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Sprott Shaw College launches first online diploma program

Sprott Shaw College has launched its first online diploma program using our new proprietary online learning system called “Online Blended Learning”. Blended Learning combines the benefits of online learning with the important aspects of in-class practice and participation.




Our system includes 4 unique components, all of which are customized for each program. A “Virtual Classroom” that allows an instructor to teach in the same way they would face to face. “Online Learning” which allows students to access course content and complete exercises on their own time from home. In-class skills lab practice as well as lecture review, quizzes, exams and presentations. Finally, Students will do their clinical practice either in their home community where feasible or in the community of their regional campus.

We are currently offering our Health Care Assistant program with Blended Learning and we’re looking forward to launching more programs very soon. Please contact a campus advisor for more details!

What’s the Difference Between a Practical Nurse and a Health Care Assistant?

NursingPractical nursing gives you the necessary education to become a licenced nurse. Following the guidelines laid out in British Columbia’s College of Licensed Practicing Nurses (CLNPBC), all of the skills learned through our program will put you in a good standing to take the required exams to become a licenced practical nurse (LPN). After which you’ll be able to work for and in a wide variety of roles in the health care industry. From working in a hospital alongside doctors and patients to more specialized roles in residential care, practical nurses will find themselves trained to help patients as a health care worker and a nurse.

A health care assistant (HCA) is more of a generalist. They receive training similar to that of the practical nurses just with an emphasis on support and administration. Health care assistants have less to do with specimen sampling, wound care and vital signs monitoring nurses find themselves involved with. The HCA program is also shorter than the practical nursing course, so it’s great for those who want to get from education to the workplace as soon as possible.

Heath care assistants find themselves working in hospitals, rest homes or within the local community. With courses in hospice-palliative care, interpersonal (medical) communication and lifestyle choices, a HCA can find work helping out elderly patients, acting as a go between for health care workers and the public, or as a patient educator within the health care industry.

Overall, the main difference between the two is the outcome you’re looking for. Are you looking for a more general education with an administrative role? Or would you rather work alongside doctors in a hospital with patients? The answers to those questions will likely illuminate which course fits you best.

Electrical Foundations


Sprott Shaw’s new Electrical Foundations (pre-apprentice) program is now accepting applications for its March intake. This program is ideal for entry level electrical trades training – no ITA sponsorship required. The program includes theory, electrical lab, shop and practical (CPR / First Aid and WHMIS Certificates).

The first Electrical Foundations class will be running at the newly relocated Sprott Shaw College School of Trades starting on March 30, 2015, the renovated 9700 square foot modern facility is centrally located just off Canada Way at 3216 Beta Avenue, Burnaby.

Upon successful completion of the diploma requirements, students will receive certification and a total of 350 hours towards their apprenticeship. Average wages of graduates after completing Foundations/Level 1 programs has been between $15-$21 an hour in the Lower Mainland. Wages can go as high as $28-$35 an hour once you complete your Red Seal training (WorkBC).

An Electrician is designated as a Construction Electrician under the Inter-Provincial Red Seal program. This ITA-BC Approved modular program provides opportunities for students to gain employable lifetime skills, and provides employers with a highly trained and experienced workforce, while strengthening British Columbia’s economy.

Sprott Shaw’s Math for Trades program is also available to assist students in building a foundation of math skills required and related to various trade applications.

Apply now!

CIBT purchases downtown Vancouver hotel for international student accommodation

extended_stay_hotel_vancouver_bc_canada_smDowntown Vancouver is about to get a major infusion of accommodations for international students.

Today CIBT Education Group with an offshore partner has purchased the 17-storey Viva Suites luxury hotel in downtown Vancouver and will convert it to accommodations for international students, the education provider announced this afternoon. The residence will provide more than 200 beds and will be the first of its type in Vancouver.

When completed, the suites will be fully furnished and equipped with kitchens. Building amenities will include a fitness centre, electronic library, TV lounge and free shuttle bus to schools near major Vancouver intersections. Other services pioneered by CIBT include international student airport pickup and shuttle bus service, private tutoring, daily hot meal service, weekend social activities, IT support, and academic counselling.

CIBT owns Sprott Shaw College, Ascenda School of Management, numerous business and ESL colleges in China and Global Education Alliance providing international student referral and related services to more than 100 public and private educational institutions in Canada and the U.S.

