Are you looking to shake up your working career? Whether you’re changing jobs or joining the full-time working world for the first time, it can be an exciting point in your life.
Learning new skills, on a full-time or part-time basis, is one of the best ways to prepare yourself for the next step in your working life, says Gurpal Dhaliwal, President of Western Community College.
“Roughly 95 per cent of our students gain employment within two months of graduating,” he says, adding that figure is even larger in some of the college’s programs.
Bright new learning spaces
Since 2012, Western Community College has trained community members to step right into professional careers. New campuses are accepting students in Surrey, South Surrey and Abbotsford, with courses in 11 different areas of study and 40 programs starting throughout the year.
Not only does WCC have very affordable tuition fees, it is accredited by Education Quality Assurance (EQA), Student AidBC and Designated BC Private Training Institutions Branch and can help launch you into your new career.
Here are some other exciting things happening at Western Community College:
- Join the health care ranks: Given the Lower Mainland’s aging population and increasing care needs, Health Care Assistant continues to be WCC’s most popular program. With the college’s flexible schedule, you can complete the courses in 24 weeks (full-time) or 37 weeks, attending part-time in the evenings or on weekends.
- Dental assistant program in demand: Training in this busy, 40-week program happens at the college’s South Surrey campus, where students receive hands-on training and preparation for the National Dental Assistant Examining Board. “Western Community College is the only school in British Columbia with an on-site clinic providing a full range of treatments to the public. Upon completion of the program students will be able to perform the duties as outlines by the Certified Dental Surgeons of British Columbia” Dhaliwal says.
- Positive job prospects: The college’s pharmacy assistant program enjoys a placement rate of nearly 100 per cent, Dhaliwal says. The 28-week (full-time) program gets you ready to join the Lower Mainland’s fast-growing area of pharmacy work.
- Learn about the law: The Diploma in Paralegal Studies is one of WCC’s newest courses, a 74-week program that prepares you for a challenging career as a paralegal or legal administrative assistant.
The wide range of occupations students train for at WCC offer good careers, in many cases with opportunities for advancement, Dhaliwal says. And with the college accredited by the B.C. Private Training Institutions Branch, some credits are transferable, which means you can work for a while then study for a degree at university or college. “Their work in the field can be a good stepping stone for a lot of other careers,” he says.
If finances are a barrier, various forms of financial aid are available, including an in-house program featuring monthly payment plans.
Find a full list of programs at westerncommunitycollege.ca or at any of the campuses.