Collège Éducacentre is the only francophone college in British Columbia. It provides services to the province’s French-speaking population through professional and vocational training programs, language classes, basic and continuing education and integration assistance for new immigrants. Through the school’s “virtual campus,” students from anywhere in B.C. can access the French-language certificate and diploma programs that the college offers in areas such as education, health care and tourism.
Some programs, such as the early childhood education and resident care attendant programs, are open to Grade 11 and 12 students in B.C.’s francophone schools and French-immersion programs. Students can simultaneously earn credit toward their high school diploma and post-secondary education.
The college offers a program that recognizes prior learning; students who have completed equivalent training in a given area can receive credit for one or more courses. The school’s main campus is in downtown Vancouver, the Victoria location is in the heart of that city’s tourist district and the Prince George campus sits next to Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park, which is close to downtown Prince George. A satellite campus in Surrey offers integration and support services to francophone newcomers.
• Teacher Assistant
• Early Childhood Education
• Health-Care Assistant
• Holistic Nutrition
• Social Support Worker
• Diploma: $5,720-$8,889
• Certificate: $4,320-$6,619
• Social Support Worker: In this diploma program, students learn to use observational skills and intervention techniques respectfully and empathically in their efforts to empower people facing a wide variety of issues.
• Holistic Nutrition: Students in this diploma program work on developing the skills needed to assess the nutritional status of individuals and communities and to help them apply the principles of healthy eating in their daily lives. Students also learn to provide customized nutritional guidance based on a person’s specific needs.