Thursday, October 20, 2016

Criminology degree student eyes career in academia

When Eric Osmond enrolled in the Criminology Diploma program at Douglas College, he was eyeing a career in law enforcement.

But after a few semesters, he discovered his true passion was teaching.

“I realized how passionate I had become about what I was studying,” he said. “Seeing how my instructors were able to engage students so effectively, I wanted to do the same.”

Knowing he would require more than a diploma to pursue a career in academia, Osmond made the switch to the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Criminology, a new degree program that kicked off in September.

The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Criminology provides the academic training plus hands-on experience grads need to embark on a career in criminal justice. In the final two years in the program, students complete an applied specialization in one of three areas: Community and Institutional Practice, Crime Analysis and Prevention, or Legal Studies.

For grads looking for pursue graduate studies, there's an Honours option, though both the regular and Honours degrees are recognized by Simon Fraser University for graduate school and by the University of British Columbia and University of Victoria law schools.

As for Osmond, he plans to do his graduate studies at SFU.

"My goal is to  eventually obtain a PhD in Criminology. From there, I plan to become an instructor at a post-secondary institution," he said.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Build your career: October 2016

Simran K. was hired by the CRA to work in their IT department.

Student success story

Simran K., a Computing Science and Information Systems student, completed two Co-op terms with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). After completing her Co-op terms, Simran was hired by the CRA to work in their IT department part-time and also serves as a CRA Campus Ambassador.

“I’ll be providing information on the student hiring program, sharing my experience working in the public service, acting as a liaison between Douglas College and the CRA, and increasing awareness about positions at the CRA,” Simran said.

Simran is well-positioned to launch her career with the CRA when she graduates next spring.

October's hot job

Bank of Montreal (BMO) New Westminster Station Square is hiring for a Customer Service Representative posting (#1600019214). This role is three full days a week – Monday, Friday and Saturday (the branch’s busiest days). With the right scheduling of classes, you could manage this role while finishing your studies. If you are looking at a retail banking career with the opportunity to move up within the branch environment, you’re an ideal candidate! To find out more, contact the Student Employment Centre (604-527-5889 or or visit BMO’s website.

October events

Oct. 25Meet the Pros: Secure Your Future - Employers representing various organizations in the securities and public safety sectors will be on campus to take part in an employer-panel event, answering questions about what it takes to secure work in their industry. Canada Border Services Agency, the RCMP and the New Westminster Police Department are a few of the organizations attending the event. For more information and a full list of employers, see here.

Coming soon

Nov. 2College 2 University 2 Career - In collaboration with SFU’s Career Services Office and Science Department, this event will be of interest to all Douglas UT Science students. Learn tips and get advice from current SFU students (and Douglas alumni), as well as science sector employers on what it takes to make your education-to-work journey a successful one. 5:30-8pm at SFU Burnaby. Contact the SEC to register.

Employers on campus

Oct. 27 РCanada Border Services Agency will be in the New Westminster Campus Concourse recruiting for Summer 2017 job opportunities. 10am-2pm. Bring your resum̩!

Stay in the loop

Let us help you find - and then do - what you love. Be the first to know when employer-related events are coming to campus or receive job alerts for off-campus work opportunities posted on our job board. Register now with the Student Employment Centre. Click on the Students/Alumni icon on our home page and follow the prompts to complete your free user registration.

The SEC and Co-op offices are in rooms S2844 and S2850 at the New Westminster Campus, and in room A1430 at the Coquitlam Campus.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Meet the Pros event on Oct. 25 focuses on careers in security

Want to know more about a potential career path you’re interested in?

Douglas College will host a Meet the Pros event on Oct.25, marking the beginning of a series of events where employers will come to the College and meet with students to discuss careers in different sectors.

The upcoming event – Meet the Pros: Secure your future – focuses on careers in the security sector and will include representatives from the RCMP,  the New Westminster Police Department and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

CBSA is recruiting Student Border Services Officers for summer 2017 and the RCMP is recruiting for patrol members. Students from all programs are encouraged to attend.

