gatherings of any size with anyone other than your household or core bubble are prohibited.

Up to 10 people may gather outdoors with COVID-19 protection layers and physical distancing. Do not gather with several different groups. Stick to the same people.


  • All events and gatherings as defined in the PHO Gatherings and Events Order are suspended until further notice. 
    • NOTE: this does not apply to educational activities offered by post-secondary institutions to deliver and/or support student learning and development, as safety precautions are already in place.  
    • Please note the previously announced allowance for indoor religious gatherings and services has been suspended.


  • All non-essential travel should be avoided. This includes travel into and out of B.C. and between regions of the province, or outside your health authority.
  • Essential travel within B.C. includes:
    • Regular travel for work within your region
    • Travel for medical appointments and hospital visits


All restaurants, pubs, and bars in British Columbia are to be closed for indoor dining. However, please continue to support VCC culinary students and alumni in Vancouver’s vibrant restaurant industry by ordering takeout or eating outdoors.

For the latest updates, please bookmark and check VCC’s COVID-19 information site regularly.

VCC announces new Vice President, People Services

Posted on March 30, 2021

Vancouver Community College (VCC) president Ajay Patel is pleased to announce that Kate Dickerson will join the college as the new Vice President, People Services.

Kate brings over 20 years of experience providing leadership and strategic direction in all aspects of human resources management, including working with boards, employers’ associations, unions, and government. For the past three years she has been the Executive Director of Human Resources at E-Comm 911.

“We are very excited to have someone as seasoned as Kate join our team at such a crucial and exciting time for VCC,” says Ajay. “Her experiences with employees, stakeholders, and partners in challenging industries like emergency response and the health sector are a huge asset for us as we look to reinvigorate our Strategic Innovation Plan and move our Campus Master Plan forward. I am pleased to have Kate join our college family on our journey as we chart VCC’s future.”

Thanks to 13 years of experience at Vancouver Coastal Health, Kate is well-versed in navigating the challenges and dynamics of a complex organization. She has introduced progressive HR programs and policies, and negotiated agreements with multiple unions in health care and in emergency services.

“We are impressed with Kate’s sense of collaboration and her leadership experience with all levels of employee groups. I can’t think of a better fit for VCC at this time,” adds Ajay.

Ajay would also like to thank Chemistry Consulting who conducted the search, the members of the recommendations committee, which included stakeholder groups from across the college, and Tania Dong in VCC People Services.  

Kate begins her new role on May 3, 2021.

Welcome aboard!


Further Universal Design with RHFAC accessibility training

Posted on March 31, 2021

Patrick White has a clear plan of what he wants to accomplish – and Vancouver Community College’s (VCC) Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) Training program is helping him achieve it.

Patrick’s goal is to become a preeminent Universal Design consultant, making the built environment inclusive for all. He’s always had an affinity for architecture and, having been a wheelchair user for 20 years, he often sees the built environment in ways others do not.

“The older I got, the more I wanted to use my career to make a difference,” Patrick said. Patrick’s background in accessibility and architecture, along with his lived experience, made him the perfect fit to become an RHFAC Professional.

His timing couldn’t be better. The federal government launched the Accessible Canada Act in 2019 and created Accessibility Standards Canada, an organization led by a board of directors, the majority of whom are persons with disabilities. As one of the organizations’ six pillars, it recently announced plans to make buildings in Canada more accessible for all.

Accessibility assessors working at VCC campus

The next advancement in architecture

Environmental sustainability has been a key consideration in architecture for more than a decade, so it makes sense for accessibility to be the next step. “You can’t really have sustainability if it doesn’t extend to people,” Patrick says. “A building needs to be able to sustain the changing needs of Canadians.”

“Let’s also consider the fact that it is people who are finding solutions to environmental issues,” he adds, “but they cannot accomplish this if they are unable to – literally – get through the door.”

Patick believes that, thanks to RHFAC training programs, more people will become aware of this connection. He also hopes it will add more people with disabilities to the work force and allow more people to enjoy spaces they normally wouldn’t because of the barriers involved.

VCC’s Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) Training is a registered program counting towards Continuing Education hours for architects, engineers, and more. When you earn your Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certificate, you are qualified to rate and certify sites for meaningful access under the RHFAC program.

VCC and RHF logos

Help make Canada more accessible for all by becoming an RHFAC Professional. Register now for May or September 2021.

Top 10 VCC stories of 2019

Posted on January 7, 2020



How’s 2020 going so far? Get inspired for the new school year by reading 2019’s most popular online stories featuring VCC students, instructors, and alumni.

10. VCC partnership with Musqueam advances early childhood education 

No-cost ECCE program for Indigenous students honours culture while launching careers 

9. VCC students rank high at WorldSkills Kazan 2019 

Two outstanding apprentices recognized for excellence on the global stage

8. Nespresso national competition finds pastry prodigies at VCC 

Six VCC baking students craft coffee-themed sweets for Nespresso Café Gourmand

7. Top five Valentine’s Day gift ideas from VCC Salon & Spa

Our expert instructors share five hair and skin care products worth falling in love with 

6. New Computer Systems Technology program opens doors to software careers 

Hundreds of tech industry jobs await grads from VCC’s newest program 

5. VCC shines at Skills Canada BC 2019 provincials 

Skilled trades students earn 19 medals including two podium sweeps in Abbotsford

4. Top Skills Canada performances launch VCC students onto the world stage 

VCC to compete in baking and culinary arts at WorldSkills 2019 in Russia

3. VCC will train Gladue report writers to advance justice for First Nations

New certificate program helps move Gladue reporting toward a national standard

2. VCC announces new Dean of Indigenous Initiatives 

Clayton Munro joins VCC to advance Indigenization of academy, space, and culture

1. Immigrant women find "Sewmates" in new VCC business program

New Sewing collective builds up women’s confidence to do business in Canada


Stay up to date on what's happening in the VCC community year round by visiting


Jolene’s story: making the grade in auto collision and refinishing

Posted on March 22, 2021

It takes years to learn a trade. Most Vancouver Community College (VCC) trades apprentices alternate between studying and on-the-job training for four years before fully starting their careers. It’s a major journey and a huge accomplishment. But what happens next?

After finishing her apprenticeship and earning her Red Seal in 2019, VCC automotive collision and refinishing alumna Jolene Orr began to notice some changes at work. “When you’re an apprentice, you get told to do this or that. Nobody asks for your opinion,” she says. “I went from being just a kid in the shop to having respect.”

Today, working as a painter at New Profession Collision in Richmond, Jolene now finds colleagues turning to her for professional advice on paint colours and finishes. “It surprised me a little bit,” she says.

Jolene Orr with vintage porsche in paint booth

Artistic license

Before entering the automotive collision and refinishing field, Jolene’s main interest was visual art, but career prospects weren’t promising. When her father recommended painting cars, she took an introductory course and loved it immediately. “I painted one bumper and that was it!” she says.

Jolene went on to attend VCC for automotive paint and refinishing apprenticeship training, and was extra pleased with the program’s hands-on learning, great instructors, and solid reputation. Even throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Jolene’s high-calibre skills kept her working. After she was reluctantly let go by a dealership last year, Jolene found her current job right away. “Everyone says the best painters come out of VCC,” she says.

In her new job, Jolene is also happy for the chance to do more custom painting, such as the vintage Porsche 9-11 she got to work on recently (pictured). Looking ahead, Jolene says her future will be all about auto paint, and hopes to someday work as a paint company rep, mixing colours and working on custom projects around the region.

For now, however, Jolene is enjoying her expert status in the shop. For apprentices out there, she says simply doing good work is the best way to earn respect. “Show them you know what you’re doing,” she says. “The proof is in the pudding.”

Jolene Orr in paint booth with black porsche

Discover your future in transportation trades at VCC. Join an upcoming free info session or attend the next Experience VCC virtual open house to learn more.


May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust ensures students of all abilities continue learning during COVID-19

Posted on March 26, 2021

The Vancouver Community College (VCC) Foundation is pleased to recognize a 
new donation of $125,000 by the May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust that supports VCC’s Adult Special Education programs and provides COVID-19 relief to Deaf, hard of hearing, and visually impaired students.   

Replicating a previous donation in support of VCC’s Adult Special Education programs, the May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust is providing $100,000 over two years (2021-2022) to help VCC keep tuition one of the lowest for programs of this kind in Canada. The funds also help greatly in maintaining the variety and quality of VCC’s unique, job-focused training in areas such as food service, retail and hospitalitycomputersfinance management, and more.  

Advancing accessibility in remote learning 

This year, an additional $25,000 will help students in VCC’s Deaf and hard of hearing and visually impaired programs continue learning effectively during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

VCC offers an extensive range of courses in Braille and using blindness-related technology, and is the only public institution in British Columbia to maintain in-house American Sign Language interpreting servicesAs a result, students frequently relocate to the Vancouver area from other regions to attend VCC. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic has limited in-person learning and access to campus-based equipment and services, many of our Deaf, hard of hearing, and visually impaired students have struggled to continue their studies. This additional funding from the May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust will be used towards urgently needed technology and resources that are essential to students who are now learning remotely. 

The May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust is a U.S.-based non-profit that recognizes the dignity and potential of every individual. One of their top priorities is to strengthen supportive services for adults and youth with intellectual, developmental, or physical disabilities, enabling them to live independently, gain economic security through employment, and engage in their communities. 

Learn how you can support the success of all VCC students through the VCC Foundation. 

Langley high school kitchen turns out future chefs

Posted on March 25, 2021

There’s a new take-out option coming to Langley.

Starting now the public can pre-order gourmet takeout and meal kits crafted by Langley students in the Walnut Grove Secondary Professional Cook program.

Supported by the Industry Training Authority (ITA), the tuition-free Youth Train in Trades Professional Cook 1 (PC1) program allows high school students in the Langley School District to cook with a Red Seal chef, while operating a restaurant.

“Youth Train PC1 is the level one of the professional cook program with [Vancouver Community College], and it’s the level one of the Red Seal program to become a professional chef,” explained Laura Dawe, the VCC chef who teaches the WGSS program.

VCC tuition is paid by the local district for Langley students registered in the program.

In addition to training alongside a professional chef, students will learn how to operate a restaurant.

One Season is our restaurant that we’ve opened here at Walnut Grove [Secondary] to have the students do their service component of the program, so part of their teaching in PC1 is to learn cafeteria service to the public,” Dawe explained.

In past years, the public could book reservations at the school’s restaurant, giving the students a chance to interact with paying customers. “So this year, instead of having the public come in and dine-in in house, we’re actually offering a fully to-go menu,” said Dawe. 

Continue reading in the Aldergrove Star > 

Did you know that B.C. high school students can get a head start in trades training as early as Grade 11? Learn more about Youth Train in Trades programs.

Vancouver Community College hosts COVID-19 vaccination clinic alongside testing site

Posted on March 25, 2021

In continued support of our province’s COVID-19 recovery efforts, Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to offer space for Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) to host vaccination clinics during Phase 2 of B.C.’s Immunization Plan.

VCC’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic is located alongside the current outdoor COVID-19 test collection site at the Broadway campus (Impark Lot #865, 7th Ave. E at Glen Dr.).

According to Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, these kinds of opportunities to ramp up B.C.’s immunization programs will likely lead to a careful return of some activities that have suspended, such as small social gatherings and kids’ camps. As was also announced recently, B.C. colleges and universities are to begin preparing for a full return to on-campus learning in Fall 2021.

Who is eligible to get immunized?

During the current phase of B.C.’s Immunization Plan, the province plans to immunize approximately 400,000 people from March to mid-April 2021.

Information on who is eligible and when to book a vaccine is available at

Eligible seniors and Indigenous peoples are now invited to call VCH’s appointment booking phone line at 1.877.587.5767.

VCH is appealing to family members, friends, neighbours, and social services agencies to help reach eligible seniors in the community.

Please only call the VCH appointment line if you are eligible to book your vaccination now.

COVID-19 testing

Although immunizations have begun, please remember that COVID-19 is still a threat to our community, and we must continue to follow all active PHO orders and restrictions.

Anyone in the VCH region with cold, influenza, or COVID-19-like symptoms, however mild, can be tested for COVID-19. Use the B.C. COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool or call 8-1-1 to see if you need to be tested. Locate a test collection centre or get more information via the BC Centre for Disease Control website.


VCC Continuing Studies brings the strength of industry into the classroom

Posted on March 24, 2021

At Vancouver Community College (VCC), most of our Continuing Studies instructors spend their days working and their evenings teaching. This means instructors from early childhood education to medical device reprocessing bring real-world examples and case studies into the classroom.

“When we have instructors who work in the industry, students gain a deeper understanding of how they will experience the workplace. The result is more practical, work-ready assignments and projects,” says Janet Chee, VCC office administration and paralegal program coordinator.

Being entrenched in industry also means our instructors bring valuable connections to the classroom. They engage guest speakers that provide unique perspectives and a deeper dive into topics, and offer support beyond the classroom such as providing tips on associations to join, places to volunteer, and job opportunities.

Success by design

Before a student even ends up in a classroom, VCC Continuing Studies engages with experts to help identify industry needs and what skills are essential for program graduates to start working immediately.

“Subject matter experts bring a wealth of knowledge and industry experience to the program discussion. As they engage with each other, the ideas start to fly. That’s when I start to get excited and feel confident in knowing that we are going to create an amazing program,” says Sid Khullar, VCC trades and technology program coordinator.

Finally, as students near the end of their programs, many find themselves connecting directly with their industries during a practicum. These work placement opportunities allow students to see first-hand how the workplace operates, and to activate their classroom learning in an industry setting.

“Practicums are great for furthering developing a student’s industry network,” says Sarah Murray, program coordinator for VCC’s fashion and counselling skills programs. “By the end of their programs, students’ networks will include not only instructors, but also guest speakers and practicum supervisors. Knowing people in the industry is so important to finding a job.”

Set yourself up for success this spring. See the VCC Continuing Studies courses now open for registration.

Planned power outage – March 28, 2021

Posted on March 23, 2021

VCC will be undergoing a planned power outage on Sunday, Mar. 28 from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Broadway campus building A. This outage will cause a temporary shutdown of the following:

  • Internet (from any on-campus computer)
  • VPN (Global Protect connections)
  • VCC websites including,,, and
  • Any electronic appliances in Broadway building A

During the outage, VCC’s Office 365 portal will remain accessible from off-campus devices. Visit and log in with your VCC credentials to access the following services:

  • Email (Outlook)
  • MS Teams
  • Online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • OneDrive

For assistance, please contact the VCC Helpdesk at 604.871.7000 ext. 8700, but please note IT Services will be unavailable during the outage period.

For questions about campus buildings or electronic appliances, contact VCC Facilities at 604.871.7000 ext. 8555 (Mon-Fri).


Five reasons an IT career may be in your future

Posted on March 22, 2021

Information Technology (IT) is the backbone of the digital economy. From financial transactions and e-commerce to entertainment and raising awareness for social causes, our daily lives rely upon the successful provisioning, maintenance, and management of IT infrastructure.

IT specialists are in demand. Check out the top five reasons to launch your IT career at Vancouver Community College (VCC):

1. Employer-developed programs

VCC’s new IT Operations Professional program was built with feedback from employers, subject matter experts, and students. Students will be ready to launch a career in IT with a strong foundation in computer hardware, software, networks, and security.

2. VCC grads are career-ready

B.C.’s technology sector is growing fast. There are an expected 4,700+ jobs openings for computer network technicians and user support technicians. There are no shortage of job opportunities, from help desk, to desk-side support, and into third level support for various areas of IT management. These are among the high-opportunity occupations in B.C. offering some of the best openings over the next 10 years.

3. VCC programs are hands-on 

At VCC, students are trained by engaging in experiential and hands-on learning to manage incidents and resolve issues related to IT Operations, including applications and infrastructure components.

4. Good money

IT technicians earn higher than average wages. According to WorkBC, the average wages in this sector are approximately 75 per cent higher than the B.C. industrial average.

5. There’s always something new 

VCC understands that IT is a forever-changing environment that offers incredible work experiences in a fast-paced atmosphere. Being able to produce new solutions and staying on the cutting-edge of technology is satisfying and rewarding. If you are a lifelong learner, IT is the career for you.

Find your future. Learn more about VCC’s IT at an upcoming free information session or our Experience VCC online open house.


VCC Fall 2019 Student Awards recap

Posted on November 28, 2019



On Friday, Nov. 22, Vancouver Community College (VCC) was proud to celebrate over 200 deserving students at our Fall 2019 Student Awards ceremonies.

During the morning ceremony, VCC’s interim president Ajay Patel, along with deans, instructors, and awards donors presented a variety of scholarships to individual students from VCC’s School of Health Sciences, School of Hospitality, Food Studies and Applied Business, and School of Trades, Technology and Design.

The afternoon ceremony honoured students from VCC’s Centre for Continuing Studies, School of Instructor Education, School of Arts and Sciences, and VCC Music.

"Throughout my education, I was fortunate enough to receive several bursaries, and I know first-hand what a difference awards like these can make," said Ajay in his welcoming speech. "Someone who is touched by a gift, goes on to give."

This term, 202 awards were given out with a combined total of $155,431.

Following each ceremony, students, friends, and family members were invited to a tea reception offering the chance to celebrate alongside donors and VCC faculty and staff. 

Official photos

View the photo galleries of the Fall 2019 Student Awards ceremonies. All attendees are invited to download and share their photos. 


Student Awards video feature

Each year, VCC Foundation selects one or more Student Award recipients to profile in a video feature. This fall, the honour went to culinary arts students Katherine Aguilar, recipient of the Santiago Cuyugan Award of Excellence; Jacqueline Guadalupe Muñoz Hererra, recipient of the International Wine & Food Society Award; and Phuong (Anne) Nguyen, recipient of the Cactus Club Café Above and Beyond Award. 


Did you know? In honour of #GivingTuesday, VCC Foundation has committed to match the first $20,000 in new donations between Tuesday, Nov. 19 and Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. LEARN MORE >

Student T2202 tax forms available

Posted on February 23, 2021

Updated 2020 Student tax forms (T2202 forms) for VCC students will be available as of Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021.

Note: your Social Insurance Number (SIN) must be included in your student record in order for a T2202 tax form to be issued. Please ensure your SIN has been submitted

How to access your T2202

  • Go to myVCC.
  • Enter your student ID number and your password. Then click 'Submit' to proceed.
    (For first-time users, your initial password has been set to your birthdate in the format MMDDYY. For example, if your birthdate is Jan. 25, 1975, your password would be 012575. If you have logged in to the system before, enter your password. If you cannot remember your password, select "Password Help").

myVCC login box

  • Select the “Pay fees/Tax Forms" panel on the welcome screen.
  • Under the "Personal Information" tab, select "My Tax Forms (T2202)", then "T2202 Tax Credit Form".
  • Select the tax year you would like to print. (Select “printable T2202 form” to get the official form that is used for filing your taxes.)

