FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 18, 2004
Contact: Squamish campus manager, Casey Dorin
(SQUAMISH, B.C.)—Graduates from Capilano College’s unique Howe Sound Cooks Training program will take to the stage at the Eagle Eye Theatre on Wednesday, May 26 at 7 p.m. to obtain their level 1 Cooks Training certificates.
The Howe Sound Cooks Training program is a partnership between Capilano College, Howe Sound Secondary, the Squamish Chamber of Commerce and the Whistler Chamber of Commerce. It is designed to meet the growing need for qualified cooks in the hospitality industry in the Howe Sound Corridor. After five months of full-time training, graduates will be able to obtain employment in hotel kitchens, restaurants, trains, cruise ships, camps and institutional kitchens.
“The program is unique because out of the 14 students accepted, seven were from high school and the rest came from the community at large,” said Casey Dorin, manager of the College’s Squamish campus. “Student’s schedules were rearranged by Howe Sound Secondary so that they had their high schools credits completed by January, enabling them to do the Cooks Training program from February to June.”
Along with providing a unique training opportunity to high school students, the program also provides training to local residents who are unemployed due to downsizing and layoffs. Many people laid off in the health sector, forestry sector and from BC Rail are using the program as a new career path.
The Ministry of Advanced Education provided one-time funding to help get the program off the ground. This addressed its mandate of having post-secondary education enhance ties with community stakeholders to ensure that the system reflects the needs of local communities and provincial priorities.
The College sees the program as meeting many additional values, including a student-centred post-secondary education system, effective working partnerships, and results based accountability.
“The neat thing about the program is that graduates can do a lot of things,” Dorin explained. “They can do an apprenticeship or go right into work. The career path over the long run is really good in this field.”
The 2010 Olympic Games are expected to create a huge demand for certain occupations, chief among them workers in food-related services. Chefs and cooks are among the occupations with the highest incremental growth projected from 2003 to 2015.
Economist Roslyn Kunin told guests at the Spirit of 2010 business summit held in Vancouver on Monday, May 3 that the food industry is expected to see the most person-years of new employment as a result of the 2010 Olympics.
For more information on the Cooks Training Program, call 604.892.5322.
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 an 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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Squamish campus manager Casey Dorin at 604.892.5322, or 604.983.7586.