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Special Immigration Canada Presentation to VCC International Students!

Posted on March 1, 2019

Representatives from Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada and the BC Provincial Nominee Program will give a joint presentation to VCC international students. Come and learn about your study, work and immigration options!  See the IRCC BC PNP presentation poster for more details.

 

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019

Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm

Location: Room 112, Downtown campus

Details: No need to register.  VCC student ID required to check in from 1:45. Must arrive on time. Space is limited.

 

  • learn about the provincial and federal immigration pathways to B.C.
  • hear an update on provincial immigration priorities
  • get detailed information about the federal Express Entry system and how it works
  • gain a practical understanding of the new BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) including how the Points system relates to invitations to apply
  • speak directly with staff from IRCC and BC PNP




Loving my job

Posted on March 6, 2013

I'm Caleb Lee and this is my success story.

A few years after graduating from UBC, I decided to go back to school to learn how to teach English to speakers of other languages. And since graduating from VCC’s TESOL certificate program, it has been a rollercoaster ride from one event to the next. I started pounding the pavement as soon as I finished college and got hired on the spot at a local international school. I also got a few substitute teaching jobs at a number of different schools and learned more about teaching some of the finer points of English.

I also started picking up volunteer experience, helping out at conversation clubs for immigrant students and soon started volunteering at the Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC), where I helped out as a teaching assistant. Through my contacts there, I was able to get hired as a substitute instructor before applying for a regular position. Now, I teach a full-time ELSA for the Workplace course in the evenings.

Finding a job and place that you’re happy with isn’t easy in any profession, but with the right contacts and a love of the job, the world could be your oyster! Everything came together for me because I was available, the job suited me perfectly, and I was introduced to the right people.

 

Click the links below for more information about the TESOL programs available for international students:

 

Caleb Lee - from an ESL student to a full-time ELSA teacher




Award winning chef joins VCC’s world class culinary school

Posted on May 1, 2013

 

You might call it VCC's catch of the day.

Award-winning Vancouver chef Hamid Salimian, a graduate of VCC's widely respected culinary arts program, is returning to teach a new generation of chefs.

Salimian is currently the executive chef at Diva at the Met, where he earned the prestigious distinction of being voted Vancouver's best chef by a group of industry peers. He'll be leaving his post in June to teach full-time at VCC.

Read more in the Georgia Straight

Find out more about the Culinary Arts Diploma program for international students.

Chef Hamid Salimian - VCC graduate




VCC hosts Skills Canada BC Competition

Posted on March 5, 2014

VCC was excited to host the Skills Canada BC high school Automotive Service Tech and Junior Skills Spaghetti Bridge regional competitions. Gold medal winners have qualified and will compete at the provincial competitions held on April 9, 2014 at Tradex in Abbotsford.

Congratulations to the winners and participants! In the Automotive Service Technician – high school category, Justin To, Windermere Secondary, won Gold; Josue Perez, Killarney Secondary, won Silver; and Ajay Malik, Gladstone Secondary, won Bronze. In the Spaghetti Bridge – junior skills category, Templeton Secondary won Gold, Rockridge Secondary won Silver and Queen Mary Elementary won Bronze.

 

VCC hosts Skills Canada BC Competition

 

Try-a-trade

The Skills Canada BC regional event was also a wonderful opportunity to invite high school students to watch the competitions and take part in VCC’s second annual Try-a-trade event. Five hundred students from 17 different high schools sampled applied learning at VCC – including Automotive Service Technology, Baking & Pastry Arts, Culinary Arts, Digital Graphic Design, Drafting, Hairstylist Certificate, Jewellery Art and Design Diploma, and Esthetics Certificate. Students and teachers tried their freshly-manicured hands at welding, spray painting and tire repair. There were also opportunities to learn about Aboriginal education at VCC, interact with a science display, make marzipan roses and take the culinary challenge of turning a potato.

 

VCC hosts Skills Canada BC Competition 

 




Field trip takes VCC drafting students to new heights

Posted on May 14, 2012

Mann, what a field trip!

VCC drafting technician students (steel detailing) were given the chance of a lifetime on May 11, taking an end-of-semester tour of the ongoing Port Mann Bridge construction project.

Graham Huckin, department head, says VCC builds and maintains strong relationships with industry partners so that students can experience real world learning.

“Our students are always welcome for on-site tours of major construction projects in B.C., whether it’s the Port Mann Bridge, Canada Line or new cruise ship terminal."

VCC’s drafting technician programs consist of three specialties: architectural, architectural/civil/structural and steel detailing.

drafting class at port mann bridge construction site




VCC hosts Skills Canada BC Competition

Posted on April 18, 2013

 

Do you know if the taxi you’re flagging down will be safe to ride in?

It’s an important question and that’s why Vancouver Community College's automotive service technician program teamed up with the City of Vancouver's taxi inspector and police from Vancouver and Delta to perform vigorous safety checks on rebuilt taxis. The inspections took place over a two-day period inside the Broadway campus auto shop.Automotive service technician students teamed up with the taxi inspector and police to perform vigorous safety checks on rebuilt taxis.

“We want students to get involved in the inspection process to help police, learn from police, and develop the same moral compass as certified technicians who wouldn’t allow a dangerous vehicle to hit the streets," says Jason Devisser, department head, automotive service technician program. “Real world experience is an important part of our curriculum.”

Students worked side-by-side with experts to look for things like brake or suspension issues and body work problems. Many vehicles that are written off are rebuilt into taxi cabs.

Police and the Vancouver Taxi Association added they are grateful that VCC is able to offer its full-service auto shop to help perform important services to keep the public safe.


Automotive Service Technology Diploma




VCC auto students assist with taxi safety inspections

Posted on April 18, 2013

 

Do you know if the taxi you’re flagging down will be safe to ride in?

It’s an important question and that’s why Vancouver Community College's automotive service technician program teamed up with the City of Vancouver's taxi inspector and police from Vancouver and Delta to perform vigorous safety checks on rebuilt taxis. The inspections took place over a two-day period inside the Broadway campus auto shop.Automotive service technician students teamed up with the taxi inspector and police to perform vigorous safety checks on rebuilt taxis.

“We want students to get involved in the inspection process to help police, learn from police, and develop the same moral compass as certified technicians who wouldn’t allow a dangerous vehicle to hit the streets," says Jason Devisser, department head, automotive service technician program. “Real world experience is an important part of our curriculum.”

Students worked side-by-side with experts to look for things like brake or suspension issues and body work problems. Many vehicles that are written off are rebuilt into taxi cabs.