Starlight Casino will also be at the Meet the Pros event, hiring for a variety of positions, including application support analyst, compensation advisor, human resources generalist and security compliance manager. The aforementioned roles do require students to have two to three years of experience in the related field, and often require a diploma or degree in business, as well.

Register to by Monday Oct. 24 at 9am with your name, student ID and program, as well as Meet the Pros as the subject line. Bring your resume and dress professionally.

The event is in the Douglas Room (N1200) at the New Westminster Campus, 5-6:30pm.

The evening begins with a panel question-and-answer period, followed by networking and recruiting. Pizza and beverages will be served. Read more...

Monday, October 17, 2016

Douglas College's Coquitlam Campus marks 20th anniversary

Douglas College's Coquitlam Campus marks a milestone this week.

On Oct. 18, students, staff and the public are all welcome to join us in celebrating the campus' 20th anniversary. Coffee and cake will be served in the Atrium from 1:30-2:30pm to mark the occasion.

“Looking back on the last two decades, Douglas College has grown and evolved so much,” Douglas College President Kathy Denton said. “We will continue to develop our programs and services to inspire our students to do what they love and be good at it."  

The parcel of land that the campus is now built on was previously a gravel pit. Valued at $3 million at the time, the property was sold by the City of Coquitlam to the College for a whopping $1 in May 1990, on the condition that a campus be built.

The land value was considered to be the municipality's contribution to the joint development of a community centre.

Work on the new campus started in January 1995. However, the funding for the first phase of construction was not sufficient to build and equip facilities, leading the College to launch its first capital campaign.

Through the Douglas College Foundation, with help from the Douglas College Board and a steering committee, the Building on Excellence campaign was launched, with a goal of raising $5 million. The team worked tirelessly, and achieved their goal.

In September 1996, Douglas College's Coquitlam Campus welcomed its first students. Today, approximately one-third of all Douglas College course registrations are at the Coquitlam Campus.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

ShakeOut earthquake drill set for Oct. 20 at Douglas College

You’re working at your desk when suddenly the room begins to sway or everything begins shaking. It’s an earthquake. What do you do?

On Oct. 20, in an effort to prepare for a potential earthquake, Douglas College students, employees and visitors, along with thousands of other British Columbians, will participate in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut. The ShakeOut is the largest earthquake drill in Canadian history.

“Seismic experts tell us that we can expect a major destructive earthquake in B.C.," says Nancy Constable, Director of Safety, Security and Risk Management. “We don’t know when it might hit. This drill is about practising how to protect ourselves when it does.”

Around 10:20am on Thursday, Oct. 20, at the New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses, a public announcement will be broadcast advising we are about to start the Great British Columbia ShakeOut earthquake drill.

When you are advised the drill is starting, carefully drop to the ground, take cover under a desk or table and hold on. If you are not near a desk or table, or are physically unable to drop, cover and hold on, cover your head and neck with your arms and crouch in a corner, away from any glass.

The drill will last around 90 seconds. You will be advised when it is over.

Constable said it's crucial people are prepared to take the correct action in an earthquake.

“This is about how to take that immediate life-saving, injury-reducing action. In a small or moderate quake you may hear objects rattling in your office or classroom, or feel a quiver under your feet. In a large quake, the ground or floor will move – possibly violently – and you may feel dizzy and unable to walk. You will probably feel shaking and rolling," she said. 

"You need to drop, cover and hold on.”

If you have additional questions, ShakeOut fact sheets are available for people with disabilities and post-secondary institutions.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Call for submissions for Douglas College Remembrance Day poetry contest

On Nov. 11, people across Canada will pay their respects to the members of the armed forces who served this country.

To mark the occasion, Douglas College will hold a Remembrance Day poetry competition. The contest is open to all students enrolled at Douglas.

The top-three submissions will each receive a prize. The first-place winner will receive a $300 tuition credit, while the second- and third-place winners will receive a $150 and $100 Bookstore voucher, respectively.