The new suites at Viva fill an important need for Vancouver’s international students. It can be difficult for schools to properly screen homestays and have them available on short notice when a student is ready to arrive in Vancouver. It’s even harder to fulfill students’ special requests such as a private bathroom, special dietary needs or a larger room.

View our fully furnished luxury suites here: http://www.cibt.net/viva

Explore Career Options and Find Your Fit at Sprott Shaw

Carla VankoughnettWhen Carla Vankoughnett first applied to Sprott Shaw, she looked forward to the one-on-one time with instructors that Sprott Shaw offers. Unlike many colleges with large lecture halls, Sprott Shaw provides students a personalized learning experience with small class sizes and approachable faculty.

For Carla, the application process at Sprott Shaw was straight forward, and the admissions officials were available to help her step-by-step with her student loan application. But the support that Carla received when she began her program didn’t end there.

The encouragement that Carla received from her instructors proved to be invaluable. At Sprott Shaw she was able to work with advisors and determine what career path was best suited to her personality. Sprott’s career advisors are passionate about helping students explore all options when it comes to career exploration including, personal career development options and career change. They also focus on student’s personality traits, interests and skills in order to help them find enriching careers that they will find success in.

“I actually first envisioned myself teaching high-school literature. But after working with the advisors to gauge my skills, personality, and interests, they helped me realize what I really wanted.”

With the support from her advisors, Carla decided to pursue early childhood education at Sprott Shaw. With the encouragement she received from her instructors and advisors, Carla was able to achieve her educational goals, and publish two children’s books.

“They helped me achieve my goals and showed a spectacular amount of encouragement; without Sprott Shaw I would have never had the courage to publish my books.”

Many graduates from our Early Childhood find success working in preschools, group child care facilitation, out-of-school care programs and infant child care. Best of all, Sprott Shaw grads have access to dedicated employment services specialists, who will help grads find meaningful work once courses end.

Carla’s books are available for purchase on Amazon:


For more information on Sprott Shaw’s Early Childhood Education programs visit:


Follow Your Passion and Develop a Meaningful Career

Amanda B.Amanda B. was inspired to pursue a career in health care after her grandfather was diagnosed with cancer. During his illness Amanda took care of him and it was her grandfather, who first suggested that she pursue a career in caregiving in July, 2000.

“My grandfather was dying from prostate cancer and I helped take care of him, he asked me to promise him that one day I would go into a career helping others. He said that since I was such a gentle soul and was so helpful I would be a great caregiver.”

Her grandfather sadly passed away later that month, and as a single mother, working multiple jobs, Amanda was unable to pursue further education at the time, but her grandfather’s words always stuck with her.

In 2012, Amanda’s situation changed, and she felt the timing was finally right to follow through on her promise to her grandfather. Amanda filled out Sprott’s online information form and inquired about the Health Care Assistant Program. Within 10 minutes of filling out the form Amanda spoke with a Sprott Shaw advisor and set up an appointment to learn more.

During her program, Amanda had helpful instructors that not only taught course curriculum, but focused on building students confidence so that they could handle real-life scenarios in the work place.

Amanda also found great success in her work placement, working alongside a very encouraging and helpful clinical instructor.

“She was also a great instructor and was supportive if I was unsure of anything.”

The confidence that Amanda gained during her practicum led her to apply for positions without hesitation, and during the fifth week of her practicum she had an interview for a job at a local care facility, which she was offered.

With the skills she gained through Sprott Shaw’s Health Care Assistant, Amanda was able to get right into the work force and begin a rewarding career.

“I chose the HCA as a career because I felt that it was an opportunity to give back to the community and to provide care and support to our seniors.”

For more information about our Healthcare Assistant Program visit:


Making the Most Out Of A Career U-Turn

Chris S.

“My journey with Sprott Shaw College began back in the early spring of 2012 when I suffered a career ending injury and was no longer able to continue being a professional cook. Feeling lost and not knowing where I would fit in within the working world I enrolled into a two week career planning class that was offered by Sprott Shaw.”

According to Statistics Canada approximately 4.27 million Canadians 12 or older suffered from an injury severe enough to limit their usual activities. Amongst the number of adults surveyed, the 2009/2010 study found that 47% of the injuries correlated with work or sports injury. While that number does not factor in the severity of an injury – the criteria was, “an injury sever enough to limit activity” – it points toward the limits an injury can have on one’s career.

A 2008 study by the Canadian Labour Congress discovered that Canadians suffering from a disability, including a work injury that affected their ability to pursue a career, faced higher rates of discrimination, lower incomes and overall found it harder to maintain steady employment.