Police and the Vancouver Taxi Association added they are grateful that VCC is able to offer its full-service auto shop to help perform important services to keep the public safe.

 

Click here to read more about the program:
Automotive Service Technology Diploma for International Students




VCC students earn 20 medals in skilled trades competition

Posted on April 18, 2013

 

Paint us proud!

Vancouver Community College students earned 20 medals at the annual B.C. Skills Competition in Abbotsford on April 17: eight gold, seven silver and five bronze.

All the gold medallists will represent B.C. at the Skills Canada national competition at BC Place in June. They will compete against college and high school students from across the country.

VCC's 2013 B.C. Skills winners:

Architectural CAD (drafting)
Gold: Meghan McDonell, VCC via Vancouver

Automotive collision repair
Silver: Steven Dardengo, VCC via Victoria
Bronze: Philip Laffin, VCC via Nanaimo

High school automotive collision repair
Gold: Kurtis Gordey, A L Fortune Secondary, Enderby
Silver: Cesar Busine, Sir Charles Tupper Secondary, Vancouver
Bronze: Kyle Steven, Mark R. Isfeld Senior Secondary, Courtenay

Automotive service technician
Gold: Keith Stonehouse, VCC via Chilliwack

High school auto refinishing
Gold: Adam Sliacky, South Delta Secondary
Silver: Brenden Papps, Moscrop Secondary, Burnaby
Bronze: Donald Urquhart, Panorama Ridge Secondary, Surrey

Culinary arts
Bronze: Lyndsay Jones, VCC

Baking
Gold: Georgine Chung, VCC
Silver: Kate Lo, VCC

High school baking
Silver: Crystal Tan, Lord Byng Secondary, Vancouver

Hair design
Gold: Michelle Macasling, VCC
Silver: Katy Au, VCC via Richmond

High school hair design
Gold: Rachelle Garcia, Samuel Robertson Secondary, Maple Ridge

Esthetics
Gold: Ashlie Mackie, VCC via Vancouver
Silver: Eun ju Oh, VCC via Coquitlam
Bronze: Linda Dooley, VCC via Delta

VCC partners with several high schools in Metro Vancouver to offer trades training at the post-secondary level. By the time a student graduates from high school, they are skilled and ready to enter the workforce or able to continue their studies in college.




A Fresh Start

Posted on May 17, 2012

"At VCC, I learned to speak English and how to become a professional baker. Now, I own my own bakery. VCC helped me achieve my dreams." Ray Wei, graduate, ESL baking and pastry arts.

Vancouver Community College graduate Ray Wei might not get a lot of shut eye these days but his dreams are certainly coming true.

Upon arriving in Canada from China -- where he worked as a sales executive with Nestlé -- Wei embarked on a new journey to learn to English as a second language and a new skill: professional baking.  After graduating from VCC's full-time ESL baking and pastry arts program, he found work in local hotels and restaurants and about a year later, purchased his own bakery.

On his experience at VCC; learning English and how to become a professional baker:

“The relevance and usability of the program is very strong. It's job-oriented but also takes into account development of your personal interests. VCC helped with my communication skills and opened doors for me.”

“My dream of beginning a new life as an immigrant has turned into a very hard job, but I love it. I wake up at 4 a.m. every day and work over 10 hours a day. Sometimes I feel physically and mentally exhausted and want to give up. But then I think about my VCC teachers and the support they gave me. It keeps me going as well as my love for the industry and my two employees, who are also VCC baking graduates.”

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Baking & Pastry Arts - Artisan Baking and Pastry for International Students




VCC Alumna wins Grammy!

Posted on January 27, 2014

VCC alumna Jennifer Gasoi has won a Grammy Award in the category of best children's album for her sophomore release, Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well. After studying voice at VCC in 1997, Jennifer went on to perform at the 1999, 2000, and 2001 Vancouver Jazz Festivals before moving to Montreal in 2002. Ever since, her charming heart-felt style has been winning over audiences of both kids and adults alike. Congratulations Jennifer!

Watch a video of Jennifer performing the title track.

 

Jennifer Gassoi

 




Fashion designer wins Outstanding Alumni Award 2013

Posted on February 19, 2014

VCC fashion graduate, Anna Kosturova, wins VCC's Outstanding Alumni Award 2013 in the category of Career Excellence & Leadership. Innovator and entrepeneur, Anna runs a highly-successful swimwear line featured in movies and on Sports Illustrated covers. It is her spirit and the willingness to never give up that has put her at the top of her field and why VCC honours her.

 

 

 

 




VCC hosts Skills Canada BC Competition

Posted on March 5, 2014

VCC was excited to host the Skills Canada BC high school Automotive Service Tech and Junior Skills Spaghetti Bridge regional competitions. Gold medal winners have qualified and will compete at the provincial competitions held on April 9, 2014 at Tradex in Abbotsford.

Congratulations to the winners and participants! In the Automotive Service Technician – high school category, Justin To, Windermere Secondary, won Gold; Josue Perez, Killarney Secondary, won Silver; and Ajay Malik, Gladstone Secondary, won Bronze. In the Spaghetti Bridge – junior skills category, Templeton Secondary won Gold, Rockridge Secondary won Silver and Queen Mary Elementary won Bronze.

 

VCC hosts Skills Canada BC Competition

 

Try-a-trade

The Skills Canada BC regional event was also a wonderful opportunity to invite high school students to watch the competitions and take part in VCC’s second annual Try-a-trade event. Five hundred students from 17 different high schools sampled applied learning at VCC – including Automotive Collision & Automotive Refinishing, Automotive Service, Baking & Pastry Arts, Culinary Arts, Digital Graphic Design, Drafting, Hairstylist Certificate, Jewellery Art and Design (Diploma), and Esthetics Certificate. Students and teachers tried their freshly-manicured hands at welding, spray painting and tire repair. There were also opportunities to learn about Aboriginal education at VCC, interact with a science display, make marzipan roses and take the culinary challenge of turning a potato.

 

VCC hosts Skills Canada BC Competition 

 




VCC chef on Food Network

Posted on March 7, 2014

Watch and root for Shelley Robinson, VCC chef instructor for the culinary program, when she competes against 13 other chefs on Food Network’s no. 1 series, Top Chef Canada, starting March 10.

“Chef-instructor Shelley Robinson exudes confidence in the kitchen and her passion for food translates to the students. The fact that she keeps putting herself out there teaches students the need to test their skills – no matter how much training and experience they have,” says Collin Gill, department head for VCC’s culinary arts program.

