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May 22, 2015 - BCIT to receive $830,000 to support military members
The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development, along with Dan Albas, Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla, came to BCIT to announce their support to expand the Legion Military Skills Conversion Program nationally. This investment will help to evaluate the skills and expertise of Canadian military members to fast track their path to a civilian career. This program will be expanded to other locations across Canada including the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (Edmonton), Fanshawe College (London), triOS College (locations across Southern Ontario), and Memorial University (St. John's).
June 18, 2014 - Legion Graduating Award Winners
We would like to congratulate two students of the Legion Military Skills Conversion Program who received the 2014 Legion Graduating Awards:
Alex Hargott, BBA
Alex was in the very first cohort that piloted our program and proved to be very successful in his studies at BCIT. In 2010 Alex was given advanced placement in the Business Management Diploma (formerly Post-Diploma) in recognition of his military service. After graduating with his diploma in 2011, Alex carried on to complete his BBA through part time studies, which he graduated from on June 18, 2014. We are very proud to see all the hard work and dedication Alex has put towards each of his programs at BCIT. The award Alex is receiving is very well deserved. We wish Alex the best of luck in his professional career.
Roy McKenzie, HR Diploma
In 2013, Roy was given advanced placement in the Human Resource Management Diploma (formerly Post-Diploma) in recognition of his military service. After nine short months, Roy gradated on June 18, 2014 with his diploma. Roy proved to be an exceptional student, managing to balance a heavy course load and a new born baby at home. Hopefully Roy enjoys the next few summer months because he will be right back at it again when he starts the Bachelor of Business Administration full time in the fall. Congratulations to Roy on his success. We are excited to have him back with us in September.
September 25, 2013 - BCIT partners with The Personnel Department to create "Education to Career Pipeline"
The Legion Military Skills Conversion Program has signed an agreement with TPD (Formerly The Personnel Departmen
t) to establish an "Education to Career Pipeline". The Personnel Department is a global HR solutions organization that specializes in staff placement, recruitment and HR consultancy. Thanks to our new support from The Personnel Department, CF members going through our program will gain the skills and tools necessary to put them on the right track to a successful career.
August 28-29, 2013 - Canadian Forces Liaison Council hosts EXECUTREK
Staff of the Legion Military Skills Conversion program, Justine Arsenault and Fred Mandl, were given the opportunity to participate in EXECUTREK, which brings together civilian employers and gives them a chance to witness reservists in action. This event is hosted by the Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) who is a group of business and educational leaders that volunteer their time to promote the training needs of the Primary Reserve force to civilian employers. The LMSCP staff, along with civilian employers, were brought to the Chilcotin training area to watch reservists from 39 Canadian Brigade Group during Exercise Cougar Defender 2013. We were also fortunate to participate in a low-level tactical helicopter flight, thanks to the airmen and airwomen of 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, and try our luck with with the C7 rifle and C6 general machine gun.
June 21, 2012 - Legion Military Skills Conversion Program celebrates its first fast-tracked bachelor degree graduates
Two legion program students walked across the convocation stage today to receive their Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Cpl Kevin O'Grady and Sgt. Michael Woolley both started at BCIT in September 2010 after receiving advanced placement in the Business Management Post Diploma program in recognition of their military experience. In June 2011 they graduated with their diplomas and high enough GPA's to enter into the Bachelor of Business Administration program in September 2011. After two very grueling, but rewarding, years at BCIT, we wish both Michael and Kevin the best in their future careers.
May 30, 2012 - Legion Military Skills Conversion Program speaks to Veteran's Affairs Senate Subcommittee
Legion program's Dr. Kevin Wainwright and Natalie Condrashoff presented the program to the members of the Veteran's Affairs Senate Subcommittee on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario. Esteemed members of the subcommittee included the Chair, Senator Romeo Dallaire and Senator Pamela Wallin. The only post-secondary institution asked to speak before the subcommittee, the program was congratulated on the work it has done to support the Canadian Forces and Senator Dallaire reported that he was "pumped up" by the information that he heard.
September 8, 2011 - Royal Canadian Legion BC / Yukon Command sponsors the Legion Military Skills Conversion Program at BCIT
BCIT and the Royal Canadian Legion BC / Yukon Command entered into a 4 year sponsorship agreement in August 2011 to help BCIT develop its military program. With the Legion's donation, more opportunities and advanced placement pathways will be developed for military members looking to return to post secondary. Sponsorship money will also be used towards providing scholarships and bursaries for current and former military members attending BCIT through the program.
April 14, 2011 - The Honour House Skills Conversion Program visits the Washington National Guard
The Legion Military Skills Conversion program was invited by colleagues at the University of Washington and representatives from the J9 group at the Washington National Guard to learn more about the LingFit program and to learn more about the educational and transitional needs of their troops. The Honour House Skills Conversion program was also joined by three graduating Human Resource Management diploma students who are doing their directed studies project on the World of Work Inventory (WOWI) career assessment test.
March 15, 2011 - Canadian Forces Liaison Council honours BCIT for support to the Canadian Forces Reserve ForceThe Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) today presented awards recognizing the support given by Metro Vancouver businesses and educational institutions to Canadian Forces (CF) Reserve personnel. "I commend British Columbia's 2011 recipients of the annual CFLC Support Awards," said Mr. Shepherd. "That they have received this award is a testament to the fact that these employers have stepped up and made real commitments to help support Canada's Reserve Forces - its citizen soldiers, sailors, and air personnel. These award recipients have proven that they value the traits and qualities of our reservists, and that they stand behind our men and women in uniform."
January 25, 2011 - World of Work Inventory (WOWI) career assessment test now availableThe Work of Work Inventory is an online career assessment test that measures interests, abilities, aptitudes, and personality and takes others factors into account as well. It is an expert system designed to give a customized list of occupations specifically suited to the individual's unique profile. To get more information or to request to take the test, please email the Legion Military Skills Conversion Program >
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