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Province to expand work-integrated learning at post-secondary schools

The B.C. government is expanding work-integrated learning opportunities at public post-secondary schools, including the College of the Rockies.

Provincial officials said the $4.5 million investment will be doled out over three years.

It will be used to benefit co-ops, internships, practicums and community-service-learning models.

“Work-integrated learning helps future workers access the hands-on experience they need to launch their careers,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills. “These placements give people valuable opportunities to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world settings and benefit employers by having workers who they train and can become potential new employees.”

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The expanded program aims to prepare workers for in-demand jobs across B.C., focusing on rural communities outside of the Lower Mainland.

Work-integrated provides students with a hands-on learning experience, which brings education studies into a workplace.

Funding comes from the StrongerBC: Future Ready Action Plan.

“On-the-job training is invaluable for today’s students,” said Andrew Mercier, Minister of State for Workforce Development. “Work-integrated learning equips people with the practical skills, knowledge and adaptability needed to thrive in today’s dynamic workforce.”

The funding will benefit work-integrated learning programs at the following post-secondary institutions:

  • Capilano University
  • Coast Mountain College
  • College of New Caledonia
  • College of the Rockies
  • Emily Carr University of Art and Design
  • Justice Institute of British Columbia
  • Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
  • North Island College
  • Northern Lights College
  • Royal Roads University
  • Selkirk College
  • University of Northern British Columbia
  • Vancouver Community College
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