Robinson appeared on Food Network's Chopped Canada in January and beat out three competitors. The Vancouver Sun featured the chef in a recent article.

 

Shelley Robinson - Top chef Canada




VCC Hospitality students win LinkBC competition

Posted on November 7, 2013

On October 27th, the 7th annual LinkBC Student Case Competition kicked off the Connect Trade Show & Conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre, with a record 16 teams demonstrating leadership and business skills as they presented solutions to 2 topical case studies. Students presented their business cases to a panel of industry judges.

Vancouver Community College was announced as the winning team at Connect's Industry Lunch. The winning team, composed of Hospitality Degree students Khaled Attalaoui, Caitlin Cindric, Emma Dagg and Kathryn Gidluck took home a $500 prize.

 

Hospitality diploma and degree linkbc competition teams

 Left to right: Degree hospitality team and Diploma hospitality team

 Find out more about Hospitality Management Diploma

 




Volunteer Opportunity for VCC International Students

Posted on April 10, 2015

Join VCC International Education as a volunteer to welcome new students!

 

What it’s about

On Wednesday, September 2 and Thursday, September 3 VCC International will be hosting orientations for new international students in our career programs. Each orientation will be run from (9:00am-12:30pm) and will take place at the Downtown Campus.

VCC International staff will be leading the orientations, but having returning international student involvement makes all the difference. After all, who better to learn from about the VCC student experience than from current international students!


What we are looking for

All volunteers are enthusiastic, outgoing international students who are currently in a VCC career programs.


What volunteers will do

Volunteers will assist with the check in and greeting process, lead campus tours and be available to answer questions about their program and experiences at VCC.

All volunteers must commit to a 1.5 hour training session and be available for at least one of the orientations (i.e. from 8:30am to approximately 12:45pm on either Wednesday, September 2 and/or Thursday, September 3).


What the benefits are

Volunteering has many benefits. Volunteers:

  • feel great about helping others,
  • enjoy meeting new people,
  • develop new skills through training,
  • learn even more about VCC,
  • receive a reference letter from VCC International Education (for volunteers who contribute a minimum of 9 hours of their time - i.e. are involved in the two orientations and training)

Are you ready?

We ask that all interested students complete an application so that we can meet and discuss your areas of interest and availability.

Fill in the ‘VCC International Education: International Student Orientation Volunteer Application’ form  and email it to ieservices@vcc.ca or drop it off to the VCC International Education Office (Room 100, Downtown Campus, Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm).




Four reasons the VCC music diploma program should be your first choice

Posted on June 5, 2014

1. Community is in our name for a reason. The instructors, staff and peers in the VCC music department are helpful to each other, and offer a tight-knit, collaborative and supportive community.

2. VCC music offers students a diverse choice in their education. Whether your concentration is in voice, instrumental, composition, or jazz, classical or contemporary, VCC music will find a major that fits with your focus and style.

3. Highly-engaged, professional faculty who bring their real world experiences into the classroom.

4. Career success. Just ask one of VCC’s many successful music alumni.

Daniel Ruiz, BESTiE drummer and VCC music alumnus, credits VCC music for giving him the confidence to explore his improvisational skills.

For more information, visit the webpage of the Music Diploma program.




Top five reasons to enroll in Culinary Arts ESL at VCC

Posted on July 21, 2014

Get skilled in Culinary ESL.

 

Top chefs get their start at VCC. Train with the best instructors while advancing your English language skills. Here are the top five reasons to come to VCC:

  1. Learn English while you train to become a professional cook

  2. Produce real products to be sold in the VCC cafeteria and Seiffert Market. Receive hands-on training and learn to work with professional kitchen equipment.

  3. Gain industry experience on culinary practicum at top restaurants and hotels. Instructors work with industry partners to ensure student success.

  4. VCC graduates are in demand and are hired by all the leaders in the hospitality field -- 85% of our students are hired during or a few months after program completion.

  5. International students may be eligible to apply for Post Graduation Work Permit for up to 10 months after successfully completing this program

 

Contact us to get more information at study@vcc.ca




Music can improve your quality of life

Posted on August 14, 2014

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A recent article written for The Week, by Eric Barker, sites the ‘nine ways music can improve your life’. From helping you relax, to reducing pain, to making you a better person, music resonates within each and every one of us.

VCC welcomes instrumentalists and vocalists in rock and popular music, as well as classical, new music and music traditions from other cultures. VCC’s music department offers Music Diploma and Degree for international students to explore their passion for music.

Learn from the best instructors the province has to offer and study alongside a group of supportive and encouraging peers. 

Contact us to get more information about VCC's music programs.




Office closed for one day, on September 9, 2014

Posted on August 25, 2014

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VCC International Education Office will be moving back to Room 100 on September 9, 2014.

During this move, our staff will be checking email and phone messages, but please expect some delay in our responses. For urgent inquiries, please call 604-871-7000 and ask to speak to the International Education Office.




New international students received a warm welcome!

Posted on September 2, 2014

‌VCC welcomes new international students to join the Fall 2014 term.

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New international students participated in orientation on either August 28 or 29, depending on their programs. Students received information about people and resources available to them at VCC and in Vancouver. Topics included: cultural adjustment, important immigration documents, VCC services and support, staying safe and healthy, and Campus tours were led by returning VCC international student volunteers.

 

Check out our Fall 2014 Orientation Photos!




Open House for International Students

Posted on September 29, 2014

Open House for VCC's International Students

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International students celebrated with the International Education Team at the Open House on September 18. 

Congratulations to our door prize winners:  Ajay, Dana, Edison, Hyeon Seok, Kayla, Kayo, Maninder, Mingjun, Satpal, Sharon, and Yi!




Fall convocation recap

Posted on January 2, 2015

Congratulations graduates!

Convocation is a special day where we recognize the hard work and dedication put forth by our graduates.

Photos from the fall event can be found on VCC's official Flickr account.

Here's a short recap from our fall ceremonies:

  • VCC celebrated over 1,400 graduates with three ceremonies.
  • The amazing VCC convocation band was comprised of five current and/or graduating students from VCC's music program: Jason Smith, Adam Kerby, Nial Harvey and Max Ley.
  • Winners from our Outstanding Alumni Awards 2013 were honoured.
  • Three valedictorians represented their fellow graduates during the ceremonies: ‌Michelle Lum, Mandy Sze Nga Yeung and Naomi Phillips.

 
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Michelle is a graduate of VCC’s Dental Hygiene Diploma program.
After completing the Certified Dental Assisting program at VCC, Michelle worked as a certified dental assistant while continuing her education and pursuing a career in dental hygiene.

