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January 24, 2014

JIBC and Native Education College pledge cooperation to support First Nations students in B.C.

Agreement will strengthen and expand educational opportunities for Aboriginal learners

JIBC President Dr. Michel Tarko with Native Education College President Dan Guinan

Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) and Native Education College (NEC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on January 24 that aims to enhance Aboriginal student education at both institutions. The agreement was signed at NEC’s Vancouver campus by JIBC President Dr. Michel Tarko and NEC President Dan Guinan.
"This agreement signifies our ongoing commitment to further work together in support of training and education for Aboriginal learners," said Dr. Tarko. "The complementary nature of our two institutions makes for strong opportunities to coordinate our efforts ultimately to contribute to Aboriginal people and communities through post-secondary experiences that are positive and meaningful."
Under the three-year agreement, JIBC and NEC will work together to explore ways to support programming for Aboriginal students in B.C. Some of the initiatives that the institutions will work together on include:

  • Developing and implementing courses, programs and projects of mutual interest and benefit considering the respective mandates of each institution;
  • Harmonizing courses and programs to facilitate student transfers between institutions;
  • Creating pathways for students to complete their studies and obtain their academic credentials;
  • Collaborating in scholarly activity. 

"With Native Education College also being part of the Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association (IAHLA), this agreement extends opportunities for future collaborations for programming and higher participation rates based on the research and activities of IAHLA," said Dr. Tarko. "Specific attention will be given to create more pathways for learners between our two institutions, providing more options for Aboriginal students."

About Justice Institute of British Columbia

Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is a unique public post-secondary institution focused on public and community safety education and training. JIBC provides specialized programs leading to certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees and graduate certificates in Policing, Investigations, Emergency Management, Fire fighting, Paramedicine, Sheriffs, Corrections, Counselling, Leadership, Mediation, Conflict Resolution, and Driver training. JIBC also provides customized contract training to domestic and international governments, agencies and organizations. JIBC emphasizes realistic simulations and applied, hands on education, delivered by instructors who are experienced practitioners. Every year, approximately 30,000 students study at JIBC. Their work makes communities safer, and helps people in need, throughout BC, across Canada and around the world.

About Native Education College

Native Education College opened its doors in 1967 and has become B.C.'s largest private Aboriginal college. Its focus is to meet the needs of Aboriginal adult students requiring developmental, vocational, and applied academic programs to access employment or further post-secondary education. NEC is governed by a registered charitable organization.


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