BCCCA Board Members
The Student Finance Committee monitors changes in student finance, federal and provincial and presents suggestion for policy and procedure improvements. There are many current concerns in this area for private education:
Ongoing meetings with SABC every 6 weeks and currently in final stages of development of Best Practices Workshop in partnership with SABC.
This committee works on the the marketing and CIC processes that will support the ongoing issuance of study permits to international students. EQA qualified schools (as of January 31, 2011) were eligible to issue Post Graduate Work Permits to students at their College in BC.
Greater focus is instead on development of relationships within international markets using relations built with BCCIE in recent months.
Purpose: To develop the annual conference that will give the industry information on all aspects of the business of quality education. This committee identifies and responds to industry needs by putting on Professional Development sessions throughout the year, including the always in demand Financial Aid Workshop seminars.
Purpose: To work with government agencies and Ministries in a variety of areas of Health Care to ensure private education facilities participate in decision making with new standards, curriculum and policy. Currently the Health Care Committee is very active with seats on the BC Health Care Advisory Committee (Articulation and Curriculum for Practical Nursing), HCA Advisory Committee working towards new provincial standards for HCA in BC, and the BC Care Aide Committee.
Geoff Collier, Thompson Career College
Recognition of Past Board Member
Derek Hamill, B.Comm. C.A.
Derek Hamill is recognized by the BCCCA for his contributions to our board and the sector over many years. He was President, Vice President, and Treasurer of the BCCCA starting in 1994. Derek also was a Director of the National Career Colleges Association from 2000 – 2005. Derek’s appointments have been with the Ministry of Advanced Education as Advisory Committee Member and member of Working Group on Defaulted Loans, Past Chair of PCTIA board, Director of PPSEC. Derek brought over 30 years of academic and finance experience to the sector. He launched Western Academy of Learning operation in 1990, 2005 became President/ CEO of all 54 Academy of Learning centres.
Robert Prendergast, MBA, CGA
Robert served two terms plus one year on the Board of BCCCA starting in 2001. He is known for his passion for the success of a quality private training sector. Working on the board of NACC since 2002, one of Roberts contributions was sucessfully driving the development of a national survey of our sector. He brings 30 years of finance and management experience and has been involved with private education since April 2000 as CFO and President of Ai - CDIS. In 2004, became one of the founders of TEC The Education Company Inc. that operates Stenberg College, the Centre for Trades and Technology, and the Centre for Arts and Technology. Our sector has benefited from Roberts experience in high growth and entrepreneurial organizations.