Physical injuries are also not the only thing to consider. Canada has a high percentage of its workers in jobs they consider satisfying. In fact, as compared to other industrialised countries such as Germany, Netherlands, United States, and the United Kingdom, Canadians couldn’t be happier. However, there is still a percentage of workers that are not content, and that does not consider the percentage of those workers not in the labour market. For these outliers an opportunity to seek a new career or retraining is vital.

Chris found that a two-week career planning class offered by Sprott Shaw was worth it. And they are. Sprott’s career planning courses provide those looking to change direction with the tools and support necessary. It also allows you to test drive a course before jumping in full force. Often, the only question is how to get started?

For Chris it was the Community Support Worker Program. The course seeks to provide rehabilitation, support and other forms of assistance to children, youth and families. It’s perfect for those who want to give back to the community by helping those most in need. Under the tutelage of his instructor, Jem, Chris learned the necessary skills to become a successful Community Support Worker. By the end of his practicum, Chris found himself employed once again, working for a well-known organization in the province.

For those who are unable to work in their chosen industry, or are facing stress and job dissatisfaction, a two week career planning course can be the push they’re looking for.

“My experience with Sprott Shaw was positive and one I will never forget.”

For more information about our Support Programs visit:


Blood donation pitch for Sprott Shaw Kelowna

KelownaThe need for type-O and other blood is increasing, and local students are taking action to help, this month. Yesterday 10 students from Sprott Shaw College Kelowna met in front of the Canadian Blood Services office to show their support for three fellow students who had signed up to donate their blood today, as part of the Sprott Shaw Blood Drive 2015.

They’re some of the first in the campus-wide blood drive, organized by practical nursing student Karla Olson, who has been volunteering with Canadian Blood Services. It’s the first year the students are holding the drive.

Now is a great time to donate, says Olson, who will be giving blood herself on the 24nd.

“Blood is a very precious gift you can give someone who needs it, and all you need to do is sign up and go down to the clinic. The effort it takes is so minor compared to the difference you’ll make for someone. Blood transfusions save lives,” says Olson. “Particularly as a nursing student, I’m realizing this need, and I wanted to rally Sprott Shaw students together to give and to encourage Kelowna residents to do the same.”

Olson and her co-organizers are holding the blood drive from now until the end of January. Their goal is to get 20 or more Sprott Shaw students to donate. For all the students who participated in the drive, the school will donate another less precious, but much appreciated gift: pizza.

“It’s a wonderful initiative,” says Tammy Hoover, admissions advisor and community liaison for Sprott Shaw. “We’re proud of Karla and all the students who are participating, and we hope their donations encourage Kelowna residents to give blood too.”

The first students for the blood drive made their donations on the 13th and more students will be signing up for appointments on the 19th, 20th, 22nd.

Kelowna residents can find out if they’re eligible to donate and sign up to make a donation by contacting Canadian Blood Services at 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283), or blood.ca.

Canada Apprentice Loan for Construction Electrician Program

electrician at workThe Canadian Government has announced the creation of the Canada Apprentice Loan (CAL) as an expansion of the Canada Student Loans Program (CSLP). The purpose of CAL is to provide apprentices registered in Red Seal trades with interest-free loans to assist with the costs of technical training.

Starting in January 2015, Apprentices registered in a Red Seal trade apprenticeship program who meet the eligibility requirements for CAL may receive:

• Up to $4,000 in loans per period of technical training;
• Up to 5 funded periods of technical training; and,
• Up to 6 years of interest-free status.

This applies to all levels of our Construction Electrician program. Contact our Trades Advisor, Dilys, for more information: 604-552-9711 extension 333.

Early Childhood Educator Registry Terminology Change from Licence to Practice to Certificate

eceThe Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Registry is the provincial body responsible for certification of individuals who qualify for an Early Childhood Educator (ECE) or an Early Childhood Educator Assistant (ECEA) Certificate. To ensure consistency with the Community Care and Assisted Living Act (CCALA) and the Child Care Licensing Regulation (CCLR), the ECE Registry will be changing the term ‘licence to practice’ to ‘certificate’ effective October 30, 2014.

Individuals who currently hold a licence to practice will not have to replace that document with a new certificate. A current licence to practice will remain valid until its expiry, and a certificate will be issued upon renewal.

Licensing Officers, potential employers and the public are encouraged to continue using the ECE Registry’s certification validation webpage to confirm the status of an ECEs and ECEAs certification.

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