Contest rules

  • We will accept original and unpublished poems in English, on the themes of war, peace, and remembrance.
  • Poems should be typed and no longer than 30 lines.
  • Include name, student number, email and telephone number on a separate title page paper-clipped to your poem. Only your student number should appear on the poem itself.
  • Deadline for submissions is Nov. 4, 2016.
  • Submit your poem to the drop box in the LLPA office, or by email to Leah Hjalte.
  • Judging will be done by instructors from the Creative Writing Department.
  • Winners will be announced on Remembrance Day, Nov. 11, 2016. Winning entries may appear on the Doug Blog.
To learn more about Remembrance Day in Canada, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada website.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Orange Shirt Day marks commemoration of residential school survivors

If you see someone on campus sporting an orange top today, it may be more than a bold fashion choice.

Sept. 30 is Orange Shirt Day - a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event originally held in Williams Lake in 2013.

The citrus hue has been chosen to mark the event because of Phyllis Webstad's experience at a residential school, where the then six-year-old had her orange shirt taken away upon arrival.

The date to commemorate was selected as it is the time of year in which First Nations children were taken away from their homes and into residential schools.

Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. For more information, see here. Read more...

Monday, September 26, 2016

Launch your career with Leaders of Tomorrow - apply by Sept. 28

Could you benefit from a personal mentor in your field of interest?

Are you looking to develop a diverse network of current and future industry leaders?

Are you graduating between December 2016 and December 2017?

If so, apply now for the Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) program!

Presented by the The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, the LOT mentorship program connects final year post-secondary students with industry experts to help launch their careers. Open to Douglas College students in any area of study, this one-year program will help you develop skills in the following areas:

  • Mentorship: Develop a one-on-one relationship with a professional in your area of career interest.
  • Leadership: Learn from industry leaders and develop your personal leadership style.
  • Networking: Gain access to more than 100 networking and development events. 
  • Volunteerism: Be an agent for change in your community while growing skills to equip you for your career.

Learn more at an information/registration session:

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 11am-2pm
Coquitlam Campus, Atrium

Wednesday, Sept. 28, noon-1pm
New Westminster Campus, Room 3409

Or apply now online.

Application deadline: Sept. 28, 2016

Program cost: $319 plus GST

Access Program for Business students

A unique program developed by the Burnaby Board of Trade, the Access Student Career Development program has been enhancing Douglas students’ career skills and industry networks for a number of years. Like the Leaders of Tomorrow program, there are only a few days left to apply – Learn more on the Access Program website. Read more...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Douglas College to host first annual Volunteer Fair on Sept. 28

If you're looking to gain volunteer experience, mark down Sept. 28 in your schedule.

The Douglas College Student Employment Centre will be hosting their first annual Volunteer Fair at the New Westminster Campus in the Concourse, from 10am to 3pm.

The fair will give students the opportunity to meet with various organizations from the Lower Mainland and learn about volunteer positions available to them. Discover an avenue to gain work experience in a field of interest, develop skills and build connections - all in one spot.

To learn more about the organizations attending the Volunteer Fair, see here. And don't forget your resume! Read more...

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Douglas College laces up to support mental health

Students are invited to lace up their running shoes and support mental-health awareness with the Douglas College Miles for Mental Health event Oct. 16.

Hosted by the Canadian Mental Health Association and Douglas College, the annual fundraiser features 2.5-km and 5-km run/walk options at Queens Park and will kick off at 9am with registration and coffee. The 5-km run will begin at 10am followed by the 2.5-km walk at 10:15am.

Douglas College grad Meredith Graham will serve as a student ambassador for the run, which is open to students, staff and faculty. Graham, a youth and family development worker in Burnaby, was given the diagnostic label of four mental illnesses – bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. She notes that events like this are important to raise awareness.

“We need to facilitate conversations around stigma and deconstruct the stereotypes and myths that society holds of people who journey with mental health,” she said. “It is important for folks to know that we are not disordered. Change is made when we appreciate that we all join to create community, we all have something to offer and something to learn, we all have gifts and darkness is relative.”

For more information or to register, click here. To visit the Douglas College team page, see here.