"I've worked hard to continue my education and pursue a career in dental hygiene. Since graduating from this program, I've already found a job in a dental office as a registered dental hygienist. My next step is to complete my dental hygiene degree and work towards my goal of becoming an instructor."

Representing: School of Health Sciences and School of Transportation Trades

 

 

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Mandy is a graduate of VCC's Baking and Pastry Arts Certificate program.
After graduating from university with a degree, Mandy decided to pursue her true passion - pastry.

“I've always had a passion for food and am so happy I chose this path. I had a wonderful experience competing in both the B.C. and national skills competitions. I'm excited to be working in this field and hope to one day travel the world and learn new pastry trends and techniques.”

Representing: School of Hospitality and Business (hospitality programs), and School of Music, Dance and Design.

 

 

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Naomi is a graduate of VCC's Administrative Assistant program.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in political science from university, Naomi came to VCC and completed the administrative assistant program.

"I chose to attend VCC to gain practical skills and build more confidence in my professional competencies. I'm now working towards completing VCC's Legal Administrative Assistant program. I'm grateful VCC has given me the opportunity to be prepared for what lies ahead."

Representing: School of Arts and Science; School of Hospitality and Business
(business programs), School of Language Studies, Centre for Continuing Studies and Contract Training, and
Centre for Teaching, Innovation and Applied Research (School of Instructor Education)




VCC announces national scholarship winner

Posted on December 16, 2014

VCC is pleased to announce that second year Jewellery Art & Design Diploma student, Fiona Maclean, has been awarded the 2014 Vaccaro Family Scholarship. The $3,000 scholarship is the premier scholarship prize for jewellery design students across Canada; one that many students use to kick-start their career. 

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(Left to right): CJEXPOS owner Phil Payne, Fiona Maclean, and Giovanni Vaccaro, owner of Beverly Hills Jewellers at the gala ball on Nov. 22; the award winning sterling silver and 18-karat rose gold bridal hairpiece. (Photos courtesy of Beverly Hills Jewellers)

The stunning bridal headpiece that was designed as homage to 1920’s lace patterns was submitted to the competition when Maclean was still a first-year student at VCC.  Maclean found out that not only had she won the prestigious scholarship, but would also be sent to Toronto, expenses paid, to attend the gala dinner. An event that Maclean says was quite overwhelming.

“The guest list was a who’s who of the jewellery industry and media. I was introduced to jewelers, manufacturers and faculty from other schools. Everyone was encouraging and gracious.”

Maclean will use the scholarship money to pay for the gemmology certification program at VCC, which she attends in the evenings while in her second year of the jewellery art & design diploma program. Maclean says she chose to study her passion at VCC because of the program’s strong reputation in the industry. The quality of instruction she has received was an added bonus.

When asked if she had any words of advice for those wanting to explore education in jewellery art & design, Maclean says, “work hard, get obsessed and use your imagination”. This certainly worked for her.




VCC students participate in HomeGround

Posted on February 26, 2015

VANCOUVER, B.C. – VCC culinary arts' instructors and students partnered with HomeGround last week to provide lunches and dinners to 500 people from the Downtown Eastside. This community-building event gives homeless and under-housed residents the best food and entertainment for three days straight at the Carnegie Community Centre and Oppenheimer Park.

The students and chef instructors donated their own time to provide outstanding service and received affectionate thanks from the community. "VCC truly has community spirit and to have our students be part of this experience is an incredible opportunity to share in this spirit." says John-Carlo Felicella, chef instructor and VCC event lead.

 

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Student T2202A tax forms available online

Posted on February 28, 2017

Student tax forms (T2202A forms) are now available online. To access your tax receipt, go to myVCC login

Enter your Student ID.  Enter your password.  Then click on Login.  For first time users your initial password has been set to your birth date in the format MMDDYY.  For example, if your birth date is January 25, 1975, your password would be 012575.  If you have previously logged into the system you will have set up your own password.  If you have  forgotten your password click on "Reset password"



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If you need help accessing your tax receipt, please follow the steps described in the T2202A Frequently Asked Questions document. If you have any questions about your tax form please email T2202aHelp@vcc.ca with your question and student ID or call 604.871.7000, ext. 7002.




Top five reasons to get an Administrative Assistant certificate

Posted on April 8, 2015

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Administrative assistants do a lot. With tasks ranging from communications to data management to financial recordkeeping, this position is the heartbeat of every office in virtually every industry—it’s no wonder they’re in demand. Here are the top five reasons to earn your Administrative Assistant Certificate at VCC:

  1. WorkBC forecasts over 21,000 administrative assistant jobs to open in the next seven years.

  2. You can choose your industry. From big business to charities to government offices—administrative assistants are always part of the team.

  3. Every VCC student completes a two-week practicum experience with a local business.

  4. VCC grads get jobs—85 per cent of our students are hired within a few months of program completion.

  5. International students are eligible to work part-time during the program, and qualify for a Post-Graduation Work Permit after graduation.




Five reasons to choose hospitality management at VCC

Posted on April 9, 2015

Five reasons to choose hospitality management at VCC

 

As a leader in hospitality management training in B.C., VCC strives to meet employer demands and respond to industry trends. We are proud to deliver a new and revitalized curriculum – built on our reputable programs and driven by industry experts.

Here are the top five reasons our graduates recommend our diploma and degree programs:‌

Grads get jobs
“Getting a job in the industry after graduation was never a concern when being affiliated with VCC.”
– Amanda

Strong reputation
“I chose VCC because it’s in the heart of hospitality in Vancouver and has a fantastic reputation. The course load is relevant and the instructors are industry professionals.”
– Caitlin

Industry connections
“VCC’s program was a conversation point as employers knew many of the instructors from within the industry.”
– Bernie

Industry-relevant curriculum
“The program continues to be relevant and practical. VCC instructors are industry experts who provide knowledge and insight to future employees.”
– Kristina

Value
“VCC was an excellent investment in my future – from valuable life lessons and a well-rounded education, to networking and job preparation.”
– Brock

Apply now while seats last!




Smaller classes and a pathway to SFU

Posted on March 24, 2015

VCC is now offering two new University Transfer certificate programs that will enable students to gain assured admission into second-year SFU applied science degree programs.

“By offering these courses, we will provide students in the Lower Mainland an opportunity to transfer seamlessly into second year at SFU,” says Dr. Andy Sellwood, department head, science, school of access, VCC.