If you need help accessing your tax form, please follow the steps described in the T2202 Frequently Asked Questions document. If you have any questions about your tax form, please email with your question and student ID.

Shape your path with new courses from VCC Continuing Studies

Posted on March 11, 2021

A message from VCC Continuing Studies dean Adrian Lipsett

What’s your dream career? What opportunity or interest have you been wanting to explore? In times such as this, we tend to avoid this line of inquiry for the sake of keeping our heads above the waves.

And yet, even amid this uniquely challenging period, each of us has the opportunity to pause, reflect on our current trajectory, and consider how we can bring about increasingly positive changes in our lives.

For those inclined to improve their own professional journeys, VCC Continuing Studies is exceptionally poised and ready to serve. Our mandate is to support our community through courses and programs specifically designed to help learners craft new possibilities for their lives. From pursuing new career options to generating additional and exciting revenue streams, our course and program offerings provide the needed boost to equip you for your future success.

One of the unique features of our programming is our focus on flexibility. Programs and courses are offered in the evenings to fit around the working professional’s schedule; offerings for those wishing to enter a new field are often structured in as short a time as possible to hasten the start of your new career; and as a result of ongoing uncertainty with the pandemic, our coursework in general has been adjusted to enable you to study from anywhere, while still ensuring you retain access to essential support services here at VCC.

Our students also enjoy the rich diversity of our offerings. From fashion, counselling, and medical device reprocessing, to early childhood education, business, and technology, VCC Continuing Studies provides you with a broad spectrum of specialized, industry-supported, and interest-driven opportunities for you to study.

As we continue to add to and improve upon our scope of programming, we invite you to explore our catalogue to find what best aligns with your own future goals. Our staff is available to answer any questions you may have and to assist you with registration.

This is a time to explore and benefit from new opportunities, to craft a new path forward. Start shaping your new path today.


New courses and programs – Spring 2021


  • Facility Management: Foundations Level 1 (REAL 1160)


  • Writing the Young Adult Novel (CRWI 1182)


  • Medication Course for Health Care Workers (HLTH 1404)


  • Japanese 3 (LANG 1176)
  • Japanese 4 (LANG 1177)
  • Japanese 5 (LANG 1178)
  • Spanish 4 (LANG 1175)




Adrian Lipsett
Dean, Continuing Studies
Vancouver Community College

VCC Continuing Studies dean Adrian Lipsett












VCC Fashion shines in the community

Posted on March 13, 2021

The world of fashion has many faces. Top designers can produce works of art worth millions of dollars. Fast fashion gives us cute styles for less, but can take a toll on workers and the environment. Yet clothes are essential – we all need something to wear!

At Vancouver Community College (VCC), we take a people-centered approach to the fashion industry, emphasizing ethics and sustainability alongside creativity and innovation. Did you know that, as a standard part of VCC fashion programs, students work on charitable projects in the community?

For the past three years, VCC Fashion has operated a holiday sewing factory. We have made tote bags to welcome temporary modular housing residents, adult bibs and wheelchair bags for seniors in care, and COVID-19 masks for homeless youth. These projects are student-led; they do everything from pattern development to sewing to textile surface design.

VCC Fashion also supports the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre by producing a fashion show as part of their annual Herstory in Focus fundraiser. Staff and students from both VCC’s design and merchandising programs host styling workshops and runway walk classes, and help with choreography and backstage management.

In the fashion design and production program, our fashion cycle 5 class creates business attire made completely from donated fabric that, in turn, is given to charities such as Dress for Success, YWCA Career Zone, and the Harvest Project.

Fashion is about beauty, and at VCC, we do our best to foster the beautiful side of our industry by giving back and producing grads that will continue making positive change.

Come learn about trend movement and adoption, and participate in creating a trend word cloud at our next Fashion Cycles webinar. SIGN UP NOW >

Get your questions about VCC’s fashion programs answered during online open office hours with program coordinator Sarah Murray. LEARN MORE >

President’s message: Expect a return to campus in September 2021

Posted on March 8, 2021

A message from VCC president Ajay Patel

Dear college community,

I’m pleased to share that on March 8, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training Anne Kang announced that the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), Dr. Bonnie Henry advised all B.C. post-secondary institutions to begin planning for a return to safe, on-campus teaching and learning in September 2021.

“I’m encouraged by Dr. Henry’s advice that a return to in-person instruction can be done safely this fall for all students, staff, and faculty. In fact, it’s important to do so for people’s well-being,” said Minister Kang. 

This announcement is an outcome of the demonstrated leadership of the post-secondary sector in responding to COVID-19, including adopting new health and safety protocols and quickly adapting to remote learning. It is an exciting and eagerly anticipated step forward in our journey together through the pandemic.

What happens now

While this is encouraging news, please keep in mind that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over, and we must continue to follow all active health guidelines in order to realize this goal.

Looking ahead to September, VCC's Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) will immediately convene a Campus Recovery Working Group to ensure a safe, robust, and comprehensive process for returning to on-campus activities that adheres to the province’s Go-Forward guidelines [PDF].

It is important to note that VCC has continued to operate essential learning activities safely on campus during the pandemic, and we have every confidence that, over the next six months, we will be able to plan for a safe return in the fall.

As this is new information, the EOC will share plans and details as they become available.  

Let’s do this together

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult and stressful time for everyone, including VCC students, faculty, and staff. This past year has challenged all of us in ways we could never have expected. We know that young adults have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic — as evidenced by worsening mental health, increased financial instability, and concerns over diminished future prospects.

The safe return to VCC campuses will benefit everyone’s health and well-being. That’s why it is vital that we resume delivery of our programs and robust educational experiences for our students.  

Many students, faculty, and staff are eager to return to campus, while others may be feeling a bit anxious. Please be assured that at every step, we will be working with Dr. Henry and all our partners to make sure the right measures are in place to keep people safe.

A return to on-campus learning is excellent news for VCC, as well as for the economic health and strength of our communities and province. We need to get back to doing what we do best: delivering innovative, experiential learning for life.

VCC has shown that we can do amazing work in difficult times. In the year ahead, we will continue to do so. On behalf of the VCC Board of Governors, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks and admiration to all VCC employees and students for your hard work and perseverance during the past year. Brighter days are ahead.


Best wishes,  

Ajay Patel
President and CEO
Vancouver Community College


Make Census Day count on May 11

Posted on March 9, 2021

Statistics Canada has announced that Canada’s next Census Day is Tuesday, May 11, 2021. All Canadians are invited to take part in this important event.

Held every five years, the census counts every person in Canada and collects basic information about age, sex at birth, gender, official languages and family relationships. The long-form questionnaire gathers further details about income, education, religion, ethnic origins, Indigenous identity and languages, and more. A number of random households (about 25 per cent of the total) will receive the long-form questionnaire instead of the shorter version.

Census information is vital for planning programs and services at the national, provincial, territorial and local levels. Data are used by organizations, businesses, municipalities, governments, and Indigenous communities across Canada.

Census jobs for students

Statistics Canada is currently hiring. There are 32,000 census job opportunities across Canada that are ideal for students seeking both non-supervisory positions (enumerator) or supervisory positions (crew leader).



Provincial Health Officer letter to B.C. post-secondary presidents

Posted on March 8, 2021

On March 8, 2021, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry sent a letter to all B.C. post-secondary presidents, acknowledging their institutions’ leadership and contributions in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 over the past year, and endorsing a safe return to on-campus learning in September 2021.

In the letter, Dr. Henry shared concerns about the well-being of post-secondary students and stressed the importance of colleges and universities in young peoples’ lives. Aligning with B.C.’s vaccine rollout plan and the Go-Forward Guidelines for B.C.’s Post-Secondary Sector, Dr. Henry supports a “safe and complete resumption of campus teaching, learning, and research” this fall.

Read the full letter [PDF]



Pastry practice: behind the scenes with Team VCC

Posted on May 24, 2019

Vancouver Community College (VCC) is proud to be sending a solid team of competitors to the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC), happening Monday, May 27 to Wednesday, May 29 in Halifax, NS. 

Earlier this week, we visited the top-secret Skills Canada practice sessions happening inside the VCC bakeries. Meet two of our most talented and promising pastry artists:



Clarissa Roque

Team Canada candidate – WorldSkills 2019

Clarissa is a Level 3 baking and pastry arts apprentice who is no stranger to intense competition. Having participated in Skills BC “just for fun” in Grade 10, Clarissa soon found herself repeatedly topping the podium in the secondary school category. 

This year, with three SCNC appearances already under her belt, Clarissa will be trying for an opportunity to represent Canada at WorldSkills 2019 in Kazan, Russia. 

Clarissa, who inherited a love for baking from her parents, brings to the competition deep creative skills in drawing and sculpting, a sophisticated flavour palette, and remarkable organization and focus. “Competitions are really stressful but somehow I kind of like the stress,” she says.

During the WorldSkills Team Canada trials in Halifax, Clarissa will have to produce seven different types of pastries in 14 hours over the course of two days.



Farzin Irani

Baking competitor – SCNC 2019

Farzin is a Level 1 apprentice who started the VCC baking and pastry arts program in April 2018. After high school, Farzin first entered a science degree program but switched to baking after only one semester. “I took the risk and fell in love with it,” she says.

In addition to having great organization skills and extraordinary attention to detail, Farzin stands out by using Persian flavours like saffron and rosewater that she grew up enjoying. “I don’t want to use the same things as everyone else, like strawberries,” she says. “I use flavours that I like and I know well.”

Since January, Farzin has been going above and beyond her coursework to train in the VCC kitchens multiple times per week. She appreciates the helpful feedback offered by her instructors, as well as their willingness to work with her after hours. 

During the SCNC competition in Halifax, Farzin will have to produce five different types of pastries in a single, eight-hour session. 


Did you know you can begin a baking apprenticeship while still in high school? Learn more about the Youth Train in Trades program offered at VCC.

VCC students rank high at WorldSkills Kazan 2019

Posted on August 30, 2019



For the first time, two Vancouver Community College (VCC) students have ranked among the best in the world in their skilled trades.  

After six days of Olympic-esque ceremonies and intense competition, WorldSkills Kazan 2019 wrapped up on Tuesday, August 27 in Kazan, Russia with VCC baking and pastry arts apprentice Clarissa Roque placing 5th out of 23 competitors in her category, and VCC culinary apprentice Leah Patitucci placing 11th out of 48.

Of the 32-member Team Canada competing in Kazan, 14 were also awarded Medallions of Excellence for their work, including Clarissa and Leah. In total, over 1,300 young professionals from 63 countries and regions competed in the event. 

Over the past two years, both Clarissa and Leah have continuously won their way into higher and higher levels of competition, starting with regional Skills Canada competitions, then provincials, nationals, and finally earning spots on WorldSkills Team Canada 2019.

In addition to school and work, both competitors spent countless hours training in VCC kitchens alongside chef instructors and other culinary experts and coaches. Both students also generously gave their time to local media for news and radio interviews (see more below). 

Upon her return to Canada, Leah will continue her work in fine dining at The Pear Tree Restaurant in Burnaby, B.C., and Clarissa will continue perfecting her craft at Chez Christophe Chocolaterie Patisserie.

Please join all of VCC in congratulating these women for their outstanding performances on the international stage, and stay tuned for more stories from Russia! 




Baking with the best: Clarissa Roque earns top recognition at WorldSkills

Posted on January 29, 2020



At Vancouver Community College (VCC), we’re extremely proud of our skilled trades competitors, whether they’re aiming for medals in regional, provincial, or national competitions. Every two years, however, the WorldSkills competition offers a chance for ultimate international recognition. 

After countless practice sessions and advancing through multiple levels of competition over the past two years, in August 2019, VCC baking and pastry arts apprentice Clarissa Roque found herself on the way to WorldSkills 2019 in Kazan, Russia. 

The 37-hour journey included stops in Montreal, Frankfurt, and Moscow, before arriving in the riverside city of Kazan. Clarissa and the rest of Team Canada (including VCC culinary arts competitor Leah Patitucci) spent the next few days settling in and sightseeing. Then, following an Olympic-like opening ceremony, the baking battle began. 

Gearing up 

Over four days, Clarissa was required to create hand-piped and hand-dipped chocolates, marzipan figurines, a two-tiered buttercream cake, petit fours, a plated dessert, and a sugar showpiece – all representing Formula One Grand Prix racing. 

When the theme was revealed only three months prior to the competition, it sent Clarissa and her instructors into creative action. “It was bizarre,” she says, “I didn’t even know what Formula One was!” Nonetheless, she got to work researching the rules, traditions, and symbols of this international car racing tournament. In the end, Clarissa’s creations included an ingenious “tire” cake, a buttercream winner’s wreath, sugar cars, and even a marzipan groundhog (Team Canada’s mascot) wearing a little racing uniform.


The stress test

Clarissa knows from experience that competitions never go exactly as planned, even on the international stage. In Kazan, a near-disaster came on the first day of competition when her induction stove stopped working. “I was doing sugar work,” she says. “It’s a good thing I noticed right away.” In the end, the stove replacement put her behind schedule by about an hour, but she stayed focused and, with only an extra 10 minutes granted, still completed on time.

“I always get nervous, no matter how many times I do something,” says Clarissa, “but I know now more of what to expect.” During practice sessions at VCC, instructor Wolfgang Dauke‎ would bring up all kinds of scenarios – including equipment failures – to help Clarissa troubleshoot. 

Any chef will agree that unexpected situations crop up in kitchens and bakeries regularly. Thanks to her Skills experiences, Clarissa says she’s now prepared for nearly anything in her day-to-day work. “I feel like I can handle more crisis situations because of the competitions.”

World class

Clarissa’s personal goal was to finish in the top 50 per cent of WorldSkills competitors. In the end, she surpassed her own expectations by placing fifth out of 23 in the Pâtisserie and Confectionery category, and was also awarded a Medallion of Excellence for earning a total score above 700.

“The medallion meant a lot to me,” she says. “I’m happy with everything I made. I’m also very proud that I didn’t back out.”

At only 19, Clarissa has a world of opportunity ahead of her. Thanks to travelling and competing internationally, she’s started to dream of working abroad. For now, she’s enjoying her work in one of Burnaby’s finest chocolate and dessert shops, Chez Christophe

At the end of a busy day crafting (and tasting) impeccable chocolates and sweets, however, even Canada’s most promising pastry artist needs a break. “Sometimes I just cannot look at any more chocolate,” she says. “I crave steak, fried chicken, anything salty and meaty – especially if it’s cooked by someone else!”


Help us congratulate Clarissa! Join VCC’s annual Flourish fundraising gala on Wednesday, Feb. 5 where she’ll be receiving an Outstanding Alumni Award in the “One to Watch” category. Tickets still available >



Learn more about VCC's wide range of baking programs including Youth Train in Trades, specialized certificates in baking or pastry artsapprenticeship levels, and part-time courses


VCC receives Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™

Posted on April 22, 2020


Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to announce that our Building B at the Broadway campus is now officially certified through the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) program, which recognizes meaningful access for people of all abilities. Some of the areas rated include accessible routes to the main entrances, accessible outdoor parking lots, proximity to transit, wayfinding, emergency systems, and more. Building B is now listed on the RHFAC Registry and will be displaying window decals at the entrances.

“This achievement is a proud accomplishment for VCC and speaks to our values of being accessible and inclusive for everyone,” says Ajay Patel, VCC president and CEO.

RHFAC aims to improve the accessibility of the built environment for people with vision, hearing and mobility disabilities – the places where we live, work, learn, and play. RHFAC is a national rating system that helps both owners and tenants measure the accessibility of their buildings and sites based on a consistent methodology, and promotes increased access through the adoption of Universal Design principles. 

Rick Hansen Foundation Vice President, Access and Inclusion Brad McCannell offers his congratulations. “This is a testament to your commitment to ensuring meaningful access for students, staff, and visitors of all abilities," he says. "We are proud to partner with VCC and this certification means that students, no matter their physical ability, have equal access to learning.” 

Beyond our buildings

In addition to earning this prestigious certification, VCC is proud to have trained many of the RHFAC professionals in Vancouver through a one-of-a-kind educational partnership formed in 2016.

Patricia Short, the main RHFAC assessor who rated Building B, is both an alumna of VCC’s Provincial Instructor Diploma program (PIDP) and an RHFAC Training instructor, who helped to develop the RHFAC Training curriculum. “VCC has shown great commitment to this program, right from the beginning. I am proud to be a member of this community,” she says.

Since its launch via VCC Continuing Studies, RHFAC Training has since expanded to five other post-secondary institutions across Canada. Over 1,250 sites have been rated across Canada thus far, with over 800 achieving RHF Accessibility Certified or Certified RHFAC Accessibility Certified Gold status. 

VCC is currently completing the rating process for Building A at the Broadway campus, and the Downtown campus will be rated once physical distancing measures are lifted in British Columbia.   


Are you ready to help Canada become more accessible? VCC’s two-week, 48-hour Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) Training course runs in both the Spring and Fall terms at VCC. 


VCC receives second Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™

Posted on July 27, 2020


Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to announce that our Building A at the Broadway campus is now officially certified through the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) program, which recognizes meaningful access for people of all abilities. Building A, constructed in 1983, was VCC's first building at the Broadway campus, and is home to VCC's automotive trades programs, international culinary arts, academic upgrading, university transfer programs, and more. 

Areas assessed include accessible routes to the main entrances, accessible outdoor parking lots, proximity to transit, wayfinding, emergency systems, and more. VCC's Broadway campus buildings are now listed on the RHFAC Registry and will be displaying window decals at the entrances.

Building B, which is home to VCC's health sciences programs, Indigenous Education and Community Engagement department, and serves as a public event space, earned VCC's first RHFAC certification in April 2020. Evaluation of VCC's Downtown campus is also planned in the near future.

Access for all

RHFAC is an organization that aims to improve the accessibility of the built environment for people with vision, hearing and mobility disabilities – the places where we live, work, learn, and play. RHFAC has created a national rating system that helps both owners and tenants measure the accessibility of their buildings and sites based on a consistent methodology, and promotes increased access through the adoption of Universal Design principles. 

VCC is also proud to have trained many of the RHFAC professionals in Vancouver through a one-of-a-kind educational partnership formed in 2016.

Since its launch via VCC Continuing Studies, RHFAC Training has since expanded to five other post-secondary institutions across Canada. Over 1,250 sites have been rated across Canada thus far, with over 800 achieving RHF Accessibility Certified or Certified RHFAC Accessibility Certified Gold status. 


