November 30, 2007: Capilano’s ESL program wins national nomination

      Friday, November 30, 2007
      Contact: Shelley Kean

      Capilano’s ESL program wins national nomination for outstanding performance

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Capilano’s English as a Second Language program has been nominated for the 2007 Lyn Howes Award, presented annually by the Canada Language Council.

      “The award is for outstanding performance and innovation in the delivery of programs and services for the Canadian language training industry,” said Jay Jamieson, CLC’s accreditation services manager. “Specifically, Capilano’s (ESL) program has been nominated for its comprehensive and effective curriculum review process.”

      Capilano offers ESL programs at six different levels and the institution serves students from 45 counties worldwide. It also provides a complete range of additional preparatory studies, including the free Adult Basic Education diploma program, the Alternative Career Training certificate program, and the Pre-Occupational Skills Training certificate program, to name a few.

      “This nomination confirms what we’ve known for years – that our preparatory programs are among the best in the country,” said James Cooke, vice-president, Student and Institutional Support. “We’re thrilled with the nomination and I’m especially excited for our faculty who work hard to make learners from other countries feel welcome and at home in Canada.”

      Lyn Howes was a founding member of the CLC who took a lead role in the development of the Council's original standards. The Council is Canada's premier language organization that, for the past 25 years, has continued to advance standards and promote excellence in English and French language training in Canada. Recognized internationally, it ensures that member programs meet its rigorous standards and are committed to upholding them.

      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 6,800 students in credit programs each term with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. Capilano 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.

      For more information on Capilano’s preparatory programs, visit