The first-year University Transfer Engineering and Computer Science and Software Systems certificate programs provide students with the opportunity to explore options and demonstrate success at the first-year level of university studies. Students will gain transfer credits to the SFU Engineering Science, Computing Science or Software Systems degree programs.

Join us at an upcoming info session for UT Engineering or UT Computer Science and learn more about these programs! 

VCC also offers a number of other University Transfer Courses options throughout the year.




VCC's Culinary Arts Wins again at Health Chef Competition

Posted on April 17, 2015

Get skilled in Culinary ESL.

‌International students in Culinary Arts Diploma participated in the 2015 Healthy Chef competition in March 2015. VCC Team won the Healthy Plate Category and People’s Choice Award. For detail about this success story, visit the website of British Columbia Chef's Association.




Q&A with John Martinolich: Making it in auto collision repair

Posted on April 21, 2015

auto collision, news, john martinolich, 380x293, instructor, success storyJohn Martinolich started out fixing cars as a teenage hobby, but it wasn’t long before he made this high-demand trade his profession. Now an instructor at VCC, John was kind enough to answer a few questions about his career:

Why did you choose to study at VCC?

I did a work experience at VCC when I was in high school and enjoyed it. I took the course so I could repair cars as a hobby, but I ended up enjoying it so much, I left my other job and stayed with it. That was 17 years ago.

What do you love about working in the auto collision repair and auto refinishing industry?

I really enjoy working with emerging technologies. Although it’s a really physical job, it requires mechanical aptitude, attention to detail and problem solving skills. I also really enjoy payday—I’ve averaged $98,000/year over the last five years!

Would you recommend the program to others looking for a new career?

Absolutely. I was hired before my course was even completed. Today, the industry is in need of skilled technicians. It’s a well-paying, high-demand trade.

Why did you decide to teach?

I liked helping people at work and training apprentices.

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Do you have a passion for technology and the drive to succeed in a rewarding career? Learn more about the industry-respected Automotive Collision & Refinishing Diploma program at VCCContact our office to get more information about how to apply to the program and jumpstart your career.




Automotive Sector: Many Job Opportunities

Posted on April 24, 2015

There are many job opoprtunities in the automotive sector in B.C.!

More automotive technicians are needed in the automotive sector in B.C. Jason Devisser, VCC’s Department Head of Automotive Service Technology Diploma, stated in an interview with Vancouver Sun that "Employment prospects right now are unbelievable. I have companies calling me all the time looking either for apprentices or different levels of technicians."

 

Two 2-year auto trades diplomas available for international students at VCC:

Automotive Service Technology Diploma: offered in January and September

Automotive Collision & Refinishing Diploma: offered in January

 

The auto trades diplomas are filling up quickly!

Contact VCC International Education Office to get more information, and apply while program seats last!




New international students received a warm welcome!

Posted on October 2, 2015

‌VCC welcomes new international students to join the Fall 2015 term.

‌New international students participated in orientation on either September 2 or 3, depending on their programs. Students received information about people and resources available to them at VCC and in Vancouver. Topics included: cultural adjustment, important immigration documents, VCC services and support, staying safe and healthy, and Campus tours were led by returning VCC international student volunteers.

Check out our September 2015 Orientation pictures!

 

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The Chef’s Table pop-up kitchen comes to VCC Broadway

Posted on October 15, 2015

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‌VCC’s International Culinary Arts students are recreating the Chef’s Table at VCC’s Broadway campus!‌

This pop-up style restaurant is located at VCC’s Broadway campus in the Quizine Kitchen. Patrons will be seated at a communal dining table while VCC’s International Culinary Arts students create a five-course set menu before their eyes.

Make your reservations today!

RESERVATIONS BY EMAIL ONLY: thechefstable@vcc.ca

Details
Dates: October 20 – December 18, 2015
Time: Tuesday to Friday, 6:30 p.m. seating
Cost: $30 set menu, $45 with wine pairings
Location: Quizine Kitchen entrance on Glen Dr. at E. 8th Ave.


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Menu

Celeriac soup, 63Cegg, pork belly

Sturgeon, chorizo, fennel, saffron

Chicken liver Foie gras parfait, pickled winter vegetables,  brioche

Beef striploin, potato pave, red wine cabbage, natural jus

Chocolates rocks, chocolate sorbet, vanilla pudding 




VCC's Asian culinary course deliciously unique

Posted on February 9, 2016

News-Asian-culinary-arts-380For the past 41 years, students at North America’s only Asian Culinary Arts program have been learning the techniques of cooking Cantonese cuisine with additional lessons in Mandarin and Szechuan cooking, dim sum and barbecue. However, as the Lower Mainland’s population and industry demand have evolved, so has the programming at the Vancouver Community College (VCC) offering.

“In 1975, there weren’t many Chinese restaurants and the ones that were around had a hard time hiring people, so VCC wanted to train local people who were originally from China and Hong Kong so they could earn a living,” explains Barry Tsang, himself a former student of the program and the head of VCC’s Asian culinary arts department. “Now, the students are from all over the world and Vancouver’s restaurant scene changed so we expanded to include more Southeast Asian countries.”

And while the full-time, 20-week offering covers theory and practical training in the classroom and in a fully equipped commercial kitchen, which operates in conjunction with a cafeteria open to the public, it isn’t only for those looking to launch a culinary career, says Tsang.

“All the recipes we taught used to be commercial so they couldn’t be made at home but now we include recipes students can make at home,” he says. “So, some of our students are just looking to learn new skills they can enjoy with their family and friends. But all of those who apply need to have a passion and love cooking.”

During their time in the certificate program, students learn to prepare and cook meat, poultry, seafood and vegetables using cooking methods such as stirfrying, pan-frying, deep-frying, broiling, braising and steaming. Also covered are food safety and sanitation standards as well as the business side of restaurant operations, including food purchasing, and inventory procedures.

“After two or three months, I can really see confidence building up in students and see they are becoming professionals,” says Tsang. “When they finish here, students should be able to work in restaurants that specialize in Chinese cuisine.”

VCC’s Asian Culinary Arts program has two intakes per year, one in February and the other in September.

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Original article published in Metro Vancouver.




Culinary department head named Chef of the Year

Posted on February 18, 2016

BC Chef of the year award‌Vancouver Community College’s (VCC) culinary arts department head, Chef Collin Gill was honored this weekend at the 40th Annual Presidents Ball where he took home the British Columbia Chef’s Association ‘Chef of the Year’ award. The event raises funds to provide scholarships to junior chefs in the province.

