Capilano University is offering Early Childhood Education (ECU) programs in Sechelt and in Squamish. The programs start this month.
Coursework will be delivered in a flexible format that includes in-person and online classes scheduled in the daytime, evenings, and on weekends.
Classes in Sechelt will be offered at the kálax-ay Sunshine Coast campus. Classes in Squamish will be held at Quest University.
The demand for qualified ECE educators is high in both Sechelt and Squamish, the university said.
This one-time program enhancement will take place over the next two years thanks to a funding contribution of $874,908 from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, with $460,454 supporting part-time Early Childhood Education diploma students in Squamish and $414,454 to support students in Sechelt.
“Early childhood educators are in high-demand,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. “This investment at Capilano University allows students to access first class training closer to home while filling a vitally important profession.”
“Through the expansion of its ECE programming, Capilano University will be providing excellent educational opportunities to students in both the Sechelt and Squamish communities who may otherwise have to travel to North Vancouver for course work,” says Brad Martin, dean of the Faculty of Education, Health & Human Development.
“The flexible course schedule affords opportunities for students to blend their work, home, and university life more easily, with the goal that those in the program can continue to work, rather than having to step out of employment when there are important needs in communities for childcare educators.”