Colleges offer courses aimed at Pacific Rim
Students looking for a career in trade or commerce in Asia could consider the Pacific Rim studies programmes offered at two Vancouver community colleges.
Capilano College, on the city's North Shore, and Vancouver Community College's (VCC) Lansdowne campus, in Richmond, are offering similar two-year programmes which provide a comprehensive overview of Canada's relationship with other Pacific Rim countries.
Both programmes are geared towards people wanting to work in Asia or who plan to work for Asian companies.
Capilano's programme, entitled Asia Pacific Management Co-op, works in tandem with employers to give students a mix of academic and practical business experience. The course is open to a maximum of 32 students a year.
In the first year of the programme, the student takes core courses in Asian studies and international business trade and finance. He or she will also take a language course in either Mandarin, Japanese, Indonesian, Vietnamese or Thai.
The second year involves a 12-month co- op work programme evaluated by both the employer and the college. The evaluation becomes part of the student's permanent record.
The college will help the student gain employment for the work experience portion of the programme, either in Asia or with an international Canadian organisation.
Graduates of the programme should be targeting careers in education, planning, journalism, tourism, communications, marketing or finance, among others.
The programme is open to those who have completed a degree or those who are currently employed and eligible for company sponsorship.
The VCC programme, Pacific Rim Studies, is Vancouver-based with a travel/study option. It provides students with an historical and cultural overview of the region, language studies and an understanding of Canada's role within the Pacific basin.
It is open to three types of students: those enrolled in the preparatory Pacific Rim general option with two years of university transfer in Asia-Pacific education; those enrolled in the business option combining two years of Pacific Rim studies with business studies; and to those who want to combine their general education with Pacific Rim studies.
Students need a grade of C or higher in English 12 (or assessment). They will take classes in traditional Japanese and Chinese society and English composition and spend two years on Japanese or Chinese-language study.