Top 7 reasons BC should invest in post-secondary education — submitted by you

We asked British Columbians why post-secondary education matters. Hundreds of you wrote in and shared your thoughts on affordability, fairness, and an educated society!  

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What BC Colleges and Universities Give Back

“My teenage life was full of grief and very trying times,” says Justin Scott. “I struggled most of my life with addictions and a broken family.” Early in his life, Justin experimented with drugs to cope with turmoil in his home life. By the time he was in high school, he was on a path that would put him through a decade of “chaos and despair.”  

At 25, he hit rock bottom and decided to get the help he needed. He desperately wanted to make his life better. He discovered a passion for helping others and applied for a nursing program at a private college. 

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Something has to give: Students are having anxiety attacks in the halls

Last year's Education Contest generated stories of struggle and perseverance from students and graduates across British Columbia. Here, one contestant shares what it really feels like to be under the pressure of an under-funded system. 

It is often assumed that once a student makes it to university or college, the barriers to education have been overcome. They got in, they paid the first semester of tuition fees, they are able to attend classes.

In reality, many students have to work part- or full-time jobs in order to pay for education.

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An Open Letter to The Honourable Andrew Wilkinson


An Open Letter to The Honourable Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Advanced Education

Langara Faculty Association Gives the BC Government a Failing Grade

Dear Minister Wilkinson,

If the BC government were a student, it would earn a failing grade for the analysis you offered to Global News on February 20 regarding post-secondary education in BC.1 As educators, we would like to offer the BC government some constructive feedback to improve the quality and accuracy of its statements to the public. 

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Education is the threshold of more than a job

Post-secondary graduates are economic and social contributors to the communities in which they live. College and university can teach life lessons. Last fall we asked students to tell us their college and university stories. Tanya Boult, a Native Education College graduate, shared with us what her education journey will mean for her family and community.

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5+ places where you can study tuition-free

College and university in BC is expensive. Estimates suggest Canadian post-secondary grads acquire a debt load that’s over $35,000 on average. According to the BC Federation of Students, “BC students are graduating with some of the highest debt levels in Canada.” The government recently made a move to cut interest on student loans by half but they still are making serious bank off students. 

In other places in Canada and around the world, governments have made the choice to provide free education because post-secondary is about acquiring knowledge and skills that are useful throughout life. Here are five places where education is free.

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The plan that’s failing schools and students in BC communities

Even the government admits the Skills for Jobs Blueprint needs work

In 2014, the BC provincial government introduced the Skills for Jobs Blueprint, a plan to drive funding to training programs for in-demand occupations. Using labour market data, the government claimed, the Blueprint would help post-secondary institutions make smarter decisions, and better prepare students for the job market. 

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Why one recent immigrant still pursues his education, despite the $50k price tag

Seventy-eight percent of the projected one million job openings in the province will require post-secondary education yet the price to students has never been higher with the BC government cutting investments. This fall we asked students to tell us their college and university stories. Ali Sekandar Arif shared with us the sacrifices he and his family have made for him to get an education.

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5 Ways the BC Liberals are Failing Students

Post-secondary education is in crisis and unless the government acts quickly, the consequences for British Columbia’s economy could be dire. The BC 2024 Labour Market Outlook predicts that 78 per cent of the projected one million job openings will require post-secondary education, but the funding to enable students to access the education they need to fill those jobs is not available. Here are 5 ways the BC Liberals are failing students.

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Langara Faculty Association Transit Ad Campaign Launches!

Langara Faculty are worried about their students. Our students are in debt. They are exhausted. They are stressed. They are forced to spend too much time working and as a result have too little time to study.

The financial stress on students is so great that Langara College is starting a food bank on campus.

It was not always like this. When many of us faculty got our degrees, the government covered 70-80% of costs, allowing us to focus on our studies.

In the last 15 years, provincial funding per student has dropped by 20% at Langara College (and similar amounts at institutions across the province). Without a change in direction, where will this trend end?

 

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