“I feel very honored to be named Chef of the Year. This award is also recognition for all that our department does in conjunction with the BC Chefs to serve the community, provide education, create scholarships, and deliver competitions,” says Chef Collin. “I feel this award is a tip of the hat for the VCC Culinary program, not only to myself.”

Read more about Chef Collin and his involvement with the VCC 50 Years 50 Chefs gala here.

Pictured at right: Dean of School of Trades, Dennis Innes with Department Head of Culinary Arts, Collin Gill.




Outstanding value at The Chef’s Table pop-up restaurant

Posted on April 28, 2016

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Vancouver Community College is once again holding their popular pop-up restaurant, “The Chef’s Table” led by Executive Chef Hamid Salimian and the International Culinary Arts students. Located at the downtown campus at 250 West Pender Street (at Cambie Street), the Chef’s Table, features a five course prix fixe dinner for $30.00 or $45.00 with local BC wine pairings. By reservation only, the pop-up restaurant is open Tuesdays to Fridays and runs until June 30th, 2016.

One of VCC’s most famous culinary alumni and now instructor, Hamid Salimian has racked up some serious awards and accolades including the Georgia Straight’s “Best Chef in the City” in 2012 when he was the Executive Chef at Diva at the Met. He has represented Canada on the international stage at the world’s most prestigious culinary competitions including the the World Culinary Cup and World Culinary Olympics and taken home gold. The VCC pop-up restaurant allows guests to see chef Hamid and the international culinary students in action as they prepare each course at the plating station located at the front of the restaurant.

Hurry - these popular dinners quickly sell-out as nightly seating is limited to a maximum of 22 guests. The menu changes every two weeks and many loyal patrons return to experience new dishes and wine pairings. Vegetarians take note the last two weeks of the pop-up restaurant showcases five vegan dishes.

The current menu features Tuna Cannelloni with Side Stripe Prawns, Grilled Octopus, Foie Gras & Duck Confit, Roasted Beef Striploin and concludes with heavenly White Chocolate and Strawberries. Excellent local wine pairings for this menu feature Fern Walk Sauvignon BlancGanton & Larsen Chardonnay, Sumac Ridge Reserve Pinot NoirRed Rooster Hen House Ruffled and Grey Monk Odyssey Brut Rose.
Simply a must eat!

The Chef’s Table at Vancouver Community College

Downtown Campus - 250 West Pender Street
Four Corners Restaurant - 3rd Floor
6:30 p.m. seating
5 courses $30.00 plus taxes and gratuities.
5 courses with BC Wine pairings. $45.00 plus taxes and gratuities.

Reserve by EMAIL: thechefstable@vcc.ca




B.C. restaurants waiting out worker shortage

Posted on April 27, 2016

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The heat is rising for B.C. restaurant owners, as they brace for the busy tourist season while scrambling to overcome a shortage of cooks and kitchen staff.

The shortage comes from an increase in the number of new restaurants, a lack of new staff to replace retiring baby boomers, and changes to the federal government’s temporary foreign workers program that cut the pool of labour to restaurants, industry observers say.

“I need three cooks right away,” Kamal Mroke, owner of India Bistro on Vancouver’s Davie Street, said Monday.

Mroke said he is starting work around 9 a.m. and finishing as late as midnight, doing kitchen work he would normally hire someone to do. “I would like to be up front promoting my restaurant, but I cannot find a skilled worker like a chef, anybody, to work in the kitchen.”

Mroke has been in business for the past 12 years, but he said he’s never worked as hard.

“I’ll go back myself, start cooking in the kitchen,” he said. “My feet are hurting.”

He said fellow restaurateurs are all facing similar staff shortages, and he worries about how they will handle the summer tourist traffic.

B.C. Restaurant Association President Ian Torstenson said the problem exists throughout B.C., and is most acute in restaurant kitchens.

“With wait staff, you’ve got all the university students, and you can train them fast,” Tostenson said. “But the technical side in the kitchen is where the problem is. We’re just not getting enough interest from people wanting to get into the business.”

The good news for the industry is a healthy provincial economy that has new restaurants opening to meet new demand. Their number stood at about 11,000 province-wide in 2013, with 200 to 300 added to that number each year since then, Tostenson said.

“The boomers are retiring, so that’s creating vacancies,” he added, noting that not enough young Canadians have replaced them.

Changes to the federal government’s temporary foreign worker program made just over a year ago choked off another flexible supply of workers, Tostenson said.

“That just stopped any ability for restaurants to get labour they can’t supply in the domestic market,” he said. “So now you’re seeing in a lot of cases an exhausted industry.”

Tostenson said young people haven’t taken up the opportunity represented by the demand for skilled restaurant workers.

“I think people sort of forgot about it,” he said. “You are learning a technical trade, by working in the kitchen, that carries you well. It’s a very transportable skill as well — you can take that and go to France or Africa, whatever you want to do.”

At Vancouver Community College, whose downtown campus houses the largest culinary arts program in western Canada, students are themselves feeling the pressure, as they take on paid kitchen jobs even before they complete their training.

“We’re seeing a bit of that, definitely,” said instructor Tobias MacDonald. “It seems a week doesn’t go by that I don’t get a phone call from somebody in industry looking for cooks. There’s real demand for skilled labour.”

VCC trains would-be cooks in the classroom for two technical levels — the first taking seven months and the second taking four months. That training can also be done by apprentices employed in kitchens, who can work between two-days-a-week classroom sessions. The two-day-a-week training was instituted this year because restaurants didn’t want to lose apprentices for five full-time training weeks each year.

 

Continue reading the full story in the Vancouver Sun.

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New funding announced for cutting-edge automotive, culinary equipment

Posted on August 10, 2016

News-Wilkinson-automotive-400On Monday morning, Vancouver Community College welcomed Minister of Advanced Education Andrew Wilkinson to the Broadway automotive service technician shop to announce special funding of over $694,000 for the purchase of new trades-training equipment.

"BC is looking at a million job openings in the next 10 years,” said Minister Wilkinson, acknowledging that this period will also bring advances in technology that will increase efficiency, quality, and safety in the work of our tradespeople.

Training apprentices on the latest industry-specific equipment will be a key to employment and success in the future workforce, and especially in automotive trades, where technology continues to advance rapidly.

With this funding, VCC will purchase equipment such as training vehicles and parts for the automotive service technician program, 15-litre training engines for heavy-mechanical trades, and a mobile food station for culinary arts. 

VCC automotive service technician student James Tobin took part in the announcement, representing his classmates and expressing thanks. 

