June 21, 2011: New business program at Capilano University will assist immigrants to work in and with North American organizations

      Tuesday, June 21, 2011
      Contact: Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Undergrads with international credentials will benefit from North American business studies, Canadian work experience and the Canadian credential earned from Capilano University’s new North American Business Management (NABM) program.

      The NABM program aims to build on the existing skills of business and economic degree holders from around the world, providing them with a one-year intensive post baccalaureate diploma program where students will learn North American business concepts. Students will practice what they learn in real-world situations, culminating with a two month work placement that will build on their foreign credential and international business experience.

      “This is the only program of its kind that focuses specifically on North American business practices,” said Cap’s dean of Business, Graham Fane. “It is designed to provide graduates of recognized undergraduate degree programs in a variety of business-related disciplines from universities around the world with the skills necessary to acquire employment in North America.

      “The program is well-suited for new immigrants and international students who wish to augment their existing business related degrees with North American business management skills and work experience,” he added.

      Along with increasing their ability to find better employment opportunities, graduates of the NABM may also choose to enter into Cap’s Graduate Diploma in International Business (slated to start in 2012), or a master’s level business program, such as an MBA or MSC in Business at another institution.

      “Many skilled and talented new immigrants to Canada are often under employed because their credentials from abroad are not easily recognized by the local business community,” Fane said. “The NABM program will assist graduates in understanding North American management practices and increase their ability to secure employment with a North American company, work with a North American based company operating abroad, or assist an international company to expand their services, products or operations to North America.”

      Classes begin in September and class size will remain small, allowing for personalized attention by instructors who are leaders in their field. The application deadline is July 30. For more information, contact 604.990.7914, or e-mail inted@capilanou.ca. An information session will be held on July 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the Birch building, room 322, at Cap’s North Vancouver campus located at 2250 Purcell Way.

      Capilano University is a teaching-focused university that serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Enrolment totals 7,500 students in credit programs each term with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. Currently, 573 international students from 47 countries are studying in 43 programs at Capilano. Capilano University offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university-level arts and science 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.