Are you ready to help Canada become more accessible? VCC’s two-week, 48-hour Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) Training course runs in both the Spring and Fall terms at VCC. 


VCC introduces Eco-College grants for sustainability initiatives

Posted on October 21, 2019



Inspired by the City of Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan initiatives, Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to introduce the VCC Eco-College Small Grants Program.

This program provides grants of up to $500 to current VCC students, instructors, and staff who wish to develop projects that help make the college greener.

The VCC Eco-College grants will be allocated to projects based on VCC’s Environmental Sustainability Strategies:

  1. Environmental purchasing
  2. Local food
  3. Energy efficient buildings
  4. Green transportation
  5. Zero waste
  6. Sustainability curriculum development
  7. Community activations
  8. Water conservation

How to submit

Proposals must include:

  • A completed VCC Eco-College Small Grant application form (PDF)
  • Applicant name, Banner ID, phone number, email address, role at VCC (staff, student, instructor, etc.)
  • Project concept, location, budget, and related Environmental Sustainability Strategy (see 1-8 above)
  • All student proposals must include a recommendation letter from a VCC instructor, staff member, program, or service area.

Proposals may be submitted in any format (document, video file, audio file, or in person). To book an in-person proposal session, please contact VCC’s Environmental Community Action Team (ECAT) by emailing

What kinds of projects qualify? 

  • Projects must be free, accessible, and welcoming to all.
  • Participants must not profit financially from the project.
  • Projects will not be supported retroactively.
  • Grant money may be used to pay people for services. Total honorarium(s) may not be more than $100 per project.
  • Applicants must have a current ID in Banner (VCC’s registration system).
  • Applicants may apply for only one grant per year.
  • Team/co-applicants are permitted to apply.
  • Project should be implemented between November 2019 and February 2020, although they may be ongoing.


All proposals must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019.

Selection process

A panel will determine the eligibility of grant recipients based on the following criteria:

  1. Alignment with VCC’s Vision Statement (VCC – the first choice for innovative, experiential learning for life)
  2. Alignment with VCC’s Environmental Sustainability Strategies
  3. Community engagement
  4. Fun

Winners will be announced Friday, Nov. 22, 2019.

Using your grant

Grant recipients will be assigned an ECAT liaison member who will help navigate VCC resources such as room booking, printing, marketing, security, risk assessment, etc.

If the project is going to take place in a common area of the college, the grant recipient must obtain appropriate permission and insurance prior to their project start date.

Grant recipients are responsible for managing the grant money. They will be required to keep expense receipts to account for all project costs. While some projects may continue year-round, it is expected that grants are spent and receipts submitted no later than February 15, 2020.

Grant winners will be required to supply a 300-word report and images of the project after completion.


Did you know? VCC has surpassed its sustainability goals by achieving $2 million in energy savings in less than 10 years.

Social Insurance Number (SIN) now required for student tax forms

Posted on December 13, 2019



Starting in the 2019 tax year, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requires all post-secondary institutions to collect Social Insurance Numbers (SIN) for Tuition and Enrolment Certificate (T2202) tax forms (formerly T2202A).

VCC issues T2202 forms in late February each year. Students may download their tax forms by logging into myVCC

To ensure your T2202 form is successfully issued, please submit your SIN by updating your personal information on myVCC or via this secure, online form:



You must be logged into myVCC as a student to complete this form. 

Please do not email your SIN.

For more information about tuition and education tax credits, see the latest CRA update


Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t have a SIN. How can I apply for one?

Apply for a SIN in person at your nearest Service Canada office. Applying for a SIN is free and applicants must present valid original primary identification. For more information about SIN applications, see the government’s SIN application guide.

I misplaced or can’t remember my SIN. How can I find it?

Your SIN is printed on your latest Notice of Assessment from the CRA. If this isn’t available, you can request a confirmation of SIN at your nearest Service Canada office. For more information on SIN confirmation requests, visit the government’s SIN application guide.

I do not want to share my SIN online. Can I submit it in person?

Our online form is secure and your SIN is protected by VCC’s privacy policies, however you may also visit VCC Admissions and Records to submit your SIN in person.

Who can I contact for more information?

Domestic students may contact VCC Admissions and Records at our Broadway and Downtown campuses. International students may contact VCC International at our Downtown campus.


VCC’s COVID-19 response has community at its core

Posted on February 26, 2021

Originally published in The Globe and Mail

Colleges and institutes across Canada have played a key role in the response to the coronavirus pandemic – collaborating to support students, communities, and industry while working to contribute to a just recovery.

In British Columbia, for example, Vancouver Community College (VCC) partnered with Vancouver Coastal Health to ensure its students were work-ready under COVID-19 conditions. At the community level, VCC made its Broadway campus parking lot available for coronavirus testing, collected and donated more than 60,000 items of PPE and partnered with the City of Vancouver to make more than 80,000 meals so far for vulnerable community members. To continue to equip their students to serve the organizations depending on their skills, VCC’s faculty and staff made a rapid shift to online course delivery, even in programs like culinary training and automotive repair that have traditionally been entirely hands-on.

“Many of our courses are very experiential, so we had to deliver as much as we could online, while also building a safety plan to bring students back in to give them those essential hands-on skills,” says Dennis Innes, the college’s dean of hospitality, food and business.

It was an immersive, exploratory experience on an urgent timeline, experimenting with how to deliver each learning component in an entirely new world. “Our Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research supported us in providing hands-on training online as much as possible, using technology like Zoom, Moodle, and GoPros,” says Mr. Innes. “We started creating videos of the work that the chefs and bakers were doing and playing with synchronous and asynchronous delivery. We’re now creating a virtual reality kitchen and recipes. 

While it was exhausting and difficult, it was also exciting for faculty and students to discover what worked well online, he says. This new depth of innovation was essential training for students who will work in industries that are now evolving in unpredictable ways. “They have a new toolkit for learning and collaborating online, and in self-directing learning and time management. They’ll be taking these foundational skills and techniques and innovating with them when they get into industry,” says Mr. Innes.

The college’s School of Health Sciences also had to transform its programs almost overnight in response to COVID-19 safety requirements and soaring demand for its graduates. “VCC is known for its students being hired immediately after graduation, but in the pandemic, they’ve become even more vital,” says the school’s dean Jo-Ellen Zakoor. “We had a group of LPN-BSNs who were close to completing, and we had to figure out how to get them into preceptorships. Once we did that in a safe way, the graduates were being hired almost on the spot.” 

COVID-19 has inspired powerful new collaborations between schools, the health authorities, the ministries of Advanced Education and Health, and the regulatory bodies under which the students will be licensed, Ms. Zakoor stresses. One example, a new collaboration between Vancouver Coastal Health, Providence Health, and VCC, the Health Career Access Program is designed to provide skilled caregivers to long-term facilities. “The student is hired by the health authority to work in a non-direct care role while they’re coming to VCC to take the health care assistant program in a modular way.” 

“Over the course of 2020, our team has risen to the myriad of challenges presented by this unexpected COVID-19 pandemic in ways that have consistently impressed me,” says VCC president and CEO Ajay Patel. “Our students, staff, faculty, and alumni contribute in profound ways to our economy and the welfare of our province. We don’t just train students to be successful in their careers – we foster citizens who care deeply about their communities. 

“Through all this, we have continued to provide the skills, experiential education, and support our students need to reach their career goals and contribute to their communities.” 

Join a community that cares. See VCC's wide range of programs accepting applications for 2021.

Katherine’s story: Cooking for a cause

Posted on March 3, 2021

Which women in your life have inspired your tastes and talents? Like many Canadians, VCC culinary arts student Katherine Aguilar remembers her mother and grandmother as the ones who passed on cultural recipes and flavours, and brought family together around the table.

Today, as a professional cook, Katherine continues to hold these values close as she connects food and people in her own unique and essential career.

Although she’d always had a passion for cooking, when Katherine came to Canada from the Philippines as a young teenager over 20 years ago, her focus was simply learning English and making it through high school. “It was hard for me to adapt,” she remembers.

After high school, on the advice of her parents, Katherine started a career in pharmacy technology. “I survived,” she says about her job, “but I mostly looked forward to weekends in the kitchen with family.”

Soon, Katherine joined her grandmother in making and selling the family’s famous lumpia (spring rolls) to make extra money. With secret family recipes in hand, she eventually opened a catering business, Palate Catering, serving traditional Filipino snacks and meals at community events.

At the same time, Katherine started a job as a dietary aide at a long-term care home in Abbotsford, but her talents did not go unnoticed, and she soon started cooking full meals in the kitchen.  

Lifelong learning

Between cooking full-time for seniors, running a catering business, and opening a Filipino fusion food stall (Star Burrito) at the Richmond Night Market, in 2019, Katherine decided to pursue formal culinary training and credentials. 

“It was scary at first!” she says about starting VCC’s culinary arts program after 15 years of working. “But now, I feel like I’m a teenager again. I never knew learning could be so fun and amazing.”

In 2019, after completing Professional Cook 1 Plus, Katherine won VCC’s Santiago Cuyguan Award of Excellence, recognizing her dedication to cooking and openness to diverse culinary influences.



In 2021, with her catering business and food stall temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Katherine decided that now would be the perfect time to complete Level 3 of Culinary Arts (Cook) Apprentice – the final stage of trades training before challenging the Red Seal examination. Even with a portion of the program now online, Katherine is pleased with her progress. “I’m glad I did it!” she says. “It refreshed my memory. It was the right time.”

A COVID-19 commitment

Throughout her schooling as well as the pandemic, Katherine has continued to work and apprentice at the long-term care home. “The pandemic has had a big impact on our work,” she says. “The elderly are prone to sickness, so we are very careful.”

Fortunately, as of February 2021, the facility had avoided any outbreaks, and Katherine, her colleagues, and all the residents have received full COVID-19 vaccinations.

When classmates ask Katherine why, with her advanced culinary training, she continues to cook for seniors rather than work at a fine restaurant or hotel, she recalls her grandmother’s values. “You don’t get to know people in a restaurant,” Katherine says. “I’m connected to the people I’m serving. I know who’s eating the food, and that’s why it doesn’t feel like work.” 

Look forward to your job. Learn more about VCC’s culinary arts programs at an upcoming free information session or our Experience VCC online open house.

VCC offers free Building Service Worker pilot courses

Posted on February 22, 2021

Vancouver Community College (VCC) is proud to offer new courses to support cleaners and other workers in the building service industry during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

The new Building Service Worker (BSW) foundation course provides comprehensive introductory training in custodial service including commercial sanitation, equipment, and disinfection.

A special antiviral cleaning/infection prevention online module is included in the foundation course but has also been made available as a standalone course for those currently working in the building service industry or those looking for additional training.

These courses are being provided tuition-free thanks to funding from the BC Government.

Class schedule

Building Service Worker foundation course (with antiviral cleaning module)
24 hours total

  • March 1-5 (online w/ instructor), 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • March 8 or 9 (off-site w/instructor), 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Antiviral Cleaning Module only (suited to building service workers or those seeking training on antiviral/antimicrobial cleaning in the workplace)
6 hours total

  • March 7 and 14 (Sundays), 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (online w/ instructor)

Topics covered

  • Safe Work practices
  • Tools and equipment
  • Dry/wet cleaning procedures
  • Chemistry of cleaning
  • Green cleaning
  • Specific cleaning for:
    • Carpets
    • Hard floors
    • Glass
    • Stairways
    • Walls
    • Washrooms
    • Food prep areas etc.
    • General antiviral cleaning

Admission requirements

This program is for adults (16 years or older) who reside in B.C. and are eligible to work in Canada. 

Fees and other costs

All tuition for these pilot courses is covered and at no additional cost to the employer or individual participant.


Upon satisfactory completion, participants will receive a Statement of Completion.

Important information

Students must be prepared to:

  • Participate in all days of training, as specified
  • Provide feedback on the course at the end of the pilot
  • Attend live online classes through a video conferencing platform, such as Zoom

Please ensure that you have access to a device (preferably a computer) with a stable internet connection.

If participating in the BSW foundation course (including ½ day hands-on training at an off-site location), in addition to the above, please ensure that:

  • You are available and prepared to attend a ½-day hands-on, in-person training at an off-site location on March 8 and March 9, 2021. (You will attend on only one of these two days, to be determined later.)
  • You will follow the COVID-19 protocols put in place by VCC and/or the off-site training location in order to receive hands-on training.

Apply now

To reserve your spot or for further information, please email

To learn more and ask questions, attend our next Building Service Worker info session.



New funding from PBC Foundation advances mental health services at VCC

Posted on February 24, 2021

Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to announce that Pacific Blue Cross (PBC) Health Foundation is donating $45,000 over three years to support student mental health initiatives at the college.

As the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, VCC’s counselling department made a dramatic shift to providing services remotely while continuing to offer full mental health supports and career guidance to VCC students.

During this stressful and uncertain year for post-secondary students, VCC’s counsellors served 1,006 clients through 3,024 sessions and delivered 134 workshops to a total of 3,086 students. 2020 also saw a rise in crisis counselling cases such as psychological emergencies or suicidal episodes due to mental health issues, trauma from assault, family violence, or other distressing events. 

Thanks to this generous funding from PBC Health Foundation, VCC’s first efforts will be to update hardware and software for VCC’s counsellors, allowing them to shift from using personal or aged equipment to faster, more stable, networked computers.

“Our counsellors are deeply committed to helping students, and this gift from PBC Health Foundation ensures they have the resources they need to do so,” says VCC Interim Associate Vice President of Student and Enrolment Services Clayton Munro. 

So far in 2021, VCC’s counselling sessions are on track to exceed the 2020 numbers.

Learn more about the types of counselling services available at VCC or book an appointment online.

BC’s Top Employer feature: VCC puts heart into the heart of the city

Posted on February 17, 2021

Originally published in The Vancouver Sun

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, much of the normal food distribution for impoverished residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside was abruptly disrupted. Over a 12-week period from April to June, staff from neighbouring Vancouver Community College (VCC) stepped into the breach.

Partnering with the City of Vancouver and with provincial government support, VCC’s culinary and food services departments worked tirelessly from campus-based professional kitchens to prepare 72,000 meals for those in need.

“It was a wonderful example of the VCC community living out its values,” says Ajay Patel, VCC president and CEO.

It wasn’t the only one. VCC students and employees raised $55,000 to provide bursaries for students impacted by the pandemic. And departments across VCC joined to collect more than 60,000 items, including masks, sanitizers, gowns, viral swabs, and cleaning supplies for Vancouver Coastal Health.

The community outreach took place even as VCC itself underwent a seismic shift in the way it delivers services to more than 15,000 students. 

Located in the heart of the city, VCC offers hands-on learning in the trades through on-campus facilities such as gourmet restaurants, an auto shop, and salon and spa. Having to switch to mostly online instruction presented some unique challenges. 

How, after all, do you teach someone remotely to repair or paint a car? VCC found a way. It introduced a new virtual reality (VR) program for welding and automotive painting, the first of its kind in Canada.

Working with a software engineering company in India, VCC developed a VR program that allowed students to practise welding and automotive painting at home before being brought back to campus, in a safe and staggered manner, to do the real thing.

“It’s just one of many examples of VCC instructors and support staff being creative and innovative in response to the pandemic,” says Patel. “They deserve all the credit for taking on the immense challenge of pivoting from applied, face-to-face learning to largely virtual instruction.”

Timothy Conklin, a program assistant with CAD and BIM – the VCC department that trains construction industry drafting technicians – says his team was one of the lucky ones; they already did most of their work on computers.

Still, he wasn’t surprised by the ability of colleagues to be flexible and nimble, with the strong support of VCC leaders.

Conklin recalls how, pre-pandemic, VCC supported his initiative to help train faculty and staff about suicide awareness and prevention.

“VCC recognizes everyone has something to contribute,” he says. “They give you the opportunity to innovate and lead.”

Learn how you can join the VCC community by visiting our Careers Portal

Lunar New Year greetings from VCC president Ajay Patel and Hon. Anne Kang

Posted on February 11, 2021

On behalf of Vancouver Community College’s (VCC) leadership team, I would like to wish our community a happy, healthy, and prosperous Lunar New Year. I extend well-wishes especially to our students and employees of Asian heritage to whom this time of year is most meaningful. 

At this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all longing to gather around tables of delicious food with extended family and friends, but if we continue to keep our distance now, the sooner we will be able to meet in the future. Thank you for celebrating safely.

In the spirit of the Lunar New Year season and the Year of the Ox, please watch and enjoy this message from our new Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training, Hon. Anne Kang. 



Ajay Patel
President and CEO
Vancouver Community College

VCC joins prestigious list of BC’s Top Employers

Posted on February 16, 2021

Vancouver Commuinty College (VCC) has been recognized as one of BC's Top Employers. The organizers of the 16th annual competition announced the list Feb. 16, which includes employers such as Save-On Foods, City of Vancouver, and UBC.

BC's Top Employers is a special designation that recognizes companies and organizations in the province that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work.

"I am so proud of the employees and leadership at VCC and this award from BC Top Employers is well deserved," says Darlene Hodgson, Associate Director, Human Resources at VCC. "The VCC community is so special and our staff and faculty take a huge amount of pride in their work. It means a lot to us to be recognized in this way."

In this competition, participants are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offer the most progressive and forward-thinking programs. The annual competition is open to any employer with its head office in British Columbia. This is the first time VCC has entered.

"At VCC, we often focus on the achievements of our excellent students, programs, and graduates; this acknowledgement from BC's Top Employers is something we are very proud of and reflects the wonderful work all our employees bring to VCC every day," says Ajay Patel, VCC president and CEO. "It also speaks to the culture of care and community that makes VCC such a special place to work."

VCC's labour partners agree with the recognition for the college. "This honour speaks to our strong collective agreements, culture of collaboration, and dedication to doing our best for our students and colleagues," says Taryn Thomson, president of the VCC Faculty Association.

Stepping up in 2020

Employers were evaluated by the editors at Canada's Top 100 Employers using the same criteria as the national competition:

  • Physical workplace
  • Work atmosphere and social
  • Health, financial, and family benefits
  • Vacation and time off
  • Employee communications
  • Performance management
  • Training and skills development
  • Community involvement

For this year's competition, B.C.'s leading employers also stepped up with strong and comprehensive responses to keep employees safe and help protect the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The practical and timely responses we saw in British Columbia included organizing task forces and committees to spearhead organizational response and coordinate important tasks, such as safety and mitigation protocols for essential workers," says Richard Yerema, Managing Editor of the Canada's Top 100 Employers project. "Clear lines of communication and accountability have enabled these employers to create positive outcomes – even in the face of the pandemic's daunting challenges."

See the full list of BC's Top Employers and read VCC's feature story in the BC's Top Employers special magazine.

Congratulations to VCC’s Red Seal recipients

Posted on February 15, 2021

Vancouver Community College (VCC) Alumni Relations was pleased to honour this past year’s Red Seal recipients at a special online event held Thursday, Feb. 11.

VCC’s second annual Red Seal Recognition Event, which was hosted on Zoom, recognized the 229 alumni who earned a Red Seal endorsement between August 2019 and November 2020 in six different trades: culinary, baking, hairstyling, auto body and collision, automotive refinishing, automotive service, and heavy mechanical trades. 

A Red Seal is proof of excellence in certain skilled trades that is recognized by employers across Canada. A Red Endorsement (RSE) is earned at the end of an apprenticeship by completing a comprehensive examination.

Screenshot of VCC Red Seal Recognition Event participants

“A Red Seal is a literal badge of success. Wear it proudly,” said VCC president and CEO Ajay Patel in his welcoming message.

B.C. Minister for Advanced Education and Skills Training Anne Kang also addressed the group. “Trades training is as important as any academic accomplishment,” she said. “Tradespeople are in demand and highly valued by all British Columbians. The trades sector looks bright when I look at all of you.”

Trades sector representatives including Industry Training Authority (ITA) CEO Shelley Gray and Craftsman Collision president Rick Hatswell also shared words of pride and encouragement before each Red Seal recipient’s name was read aloud and displayed on the screen.

VCC Loves Trades campaign

VCC Loves Trades campaign logo

In further recognition of VCC trades students, the VCC Foundation also took the Red Seal Recognition Event as an opportunity to launch a new fundraising initiative, VCC Loves Trades.

The new campaign will run in February of each year and support trades programs at VCC. In 2021, funds raised will go to students and equipment needs in Transportation Trades programs.

To support the campaign, Scotiabank, through its ScotiaRISE program, is generously offering $5,000 in matching funds for gifts received before March 15, 2021. “We know that B.C.’s future will require Red Seal trades professionals to rebuild and sustain our economy,” said Stephen Gaskin, Senior Vice President, B.C. and Yukon Region, Scotiabank, who was also in attendance.

Support our province’s future trades professionals through the #VCCLovesTrades campaign today.

VCC collaborates to increase B.C. food on campus

Posted on February 9, 2021

Vancouver Community College (VCC) is proud to announce a new collaboration with the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training to bring more locally produced food to our campuses.

Feed BC is a provincial government initiative to encourage, inspire, and support a shift to more B.C. food in hospitals, residential care facilities, public post-secondary institutions, and other government-supported facilities.

As part of this collaboration, VCC joins eight other post-secondary partners who have committed to grow B.C. food purchases to reach at least 30 per cent of total campus food expenditures. 

“By emphasizing B.C. foods on campus, public post-secondary institutions are supporting campus sustainability goals and their students’ interests in local food options while also supporting farmers, fishers, food processors, and communities throughout the province,” says Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training.

As part of education delivery, VCC actively seeks out locally sourced food for educational purposes whenever possible and is working towards new opportunities with local producers. Considering VCC’s extensive culinary arts program, numerous food service outlets, and popular cafeterias, this initiative presents a great opportunity for the college to support B.C. agriculture and enhance B.C.’s food security and the sustainability of regional economies.

Did you know?

  • Food service purchases for all post-secondary institutions in B.C. is estimated at $40.9 million annually.


Student Q&A: The foods and festivities of Lunar New Year

Posted on February 9, 2021

To celebrate this Lunar New Year and the Year of the Ox, we checked in with students from Vancouver Community College’s (VCC) Asian Culinary Arts program to find out how they're celebrating, and of course, what they're cooking.

Kevin Soo – VCC Asian Culinary Arts student

What do you remember most as a child about Lunar New Year?  

​Definitely the festive atmosphere and the food. Seeing the renowned lion dance, learning to write auspicious idioms and hanging them as decorations, receiving red envelopes, and eating all the snacks that are only made once a year.

How do you celebrate Lunar New Year today? 
Almost the same! A simple family dinner with my cousins and grandparents, though I am more appreciative of these dinners as opportunities to see family are sparse now that I'm working more.

What are your favourite Lunar New Year foods to cook or eat? 
Definitely the snacks. We only get to eat them once a year so I gorge on them. The two that stand out the most to me are the peanut pastry (gok zai) and sticky rice cake (nian gao). 

What traditional foods have you learned to cook at VCC? 
Lots! There are so many we learned at VCC. In regards to specific dishes cooked during Lunar New Year, though there are a few, I believe it is more of a symbolic ritual where certain ingredients are used rather than specific dishes being cooked. For example, fish is usually cooked as fish in the Chinese language is a homophone for surplus; a good luck wish for abundance. For Lunar New Year-related dishes, dumplings (Jiao Zi) and white turnip (radish) cakes were taught. Dumplings, for parts of China, are traditionally made together as a family so it was nice as my classmates/co-workers are kind of like my second family. 

What message do you have for anyone celebrating Lunar New Year during COVID-19? 
Wishing everyone a happy Lunar New Year! Best wishes for everyone's safety and health especially during this pandemic.

Gok zai peanut pastries

Gok zai (yau gok) fried peanut dumplings. Photo by Neodymium+Nd used under CC BY 2.0

Sally Wu – VCC Asian Culinary Arts student

What do you remember most as a child about Lunar New Year?
I love our big family reunions around Lunar New Year, seeing my cousins and getting red envelopes!

How do you celebrate Lunar New Year today?
All my extended family would get together at my Auntie’s house for a big meal!

What are your favourite Lunar New Year foods to cook or eat?
There isn’t one specific dish, it is more the abundance of mouth-watering food that makes the holiday!

What traditional foods have you learned to cook at VCC?
I really loved making dumplings! It is such a traditional food that an entire family can get together to make and talk at the same time.

What message do you have for anyone celebrating Lunar New Year during COVID-19?
Stay cheerful and safe! In order to have in-person gatherings next year, we must stay in our bubble this year to keep our loved ones safe!

Bean curd rolls by Sally Wu

Fu pei guen (bean curd rolls) made and photographed by Sally Wu – "A dish taught by Chef Barry I made at home."

Learn how you can join the only full-time Asian Culinary Arts program in North America.

Giving Tuesday campaign doubles December 2020 fundraising goal

Posted on February 1, 2021

The VCC Foundation is pleased to announce that the December 2020 Giving Tuesday campaign raised $23,000 in support for VCC students who have struggled financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This more than doubles the initial $10,000 donation-matching target.

Thanks to an additional holiday contribution from the Association of VCC Administrators (AVCCA), a total of $46,700 has been added to VCC's COVID-19 Emergency Bursary Fund.

Giving Tuesday 2020 kicked off with a donation from VCC counsellor Cindy Sestak. “I think it's wonderful the work you do and that there are these emergency bursaries available to the many students who are in so much need at this time,” she says.

The next round of VCC COVID-19 bursary applications has not yet been announced, however students are also encouraged to search VCC’s online Scholarship, Bursary and Award Guide for additional funding options.

The road ahead

Over the coming months, VCC students will continue to face financial difficulties as the service economy slowly recovers.

VCC Administrative Assistant student Neriza Zano (pictured above) lost her job early in the COVID-19 pandemic, but continued with her studies from home. “Attending school during the pandemic was challenging,” she says. “It’s the simple things you miss, like getting handouts in class. I had to print all the resources at home,” she says.

After receiving her COVID-19 emergency bursary in mid-2020, Neriza says her financial burdens were eased, and she heartily thanks all the donors for supporting VCC students in difficult times. “I survived and graduated with a grateful heart."

To make a donation to VCC’s ongoing COVID-19 Emergency Bursary Fund or any other award, please visit VCC Foundation – Ways to Give or email

VCC’s culinary school cooks up another Golden Plates win

Posted on March 17, 2020

Originally published in The Georgia Straight

If you were braising racks of lamb with cherry reduction while your friends lived off of Kraft Dinner, you should consider attending Vancouver’s top culinary school.

This year, Vancouver Community College (VCC) won the title of “Best Professional Culinary School” in the Golden Plates 2020 awards. But the local college is no stranger to victory. VCC has been repeatedly honoured in the Straight’s annual Best of Vancouver and Golden Plates awards, which are chosen by the paper’s readers.

That’s because its culinary program gives students the opportunity to learn advanced techniques and theory from professional chefs while using innovative cooking technology.

Some of these modern kitchen tools include the DJ Food Décor Turntable for plating, the PolyScience Smoking Gun for infusing dishes with smoky flavours, and pressure-cooking machines.

Graduates from VCC culinary arts leave with plenty of experience when it comes to both casual and fine dining. This means that they’re able to make a delicious thin crust pizza but also a fancy chicken cordon bleu. The school also offers programs for those specifically interested in baking and pastry art.

Culinary students host the popular Chef’s Table Dinner Series, which occurs a few times throughout the year with ticket sales available to the public. During the exciting event, students prepare a five-course fixed menu with wine pairings for a group of 20 guests in VCC’s full-service on-campus restaurant – JJ’s. This provides students with kitchen experience in a restaurant setting to ensure that they feel confident entering the workforce as trained chefs. 

With highly regarded faculty members and state-of-the-art kitchens, VCC’s culinary school is where the next generation of talented chefs gets their start.

Learn more about life as a VCC culinary student by attending a regularly scheduled information session.

VCC assumes International Secretariat role of Asia-Pacific Student Exchange Network

Posted on January 20, 2021

VANCOUVER — Vancouver Community College (VCC) has become the International Secretariat of University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP), overseeing student and faculty mobility to and from those regions.

VCC takes over from Japan’s Toyo University to manage UMAP’s network of more than 600 colleges and universities in 36 countries and territories for a five-year term.

With this role, VCC, and the province, have the opportunity to demonstrate leadership in international education both within Canada and globally by encouraging increased student diversity, the development of global competencies among students and strengthened intercultural awareness.

Global Affairs Canada is providing just under $2 million to support both short-term, inbound scholarships for students from abroad into Canadian UMAP member institutions; and for short-term outbound scholarships, for Canadian students at UMAP member institutions in Canada into UMAP member institutions in and around the Pacific Rim.

These activities support all facets of Canada’s International Education Strategy, by increasing Canadian student outbound exchanges; by increasing the number and diversity of students coming into Canada; as well as, increasing the number and type of Canadian institutions that can send and receive international students. They also support exchanges of Canadian students who are typically underrepresented such as, Indigenous students, students from rural and smaller institutions, and students registered in vocational programs. 


Ajay Patel, President and CEO, Vancouver Community College

“We sincerely appreciate the foresight of Global Affairs Canada in supporting VCC as the new host of the UMAP International Secretariat. It not only positions Canada and British Columbia well, but it also exemplifies the diversity and strength of the Canadian academic landscape that a community college can lead student mobility in the most dynamic of global regions.”

Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade

“I am thrilled to support the successful appointment of Vancouver Community College as the new International Secretariat for the UMAP Consortium and welcome the efforts of UMAP to strengthen institutional cooperation and educational mobility between countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region. This initiative will contribute to advancing our government’s International Education Strategy, by enriching our education engagement with a broad range of partners. It will also support Canadian education institutions’ internationalization objectives, strengthen bilateral relationships, and promote Canada’s international trade diversification efforts.”

Randall Martin, Executive Director, BC Council for International Education

“As Canada’s national secretariat for UMAP, we are excited to support VCC as UMAP’s International Secretariat, and we look forward to increasing accessibility and inclusivity of UMAP’s programming to all higher education institutions in Canada. VCC’s appointment recognizes not only Canada as a leader in Asia Pacific academic relations but B.C.’s leadership role in shaping programs and policies in international education.”

Quick facts:

  • The University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP) Consortium is a voluntary association of institutions and government and non-government representatives of the higher education sector. It promotes student exchanges, field schools, and online learning opportunities amongst its more than 600 member institutions worldwide.
  • Currently there are 18 Canadian post-secondary UMAP member institutions, representing six provinces and one territory.
  • Based in Vancouver, B.C., Vancouver Community College (VCC) is a publicly funded college in operation since 1965. VCC’s five-year term as UMAP International Secretariat runs from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2025.
  • International student mobility and enrollment has been impacted by the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic and Canadian post secondary institutions continue to follow the direction of public health officials to ensure the safety of both local communities and students returning from abroad.



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Media can contact:

Karen Wilson
Executive Director
Marketing and Communications
Vancouver Community College

Chelsey Laird
Senior Manager
Marketing and International Initiatives
BC Council for International Education




Coast Capital helps break down barriers for special needs youth

Posted on January 19, 2021

VANCOUVER – Vancouver Community College (VCC) is delighted to announce that Coast Capital Savings has donated $18,500 to support VCC's Gateway to Post-secondary (GPS) program. Coast Capital has contributed $63,500 key funding towards the program over the past three years. 

GPS was developed in partnership with the Vancouver School Board (VSB) to help students with cognitive disabilities and diverse learning needs successfully bridge their education to post-secondary programs and/or industry. 

“The GPS program has opened the doors to many possible careers for students that they may have not been aware even existed,” says VCC Community and Career Education (CACE) department head, Ingrid Defert. “Many students transition smoothly from the GPS program into VCC’s industry-specific Adult Special Education programs in food service, retail, and hospitality. They also come more prepared and less anxious about college life because of the program.”  
Since the pilot launched in 2014, the program has served 80 students thus far.
“The program has been instrumental in breaking down barriers and give students with disabilities greater confidence and independence as they transition to post-secondary,” says Defert. “The key has been to familiarize students with post-secondary life as early as possible. Students tour VCC as young as grade 9 and stay connected until they graduate high school.” 

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 130 programs including bachelor's degrees, diplomas, certificates, and apprenticeships. With three campuses located in East Vancouver, Downtown, and on Annacis Island, students receive hands-on instruction in culinary arts, business, design, health sciences, hospitality, transportation trades, music, and more.

About Coast Capital Savings
Coast Capital Savings aims to help youth achieve what is important in their lives and build a strong financial future. We invest in programs that help young people build the foundation that will help them navigate life, achieve the education they need, prepare for the world of work and build their financial capabilities; all with a goal of contributing to a young person’s journey to becoming empowered and financially independent. We want all youth to have the opportunity to reach their full potential and have a particular interest in helping vulnerable youth who face more significant challenges.
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Media can contact:

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

VCC Fall 2020 Student Awards recap

Posted on November 23, 2020

On Friday Nov. 20, Vancouver Community College (VCC) was proud to celebrate the success, hard work, and achievements of 194 deserving students in its second virtual Student Awards ceremony. The event was held on Zoom for donors and recipients, and broadcasted through Facebook Live stream for friends and family.

The ceremony began with a territorial acknowledgment and welcome from Edler Jean Wasegijig and a message of congratulations from VCC president and CEO Ajay Patel.

“During a pandemic, I know there have been unexpected moments and your journey has maybe been different than you imagined. Pursuing a career, or learning a new skill or language takes courage. It is no small accomplishment to continue learning and working towards your goals. But it is a testament to your resilience and leadership in the face of adversity that we can be here today and celebrate your accomplishments.” – Ajay Patel.

VCC’s deans then presented the names and bios of award recipients for the School of Health Sciences, the School of Hospitality, Food Studies and Applied Business, the School of Trades, Technology and Design, and the Centre for Continuing Studies. Award recipients for the School of Instructor Education, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Music were presented in a separate Zoom meeting room.

Student Awards video feature

Each year, VCC Foundation selects one or more Outstanding Student Award recipients to profile in a video feature. This fall, we honoured Kale Needham, a first-year Jewellery Art and Design student and recipient of the Positive Space scholarship, as well as Diana Jerezano, current health care assistant student and recipient of the Y.P. Heung Foundation Post-Secondary Award.

Special music alumni performance

As a unique touch to the ceremony, a group of VCC Music alumni revived a Sly and the Family Stone vintage hit “Everyday People” to set the tone for the afternoon.

Did you know? The VCC Foundation works hard to help students meet their basic needs each year. LEARN MORE >

5 ways to help you de-stress on campus

Posted on April 28, 2014

‌Being a student can be very stressful, especially during exams. It's important to take some time and take care of yourself.

In recognition of Canadian Mental Health Association's Mental Health Wellness week, VCC is hosting Mental Health Wellness day - an inspiring event offering free activities, expert speakers and helpful information from community agencies, counsellors and nursing students. Enjoy music and refreshments, as well as demonstrations of mind/body healing techniques. Make sure to join us at the event!

VCC also offers many services to help you unwind. Nimmi Takkar, the Student Union of VCC's (SUVCC) interim executive director, has provided her recommendations for five ways to help you de-stress on campus. Read on!

  1. Exercise – Take a free yoga class every Tuesday through SUVCC
  2. Eat well – Have a delicious meal at our student-run cafeterias
  3. Be well – Make an appointment and meet with the VCC Counselling department
  4. Get help – Get some one-on-one help from professional tutor at the VCC Learning Centre
  5. Relax – Get a relaxing service from the VCC Salon and Spa


Mental health wellness event news

Media Release: New funding from Scotiabank and the Diamond Foundation enable youth to try trades

Posted on January 18, 2021

VANCOUVER – Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to announce that the Diamond Foundation and Scotiabank have committed a combined total of $90,000 over two years to support VCC’s Transportation Trades Sampler program.

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 youth hands-on exposure to trades programs such as automotive collision repair, automotive refinishing, automotive service, and heavy mechanical trades over the summer break.

Thanks to a renewed donation from the Diamond Foundation ($50,000) and a first-time gift from Scotiabank ($40,000), VCC’s Transportation Trades Sampler program is able to continue providing these valuable opportunities for B.C. youth until 2022.

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

“The Transportation Trades Sampler program is an eye-opening experience for many young people as they try out four of the top 15 trades in B.C. and learn from experienced tradespeople. We are grateful for this funding; it allows us to start these students on a path to real success,” says Brett Griffiths, dean of VCC’s School of Trades, Technology and Design.

“By supporting experiential learning, The Diamond Foundation is giving at-risk youth the ability to make connections to career-life possibilities and post-graduation opportunities,” says Jill Diamond, Executive Director, Diamond Foundation.

“Through the launch of ScotiaRISE, Scotiabank’s new social impact strategy, we are proud to partner with The Diamond Foundation and Vancouver Community College to improve education and employment prospects for every future.” says Stephen Gaskin, Senior Vice President, Scotiabank.


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 130 programs including bachelor's degrees, diplomas, certificates, and apprenticeships. With three campuses located in East Vancouver, Downtown, and on Annacis Island, students receive hands-on instruction in culinary arts, business, design, health sciences, hospitality, transportation trades, music, and more.

About the Diamond Foundation

The Diamond Foundation has long played a pivotal and prominent role in Vancouver philanthropy. Created by its founders Jack (of blessed memory) and his son Gordon Diamond in 1984, its mission is to improve the quality of life for people in the communities in which the Diamonds live and do business. It donates to organizations and issues that strengthen Jewish community life in Greater Vancouver. The Foundation also seeks investments in local organizations and issues that target young people who do not have the same opportunities as other youth to develop to their fullest potential.

About Scotiabank

Scotiabank is a leading bank in the Americas. Guided by our purpose: "for every future", we help our customers, their families, and their communities achieve success through a broad range of advice, products, and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of over 90,000 employees and assets of approximately $1.1 trillion (as at October 31, 2020), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: BNS) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter @ScotiabankViews.


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Media can contact:

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

VCC achieves $3 million in energy cost avoidance

Posted on January 18, 2021

As of September 2020, Vancouver Community College (VCC) has proudly exceeded $3 million in total energy cost avoidance in existing buildings since 2010.

While VCC had set the goal of reaching 45 per cent below 2010 levels by March 2021, the college has already well exceeded this goal with a 54 per cent reduction in energy intensity.

This represents actual energy savings of 51,400,000 ekWh, enough energy to power over 2,300 B.C. households for an entire year. VCC has also cut greenhouse gas emissions from both Broadway and Downtown campuses by nearly 70 per cent 
since 2010.

Reducing carbon footprint through innovative practices

As part VCC's overall Strategic Plan, the college has committed to seeking innovative and improved practices that reduce its carbon footprint. VCC has since undertaken significant projects to change the way energy is used on campuses. 

Major upgrades undertaken include LED lighting installation for exterior and parking lights, adding occupancy sensors and digital controls to campus classrooms, and implementing energy saving measures from continuous optimization programs for heating and cooling systems. These projects have, in part, helped keep VCC’s campuses well below median in terms of energy intensity when compared with similar post-secondary institutions in B.C.


Graph showing VCC's energy savings 2011-2020

Creating a culture of energy conservation

VCC has also worked to integrate energy conservation and sustainability into the culture on campus. VCC is part of BC Hydro and FortisBC’s Energy Wise Network program, which consists of both public and private sector organizations committed to saving energy through behaviour change and engagement. 

Over the years, VCC’s energy team has collaborated with IT staff to update computer settings to switch to energy saving modes while the user is away. VCC’s “Take the Stairs” campaign encouraged people on campus to skip the elevator, thereby saving energy and staying active. In early 2018, VCC’s Facilities Management Team launched an Energy Saving Ideas Competition inviting staff to submit their ideas for saving energy on their campuses.

A greener future

With the achievement of over $3 million in energy cost avoidance and the college handily meeting energy reduction targets ahead of schedule, VCC is proud to be making progress towards a greener future.


Download and read VCC's full Strategic Energy Management Plan (SEMP).

VCC partners with VCH to support access to COVID-19 testing

Posted on August 17, 2020

Vancouver Community College (VCC) was contacted on Friday by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), and the VCC Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and Departments of Safety/Security and Facilities have since been working with VCH to help meet the need for increased testing sites for COVID-19 in Vancouver.

Starting this week, our parking lot at the Broadway campus (north of building B, large lot) will be used by VCH for a new COVID-19 testing location. The Public Heath Office (PHO) has asked for more sites to be made available as a key part of their plan for increased COVID-19 testing and tracing.  

Testing locations allow for health care workers, essential service providers, and the public to easily and safely access a COVID-19 test without needing to leave their vehicle or enter a public building like a doctor’s office or health clinic.

VCC is proud to be a partner with VCH and the Ministry of Health, and to support all efforts to keep our communities safe and healthy. 

For staff, students, or visitors who need parking, there will continue to be street parking as available, and the east (paid) parking lot (beside building B) will remain available.

VCH will be working with our teams to ensure that strict safety measures are adhered to. As well, Vancouver Police will be attending the testing site to manage car traffic and pedestrian safety.

Once again, we would like to thank everyone in our VCC community for doing their part to help keep everyone safe and healthy. 

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Frequently Asked Questions  

What is a testing location?

Testing locations allow for health care workers, essential service providers and the public to easily and safely access a COVID-19 test without needing to leave their vehicle or enter a public building like a doctor’s office or health clinic. This greatly reduces the risk of spreading the virus.  

Are testing sites a risk to the public?

No. Medical staff are on site, as well as police officers, to ensure that all health and safety protocols are followed. The public remains in their car during testing.  

When will the testing location be operating? 

VCH is working to have the VCC location up and running this week. It will run Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except statutory holidays). 

Can I access testing through the location at VCC?

Yes. The VCC COVID-19 testing site is open to health care workers, essential service providers, and the public (children over 12 years old). Learn more about COVID-19 testing in BC.

Who can I contact if I have questions about access to the parking lot?

Please contact Surinder Aulakh, VCC Director of Safety, Security and Risk at

Sewing camps let kids explore fashion side

Posted on May 1, 2017

Christine Hambleton started sewing when she was 10 years old.

Her mom showed her how to use a sewing machine and she started making clothes for her little sister's dolls. By high school she was making clothes for herself.

After working as a paralegal at a law firm for several years, her interest in fashion and sewing drew her back to school and she completed the Fashion Arts program at Vancouver Community College. She then worked with a local fashion designer for three years before deciding to start her own business about two years ago.

Made By Me Sewing Studio in North Vancouver is equipped with sewing machines, sergers, an industrial straight stitch machine, ironing stations, and a large cutting table, plus cutting shears, pins and other basic sewing gear. In this large, open sewing space, Hambleton offers a variety of classes, as well as private birthday parties and day camps. When she opened the business, Hambleton was surprised to discover more kids than adults signing up for instruction.

"It's been amazing. It’s super fun. They are so positive and energetic," she says of teaching kids.

Kids and teens are more willing to try new things and are generally "fearless" when it comes to learning new skills., she adds. "They inspire me to try new things and find new projects for them."

After a successful series of Spring Break camps, Hambleton is once again offering half- and full-day summer camps for boys and girls ages eight and older. Each camp has a different theme and is tailored to different age groups. In the beach-themed camp participants make beach-related items like a tote bag, a swimsuit cover-up, and a sunglasses case. In the sleepover-themed camp, kids learn how to make things like pajama shorts, a sleep mask, a toiletry pouch, and a stuffie.

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VCC Outstanding Alumni Awards 2018 winners

Posted on March 20, 2019

Congratulations to Vancouver Community College's (VCC) most recent Outstanding Alumni Award winners! These are the latest in a long line of VCC alumni and others who have made significant contributions to their industries and communities. Honorees represent four categories and each winner stands out with unique stories of success, inspiration, and dedication.


Curtis Krahn, Community Contribution

Founder/Principal, Synthesis Design Inc.

An early start in drafting led to a career in architecture. Curtis opened Synthesis Design Inc. in North Vancouver in 1993, and has been designing residential homes ever since. Over the years, he has employed many VCC grads, and continues to stay connected with VCC’s CAD and BIM (Drafting) programs through the Program Advisory Committee and by offering tours to current students. Curtis is actively pursuing building methods that are more affordable, follow green building practices, and are less intrusive to neighbourhoods during the building process.


Jeremy Inglett – Changemaker

Co-director, The Food Gays

Jeremy has taken a VCC baking diploma and created a whole new paradigm for success in the field. Jeremy is a food blogger, photographer, and author. He is one of the duo behind The Food Gays, having created a virtual empire, complete with television appearances, books, and over 62,000 followers on Instagram. Jeremy’s success is blazing a new path in an ancient tradition.


Alan Matheson – Career Success

Musician, VCC music instructor

Alan is a professional and multi-talented jazz and classical trumpet player, a pianist, composer, conductor, and teacher. VCC students and faculty are extremely fortunate to have such a world-class expert on the history of jazz in their midst. In addition to teaching, Alan enriches the lives of countless music lovers by leading his own big band, nonet, septet, and trio, and writing arrangements for such jazz legends as Clark Terry and Bud Shank.


Kyoung Yong Lee – One to Watch

Clinical Informatics, Vancouver Coastal Health

Kyoung is a proud member of VCC’s very first Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) cohort. After VCC, she went on to complete a graduate degree at the University of Victoria in health informatics. Kyoung is demonstrating strong leadership in the development of health care in a way that empowers clients and addresses health inequities through the innovative use of technology. Most of her work focuses on treating older adults with chronic illnesses. Kyoung has presented her findings in a number of forums; she is definitely one to watch in the field of disease management for those with significant barriers to localized care.


Do you know a VCC alum or community member who deserves recognition? Learn about our awards nomination process through the VCC Foundation.

Welcome to VCC – Winter 2021

Posted on January 4, 2021

Welcome new and returning students to Vancouver Community College! See below for information and resources to help you now and throughout your studies in 2021.

News for students

COVID-19 safety on campus
Province-wide restrictions set in place by the Provincial Health Office late last year have been extended into January 2021. Please review safety measures and recommendations before coming to campus. READ MORE >

U-Pass update
As of January 2021, students will be billed for U-Pass on a term-by-term basis. Students with courses scheduled between January-April 2021 have had their U-Pass eligibility re-assessed and their accounts charged or credited based on schedule information as of Dec. 15, 2020. U-Pass eligibility status will be subject to re-assessments in case schedule information is changed. LEARN MORE >

Getting started at VCC

Access myVCC and your student email
Use the student portal to keep you informed as well as to look up grades, order transcripts, access tax forms, receive campus news and alerts, and access your VCC student email.

If it's your first time logging in, your initial password will be your birthday (MMDDYY). Check your VCC email regularly or forward your VCC email to your personal email account. You'll receive college notifications and communications from your instructors. LOG IN NOW >

Orientation to online learning
To help you transition to blended or online courses, we have created a guide with practical tips and resources that will support your academic success. Learn how to get set up, become comfortable with common technologies at VCC, identify effective strategies for learning online, and access free student supports. READ MORE >

Learn to use Moodle
Check out the following introductory video that will show you how to access Moodle from myVCC, find your courses, update your profile settings and send and receive messages. WATCH NOW >

Services for students
We offer a number of support services to help you during your time at VCC. Please note most in-person/face-to-face campus services for students are currently available online or by phone only. SEE LIST >

Student success workshop
Are you a new or returning student who wants to set yourself up for academic success in 2021? Between Jan 4-9, 2021, the Learning Centre is offering free technology help (for student email, Office, Moodle, Zoom) and online learning success workshops. All workshops are interactive and hosted on Zoom. REGISTER NOW >

Let's connect

Follow VCC on Instagram and Facebook Group to stay up to date on college news like campus closures and other stories and announcements. Feel free to send us messages and questions, or share your own photos and stories using the hashtag #VCCInternational.

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President’s message: Celebrating VCC’s contributions

Posted on November 23, 2020


Dear Friends,

I would like to acknowledge, with gratitude, that at VCC we work, live, and learn on the traditional and unceded territories of the  xʷməθkʷəyəm̓ (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səlilw̓ ̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.

I recently had the great honour of being appointed as Vancouver Community College’s president. In this position, one of my goals is to build awareness of the remarkable impact VCC has had, and continues to have, on our surrounding community and across the province.

When I arrived at VCC just over a year ago, I never imagined we would face such complex times in the post-secondary sector. However, over the course of 2020, our team has risen to the myriad of challenges presented by this unexpected COVID-19 pandemic in ways that have consistently impressed me.  

One thing I have learned in my tenure at VCC is that our work is integral to a robust workforce and healthy industry landscape in B.C. Our students, staff, faculty, and alumni contribute in profound ways to the success of our economy and the welfare of our province. We don’t just train students to be successful in their careers – we foster citizens that care deeply about their communities.  

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, VCC’s leaders, employees, students, and volunteers have stepped up to make major contributions to the safety and resilience of our communities. Allow me to share some of these stories now.

Responding together to COVID-19

VCC hosts VCH public COVID-19 testing site
In response to a callout from Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), VCC has offered its north parking lot at the Broadway campus to host a COVID-19 testing location.  

VCC staff make meals at Downtown campus for those in need
In partnership with the City of Vancouver, VCC’s Downtown campus training kitchens were used as a meal-prep and distribution hub for the creation and delivery of 80,000 meals to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside residents with barriers to food security.

?VCC donates 60,000 pieces of PPE to health workers?
Departments across VCC joined to collect and donate over 60,000 items including masks, sanitizers, gowns, viral swabs, and cleaning supplies to Vancouver Coastal Health. ? 

VCC distributes $195,000 in emergency funds to students in need?
More than 300 students from 40 VCC programs received support via VCC’s COVID-19 Emergency Bursary Fund, which distributed $195,000 in funding made possible through the provincial government and the VCC Foundation.  

VCC alumni contributing to the fight against COVID-19

  • Participants of VCC’s Make It! entrepreneurship program for immigrant women donated time, skills, and material to sew cloth face masks for many local, at-risk communities.
  • VCC international student Mariana Carneiro is donating 10 per cent of sales from her online jewellery shop,? Kaju, to the food bank.
  • VCC American Sign Language and Deaf Studies alumna and early childhood educator Jordyn Mitchell has been providing interpretive services and Kindergarten programming to the Deaf child of a local health care worker.?? 

I am humbled and inspired by the VCC community every single day, and I encourage you to watch this video to learn more about VCC’s response to COVID-19. 

Warm regards, 

Ajay Patel 
President and CEO 
Vancouver Community College  

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Find career opportunities within the dental field

Posted on December 17, 2020

Originally published on the Georgia Straight.

There is much more to a dental career than what you see at the dentist’s office.

If you’re looking for a fulfilling career within the dental industry but want to avoid working in patients’ mouths, consider becoming a dental technician. You’ll be able to improve the lives and confidence of others from a distance through collaboration with dentistry professionals.

Behind the scenes, dental technicians are kept busy designing and making dental devices like crowns and bridges, dentures, orthodontics, and sports and night guards. They are highly trained in the use of traditional and digital technologies to develop these essential devices.

High school students typically don’t dream of becoming a dental technician as it is not a common career. Most dental technicians are introduced to the profession through family and friends.

Vancouver Community College (VCC) is the only public postsecondary institution in B.C. that offers the unique Dental Technology Sciences program. After completing the 2.5-year diploma program, graduates can become self-employed or work for commercial dental laboratories.

Dental technicians are well-respected within the industry and are depended upon by the dental profession. As the dentistry field continues to advance and grow, countless job opportunities are created for VCC graduates. Dental technicians are regulated and licensed by .

According to the Dental Technicians Association of BC, the province currently has a shortage of skilled dental technicians, particularly in the areas of crown and bridge, ceramics, and orthodontics.

For the first time ever, VCC’s Dental Technology Sciences department is providing opportunities to audit the courses in the diploma program. Through auditing, an individual can expand their knowledge and skills in focused areas of study. This could include orthodontics, digital technology, or even biosciences.

“These courses can provide career pathways to improve your employment opportunities, remuneration, and lifestyle,” says department head Ken Izumi.

Audit students are expected to participate in the assignments and theory lectures of their selected courses. They will experience similar education, mentoring, and feedback as the full-time students but will not receive a credit grade.

To audit the courses included in VCC’s Dental Technology Sciences program, applicants need to be one of the following:

  • A Registered Dental Technician;
  • a Dental Technician Assistant;
  • eligible for a B.C. Licensure;
  • or have two years minimum experience in a dental laboratory or as a dental health professional.


The next audit courses within the Dental Technology program will start in February 2021. Contact  or  prior to the start date of the course you hope to audit.

To apply for the Dental Technology Sciences diploma program and for course information, .

A unique look at VCC's Fashion Design and Production program

Posted on December 4, 2020

In the first week of school, students are already designing a product that will be available for purchase from a local shop six weeks later.

This fast-paced production process helps students put into practice all their foundational learnings. Instructors Matthew Burditt (MB), Concetta Sciaretta (CS), and Allision Drake (AD) share what they love about the Fashion Cycle classes, a unique part of VCC's Fashion Design and Production program. 

What do you love about teaching the fashion cycle classes?

MB – I love the chance to watch the students really develop their creative prowess under realistic constraints.  

Why is this style of learning about fashion rewarding for students?

MB – The duality of the freedom to be inventive, paired with the introduction to industry requirements, creates a very dynamic learning environment.  Students learn about the intrinsic elements of product development/production in a relaxed and low-pressure way. 

CS – It is comparable to what happens in the garment industry, and they learn how time sensitive the job is. 

How does the combination of individual and teamwork foster deeper learning? 

MB  Students develop individual ideas and sample those ideas in tangible ways. Then they are asked to work closely with their team-mates to consider and combine other's ideas into their own and vice versa. They develop both solo and reciprocal projects without compromising their creative freedoms. 

AD – Having the support and feedback from your peers fosters deeper growth and understanding, mimicking a true industry work environment. 

How do the fashion cycle classes feed into the second year?

AD – The learning from all the fashion cycles in first year come together in a self-led final project. These experience result in collections that are creative and dynamic.

Do you see a future in fashion? Express your creativity while learning to adapt to modern times. Find out more at a free information session >


Addictions counsellors needed in B.C.

Posted on December 10, 2020

For many British Columbians, COVID-19 has turned into something much more than a virus. Since the onset of the pandemic, data indicates a rise in drug overdose events, with the B.C. Coroners Service recording over 100 deaths per month since March 2020, including a record-setting 181 deaths in June. 

There has also been a marked increase in liquor sales. At the national level, the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction reports that more than a quarter of Canadians increased their alcohol consumption in the early months of the pandemic. 

In these extremely challenging times, the need for addictions counselling professionals and related support systems is clear. “We’re really seeing what’s needed in the community right now,” says VCC Addiction Counselling instructor Andrew Stone. 

VCC has been offering programs in problematic substance use and addictions counselling since 1980, and will be launching a renewed Addictions Counselling Advanced Certificate, delivered entirely online, in 2021. 

The program, which can be taken part-time or full-time and completed in one to three years, employs an empathetic and holistic approach to substance use. The curriculum highlights the impacts of historic and systemic oppression, and incorporates Indigenous health models and cultural safety practices. 

Upon completion, students from a variety of backgrounds will have the tools to apply evidence-based models, approaches, and interventions in roles such as community support worker.

“The Addiction Counselling Skills Advanced Certificate teaches the current trends in addiction treatment and offers trauma-informed and hands-on learning taught by faculty working in the field,” explains VCC instructor Peta Schur. “It offers an excellent blend of practical knowledge, skill building, and self-development.” 

Do you want to support your community through addictions counselling? Learn more by exploring VCC Counselling programs or emailing for more info.


VCC convocation recap – Fall 2020

Posted on December 7, 2020

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, Vancouver Community College (VCC) held its first online convocation ceremony to honour the hard work, resilience, creativity, and success of 2,600 students from both Spring and Fall 2020.

The virtual graduation ceremony began at 1:30 p.m. with a territorial acknowledgment from Elder Deanna George, followed by a musical performance from M’Girl. The event was conducted on Zoom and streamed on Facebook Live for friends and family of the graduands. Separate Zoom rooms were set up to recognize students from the different Schools.

Degrees, diplomas, and certificates were awarded to the following areas:

  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Hospitality, Food Studies and Applied Business
  • School of Trades, Technology and Design
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Continuing Studies
  • Library and Teaching & Learning Services

This ceremony also marked an important milestone for VCC as Ajay Patel was formally announced as the college’s president and CEO. Messages of congratulations from Melanie Mark, BC Minister for Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, as well as Jenny Kwan, Member of Parliament, Vancouver East, followed.  

As VCC’s Fall 2020 valedictorian, Medical Office Assistant graduate Charmaine Paragas addressed the Class of 2020 with words of wisdom, courage, and inspiration.

“Never let anyone dictate what you can and cannot do or achieve. Instead, I urge you to take those suggestions and turn it into the energy you need to set higher goals, to push yourselves further, and that will lead you to become the best version of yourself.”

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Daniel Park, graduate from the Professional Cook program, was presented with the Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Award for his extensive work in multiple restaurants around the world. Cosmetology graduate Haruka Onishi was awarded with the Governor General’s Academic Medal for achieving the highest grade point average.

VCC Hairstyling and Design alumna Loni Yee, owner of The Collective Beauty Studio which donates ponytails for the charity initiative Wigs for Kids BC, addressed this year’s graduating class with the message:

"Many of you may have heard that 2020 is not a year to consider what you want, but to be appreciative of what you have. Please be kind, work hard, and success will come naturally."

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Watch the Fall 2020 convocation video online.

  • Zoom Room 1 (School of Trades, Technology, and Design, School of Arts and Sciences (including Music), School of Instructor Education)
  • Zoom Room 2 (School of Health Sciences, Centre for Continuing Studies)
  • Zoom Room 3 (School of Hospitality, Food Studies, and Applied Business)

Congratulations to our VCC grads! Learn about the perks and benefits you now receive as VCC alumni.

Jessica’s story: Opening doors to pastry success

Posted on December 3, 2020

When Jessica Kruger arrived at Vancouver Community College (VCC) to study baking and pastry arts in 2018, she already had an English degree, event planning experience, and some quality baking skills on her resume. Any school would be lucky to have her. Still, Jessica says she struggled to find a professional baking program that would accommodate her wheelchair.

Even after speaking to VCC Disability Services, Jessica says they acknowledged it would be a challenge, but were up for it. “They were willing to listen to me and help problem-solve,” she says. 

Thanks to this opportunity, Jessica has gone on to make many peoples’ lives a whole lot sweeter, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As an athletic 15-year-old, Jessica had just started a summer job painting houses when she fell from a ladder and sustained a spinal cord injury. She returned to high school that fall in a wheelchair, went on to graduate, earn an English degree, and even play wheelchair rugby, all the while pursuing her hobby of baking and decorating cakes and cookies for friends and family. 

In choosing a career path, Jessica eventually decided that professional baking would bring the most joy both to her and to others. “I love helping people celebrate the special moments in life,” she says.‌

The Stubborn Baker nautical cookies and unicorn cake

At VCC, Jessica found the baking and pastry arts curriculum thorough and challenging. “I learned a lot,” she says, “not only about baking and pastry, but also about budgeting, safety, and professionalism, as well as working with people and challenging their mindsets.”

After graduating from the 11-month certificate program in 2019, Jessica felt fully equipped to either look for a job or start her own business. Yet she knew that finding a job in a professional bakery would pose fresh challenges. “The pastry industry doesn’t seem to know what to do with someone in a wheelchair,” she says. “I felt like I was being underestimated.”

And so, in late 2019, Jessica launched The Stubborn Baker, working out of a shared commercial kitchen to create unique and eye-catching cakes, cupcakes, and cookies for clients in the Vancouver area.  

The name “Stubborn” comes from Jessica’s own mantra of persevering through her disability and overcoming the many related barriers along the road to finding success in work and in life. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020 and began to affect many businesses in the hospitality industry, Jessica braced for the worst but happily found that orders continued to come in. “As larger parties got cancelled, it seems as though people were more willing to spend a little extra on custom cakes and treats,” she says. 

Jessica dreams of one day opening a storefront business, but for now, she continues to be motivated by baking ever more creative goodies and seeing the joy they bring. “There is nothing better than putting your heart into a project and seeing a positive customer response,” she says.

The Stubborn Baker Christmas cookies and baby cookies

VCC is excited to work with people of all abilities to achieve their goals. Contact VCC Disability Services before starting your program to discover what’s possible.

VCC Continuing Studies voted No. 1 in Vancouver

Posted on November 30, 2020

The people have spoken! We're pleased to announce that Vancouver Community College (VCC) has been voted Best School for Continuing Education in The Georgia Straight’s Best of Vancouver 2020 survey.

Congratulations to our hardworking Continuing Studies instructors and staff! VCC Continuing Studies offers a special selection of programs and courses designed for the working professional. More than 40 certificates and diplomas are available, with most classes held during evenings and weekends.

Read more in the feature story below, originally published in The Georgia Straight.

VCC Continuing Studies helps students invest in their future while relieving pandemic-related monotony

The pandemic has significantly changed the way that people work in B.C. The health-care and tech industries have been thriving, opening up thousands of job opportunities. Other sectors struggle to navigate the changes forced upon them by COVID-19, resulting in employee wage cuts and layoffs.

In terms of where and how people work, there’s been a massive shift from in-office positions to remote employment.

If you’re currently out of work or have an abundance of free time after your work-from-home shift ends, consider investing in yourself through education. There has never been a better time to return to school.

By now, we’ve all discovered that self-isolating from COVID-19 goes hand-in-hand with boredom and repetition. Instead of rewatching episodes of The Office or baking an excessive number of banana muffins, further your education through Vancouver Community College (VCC) Continuing Studies

VCC Continuing Studies offers a multitude of upgrading courses and part-time and full-time programs that will help you gain employment in a high demand industry. Several of these courses can be taken online.

“Given our diverse and expanding scope of programs and courses, VCC is ready to help learners pursue their desired career goals in a format and schedule that suits their needs,” says Adrian Lipsett, dean of Continuing Studies at VCC.

It’s becoming clear that in 2021, businesses focusing on essential retail, working from home, and staying healthy are expected to drive the top occupations.

There will likely be an increased demand for workers within the health-care sector. Additionally, job security within the industry is very high as the aging population will continue to need care. 

VCC has a variety of part-time programs that can help you become a medical device reprocessing technician or a health care administrator.

VCC’s Office Administration: Medical Office Skills certificate will provide students with all of the information and skills required to succeed working in a clinic. Health care administrators are needed to help enroll patients, update records, and coordinate with insurance companies.

Graduates from tech and computer programming courses are in demand as many companies are adding ecommerce and remote work into their business models. According to Indeed/TechRepublic, cloud computing jobs increased by 55 percent between 2015 and 2019. There are currently 500 job openings in B.C. requiring Microsoft Azure.

VCC offers five Azure certification courses that will teach students how to master cloud computing. IT support along with installation, maintenance, and repair workers are also needed as mobile networks take on a critical role in our society. The IT Operations Professional certificate and short certificate will help those with an interest in information technology gain employment in the field. 

Graduates from the Business and Technical Writing program at VCC can go on to work as copywriters, editors, and fact checkers. This program will also give students a look into the creative side of business through digital marketing, social media, and public relations courses. Many businesses aiming to create an online presence often require assistance from a copywriter and/or marketing professional.

VCC’s Continuing Studies can help align your skills with a career you'll love. Register now for Winter 2021 courses. 

When there's snow, check online before you go

Posted on November 9, 2020

What to know about snow

As we gear up for the winter, we would like to prepare the VCC community in case of snow.

In the event the college closes due to inclement weather, employees and students will be asked not to travel to the campuses in an abundance of caution.

  • Employees working remotely will continue as a regularly scheduled day.
  • Employees who were scheduled to physically attend a campus will work remotely where possible.
    • Speak with your supervisor for direction.
  • Classes that are online will continue as a regularly scheduled day.  
  • Students who were scheduled to be on campus will be contacted by their instructor
    • Instructors will determine if a class can be held online, or if the class will need to be rescheduled.

Only CLOSURES due to weather will be communicated on the VCC homepage

Vancouver Community College (VCC) has a plan in place to ensure a timely and coordinated response to inclement weather. Please note that VCC will physically remain open during normally scheduled hours unless weather conditions pose a hazard to public safety.

Campus closures

VCC considers many factors when deciding to physically close the college. These include public transportation availability, road conditions, and forecasts.

VCC’s director of safety and security determines if the college buildings will close.

In the event of a campus or college-wide building closure(s), VCC will inform the community prior to 6:30 a.m. for morning/daylong closures, 11:30 a.m. for afternoon closures, and 3:30 p.m. for evening closures.

Where to check

VCC's homepage is the official source for college closure announcements. Look for an alert banner at the top of the page. If there is no alert banner, the college is open during normally scheduled hours.

Unexpected campus closures and other emergency messages will also be shared through:

VCC Alerts

Our emergency safety response system

It is highly recommended to sign up for VCC Alerts to receive email and/or text message notifications.

Social media

A message will be posted to VCC’s official Twitter account (@myVCC).

Local media

VCC will send an advisory to local radio and TV stations. Recommendations: CKNW 980 (AM) and News AM 1130 (AM)


A message will be recorded on VCC’s general phone line (604.871.7000).

New part-time diploma perfect for Vancouver’s growing tech industry

Posted on November 24, 2020



Originally published in The Georgia Straight

While many industries are facing major business implications from the pandemic, others are experiencing a surge in demand. 

Even during these uncertain times, Vancouver’s tech sector continues to move forward, drawing global attention, increased investment, and top talent from around the world. These advancements go hand-in-hand with job opportunities for qualified graduates.

According to the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC), the tech industry within B.C. employs 100,000 tech professionals with approximately 75,000 working in Metro Vancouver.

The VEC also states that the Vancouver tech industry is growing at an average of six percent each year. This includes the local sectors focused on AI, Software as a Service (SaaS), social media, business intelligence, security and fintech (financial services technology), e-commerce, and web technologies.

Those interested in gaining meaningful employment within Vancouver’s tech industry can enroll in VCC’s Computer System Technology program.

The two-year diploma program is designed for prospective students who wish to work within the information technology industry. It’s a hands-on program in which students learn from the industry professionals and academic faculty.

Program graduates can work as mobile applications programmers, computer programmers, and network administrators.

To meet the needs of students, VCC has now made it possible to take the two-year program on a part-time basis, with a timeframe of five years to successfully complete the diploma. 

After graduation, students can continue their education at a local university to get a bachelor's degree, or continue at VCC with the Bachelor of Computer Systems Technologies program, which is currently in development for a January 2022 launch.

Like others at VCC, the Computer System Technology program features smaller class sizes to promote greater learning outcomes. Students enrolled in the program will get to learn in one of the new innovative computer labs at VCC’s downtown campus.

“We are seeing that our program is attracting students of all ages and experience,” says Reza Nezami, head of VCC’s Computer Systems Technology department. “They come with job skills and some of them need to juggle part-time work with education.”  

“We’ve now changed our program to make it more flexible for students to take the courses as it fits their schedule,” says Nezami.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • design, install and manage local area networks;
  • develop and design computer programs in various programming languages;
  • develop and design interactive web pages with multimedia components;
  • design and develop interactive mobile application for mobile devices;
  • install and configure computer hardware and software;
  • perform systems analysis and design;
  • develop apps for mobile devices;
  • provide end-user technical support services;
  • and troubleshoot and repair hardware problems.

Learn more about potential career paths into Vancouver’s fast-growing tech sector by attending a free, upcoming information session.

Support VCC students this #GivingTuesday

Posted on November 24, 2020


After the spending and consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, VCC Foundation invites you to start a season of giving. This Giving Tuesday (Dec. 1), we want to call attention to Vancouver Community College (VCC) students – especially those who have lost their jobs to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

VCC students are doing their part to keep our community safe as we live through COVID-19 together, but as the pandemic stretches on, challenges that were difficult in the beginning have now become critical. Post-secondary students across the province have been particularly hard-struck by unemployment. Most classes continue to be delivered online, which has also revealed the need for reliable and accessible technology, which many students do not have.

More and more students are looking to bursaries to ensure they can continue their education. If you can help a VCC student, make a donation today. 

How to give

In honour of Giving Tuesday, VCC Foundation will double our community’s generosity by matching the first $10,000 received in donations before December 31, 2020.

To donate, use the form below or visit the VCC Foundation donation page and select “GivingTuesday.”

Funds will be distributed via VCC’s need-based bursary application process. Thank you for anything you can give. 

Please spread the word

Celebrate your donation and/or encourage others to give by tagging us on Twitter or Facebook and using the hashtag #GivingTuesday.


Student Wellness Contest

Posted on November 2, 2020


How's the school year going so far? At Vancouver Community College (VCC), we're incredibly proud of the way our students have risen to the challenge of learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. We're so impressed, we created a social media contest to show, share, and celebrate VCC students' wellness and success. 

Student Wellness Contest

Throughout the month of November, VCC will be posting a weekly wellness question on Facebook and Instagram. All currently registered VCC students are invited to respond by commenting and entering to win a $50 Superstore gift card!


  1. Follow VCC on Facebook or @myVCC on Instagram.
  2. Respond to our weekly wellness question in the Comments.
  3. Gain a bonus contest entry by tagging a friend to let them know about the contest!


  • Participants may enter weekly, with one entry per week on Facebook or Instagram.
  • Contest begins on Monday, Nov. 2 at 12 p.m. and ends on Friday, Nov. 27 at 11:59 p.m.
  • The winner will be chosen at random at 5 p.m. on Friday at the end of each week. A total of four $50 Superstore gift cards will be awarded throughout the contest (one per week).
  • Winners will be contacted via direct message (DM) on the platform on which they entered, and given instructions on how to claim their prize.
  • Submitted entries may be cross-shared on other social media channels or on the VCC Learning Centre or Library websites.
  • Comments that are deemed inappropriate, offensive, or defamatory will be deleted and the participant disqualified. 

Make the most of your student experience by reaching out to our Counselling services, access resources through our Library, get free, professional help from a Learning Centre tutor, or speak with an Indigenous advisor.

A fundraiser with benefits

Posted on November 13, 2020

Originally published on The Whig Standard

With the travel industry held hostage by the COVID-19 pandemic for too many months the culinary folks at Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel figured hey, have mouth will travel.

Six knockout dishes. Six high profile Vancouver chefs. Botanist restaurant’s Travel with Your Palate was an out of body trip for diners with some global wanderings. And proceeds went to The Vancouver Food and Beverage Community Relief Fund — what could be finer?

Some might say the best part of it was the $6,000 it raised for struggling workers but really, it was win-win. Guests fortunate enough to pay $148 had an exquisitely crafted meal and some time away from the pandemic. They were invited to donate more if they wished — which they did — and reservations sold out well before the dinner with a waiting list of hopefuls.

In the restaurant’s open kitchen, chefs Damon Campbell (executive chef, Fairmont Pacific Rim), Hector Laguna (Botanist), Phil Scarfon  (Savio Volpe), Scott Jaeger (owner/chef at Pear Tree until recently), Hamid Salimian (Popina) and Wayne Kozinko (Aritzia) had the cool and confident moves of chefs with credibility.

First up from the kitchen: Campbell created edible jewelry — an amuse bouche of tiny doughnut topped with Northern Divine caviar and gems of emerald chive puree, pearly creme fraiche and topaz egg yolk. Just enough for two dainty bites.

Scott Jaeger reminded us just how much his Pear Tree restaurant will be missed. His celeriac remoulade with Dungeness crab, julienne of apple, sweet cicely and mustard seed was divine.

Phil Scarfone’s butter roasted snails, heirloom corn polenta with chanterelle mushrooms was heaven and earth —  the corn polenta,  an angelic sigh and the buttery snails, earthily sensuous. He said he’d foraged the chanterelles himself.

As for Hamid Salimian, as culinary instructor at Vancouver Community College, he and his students create the most sublime student-run tasting menus on this planet — well, at least this continent. His dish on this occasion was spiced squab fesenjoon (Persian sauce with pomegranate paste, ground walnuts and spices) with salsify and as always, it was on point.


Considering a career in the culinary arts industry? Sign up to learn more at our next information session.

The business of clean: Building service workers are in demand

Posted on November 16, 2020

Vancouver office buildings against blue sky with clouds 

One thing we’ve all stopped taking for granted during the COVID-19 pandemic is cleanliness. While this virus has upended many careers, others, such as professional cleaners – or what the industry calls building service workers – are receiving some long-due recognition.

Vancouver Community College (VCC) building service and management instructor Barry Dallas appreciates that political leaders have recently acknowledged cleaning staff as frontline heroes. “They not only clean, but disinfect to keep us all safe,” says Barry. “This effort has not gone unnoticed.”

According to Barry, the building service industry has advanced over the years, and cleaners now often require specialized training and certifications before finding gainful employment.

VCC has been training and certifying building service professionals since 1987. Over the years, the courses have evolved with the industry and now cover topics including sanitation, disinfection, operation of industrial cleaning equipment, commercial cleaning, fire prevention, self-employment skills, and more.

According to WorkBC, over 12,700 job openings for building service workers are predicted in B.C. over the next 10 years, making it an attractive career option in an uncertain economy.

“Our alumni have been successful as public employees, private employees, and entrepreneurs,” says Barry. “A student can enter this profession with little experience and make a good living within a year.”

Do you see yourself working on the front line of cleanliness and safety? Learn more about VCC’s building service and management courses at an upcoming free information session.

VCC Continuing Studies offers courses that you can complete at home

Posted on May 21, 2020


Originally published in The Georgia Straight

Many students have had to put their education plans on hold due to pandemic-related college and university closures but Vancouver Community College (VCC) offers a valuable solution. VCC Continuing Studies has a diverse selection of online courses that students can take through the spring and summer.

“At a time like this, you may also want to consider the many benefits that online learning offers,” says Claire Sauve, dean of VCC Continuing Studies. “You can learn from anywhere, including the comfort and safety of your home, while following public health guidelines.”

With more than 60 different programs, the instructors at VCC teach students skills that can be utilized within numerous fields of employment. Whether it’s related to design, administration, business, health care, or human services such as the new Gladue report writing program, graduates from the college have the knowledge and abilities required to succeed.

“Now, as always, VCC Continuing Studies strives to connect everyone in our diverse city with high-quality, flexible, and practical learning opportunities with industry practitioners,” says Sauve. 

Several of the online programs offered through VCC can help you elevate the success of a business or support your future entrepreneurial endeavours. Students can learn essential leadership skills, finance basics, small business bookkeeping, how to proficiently market through social media, and more.


See the complete list of online programs offered this spring through VCC Continuing Studies.

VCC joins Microsoft in launching the Canada Skills Program

Posted on September 18, 2020


Vancouver Community College (VCC) joins Microsoft as the first public college in B.C. in the newly launched Canada Skills program. By offering affordable, instructor-led training, VCC is supporting the need for skills upgrading in this evolving digital economy. 

“At this critical juncture when people are looking to build a solid future in uncertain times, the opportunity to upgrade and learn new and in-demand digital and technology skills is imperative,” says Claire Sauve, interim dean, Continuing Studies. “VCC is delighted to be partnering with Microsoft on the Canada Skills program to prepare British Columbians for the future of work, with practical skills and certifications in data analytics, AI, and cloud computing.”  

VCC is launching the program by offering five components of Microsoft Azure training to start – Fundamentals, Administrator, Architect Design, Architect Technologies, and Data Scientist. Courses will begin online throughout October and November 2020. Free online info sessions are scheduled for those wanting to learn more. Register at


Media can contact:

Danielle Libonati
Marketing Communications Officer 



VCC student champions accessibility in national design competition

Posted on November 2, 2020

Poster design by Kylie Woo: Sign Hello

While Vancouver Community College (VCC) has always taken pride in welcoming learners of all abilities, it's our students who continue to champion accessibility in new and exciting ways.

In her winning entry to this year’s prestigious RGD Student Awards competition, VCC graphic design student Kylie Woo created a series of inspiring posters promoting American Sign Language (ASL) and awareness of the Deaf and hard of hearing community.

The posters, intended for the VCC Library, display common phrases that contain words like “speak” or “say” but replace them with the word “sign” and a corresponding ASL movement. In doing so, the posters challenge the viewer to understand familiar phrases from the perspective of a Deaf person, as well as recognize ASL as a widely used language.  

“I wanted my posters to be visually bold and strong while having a relevant message to raise awareness at the same time,” says Kylie. “As a designer, I learned many valuable lessons from this client project.”

Poster designs: Sign Out Loud / Let Your Sign Be Seen


National recognition 

Kylie’s posters were selected from over 800 entries from across Canada to win the $1,000 RGD Award for Accessible Design, which is sponsored by advertising and design firm BOLD.

“This is a very thoughtful campaign. I appreciate the research and thinking behind it. The use of colour, photography and bold typography create intrigue and drama,” commented competition judge Pia Nummi, Design Director at Canada Goose.

The RGD Student Awards program brings industry professionals together with emerging designers to promote excellence and encourage the highest levels of creativity and innovation.


Kylie Woo ASL poster designs rendered in office and brick wall

Find your career in creativity. Learn more about VCC graphic design programs at an upcoming free information session.

Defending against infection: The critical work of an MDRT

Posted on October 26, 2020


 VCC MDRT alumnus Brandon Jhong

Think of how many times you’ve washed or sanitized your hands this year. How about phones, doorknobs, and shopping cart handles? While we do our best in everyday life to keep COVID-19 from spreading, inside a hospital, disinfection is literally a full-time job. 

Medical Device Reprocessing Technicians (MDRT) have always played a crucial, behind-the-scenes role in surgical centres, but the profession has gained more attention recently due to the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sandra Swanson is the Manager of the Medical Device Reprocessing (MDR) Department for Providence Health Care and a graduate of Vancouver Community College’s (VCC) Medical Device Reprocessing Technician program. Sandra views her department as the “first line of defence” when it comes to infection control.

In order to prepare for unknown numbers of COVID-19 cases, this year, the MDRT department at Providence Health Care has taken on many tasks including purchasing additional airway instrumentation, setting up setting up “grab and go” intubation kits, establishing disinfection processes, and facilitating the development of personal protective equipment (PPE) carts.

“As demand for PPE became competitive, the reprocessing role of the MDR department was considered a strength,” says Sandra. “Demand for competent MDR technicians is really high right now.”

Additionally, as the BC Government proceeds with its plan to clear the backlog of an estimated 30,000 non-urgent surgeries from earlier this year, 59 new MDRT’s have been hired in the province since April 2020, with more recruitment expected.

A bright future 

Brandon Jhong first learned about medical device reprocessing when trying to decide on a career in health sciences. After graduating form VCC’s four-month program in 2019, Brandon started working as an MDRT at Surrey Memorial Hospital.

For Brandon, the best part of VCC’s MDRT program was the hands-on learning and supportive environment. “Through clinical practice, I saw exactly what the work environment is like,” he says.

As a new team member at Surrey Memorial, Brandon has enjoyed learning from his colleagues as well as mentoring clinical students from VCC. “Everyone is willing to share a helping hand,” he says.

Brandon is also excited about the future of his MDRT career, as more complex equipment and stricter standards are developed. “This field is constantly growing and expanding,” he says.

Learn how you can join health care’s first line of defence through VCC’s four-month Medical Device Reprocessing Technician program. 

Interested students are strongly encouraged attend a VCC information session including a working MDR department tour. To join a session, email

Celebrating Health Care Heroes: Q&A with Kayla Plett

Posted on October 13, 2020



At Vancouver Community College (VCC), we’re always proud of our Health Sciences students and grads, but this year, our pride has reached a whole new level. 

One of these COVID-19 Health Care Heroes is Kayla Plett. Kayla started in VCC’s Health Care Assistant program, then laddered into VCC’s Access to Practical Nursing program, graduating as a Licensed Practical Nurse in 2016. In honour of this year's Health Care Assistant Day (Oct. 18), we caught up with Kayla who now works as Care Coordinator at Rosewood Manor, a not-for-profit long-term care home in Richmond, B.C.

Can you describe the job you do right now? 

I work with the management team to oversee and supervise the care department. Some of my responsibilities include reviewing clinical care plans, investigating and reporting incidents, liasing with external health care providers, coordinating admissions, communicating with families, meeting and providing direction for staff, participating on the leadership team, reviewing and revising policies and procedures, recruiting and orienting new staff, and conducting performance appraisals. 

What motivated you to pursue health care in the first place? 

Growing up, I always had a heart for serving others and aspired to find a job where I could help people. Nursing was always something I considered as a career option as I thought about my future. 

As a child, my twin sister experienced many health problems and was hospitalized numerous times. While she went through these health challenges, I developed a passion for the health care field as I stood alongside her in the hospital and observed many amazing nurses and other healthcare workers making a positive impact during difficult times. When I graduated from high school, I decided to go into nursing because I knew that it would be a career where I could help people. I was very interested in human anatomy and physiology as well.  

How would you describe the importance of your work during the COVID-19 pandemic?

So important! I am a part of BC’s Health Heroes team and can be someone who makes a difference in these uncertain times. The people that we work with in health care are vulnerable as-is, and COVID-19 has added to people's stress and anxiety. I think it's important to have a positive attitude and remember that we all are in this together!

Why did you choose to study at VCC? 

I first attended the Health Care Assistant program at VCC as an entry job to work in health care. After my positive experience at VCC, I decided to continue my studies in health care and pursued practical nursing.

How would you describe your experience at VCC? 

Awesome! I really felt the instructors were supportive and provided a safe learning environment. I enjoyed class time in the lab where we learned new skills and were able to apply the theory that we learned. The instructors gave us a lot of time to practice and provided feedback so we could be proficient in the skills.

Both programs that I completed at VCC were organized and equipped me well to work in the health care field. The skills and procedures we learned were very detailed and instructors were particular, however it really paid off in the long run and gave me the confidence to perform those skills and procedures competently in a clinical setting. 

What are the most important things you learned at VCC? 

Providing person-centered care and making sure the patient/client/resident is always the priority, communicating among the interdisciplinary team, and the importance of following certain procedures or techniques without taking any shortcuts.

What are your career goals? 

To become a Registered Nurse. I am actually currently completing my BScN and will graduate next year.  

What motivates you? 

The people that I care for! I am passionate to provide the best care possible to every person that I look after and strive to make a positive impact on their health care experience.

What advice would you give someone considering a career in health care? 

If you have a passion for caring for others, then pursue a job in health care! Every day is a different experience, there is always so much to learn and it's so rewarding! There are many diverse opportunities when working in health care as well.

My advice to anyone in health care is never forget the reason you decided to pursue your career – helping others! Keep being compassionate and remember to put the patients/clients/residents first.

Learn how you can start your health care career in B.C. through VCC programs like Health Care AssistantPractical Nursing, and more

Second round of COVID-19 emergency bursaries now open

Posted on June 3, 2020



Thanks to generous donations from last month’s Giving Tuesday Now campaign, the VCC Foundation has been able to open a second round of COVID-19 emergency bursary funding, with $50,000 now available to VCC students in need of financial assistance due to the pandemic. 

This second round of bursaries is possible thanks to donations by longstanding supporters including Rick Hatswell of The Craftsman Group, motorcycle retailer Deeley Group, as well as both existing and new donors, including VCC alumni, employees, and community members. 

Who can apply?

Any VCC student can apply who:

  • is able to show financial need,
  • is registered in full-time/part-time studies at VCC, and
  • has no outstanding debts at VCC.

When to apply

Applications for the second round of emergency bursary funding opened on June 1, 2020, with a deadline of June 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. 

How to apply

Complete the Emergency Bursary application form and email it to‌.‌ 

More funding options 

To learn more about other financial help available to VCC students, please see the list of resources on our COVID-19 information page.

Students are also encouraged review VCC's online Scholarship, Bursary and Award Guide, available through VCC Financial Aid

Read more about our student bursary and award recipients, and the donors who are helping them reach their goals.


Welcome to VCC – Fall 2019

Posted on August 30, 2019



Welcome new and returning students to Vancouver Community College! Let's make sure you have a great start. See below for information and resources to help you now and throughout your studies.

Where's my class?

Know where to go on your first day. Use this chart to look up your building and room number on the first day of school.

If you have questions, find one of our friendly Peer Helpers wearing a VCC T-shirt.

Student email

Get access to your myVCC student email:

  • Log in to and click the "Email" icon.
  • If it's your first time logging in, your password will be your birthday (MMDDYY).
  • Important notifications may be sent to this email address, so please check it regularly or forward your myVCC email to your personal email account.

You can also use myVCC to look up grades, order transcripts, access tax forms, and receive campus news and alerts.

Welcome Days

Welcome Days is a fun and interactive carnival meant to help new and returning students learn about life at VCC. Join us for music, games, and snacks, enter to win great prizes, get to know classmates and staff, and learn about the many on-campus services available to you.

Welcome Days will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Broadway campus and Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the Downtown campus.

VCC Welcome Days collage, musicians, cotton candy, hot dogs, games

Student services

VCC offers a wide range of services to help you meet your educational goals and make the most of your studies.

Student services

Eat, shop and more

VCC also offers breastfeeding rooms and prayer spaces, please check with campus security for location information.

Safe and respectful campus

VCC expects students to conduct themselves responsibly and respectfully. As such, students are required to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct policy and procedures.

Smoking and cannabis use

VCC is committed to providing a safe working and learning environment for our college community members, and the well-being of our students and employees is always our first priority. VCC prohibits smoking and vaping on all campus property, and expects all students to be fit to perform their learning activities in a safe and secure manner. This includes being free from the effects of any intoxicants (including cannabis) while engaging in educational activities at one of our campuses or at an offsite location. Learn more >

Let's connect

Follow VCC on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook to keep up-to-date on college news like student success stories, campus closures, and other announcements. Feel free to send us messages and questions, or share your own photos and stories using the hashtag #myVCC.

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Graphic designers connect to raise COVID-19 funds

Posted on August 4, 2020

VCC’s first-ever Connected by Design event turned out to be a big hit.

Despite not being able to network in person, the graphic design industry got behind the July 22 event resulting in 109 tickets sold and raising more than $1,000 for VCC’s COVID-19 Emergency Bursary Fund.

“Overall, the event was a great success and a nice spinoff from all the new work we've been doing with online learning in our department,” says Anne Emberline, department head of VCC Digital Media Design, which hosted the two-hour educational and social event on Zoom.

“We were happy to give our design community such a beautiful opportunity to connect and we’re looking forward to building the event with future iterations.”

The post-event survey confirms there should be a future for Connected by Design. Eighty-eight percent replied that they would attend the event again.

Attendees praised the event for its group discussions, digital painting demo, and speakers, including keynote Amy Balliett, founder of Killer Visual Strategies, an award-winning visual communication agency located in Seattle.

Read more about our student bursary and award recipients, and the donors who are helping them reach their goals.

LinkedIn Learning now available to all VCC students

Posted on May 28, 2020


Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased announce the launch of LinkedIn Learning as a complementary educational resource for registered VCC students. 

LinkedIn Learning offers an extensive collection of expert-led videos covering a wide variety of topics including technology tips, communication skills, creative expression, personal hobbies, and more.

Using an existing myVCC account, students can now access:

  • Thousands of topics. Choose from more than 5,000 videos.
  • Convenient learning. Access on your schedule, from any desktop or mobile device.
  • Personalized recommendations. Explore the most in-demand skills based on your experience.
  • Helpful resources. Gain and reinforce new knowledge with quizzes and exercises, and track progress.

VCC’s development of the LinkedIn Learning platform for students was already underway prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, but its launch was accelerated in order to provide students with a wider variety of resources as they study remotely. 

“LinkedIn Learning is a rich resource to complement educational learning, career development, and personal growth for our students. We are excited to offer all VCC students this unique opportunity to enhance their post-secondary experience for free, at the convenience of their own time and place,” says Jane Shin, VCC Associate Vice President, Student Success.

How to access VCC’s LinkedIn Learning 

1. Activate

Visit VCC’s LinkedIn Learning portal, and read and accept the VCC Privacy Policy.

2. Connect?

Connect your pre-existing LinkedIn account or create a LinkedIn account to get customized learning recommendations.

3. Customize

Select your interest areas to access customized content based on your skills, employment history, connections, and networks. 

4. Learn and share

Take expert-led video tutorials ranging from 10 minutes to multiple hours in length, at your own pace and on your own time, and display your progress on your LinkedIn profile. 

We’re here for you. VCC Student Services is working hard to ensure VCC students continue to succeed in their programs and courses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Services include free tutoring, library services, counselling, and more.

Outage Report - MS Office 365 Environment

Posted on September 28, 2020

Monday Sept 28 2020 - 15:30 PST

Microsoft is reporting a widespread outage across the O365 platform.  This is preventing users from logging in to many services such as Email, Teams, Sharepoint etc.  Due to the cloud-based nature of the O365 platform, problem resolution lies with Microsoft.  Microsoft have published the issue and have communicated that they will be rolling back a recent change in their environment to correct the issue.

Updates planned to VCC’s steel detailing certificate

Posted on September 28, 2020

Screen image of steel construction software


As part of its modernization, the program offered by Vancouver Community College (VCC) recently changed its name from steel detailing to steel construction modelling.

“We made the name change to better reflect our focus on 3D modelling and what the industry is already doing,” said Ron Palma, a steel construction modelling technician instructor at VCC. “We also wanted to make the program sound more attractive to prospective students. Detailing sounded too much like washing cars.”

Palma says steel detailers/modellers don’t have a high profile and the nature of their work is not well known to everyone.

The technicians prepare detailed plans, drawings, and other documents for the manufacture and erection of steel members (e.g. columns, beams, braces, trusses, stairs, handrails, joists, and metal decking) that are used to construct buildings, bridges, industrial plants, and non-building structures. 

Aspiring detailers/modellers at VCC begin by learning basic drafting skills on AutoCAD. After completing that stage of their training, they move into the steel construction modelling specialty.

The program takes students through traditional steel detailing, such as creating various steel detailing drawings.

They learn about bolting, welding, and working with the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) Steel Construction Handbook and fabricator standards, and they apply the skills they’ve learned in class on various commercial and industrial projects.

After they’ve finished their training and obtained their certificate from VCC, most steel detailers/modellers find employment with steel fabricators, engineering firms, or independent steel detailing companies.

VCC’s 10-month Steel Construction Modelling certificate program, as it is now called, runs from September to June.

Palma says the revamped program, apart from the name change, will feature an increase in software training, from six to 13 weeks.

Continue reading in Journal of Commerce >

Learn more and ask questions about careers in drafting at our Expeirence VCC virtual open house on Oct. 6 and 7. REGISTER NOW >

Honouring and remembering Indigenous lives: Orange Shirt Day and Sisters in Spirit

Posted on September 28, 2020

Two-sided image: man wearing orange shirt, woman wearing red dress


A special message from VCC president Ajay Patel

Dear VCC community,

I would like to acknowledge, with gratitude, that we work, live, and learn on the traditional unceded territories of the x?m?θk??y??m (Musqueam), S?wx?wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and s?l?ilw??ta?? (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. 

Today, I ask you to join me in recognizing two important days: Orange Shirt Day (Sept. 30) and the Sisters in Spirit Vigil (Oct. 4). 

Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for all of us to acknowledge the physical, psychological, and cultural impact that the Residential School system had, and continues to have, on our Indigenous colleagues, their families, and our broader Indigenous community. 

Although the doors to Indian Residential Schools are now closed, part of our collective work towards Truth and Reconciliation is to recognize the trauma associated with our colonial-style educational institutions and systems, and alter them in a way that works to build trust and ensure safety for Indigenous learners. 

In the words of Justice Murray Sinclair, the Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, “Education brought us here, education will help us get away from this.”

As we honour this day together, I invite you to watch this video from Toni Gladstone, our Senior Indigenous Engagement Advisor, as she shares her thoughts on Orange Shirt day and reflects on her own experience in Residential Day School. 

On behalf of the senior leadership team at VCC, I hope you will join us in wearing orange shirts on Sept. 30 as a way to honour of all those who were lost and those who continue to live with the impacts of the Residential School system.  

The Sisters in Spirit Vigil is another important date within this week. Annually, we pause on Oct. 4 to honour the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (#MMIWG) in Canada. These are daughters, mothers, sisters, wives, nieces, cousins, and friends of those in our community, and we must not forget the anguish of those who grieve them and the lost potential of the lives that were stolen. 

At VCC, we will continue our work towards creating safe and empowering environments for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis learners, particularly women and girls. I am so proud of our Indigenous Education and Community Engagement team, who actively works to support Indigenous learners. Their work helps to build relationships and create opportunities for learning and sharing together.

I strongly encourage you to learn more about Orange Shirt Day and the Sisters in Spirit Vigil using the links below.