James’ first pursuit was to become a chef, but after having a child, found himself working at a Jiffy Lube instead. It was there that he realized he wanted to pursue a career in cars. “I’d like to end up at a performance shop working on high-end vehicles,” he says. “Maybe even own my own shop or study mechanical engineering.” 

Dustin Janzen, a VCC automotive graduate and independent owner of a Minit Tune and Brake Auto Centre, where he typically employs four to six VCC apprentices, also shared his support for the funding, and encouragement for students to be trained in the latest technology.

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VCC fashion program redesigned for industry success

Posted on August 12, 2016

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‌‌VCC's fashion program is undergoing a transformation. In an effort to meet the needs of the fashion industry and to ensure VCC students continue to be the most sought after graduates – we have made significant changes to reflect the industry’s goal of ‘selling apparel’.

The past model of learning the skills, producing a collection, and showcasing it on the runway has been altered to become more in alignment with what many of the major apparel brands in Vancouver want. Lululemon, MEC, Aritzia, Plum, and Arcteryx, for instance, don’t exhibit fashion shows.

VCC’s newly named Fashion Design & Production Diploma is a two-year diploma program that puts fundamental skills into immediate context through a series of fashion cycles that allow students to experience a fast-paced production process including: design, drafting, construction, marketing and sales. The cycles grow in complexity while offering students a range of sales experience including, ecommerce, consignment, and custom design.

Second-year students further their skills while completing a self-directed garment project. This is what VCC’s fashion programs have been known for and where student’s creativity shines through in their collections, ranging from bridal to children’s wear, swimsuits to ready to wear, and everything in between.

Rather than the traditional fashion show, the goal is now to provide the tools to pursue entrepreneurship through business planning, web design, ecommerce, and marketing courses. Or, for students choosing a career in the apparel sector there are courses in overseas production, Gerber CAD, Illustrator, and grading. An integrated practicum gives graduates real-life experience and a solid foundation for their professional network.




Alex’s story: family and fusion in the restaurant business

Posted on August 30, 2016

News-Alex-Holliday-380For many kids, growing up Canada today means juggling multiple cultures. While English at school or work may be the norm, many second- and third-generation Canadians are also working hard to keep their cultural heritage alive, be it through language, traditions, or food.

Alex Holliday was born and raised in North Vancouver, the third generation in a family of Chinese restaurant owners. Although he grew up helping his mother operate Capilano Heights Chinese Restaurant, he never worked the kitchen. Still, Alex had a passion for the business and a desire to carry on the family tradition.

It was while studying Chinese in Taipei that Alex and his girlfriend (now wife) Annie decided they wanted to open a restaurant together. First, though, Alex knew he needed industry training. “I wanted to learn more about my culinary heritage as well as how a professional kitchen works,” he says.

Growing up locally, Alex already knew that VCC’s Asian Culinary Arts program was the perfect fit. The five-month program, established in 1975, provides commercial culinary training in Cantonese, Mandarin and Szechuan food as well as other Asian cuisines such as Japanese, Malaysian, Thai, Singaporean, Vietnamese, and Korean. Courses also cover the business side of restaurant operations.

“The technical cooking skills that I learned were of course useful beyond measure,” says Alex, “but I think what I value most were the management skills.” He credits department head Barry Tsang with instilling in him the highest of standards. “Anyone can teach you how to fry rice, but it takes someone special to teach you how to run a kitchen,” he says.

Always driven to expand his horizons, Alex has since returned to Taipei where he now owns and operates the trendy Taiwanese-Cantonese fusion restaurant, Drunken Monkey (currently relocating).

Though the restaurant business seems to run through his veins, Alex maintains a strong appreciation for the hard work it took to learn the trade as well as keep connected to his culture.

“It was a bit of a journey for me,” he says. “I went to Asia to learn Chinese, came back to Vancouver to study culinary arts, and finally took this fusion of experience back to Asia where my grandfather set out from 70 years ago.”




Celebrating student success

Posted on June 16, 2017

Twice a year, Vancouver Community College (VCC) holds student awards ceremonies recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of talented and deserving students enrolled in the vast range of programs offered at VCC.

On Friday, June 9, the spring awards ceremony took place at VCC’s Broadway campus where the VCC Foundation awarded in excess of $138,000 in scholarships and awards. VCC’s scholarships and awards are established to recognize academic excellence and to acknowledge students who demonstrate leadership in the classroom or in their community. These awards help encourage and support students in their journey to academic and career success.

Among the award receipients, 18 of them are international students enrolled in the following programs:

  • Asian Culinary Certificate
  • Automotive Collision & Refinishing Diploma
  • Automotive Service Technology Diploma
  • Baking & Pastry Certificates
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studies
  • Dental Assisting Certificate
  • Dental Hygiene Diploma
  • Hair Design Certificate
  • Hospitality Management Diploma
  • Jewellery Art & Design Diploma

 

With many donor representatives in attendance, the awards ceremonies provide a special opportunity for donors to directly connect with the recipients of their awards and the chance for students—and VCC—to thank their donors in person.

Visit the VCC Flickr site to view photos from the spring student awards ceremony.

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VCC International Education Office is open on Monday to Friday, between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., except for holidays and college closures.


VCC wins big at Skills Canada BC 2018 provincials

Posted on May 9, 2018



We are proud to announce that students from Vancouver Community College (VCC) and associated high schools earned 18 medals in the Skills Canada BC 2018 provincial competition held in Abbotsford on Wednesday, April 18.

VCC’s medallists emerged as top-skilled competitors in the areas of baking, culinary arts, hairdressing, esthetics, automotive service, automotive collision repair, and car painting. Congratulations especially to our VCC competitors who swept the podiums in baking (post-secondary) and car painting (secondary).

According to VCC Baking instructor Kimberly Tada, the secret to success is being fully prepared. "Our students were successful because of the level of commitment and dedication they demonstrated while practicing for this event. The support of the college, instructors, and instructional assistants to make the weekly practices possible was also a key ingredient." 

A total of 35 students represented VCC and its Youth Train in Trades programs at this provincial competition where more than 600 competitors demonstrated skilled trades for industry judges and a live audience. 

See the photo album and share in the celebration using the hashtags #myVCC and #SkillsBC.

