BC PLAN is a network of like-minded organizations and individuals, who have come together from across the province to charter a communication network.
Together we promote increased access to post-secondary credentials and skilled employment through the informed recognition of the skills and knowledge adults bring to post-secondary institutions, to business, and to industries across the province.
Free to access, highlights of this issue are articles on “An examination of Prior Learning Assessment, Participation and Guidance at Four-Year Universities” (Matt Bergman and Stephen McCaskey) and “Implementing Prior Learning Assessment to Promote Adult College Completion” (Ashley Layne). There is also excellent information on current practices and an interview about “Thinking About Brains and PLA”.
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?
|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.
|14:30||Please stay a little longer to join us for the BC PLAN Annual General Meeting where Rhetoric meets Reality!|
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.
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.
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.
Our Network – Our network includes representatives from post-secondary institutions, provincial government, sector councils, and individuals working with adult learners in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Members are excited about the potential for growth of innovative PLAR partnerships in British Columbia and about the potential for a strong provincial network to encourage and support increased activity.