VCC COMMUNITY REPORT 2019
The VCC community works and learn on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. My grandmother, Synlha'liya, was from the Squamish Nation. My family and I represent the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. It is my honour to welcome you.
This is a promising time for VCC. Since 1965, we have taught, served, and engaged with British Columbians, learning and improving every step of the way. Looking ahead, we continue to be driven by our vision statement: VCC – The first choice for innovative, experiential learning for life.
In September 2019, VCC will welcome the first students educated under the redesigned B.C. school curriculum – students who will have more technological know-how and social awareness than ever before. These students represent a good future. And just as B.C. schools are adapting to an advancing society, VCC is keeping pace with an evolving workforce.
One of the most effective ways we do this is by building lasting relationships with employers and community partners. Alongside them, we’re able to constantly adapt our programs to meet real-world needs. Our city needs child care, our newcomers need the English language, our Indigenous people need healing and justice, and our neighbours need relief from deadly drugs. As the stories in this report show, we, our partners, students, and alumni are tackling these challenges and many more.
We are also pleased to announce that VCC has begun to develop a Strategic Innovation Plan that will guide both curriculum and infrastructure over the coming decades. Specific initiatives like our Institutional Learning Outcomes and Campus Master Plan have already begun. These and other initiatives will be key in furthering VCC’s vision while expanding our already outstanding reputation across the country and around the world.
Hay ce:p’qa. Thank you all! We are ever so grateful for the ongoing support of all our industry, community, and First Nations partners: the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh. I also wish to acknowledge VCC’s teachers and staff, including the Indigenous Education and Community Engagement department, for all your hard work.
It is with your kindness that VCC is able to help students attain their goals, graduate into careers of their choice, and become self-confident, independent, and caring human beings. Education lifts us up, teaches us respect and kindness, and enables us to look after ourselves, our families, and our communities now and in the years to come.
Here are some heartfelt words from a song:
Go my son/daughter, get an education. Go my son/daughter and earn your feather – reach my son/daughter and lift your people up with you!