Baking – post-secondary 
Clarissa Roque (@roqueclarissa) – GOLD
Kayla Wenzek (@kayla_vancity) – SILVER
Angela Wu (@tinypatissiere) – BRONZE

Baking – secondary 
Queenie Li – GOLD

Culinary arts – post-secondary
Leah Patitucci (@leah_patitucci) – GOLD

Culinary arts – secondary
Carmen-Rosa Bilodeau – GOLD

Hairdressing – post-secondary
Tanya Gatus – BRONZE

Hairdressing – secondary
Hanna Croswell – SILVER
Kayla Raymond – BRONZE

Esthetics – post-secondary
Alesha Johal – GOLD
Audrey Telek – SILVER

Automotive service – secondary
Mary Joy Siscar – SILVER

Automotive collision repair – post-secondary
Jason Sherle – GOLD

Automotive collision repair – secondary
Patrick Bucu – GOLD
Hajrudin Dzebic – SILVER

Car painting – secondary
Anthony Harrington – GOLD
Aaron Tagaca – SILVER
Rabin Rosario – BRONZE




Women’s work: meet the new generation in automotive trades

Posted on May 11, 2018



On their first day of school in Vancouver Community College’s (VCC) automotive refinishing technician program, Meghan Kelsi, Aleah Simensen, Lydia Terry, Jolene Orr, and Jessica Jensen (pictured, left to right) each fully expected to be the only woman in the room.

Instead, there were five. “It was weird, all these women just kept funneling in!” says Jolene, 23, who came to VCC for her apprenticeship training, after already earning an auto body certificate from a private facility.

“I walked in and was like, yeah ladies!” says Aleah, 19, who already had five years' experiece working in a friend's auto body shop, and always knew this career was for her.

While this cohort may seem unique today (women represent only 4.5 per cent of Canada’s trades workforce), many colleges, government bodies, and industries are hoping to radically increase the number of women in trades in the near future.

One recent effort by the B.C. government is its Women in Trades labour market project, through which it worked with industry partners to identify barriers like bullying and harassment that prevent women from entering or staying in trades careers. It also offers solutions for improving workplace culture and increasing mentorship opportunities. 

Do women already succeeding in trades think such initiatives are needed? VCC’s auto refinishing techs say yes.

Talking shop

Meghan, 24, started automotive trades training while still in high school and graduated at the top of her class. She was nearly finished her third year of an automotive service technician apprenticeship when she decided her work environment was simply too hostile and switched into refinishing. “It’s easy to get jobs, but getting taken seriously and treated humanely—that’s a different story,” she says. 

Regarding the government project, Meghan believes it’s something that should have been done 50 years ago, but is glad it's happening now. The others agree, each sharing workplace stories ranging from getting ignored or stared at inappropriatel to being outright told that she belongs ‘in the kitchen.’

Lydia, 18, admits to having her work scrutinized more often than she’d like, but wonders if her age may invite more criticism than her gender. “I’m inexperienced, fresh out of high school,” she says. “I really don’t like to think it’s because I’m a girl.”

None of these issues is clear-cut, and women debate amongst themselves as well. How much of it is only generational? When exactly does joking around cross the line? Would a gay man have the same problems?

A new road

The women do agree that the work environment in trades can be tough for anyone. “You have to have a pretty thick skin, whether you’re a woman or a man. It’s how the trades are,” says Aleah.

It’s how they are now, anyway, and these women are prepared for it, but they also see change on the horizon. With a younger generation gradually taking over, they’re already noticing more acceptance and respect in the shop, and it’s at VCC where they see it most of all.

“I was extremely nervous to come here after what I’d been through,” says Meghan, “but they’re so good.”

At VCC, these five women say they’re treated like any other student, even regarded for their previous industry experience. They’ve had instructors support them in the classroom, intercede for them in the workplace, and they've made lifelong friends.

Above all, they love what they do. Refinishing and painting are highly suited to individuals who are aesthetically minded, creative, and detail-oriented. Many of these women's hobbies include makeup, drawing, or painting—all of which translated extremely well into the trade.

For all their experiences, these women would also still recommend an automotive refinishing career to any girl who was interested. Their advice is to start early, take advantage of high school programs where possible, talk to other women in trades, and stand up for yourself in general.

“If you’re unhappy and you don’t wake up every day excited to go to work, don’t go!” says Aleah.

“Yeah make a change,” says Meghan. “Your toolbox has wheels on it for a reason.”




Five ways VCC supports international students

Posted on October 7, 2018



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It takes unique and courageous individuals to learn a foreign language, leave their families, and travel overseas to pursue an education. At Vancouver Community College (VCC), we’re proud to educate about 1,500 international students annually from over 40 countries. We value the many things they teach us as well—about their lives, their goals, their cultures, and the world outside our city.

As one of British Columbia’s longest-standing public colleges, VCC is committed to supporting international students in many ways:

 

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1. Extensive student support

At VCC, international students can access many services to support their cultural and academic transition:

  • VCC’s international office offers daily drop-in advising hours to answer students’ questions and address concerns.
  • Highly trained VCC staff have the ability to assist international students with topics ranging from new student orientation to medical insurance, educational planning, and working in Canada.
  • In select international programs including Hospitality Management and Canadian Business Management, English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors are available in-class to provide language and cultural support at no extra cost.
  • VCC has recently launched the position of Regulated International Student Immigration Advisor (RISIA) to help students with immigration-related inquiries.

 

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2. Competitive tuition fees

Studying in Canada is widely considered to be more affordable than many other English-speaking countries (e.g. United States, United Kingdom, Australia). At VCC, any increases to international tuition over the past three years have matched domestic increases (to a maximum of two per cent).

 

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3. Students get jobs

VCC’s interactive, career-oriented programs are taught by highly qualified instructors with experience and connections in their respective industries. In class, students learn practical, hands-on skills, becoming fully qualified to enter the workforce upon graduation. VCC’s cohort structure also assists students in making personal and professional connections in Canada.

 

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4. Great campus services

Life is good on VCC campuses. Thanks to our wide variety of trades and professional programs, the whole community benefits daily from affordable, fresh-made food in our cafeterias, bake shop, and restaurants. Students can also receive professional hairstyling in our on-campus salon as well as discounted dental care, automotive service, and more. See the full list of free and low-cost services at VCC.

 

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5. Location, location, location

We love our city! Located in the heart of Vancouver, VCC is accessible by public transit from across the region. Many of our classrooms have beautiful mountain views and our students enjoy quick access to beaches, hiking trails, and parks. Alongside its natural beauty, Vancouver boasts clean water, a mild climate, high-quality health care, safe public spaces, and world-class arts, entertainment, food, and shopping.

Vancouver is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable places and was named one of the 20 Best Student Cities in 2018 by QS World University Rankings.

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Ready to start your VCC journey? View the full list of programs for international students or connect with our international office by emailing study@vcc.ca.