August 23, 2004: Capilano College to lead new B.C. Centre for Tourism Excellence

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      Monday, August 23, 2004
      Contact: Dr. Greg Lee
      Tel: 604.984.4925

      North Vancouver-Lonsdale MLA Katherine Whittred announced today the establishment of the British Columbia Centre for Tourism Leadership and Innovation to be located at the Squamish campus of Capilano College.

      The new Centre will coordinate education and training programs to meet the future employment demands in tourism within B.C. The Centre will work with the private sector, municipal governments and provincial ministries to expand tourism's role as an economic engine in the province.

      It had previously been announced that the College would be receiving an additional 350 full-time-equivalent (FTE) places by the year 2010.

      "Today's announcements are great news for B.C.'s tourism industry, and in particular for the education sector," said Capilano College president, Dr. Greg Lee. "The Centre will ensure that people around the province are prepared for the opportunities that will become available in the tourism industry as we head towards the 2010 Olympic Games. The acquisition of additional seats will allow Capilano College to expand our tourism training to the benefit of those communities within the Howe Sound Corridor."

      The new Centre will be coordinated by Capilano College, which will work cooperatively with the other universities, university colleges and colleges offering tourism education. A steering committee will be formed to ensure that the Centre supports and enhances the success of the tourism learning system.

      The Centre will be part of a consortium with a newly established Centre for Leadership and Innovation in Hospitality, to be led by Vancouver Community College. The BC Tourism and Hospitality Education and Training Consortium will also be comprised of representatives of industry employers and employees and members of the provincial government. It will provide strategic advice addressing the education and training requirements of the B.C. tourism and hospitality industries.

      "Theses are exciting times for post-secondary education in B.C. and Capilano College is proud to have such an important role in its future," Lee said. "The potential for growth in the tourism sector is limitless, and we are prepared to ensure that the training needs of the communities we serve are met."

      Founded in 1968, Capilano College serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt.

      In 1973, the College opened its permanent 34-acre campus in the Lynnmour area of North Vancouver. That same year, it also established a regional centre in Squamish to serve the Howe Sound communities of Squamish, Whistler, Mount Currie and Pemberton. In 1977, Capilano College opened the Sunshine Coast campus to serve the communities of that region.

      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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      For more information, contact Dr. Greg Lee at 604.984.4925.