Happy New Year! At BC Colleges we are looking forward to a productive and exciting year. This year we will continue to focus on providing the right highly skilled, job-ready graduates to meet the growing demand in BC during 2015 and beyond.
As we move forward, it’s vitally important that we match the students graduating from our institutions with labour market demand. This is not an easy task as it varies greatly by region and involves a high degree of co-ordination between provincial and federal governments, post-secondary institutions and employers. While challenging, our 11 member colleges are uniquely positioned to ensure this matching happens efficiently. Our on-the-ground presence in more than 60 communities in BC means that we are closely involved with the timing and the types of skilled graduates needed by employers.
I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Honourable Andrew Wilkinson to his new portfolio. We look forward to his attendance at today's Council of President's meeting and to working with him to achieve the Advanced Education objectives outlined in the BC Skills for Jobs Blueprint.
I hope you will take a few minutes to learn more about the recent activities and announcements from our 11 member colleges. For a full list of this month's news, please check out "In the News" on our website.
As always, I welcome your feedback. You can reach me by e-mail.