ABOUT CAREER COLLEGES



DID YOU KNOW?

Facts about Regulated Career Colleges:

  • Regulated career colleges date back to the early 1800s in Canada
  • More than 57,000 students attend career colleges in BC annually
  • There are 327 career colleges in BC
  • Over $289.5 million is invested into the BC economy in tuition alone

Regulated Career College Students are:

  • People who want to get into the work force faster
  • People who need re-training to get back into the work force
  • People who were not in the work force before
  • More likely to be older (age 25 and older)
  • More likely to have dependents

Regulated Career College Graduates Statistics:

  • 89% of graduates are participating in the labour force; and
  • 80% of graduates who are employed are working in sectors related to their training
  • 40% of regulated career college students have previously attended a university or community college

International Students:

  • Over 20,000 International Students attend regulated career colleges in BC
  • The BC International Education Strategy estimates that every international student spends $33,150 annually in our communities
  • International Students at regulated career colleges in BC spent $1.8 billion on tuition, accommodation and other living expenses

Career College Accreditation Program (CCAP)

The Career College Accreditation Program (CCAP) replaced the Canadian Education and Training Accreditation Commission (CETAC) in 2014. CCAP provides accreditation services to career colleges across Canada.

Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials

The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) is a national organization that deals with information collection and referral services in order to support the recognition of Canadian and International Educational and occupational qualifications.

International Educators Association of Canada

The International Educators Association of Canada (IEAC) serves practitioners in international education through networking, training, communication and research activities and provides leadership to enhance the quality of the profession in Canada.

Welcome from BC Career Colleges Association to those students currently enrolled in post-secondary programs of study, as well as those individuals who are interested in enrolling in leading edge training programs that will allow you to get a new job, upgrade your current job skills, or seek a second career in this ever changing economy.

This site provides a dynamic and continually changing resource for students and prospective students of career colleges that are Proud BCCCA Members. From this site you are able to access student medical resources, job search resources, student housing resources, and financial assistance resources. Additionally, you can access important information and links for career colleges that are active members of BCCCA.

Study Canada

The ultimate Canadian education website; useful information for Canadian and international students, aims to provide all the information needed to become a student in Canada and about student living in Canada.  Information about the education system, the economy, national history, climate, government and more.

Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials

The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) is a national organization that deals with information collection and referral services in order to support the recognition of Canadian and International Educational and occupational qualifications.

National Educational Association of Disabled Students

The National Educational Association of Disabled Students is a consumer organization with a mandate to encourage the self-empowerment of post-secondary students with disabilities.  NEADS advocates for increased accessibility at all levels so that disabled students may gain equal access to post-secondary education.  The association provides information that supports and assists students with disabilities.
If you have any suggestions for other resources that you would like to see on your student services website, please send us an email at mailto: thebccca@gmail.com

Accredited

Accreditation is a process undertaken by schools who wish to prove their excellence by external standards and increase consumer confidence in their educational product. The process is controlled by the PCTIA (Private Career Training Institutions Agency), the organization that regulates the private post-secondary education sector in British Columbia. Successful completion of the accreditation process confirms a school’s performance in a number of areas including program outcomes, instructional staff and student satisfaction rates. When searching through the list of BCCCA member schools, look for the PCTIA symbol that indicates that a school is accredited.

For more information on accreditation and the PCTIA, visit: www.pctia.bc.ca

Registered

A registered institution has made an application to operate a private training institution in BC, has had the application successfully approved, has paid the necessary start-up fees, and may have had a site visit prior to its opening. Each year a registered institution re-confirms its program offerings and institutional details on paper with the Agency.

Student Loan is a process undertaken by schools who wish to prove their excellence by external standards and increase consumer confidence in their educational product. The process is controlled by the PCTIA (Private Career Training Institutions Agency), the organization that regulates the private post-secondary education sector in British Columbia. Successful completion of the accreditation process confirms a school’s performance in a number of areas including program outcomes, instructional staff and student satisfaction rates.

The following are links to student loan and financial assistance programs available at the federal level:

Financial assistance varies according to Provincial/Territorial regulations and availability.  The following links are for provincial and territorial student financial assistance programs:

BC is a province known for its natural beauty as well as its world-class education. Studying in BC will allow you to improve your English language skills and meet other students from all over the world. BC is a safe and friendly province surrounded by mountains, fringed by the ocean, and filled with forests, lakes and wildlife. When you are not studying, you can enjoy skiing, hiking, kayaking and other outdoor sports.

Tourism BC

Information on what to do and see when you visit BC: www.tourismbc.com

Citizenship And Immigration Canada

Information on applying for a student visa: www.cic.gc.ca

BECOME A MEMBER

Members have access to important training and networking events.