Monday, December 19, 2016

Build your career: December 2016

Student success story

Networking is the most powerful tool for job-seekers. Just ask Manuel Garces, a Douglas College Bachelor of Business Administration student and former Co-operative Education student.

Garces’ hard work in the program spurred Lianne Johnston, Co-op Placement Coordinator, to recommend him to the Whitecaps FC when they were looking for a student for a part-time position. Garces was offered full-time work and starts his new role in the New Year.

This month's featured employer

Rise is a fairly new employer in the bookkeeping world that is changing the way employers record payroll and manage human resources and benefits. Rise’s supervisor, Kim Bonner, contacted Douglas College Co-operative Education when they were looking to hire a Co-op student. Bonner visited the College and interviewed candidates onsite, eventually hiring a third-year BBA student.

What’s new

In the last month, 140 new postings were added to the Student Employment Centre job board, as well as 20 new Co-op postings. Also, more than 40 new employers and 133 students registered with the SEC.

Six members of the Toronto Dominion Bank corporate recruiting team came to the New Westminster Campus Nov. 22 to meet with students interested in working in the banking industry. Our first student to be hired, Mahtab Arbab, will be starting in her customer service representative position at the bank’s Sapperton branch in the New Year. Congrats, Mahtab!

If you have an employer contact you think Co-op should follow up with, contact Lianne Johnston, Co-op Placement Coordinator, at or 604 5275769.

Follow Douglas College on Twitter to receive a “Hot Job” tweet for Co-op and SEC postings every Monday

Upcoming events

Jan. 5 – Co-op Information Session – Find out the benefits of Co-op at the New Westminster Campus, Room N4370 at 4:30pm. Pre-registration is not necessary.

Jan. 9 – Co-op Information Session – Find out the benefits of Co-op at the New Westminster Campus, Room N4360 at 10am. Pre-registration is not necessary.

Jan. 18 – Employer Networking Event – UT science students are invited to meet with industry professionals, alumni and upcoming grads about making the transition from college to university, and later, into successful careers. Co-hosted by the SEC and SFU Career services, he event will be held at SFU’s Burnaby Campus.Contact the SEC for registration information or 604 527 5899.

Join us for a noon-hour workshop. Workshops are at both campuses and there’s a new topic each day:
  • Monday - Resumé writing
  • Tuesday - Cover letter preparation
  • Wednesday - Interviewing skills
  • Thursday – Job search strategies

Employers on campus

Securiguard was at the New Westminster Campus on Dec. 2 recruiting for security guard positions. Seven students have interviews scheduled already. If you missed this session and want to find out more, contact Barb at at the Student Employment Centre or 604 527 5890.

Stay in the loop

Register with the Student Employment Centre and be the first to know when employers are coming to campus, or to receive job alerts for off-campus work opportunities posted on our job board.


Friday, December 16, 2016

Poem of the Month: December 2016

Poem of the Month showcases outstanding work written by Douglas College students.

Each month, the Creative Writing Department displays posters across both campuses featuring a new

Click on the image to the right to see an enlarged version of this month’s poster, featuring "Hoa Vàng Mấy Độ (Every Shade of Yellow Flowers)" by Evan Le.

All Douglas College students are eligible to enter the Poem of the Month competition. Featured poems are selected by a committee of instructors.

To learn more about submitting poems, contact the Faculty of Language, Literature and Performing Arts at 604 527 5465.

More information about the Creative Writing Department is available on the Douglas College website. Read more...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Good grades? Get paid for them. Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching student snags $5,000 scholarship.

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Hannah Sanvido knew Douglas College was her destination after high school.

She wanted to have a smooth transition to post-secondary and lots of one-on-one time with her instructors – making Douglas the perfect fit. So when she was offered a $5,000 President’s Entrance Scholarship, that only sweetened the deal for Sanvido, who came to the College looking to find her niche.

“The scholarship allowed me to explore and find something I’m truly passionate about, without having to worry about the cost,” Sanvido said.

And if she can maintain a B+ average or higher (so far, so good), Sanvido can renew her scholarship for up to four years, for a total of $20,000 towards her education.

Each year, 16 President’s Entrance Scholarships are offered to students coming to Douglas College directly from high schools in Metro Vancouver. Candidates must have a GPA of 3.5 or better (81.5 percent average in high school) and make significant contributions to school or community activities.

Sanvido easily met the requirements. