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Sharpen your leadership skills with flexible programs at VCC

Posted on April 14, 2023

For over 20 years Vancouver Community College (VCC) has offered students the skills to be an effective leader, and now the Applied Leadership and Business program has been renewed.

Program renewal is a pillar of VCC's quality assurance processes, and an opportunity to ensure that program structure and curriculum is up-to-date and meeting the needs of the sector that it represents,” explains Associate Dean of Continuing Studies, Claire Sauvé. “For the Applied Business and Leadership program, this meant consulting with leaders from a variety of business sectors, from trades to event planning to marketing, and e-commerce. So, whether your background is trades and technology, education, healthcare, or arts and design, we've distilled the skills, knowledge, and attributes that you need to be a leader in your field.

The new 18-credit program offers a great degree of flexibility and accessibility for busy professionals, by offering the courses online, through a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning activities. Several classes will be offered each term so students can customize their studies to fit their schedules. And after completing the six required courses, there is a wide range of possible elective courses to choose from to complete the certificate.

Depending on your career path, you may want to sample a variety of topics such as Operations for Small Business, Maintaining Ecommerce, or Reflective Leadership. Or maybe you want your electives to culminate in an Award of Achievement.

“The Applied Leadership and Business Management Certificate is built around stackable VCC micro-credential Awards of Achievement. This allows students to discover where they excel and what they enjoy, and then focus on those skills,” says Sauvé.

Leadership in this day-in-age can be highly complex, and the VCC Applied Leadership and Business Management program addresses that complexity with manageable building blocks, so every student can be the leader their workplace needs.

Required courses:

Upcoming courses:

Foundations of Business May 01, 2023 to Aug 15, 2023
The Fundamentals of Leadership May 03, 2023 to Jun 28, 2023
Public Speaking and Strategic Narratives for Leaders May 06, 2023 to May 13, 2023
Ethics in Business May 09, 2023 to Jun 27, 2023
Leading from Conflict to Collaboration May 13, 2023 to May 27, 2023
Developing Ecommerce May 16, 2023 to Jun 13, 2023
Coaching Your Team for High Performance Jun 03, 2023 to Jun 17, 2023

Award of Achievement options:

Award of Achievement in Business Communication and Project Management
Award of Achievement in Coaching
Award of Achievement in Ecommerce
Award of Achievement in Leadership Skills
Award of Achievement in Production for Animation and VFX
Award of Achievement in Small Business Administration

Take charge of your future. Find out more about this program by contacting