March 12, 2004: First Nations Tourism program launched

      Friday, March 12, 2004
      Contact: Shelley Kean
      Tel: 604.983.7586

      (SQUAMISH, B.C.)—An official launch of the Capilano College First Nations Tourism Management Co-operative diploma program will be held on Friday, March 12 at
      11:30 a.m. at the Squamish Nation Totem Hall in Squamish. The Hall is located on Highway 99 just before the turn off into Squamish.

      The program was developed in partnership with the Squamish, Lil’wat and Musqueam First Nations, Capilano College, and the Ministry of Advanced Education. Its objective is to provide a First Nations focus for the delivery of training and education programs across all tourism sectors at the supervisory, managerial and entrepreneurial levels.

      “The 2010 Olympics in Whistler represents a significant milestone in moving towards establishing sustainable First Nations tourism within the corridor from Vancouver to Mt. Currie,” said Capilano College president, Dr. Greg Lee. “This unique educational partnership is enabling students from three First Nations communities to meet the growing demands for cultural tourism opportunities in that region.”

      Intensive technical skills courses, contact with the industry, and a four-and-a-half month supervised co-op work term are key components of the 16-month diploma program. Upon completion, all students will emerge with solid skills and an education that is transferable to Capilano College’s Bachelor of Tourism Management degree program.

      “Capilano College has an 18-year history of training people for the tourism industry and a 32-year history of training students in Outdoor Recreation,” Lee said. “This record is a clear indication that our partnership with the First Nations on this recent initiative is an appropriate affiliation.”

      Training managers from each nation were instrumental in selecting all of the 34 students enrolled in the program. The content and approach of the program’s specialized curriculum is being guided by consultation with elders, band councils and community members of the three First Nations communities.

      “These students are of a very high calibre,” explained Dr. Brian White, degree program coordinator. “Many have already taken either Capilano College’s Wilderness Leadership program, our Applied Business Technology program, or the Squamish Nation’s Guardian program. Any employer would be lucky to have one of these people working for them.”

      White added that the program’s focused skills development approach, combined with creative teaching and a student-centred learning environment, promises a rewarding educational investment for years to come.

      Capilano College serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Enrolment totals 7,200 students in credit programs each term with and additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. The College offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university transfer courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, diplomas, certificates and statements of completion.

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      For more information, please contact Squamish campus manager, Casey Dorin, at 604.983.7586