• January 10, 2011 11:00 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    With more than five years of managerial experience in the hospitality industry, Jillian Smith saw the Vancouver Career College Hospitality Management Degree Advanced Placement Cohort Program as an opportunity to open doors for her career. The program sees participants from diverse groups of differing experiences learn from industry colleagues by engaging with program partners.

    In addition to earning a credential, Jillian points out many other practical benefits. She built immensely valuable relationships with industry contacts throughout the duration of the program, and gained a much broader perspective in the field. “This program puts you in a stronger position within the industry.”

    All cohort students are required to do an independent study project in their second summer as part of “giving back” to their employer (many of whom cover up to half of the program costs). Jillian’s report surveyed corporate social responsibility and her conclusions/recommendations were given to her employer the Vancouver Convention Centre.

    Jillian Smith has been the International Sales Manager of the Vancouver Convention Centre since 2006.

  • January 10, 2011 10:00 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    A broad range of British Columbia’s educators and administrators convened recently to re-discover PLAR with a new energy, a new focus, and a new urgency. “This is not your grandmother’s PLAR” became the battle cry of the British Columbia Prior Learning Action Network (BCPLAN) Summit gathering at which the BCPLAN was declared as a not-for-profit society. This paper describes and situates BCPLAN as an emergent PLAR entity and considers its potential success against a historical background and a range of current issues.

    Read the full paper published in the Canadian Journal of University Continuing Education (fall 2010).

  • September 15, 2010 10:00 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    Athabasca University hosts a rich resource of PLAR resources including:

    • A virtual portfolio
    • PLAR document templates
    • How-to guides including a PLAR Handbook

    Click here to visit the site

  • July 13, 2010 2:30 PM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    The Essential Skills Product Suite is a suite of tools to be used for assessing specific essential skills required for success in each of 50 trades. The tools for 50 unique trades identify essential skills gaps, and link to training resources and activities to achieve the required skills. This initiative will initially serve a number of targeted stakeholder communities including recent immigrants/internationally-trained workers, Aboriginal people, women, and other adults who have been out of the workforce for some time. This is a Labour Market Agreement-funded initiative, sponsored by the government of Canada.

    Watch Jessi Zielke (ITA) present at BCPLAN SUMMIT 2010.

  • July 13, 2010 11:00 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    This initiative was designed to assist individuals working without certification as unit clerks in BC hospitals, providing them with the opportunity to gain certification through a portfolio development process documenting their skills and knowledge in the field. This initiative won a UFV Outstanding Initiative award in 2002. Currently, UFV Continuing Studies is now working in collaboration with hospital partners in the Okanagan to implement a similar recognition of learning program for hospital employees.

    Watch Cheryl Isaac (UFV) present at BCPLAN SUMMIT 2010.

  • July 13, 2010 9:30 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    A workplace learning recognition project. Students receive credit towards TRU-OL Business programs for Safeway leadership training program. The presentation will highlight the TRU—OL process for reaching these agreements and provide information for self-assessment for organizations wishing to have in-house training recognized for academic credit.

    Watch Christine Wihak (TRU) and Arlette La Freniere (Safeway) present at BCPLAN SUMMIT 2010.

  • July 13, 2010 8:30 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    Internationally educated nurses (IENs) may be required to undergo a competency assessment process for nursing licensure eligibility in BC. The competency assessment known as the Substantially Equivalent Competency (SEC) assessment is available in the four western provinces in Canada in a bid to aid settlement of IENs in Canada. To assess professional knowledge, skills and abilities, candidates may be required to undertake examinations and practical application in the following areas: general nursing, maternal newborn health nursing, child health nursing, and mental health nursing.

    Watch Lori Shortridge (Kwantlen) and Lynn Cairns (College of Registered Nurses of BC) present at BCPLAN SUMMIT 2010.

  • July 13, 2010 8:00 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    Simon Fraser University’s Liberal and Business Studies (LBS) Program is a three-year degree completion program designed for working adults. By recognizing — and indirectly crediting — workplace learning along with other formal or informal post-secondary education, the LBS program can help you achieve your professional and personal goals of a university degree while maintaining full-time life responsibilities.

    Watch Ruth Price (SFU) present at BCPLAN SUMMIT 2010.

  • July 12, 2010 8:00 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    Hospitality employees enter third year of baccalaureate program designed for leaders in the hospitality industry. Partnership has repositioned the role of education and training and fundamentally transformed the role of education and training in the hospitality industry.

    Watch Ken Cretney, General Manager of the Vancouver Convention Centre with Sally Gibson of Vancouver Community College present at BCPLAN SUMMIT 2010.

  • June 29, 2010 2:00 PM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    The Multiple Assessment Pathways (MAP) project is a three-phase research and development initiative of the Industry Training Authority to identify best practices in assessment and supporting standards frameworks to inform the design and piloting of alternative methodologies for assessing challengers seeking certification in a trade.

    Assessment approaches are linked to occupational performance standards. Authentic assessments using a variety of methodologies appropriate to the occupation and the circumstances of the individual being assessed. Partners in this initiative include Propel, TransCDA, and the Canadian Council of directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA).

    View the full report from ITA’s website here:

    Watch Sandy Steward (Industry Training Authority) present the MAP project at BCPLAN SUMMIT 2010.

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