Ajay Patel
President and CEO
Vancouver Community College

About Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day began out of the lived experience of Phyllis Webstad. As a child living in B.C., Phyllis was taken from her family and sent to a Residential School. One of her strongest memories was of having all her possessions taken from her, including her beloved orange shirt. Phyllis’ story has become a symbol of Truth and Reconciliation, and Sept. 30 is an opportunity to pause and reflect on the history of Residential Schools in Canada. 

About Sisters in Spirit

The Sisters in Spirit Vigil, held annually on Oct. 4, is a day where we honour the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (#MMIWG). The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) has worked for more than four decades to document the systemic violence impacting Indigenous women, girls, their families, and communities. 

In 2019, the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was unable to determine an exact number of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people in Canada, but estimates are in the thousands, and the report labels this as “genocide.”


Nominations open for VCC Board of Governors and Education Council

Posted on September 14, 2020

Take part in shaping the future of teaching and learning at VCC.

Nominations are now open for vacancies on VCC’s Board of Governors and Education Council.

How to apply

Please fill out a nomination form and email it to before 4 p.m. on Friday, September 25. 

Online voting will take place from 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7 until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact

Nomination forms for Board of Governors

Student – Broadway campus / Annacis Island

Student – Downtown campus

Support Staff


Nomination forms for Education Council

Student – Broadway campus / Annacis Island

Student – Downtown campus

Faculty – College-at-Large

Faculty – School of Arts and Sciences

Faculty – School of Hospitality, Food Studies, and Applied Business

Faculty – Student Services

Additional resources

See VCC's election rules [PDF]

Learn more about VCC's values, vision, and mission on our About page. 

VCC’s new, dedicated ECCE space promotes independent play and learning

Posted on February 26, 2020



If you’ve ever simply sat back and watched a small child interact with the space around them, you realize that learning is constantly happening. From hitting blocks together to picking up stones to sticking little fingers where they don’t belong, every action is building knowledge – blocks make noise, stones are heavy, water is wet.

One respected approach to early childhood education, called Reggio Emilia, embraces the environment as “the third teacher” and recommends free access to stimulating resources for uninterrupted exploration, play, and learning, promoting self-expression, communication, logical thinking, and problem-solving.

Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to announce the opening of a new, dedicated Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) space at the Downtown campus.

Formerly a typical classroom, the new space is split in two, with half composed of four mock learning areas (dramatic play, language and literature, science, and manipulative), and the other half serving as a classroom equipped with folding tables that are easy to move around. The setup of the room can change based on the content being taught. Some days, it becomes an art studio. Other days, it’s a storytelling circle, a music room, or a science lab. By integrating space design as an essential component of the ECCE program, it also encourages students to take initiative in their own learning and the construction of the environment.

Additionally, collaboration and partnership are important attributes of the ECCE profession, so two cohorts share the new space. Elements like sinks, cupboards, and bulletin boards allow other training crucial for child care, including organizing resources, working with families, documentation, and the creation of aesthetically pleasing classrooms.


Register now for individual VCC Early Childhood Care and Education courses starting in Spring 2020, or our two-year certificate or 15-month diploma starting in September.

What to know before coming to campus: Fall 2020

Posted on September 3, 2020



While most Vancouver Community College (VCC) programs and courses are being delivered off-campus during the Fall 2020 term, some students will be required to attend a VCC campus for in-class activities.

If you have been notified that you will be required to visit a VCC campus, review the following important information prior to your arrival on campus.

While we are happy to welcome you back to campus, students are required to follow all safety procedures as a way to help keep each other safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to give students updates through the VCC's COVID-19 information site.

If your class is on campus, please review the following topics:

Student self-assessment and Student IDs

  • Your instructor will send you a self-assessment survey via Moodle. Complete the survey before any visit to a VCC campus.
  • Bring your student identification card (VCC ID) with you
    • You will be required to show your VCC ID to security at the Downtown campus
    • You may be required to show your VCC ID to security while at the Broadway or Annacis

On-campus safety

To ensure the safety of all VCC students and employees, please:

  • Wash or sanitize your hands upon entering the campus and regularly throughout the day.
  • Limit your time on campus.
  • Maintain a two-metre distance from others, and respect all signs posted.
  • Avoid touching surfaces whenever possible.
  • Use proper respiratory hygiene practices.


Currently, approximately 30 per cent of washrooms at VCC are closed. Washroom availability will be based on ongoing campus occupancy. Open washrooms are clearly marked and located near high-traffic areas, central locations, and areas adjacent to elevators and stairs for ease of access.


Food service outlets including cafeterias, bakeries, and restaurants are closed. If you must spend a full day on campus, please plan to buy food elsewhere or bring a meal with you. Vending machines remain available. Please refrain from eating in classrooms.


The wearing of non-medical masks is recommended by the BC Centre for Disease Control, BC's Provincial Health Officer, and the Public Health Agency of Canada to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in instances where physical distancing cannot be consistently maintained.

To support the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors, it is strongly recommended that non-medical masks or face coverings be worn in all indoor common areas while on campus.

  • Common areas include building entryways, classrooms, labs, shops, washrooms, study areas, hallways, elevators, and stairwells.
  • According to the BC Centre for Disease Control, face coverings can also include a bandana, niq?b, scarf, or neck gaiter.

Masks and face coverings do not replace physical distancing, hand washing, and staying at home if you are sick as the most effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

It is also important to remember that some people may have barriers that prevent them from wearing a mask. Whether someone is wearing a mask or not, all students and staff at VCC should be treated with respect. 

Learn more about how to access VCC student services remotely by visiting VCC's COVID-19 information site.

How to access free counselling and mental health services for students

Posted on September 9, 2020

Woman's hands with grey manicure holding iPhone outdoors


As post-secondary students hit the books this fall, Vancouver Community College (VCC) and the Government of B.C. want to ensure that students who need mental health support know how and where to get it. 

Launched in April 2020, Here2Talk is a mental health counselling and referral service available to all B.C. post-secondary students. The service offers confidential, free, single-session services by app, phone, or online chat, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“I want anyone who feels alone or isolated or overwhelmed to know that it is ok to not be ok and that there is help for you when you need it,” says Melanie Mark, B.C. Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

“Students experience high levels of stress and anxiety compounded by the pandemic,” says Judy Darcy, B.C. Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. “No matter where they are, access to mental health services shouldn’t depend on where you live or the size of your bank account.”

How to access Here2Talk

B.C. post-secondary students can access professional counselling services by:

Students calling from outside Canada can also dial 604.642.5212 (international calling charges may apply). Phone services are available in additional languages upon request.

The Here2Talk service is operated by Morneau Shepell, and can support students dealing with challenges such as depression, anxiety, loneliness, pressure to perform, crises, racism, and relationships. Counsellors will also be equipped to refer students to local resources in their communities.



Indigenized VCC program launches careers in dental reception

Posted on September 8, 2020

VCC dental reception student Chantelle Davis in Aarm Dental office

A version of this story was originally published in Say Magazine

When Chantelle Davis started working for Aarm Dental Group in the fall of 2019, she knew a successful future lay ahead. “I had other job offers, but I knew my worth. I wasn’t accepting anything less,” says Davis.

Chantelle accepted her new dental reception position after graduating from Vancouver Community College’s (VCC) Indigenous Dental Reception Coordinator program, which was designed in partnership with the Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society (ACCESS).

“I now have financial freedom and am better able to support my family,” says Chantelle, who is from the Nisga’a First Nation. She adds that support provided by VCC and ACCESS helped her be interview- and career-ready.

This fully-funded, nine-month Indigenous program starts with the ACCESS-delivered Essential Skills program that strengthens proficiencies like reading, oral communication, and working with others. Essential Skills prepares students to immediately tackle course materials with the confidence and creates a classroom where you feel like family.

The program was limited to 12 students and included Indigenous elements, such as setting desks in a circle and dedicating a day to cultural activities. “Cultural Friday” began with a smudge, followed by an activity like going to a gallery or on a canoe trip, or making drums and cedar hats.

“The smaller class meant that when I got distracted, VCC was able to bring me back in,” says Davis. “I’ve been in courses where there were 300 students; it was easy to fall through the cracks.”

Fewer students and the flexibility to deliver the program to meet student needs enabled Michele Rosko, the program’s lead instructor, to offer individual attention.

ACCESS Director of Programs Gary McDermott also admires the success of this program. “This partnership proves a course can be reformatted to Indigenous standards ensuring Indigenous Peoples succeed in the classroom and workplace,” he says.

Learn more about Essential Skills and other career training opportunities through ACCESS by calling 604.251.7955 or visiting

Revised U-Pass BC program to resume in September 2020

Posted on August 25, 2020


Following consultations with participating Lower Mainland post-secondary institutions, Students’ Union representatives, Translink, and the Province of B.C., a revised U-Pass BC program will resume on Sept. 1, 2020.

U-Pass BC criteria

The U-Pass program was created to assist students with transportation costs to and from their post-secondary institution. As such, under the terms of the U-Pass agreement, all U-Pass programs follow a set of non-negotiable criteria. Students cannot opt-in or opt-out of the U-Pass program. 

  • Students who are in distance-only (online) courses will not be eligible for the U-Pass. 
  • Students who are in classes that require regular on-campus activity (i.e. at least once a week on campus) are eligible and will be assessed U-Pass fees. 
  • Students who are in clinical or practicum placements are eligible for the U-Pass during the months of their placement. 

U-Pass fee reassessments

VCC will update all U-Pass fee assessments made prior to Sept. 1 to ensure any U-Pass fees match student eligibility. 

Learn more about how to access VCC student services remotely by visiting VCC's COVID-19 information site

Fall 2020 welcome from VCC president Ajay Patel

Posted on August 31, 2020

VCC Downtown campus Dunsmuir building with logo and text overlay: President's Welcome

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year

First, I would like to acknowledge that we at Vancouver Community College (VCC) work, learn, and live on the unceded and traditional territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations who have been stewards of this land since time immemorial. 

As president, I have the great honour to welcome back all our students, faculty, and staff returning from summer holidays, and to warmly greet the new students joining us at VCC this term.  

Earlier this spring, our college community connected, changed, and adjusted in many ways to the “new normal” of life during a pandemic, including how we deliver our programs and support our students, and where we do our work. 

While this September will be very different than the last, I know that together we will continue to rise to challenges and opportunities as we have these past months. 

I am proud that we will be providing the critical skills, quality education, and responsive support that our students count on to reach their career goals, and in doing so, contribute to the wellbeing of their families and communities. In our renewed commitment to student success, we will keep discovering new ways to define and deliver experiential learning for the thousands of our students who have chosen VCC.

We’re up to the challenge

I often think of VCC as a remarkable tree with our roots in the community. This pandemic may have shaken our branches, but our roots have grown deeper than ever, and our connections have strengthened, allowing us to contribute in ever more meaningful ways. 

At the outset of COVID-19, VCC donated 60,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to local health care providers. These materials came from departments across the college, including our dental, esthetics and makeup, hairstyling, health, science, jewellery, and auto collision programs. In all, we collected 55,000 gloves and 5,000 masks, sanitizers, gowns, viral swabs, and other cleaning supplies to support Vancouver Coastal Health frontline workers, many of whom are VCC alumni.


Quote: This pandemic may have shaken our branches, but our roots have grown deeper than ever.


As regular food distribution halted for our neighbours in the Downtown Eastside due to the pandemic, VCC immediately answered the City of Vancouver’s call for help by opening our Downtown kitchens as a meal-prep and distribution hub. I am extremely proud of our staff who worked very quickly to orchestrate a meal and food delivery program that involved the creation of 6,000 nutritious meals each week. 

Today, you will see tents and health care workers in our Broadway campus parking lot. This is because VCC is collaborating with Vancouver Coastal Heath to increase COVID-19 testing sites across Vancouver. 

VCC cares about our communities, and our roots in Vancouver and the region run deep and strong.

We have shown that we can do amazing work in difficult times. Thank you for your contributions every day that make our college and community better. I know that this fall and in the year ahead, we will continue to do great things together. 



Ajay Patel
President and CEO
Vancouver Community College


VCC Outstanding Alumni Awards 2019 winners

Posted on February 6, 2020

Congratulations to Vancouver Community College's (VCC) most recent Outstanding Alumni Award winners! These are the latest in a long line of VCC alumni and others who have made significant contributions to their industries and our community. Each recipient stands out with unique stories of success, inspiration, and dedication.


Loni Yee – Community Contribution

Founder, The Collective Beauty Studio

Loni Yee graduated from VCC as a hairstylist in 2005, then went on to open her own salon, The Collective Beauty Studio, in Steveston Village. Here, Loni specializes in modern approaches to cut, colour, and styling. She also facilitates donation of ponytails to Wigs for Kids BC. Last month, Loni’s salon undertook a massive fundraising initiative and raised $80,000 for this charity! Loni also employs several VCC grads in her salon.


Alex Chen – Career Success

Iron Chef/Executive Chef, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Alex Chen has achieved a stunning level of notoriety in a very short amount of time. He boasts more than a decade of experience at some of the most acclaimed hotels across North America, and has been the driving force behind Vancouver’s celebrated Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar. Alex regularly hires and mentors VCC graduates as he views their success as his success. Alex also has a true affinity for high-pressure culinary competitions as a competitor, as a mentor, and as a judge. He is likely best known for his win on Iron Chef Canada in 2018, and we’ll see him shortly on Food Network Canada’s upcoming “Wall of Chefs.”


Clarissa Roque – One to Watch

Pastry artist, WorldSkills Kazan 2019 competitor

Clarissa “Claire” Roque placed 5th in the Pâtisserie and Confectionery category at the WorldSkills Kazan 2019 competition hosted in Russia this past summer. Claire consistently demonstrates grace and maturity under pressure, and thrives in highly competitive environments. Even at 19, Claire is no stranger to pushing the creative limits of her craft with impeccable taste and extraordinary focus.


Mishel Bouillet – One to Watch

Fashion artist and entrepreneur

Mishel Bouillet has both a diploma in fashion design and a certificate in small business management from VCC. She has stayed true to her roots in fashion, but adapted where necessary to survive—and thrive—in a tough industry. CCurrently, Mishel is lead designer for Davie & Chiyo, and will be launching Studio BOUQUET, a new line of gender-fluid, minimally-silhouetted matrimonial wear due out in the Spring of 2020.


Check out the 2019 Outstanding Alumni Awards ceremony and Flourish Gala photo gallery on Flickr. 

Do you know a VCC alum or community member who deserves recognition? Learn about our awards nomination process through the VCC Foundation.

VCC’s six-day Tooth Trolley gives kids a reason to smile

Posted on June 3, 2019



From Tuesday, May 21 to Tuesday, May 28, Vancouver Community College’s (VCC) on-campus dental clinic opened its doors to hundreds of children from across the Lower Mainland during the 13th annual Tooth Trolley. 

During this year’s event, VCC’s certified dental assistant (CDA), dental reception coordinator, and dental hygiene students and instructors welcomed 315 pre-registered children from 15 local schools for free dental checkups, preventive services, and oral health education.

Traditionally held over four days at the end of May, this year’s Tooth Trolley was expanded to six days in order to allow for greater participation. In total, over $45,000 in dental care was provided. 

“It’s heartbreaking to see how many children are in need but never have an opportunity to seek dental care in a safe and fun environment,” says VCC Dental Clinic coordinator Ling Lo Yan. “Extending the program also allowed our students to have a greater number of patient experiences before starting their practicums.”

In addition to offering free checkups, VCC’s Tooth Trolley also aims to reduce children’s anxiety about dental care. The day is filled with fun and positivity, starting with a morning ride on an old-fashioned Vancouver Trolley Company bus, followed by appointments with VCC’s “tooth fairies,” and finishing with educational activities and crafts, and a healthy snack.

"The attitude changes we see are sometimes quite transforming,” says Ling, highlighting one particular patient who had avoided dental care for many years due to past experiences, but felt safe coming with classmates. “She was very happy throughout the whole appointment,” says Ling. “This is the kind of transformation we are striving for.” 

The 2019 Tooth Trolley was made possible thanks to enthusiastic participation by the Vancouver Trolley Company, and through generous donations by lead sponsor, Chevron, with a $30,000 gift, and Telus with a $15,000 gift. 

See the photo gallery.


Do you have a heart for helping people? Learn about the many program options in health sciences available at VCC. 


Flourish Gala 2019 recap

Posted on March 18, 2019



A fabulous night was had by all at the third annual Flourish gala, held on Wednesday, March 13 at the Vancouver Community College (VCC) Broadway campus. VCC's signature "green-tie" fundraiser has quickly become a popular evening where hundreds of alumni and supporters come together for one great cause.

This year's event featured 16 culinary action stations operated by prominent local chefs, 14 Okanagan wineries, a live band, silent auction, photo booth, fashion art competition, spa treatments, and a Nespresso coffee bar. Proceeds from the Flourish gala support student scholarships and awards through the VCC Foundation. This year’s contributions will serve students in our hair design and esthetics programs.

Flourish guests enjoyed innovative tasting plates from chefs including culinary olympian Poyan Danesh of Ocean Mama Organics, Top Chef Canada finalist Mark Singson, The Great Canadian Baking Show judge and VCC instructor Bruno Feldeisen, rising star Heat Laliberte of One Arrow Meats, and many more. For VCC baking, culinary arts, and hospitality management student volunteers, this was also a coveted opportunity to work alongside some of B.C.'s biggest names in food and wine.

We were privileged to have CBC personality Fred Lee return to emcee the event, while a VCC alumni band entertained the crowd with groovy energy. Among the generous selection of silent auction items were six original illustrations by VCC fashion students, all of which had been part of an online competition in the weeks leading up to the Flourish gala. Congratulations to winner Nataly Kingsley, who claimed the $750 prize.

This year's gala also marked the beginning of a new educational partnership with Nespresso Canada and a scholarship from Hy's Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar.

In his address, VCC president and CEO Dr. Peter Nunoda shared the college's deep gratitude for the support of guests and alumni alike. “Your contributions help the students we serve," he said. "Your impact is wide-reaching and we're very proud of the excellence you all strive for.”

The VCC Foundation would like to thank the many other sponsors who contributed to the night’s success, including Loungeworks, Naramata Bench Wineries Association, Ocean Mama Organics, TD Insurance, White & Peters, Color Compass Corporation, Craftsman Collision, and The Georgia Straight.



See the photo gallery >


Want to make a difference in the life of a deserving VCC student? Learn about the many ways to give through the VCC Foundation.

Spring 2019 Convocation recap

Posted on July 2, 2019


Passion is what has pushed you over the finish line and it is passion that will guide you through your career. Do not underestimate the value of the education you have just received.

– Curtis Krahn, VCC drafting alumnus

Among photos, flowers, and family members, on Thursday, June 27, proudly gowned Vancouve