The BC Career Colleges Association was established in 1977 to promote and support post secondary schools, stakeholders, students and all interested parties involved in private post-secondary education and training in BC. The aim is to ensure that the private education and training industry is recognized for the high level of service delivery, commitment to quality, and student satisfaction that the sector delivers to the consumers. With a shortage of skilled workers in B.C., and inadequate capacity in the public post-secondary system, private institutions are a vital part of the education and training environment in this province.
BCCCA member schools adhere to a Code of Ethics and are committed to providing students with individual care and attention throughout their studies, and as they graduate and search for employment.
Our member schools believe in offering students an education and training experience that is satisfying, supportive and designed to provide the skills and knowledge that students need to find the job and/or career that they want.
We expect to promote consistency, accountability and excellence in the private post-secondary education and training industry. To further this larger goal, we co-ordinate and disseminate information on topics relevant to our members - through seminars and meetings as well as our annual conference.
The association is also a communications and advocacy liaison between the private training industry and the provincial government, the media and the general public.
We undertake projects such as:
Private post-secondary education - lets talk results:
The BC Career Colleges Association has grown from a base of 23 member schools to an organization that represents:
The BC Career Colleges Association is managed by an Executive Director and takes its direction from an elected board of industry professionals.
The membership itself is diverse, including institutions offering training in areas such as the vocational and apprentice-able occupations, health care, tourism, business, information technology and the applied arts.
The BCCCA is a partner with the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC). Founded in 1896, the NACC represents career colleges in Canada that educate and train over 100,000 students annually - in 1,200 locations across the country. All Career Colleges are registered annually and regulated under the terms of the applicable provincial/territorial Act. An accrditation process applies to many of the provincial associations.
BC private career trainers educated 61,412 students in 2008. Some examples are:
Provincial and federal governments know that the public education and training system - alone - cannot accomodate the entire demand for training. The need for innovative, responsive, effective and cost efficient skills training is increasing. It is important to recognize that private career colleges are well positioned to build our country's capacity for providing access to quality post-secondary education.