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VCC welcomes Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation program back to Broadway

Posted on March 25, 2022

Female students learning in the heavy duty foundation program

High school students learning how to inspect and repair vehicles and heavy duty equipment in the Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation program.

Starting this April, Vancouver Community College's (VCC) Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation program will be returning to the VCC Broadway campus after almost eight years at Annacis Island.  

As part of an agreement with British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), VCC announced earlier this year that it was transferring most of its existing heavy mechanical trades programs to BCIT with the exception of its currently running Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation programs and new Youth Train in Trades program beginning in September 2022.

Youth Train in Trades — an initiative subsidized by the Industry Training Authority and the BC Ministry of Education — gives high school students an opportunity to receive technical training and earn credits towards their high school diploma and Level 1 industry apprenticeships in their chosen field of study. In VCC’s Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation program, high school students learn to safely inspect, service, and repair commercial trucks, diesel engines, transport trailers, and other heavy equipment.

At VCC, Youth Train in Trades programming is offered in a variety of professions in addition to heavy mechanical trades, including automotive collision repair, hairstyling, baking, cooking, and a transportation trades sampler.

VCC’s Broadway campus operates one of the largest garages in B.C. and features the latest diagnostic equipment and training aids.

Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation students will be easy to spot on campus. Look for their bright orange coveralls and welcome them back!

Check out other course offerings in VCC's heavy mechanical trades programming:

Learn more about VCC’s Youth Train in Trades programs