Increases, not cuts, needed to reduce provincial labour shortages
VANCOUVER, March 27 /CNW/ - Proposed cuts to programs have surprised and
shocked faculty and students at Vancouver Community College (VCC).
The cuts would eliminate 7% of VCC faculty and cut classes for more than
1,000 students each year.
"The Board's plan will carve out experienced faculty, instructors who
deliver important programs that this community needs. Two-thirds of the cuts
will be in English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. But they are also
eliminating positions in the Developmental Disability Program, the Employment
Opportunity for Women Program as well as Counseling and the program for the
Visually Impaired," said Frank Cosco President of the VCC Faculty Association
"One of the keys to BC's future is its diversity," said Sinclair, "and
this Board is about to approve a plan that says two-thirds of the program cuts
are going to be in ESL. That's just plain wrong. We need to be doing more to
help new Canadians integrate successfully, but these cuts completely undermine
those efforts," Sinclair added.
"Students like me will be directly affected," said Jimin Qi, college-prep
ESL student. "I was trained as a doctor in China and have enrolled in VCC's
ESL programs to improve my language skills and eventually qualify to practice
medicine in BC. These cuts would make that upgrading almost impossible for any
students who want to take similar upgrades. It makes no sense to me that the
BC government or this Board would allow this to happen when they both know
there is an urgent need to find more health care professionals," Qi noted.
The VCCFA will be making a presentation at the Board meeting later
tonight. The association will urge the Board to re-consider the planned cuts
and wants to see amendments that would allow students like Jimin and others to
continue their post-secondary education at VCC.
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For further information: Phillip Legg, FPSE Communications, (604)