Capilano University (CapU) and Sea to Sky School District (SD48) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalize their commitment to promoting educational opportunities for learners in the Sea to Sky corridor.
“The agreement outlines our commitment to collaborate on actions that will offer exceptional learning experiences for students.” She added that the MoU will help establish pathways for high school graduates and other learners to access post-secondary education closer to their home communities,” said Laureen Styles, VP Academic & Provost at Capilano University.
CapU is set to open its new campus in Squamish in the Fall of 2024, and the agreement will facilitate local educational opportunities for students through experiential learning. It will also explore labour market needs, Indigenous education and reconciliation actions, equity and inclusion initiatives, and professional development and research activities.
Chris Nicholson, Superintendent of Sea to Sky School District, said the MOU underscores the school district’s commitment to collaborating with community partners. “We look forward to working together to enhance educational opportunities for students right here in Sea to Sky country.”
CapU is also in active conversations with Indigenous communities to discuss programming options specific to Indigenous learners. The University is also working closely with the District of Squamish and the Whistler Institute to contribute to topics of interest among employers and communities through applied research and project work.
CapU announced in December that applications are open for the Fall 2024 term at the Squamish campus. Courses will be offered for various programs, including Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies and Associate of Arts Degree, Tourism Management Co-operative Education Diploma, Bachelor of Early Childhood Care and Education, Early Childhood Care and Education Diploma (ECCE), plus a roster of ECCE degree courses, and Adult Basic Education – General Upgrading.
Styles said: “Our vision: Inspired by Imagination is rooted in co-creating experiences for learners and the community. Our gratitude to Superintendent Nicholson, School District No.48, and other community leaders who are helping us translate imagination into action.