Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson made the following statement in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Vancouver Community College:
“Vancouver Community College was established in 1965 by bringing together a number of local schools, programs, institutes and centres. It is the oldest community college in British Columbia, and more than 17,000 students come to study at Vancouver Community College each year.
“The college has evolved over the years to meet student and employer demand. It continues to build important partnerships and culturally diverse community relationships at its two main campuses, Broadway and Downtown.
“Vancouver Community College works to provide Aboriginal learners with access and support for post-secondary education and training both on-campus and in local Aboriginal communities. The college offers cultural workshops, Elder support and academic and personal referrals. Both college campuses have Aboriginal Gathering Spaces and Aboriginal Elders on site.
“Vancouver Community College graduates have helped build Vancouver into the city it is today, using their education and training to find careers in the culinary arts and hospitality, nursing, drafting, designing, trades and more.
“Congratulations to students, faculty and staff as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of Vancouver Community College.”