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.