BCPLAN Symposium 2019 Registration Link & Program

If you’re having difficulty finding the link to register for the BCPLAN Symposium & AGM 2019, then look no further.  It’s right here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/bc-plan-annual-symposium-agm-tickets-60212258486

Friday, June 14, 2019

Kwantlen Polytechnic University
8771 Lansdowne Road, Richmond, BC

PLAR: Rhetoric or Reality?

This year, the BC PLAN symposium takes a close look at the actual status of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) in British Columbia. For many years the rhetoric has been that adults with formal, non-formal and informal learning may have their prior learning and experience assessed and recognized for advanced placement in post-secondary education programs or for securing employment particularly in regulated occupations.

Attend the symposium to find out if the BC reality of PLAR supports the rhetoric?

To register go to:   https://bcplan.ca                         Any questions?  info@bcplan.ca

9:00 Registration:  Coffee, tea, juices,
9:30 The keynote presentation by Dr. Alan Davis, President and Vice Chancellor, Kwantlen Polytechnic University will provide an educator’s perspective of how PLAR has evolved from early concepts to present practices. Dr. Davis will describe today’s reality in post-secondary education institutions and share his insight on likely trends for the future.
10:45 Refreshment break: Coffee, tea, juices
11:00 PLAR rhetoric for adults arriving in British Columbia seeking employment with their foreign qualifications and work experience in health care, education, applied science or engineering technology. The panelists will describe the reality of pathways to employment or to further education.

Raj Brar, Manager of the Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Foreign Credential Recognition Loan project

Jacqueline de Raadt, Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) will present the reality of people seeking careers in technology.

Loir Woods, Douglas College, will present examples of pathways to various health professions that were recently developed by Laura Cullen, PICS / BCPLAN PLAR Navigator.

11:45 PLAR reality in BC post-secondary education institutions. The preliminary findings of a research project supported by the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT) will provide a snapshot of the PLAR reality in 2019.

Susan Forseille, Director, PLAR, Thompson Rivers University

Mikayla Overton, Research Assistant, Thompson Rivers University

12:30 Lunch is included in the event registration fee.
13:00 Innovative PLAR processes, sources and resources that work!

Sangeeta Subramanian, Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IECBC) will present the IECBC – Facilitating Access to Skilled Talent (FAST) online tools to determine competencies for employment in various occupations.
Charles Joyner, Registrar, ASTTBC will describe the latest developments in PLAR for technical occupations including transition from military to civilian careers.

14:30 Please stay a little longer to join us for the BC PLAN Annual General Meeting where Rhetoric meets Reality!

 

Notice of AGM

The BC Prior Learning Action Network will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Friday, June 14, 2019, following the BCPLAN Symposium at 2:30 pm at Kwantlen Polytechnic University Richmond Campus.  At that time, a new membership fee structure will be introduced and ratified allowing organizational memberships.

  • Individual memberships are $100/year.
  • Proposed organizational membership fees are $300/year.

Until the new fee structure has been ratified, registration and membership fees for the Symposium are as posted, but after the AGM, members will have the opportunity to convert their membership to an organizational membership. With your direction, refunds and adjustments to membership may be made.

 

For example:

Janet works at ASPECT and registers for the BCPLAN Symposium and for an individual membership at $175.

Ten of Janet’s colleagues who also work at ASPECT, register for the Symposium one-day rate of $95.

Once the new organizational membership fees are ratified, Janet will be contacted to see if she would like to convert her membership to an organizational membership.  Of course, Janet says “yes!” and BCPLAN does the following:

 

The $100 that Janet paid for an individual membership is applied toward the organizational membership for ASPECT.

The difference between the one-day rate and the member one-day rate is $20. The 10 colleagues from ASPECT will be given the choice for a refund of the difference, or have that amount applied to the organizational membership.

If Janet’s colleagues don’t want the $20 difference applied to the organizational membership, ASPECT would be invoiced for the difference between the individual membership and the organizational membership fee.

Symposium & AGM June 14, 2019

Join Us for our Annual Symposium & AGM 

Friday, June 14, 2019
Kwantlen Polytechnic University Richmond Campus

BC Prior Learning Action Network invites you as a prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) stakeholder to attend our 2019 symposium and annual general meeting.

PLAR: Rhetoric or Reality is the focus of the symposium. Expert practitioners from various sectors of the economy will explain how they effectively use PLAR to help people select pathways to access further education and to advance in their careers and lives.

Membership + Symposium – $175
Symposium only – $95
Student registration – 50% off

Register on Eventbrite.

 

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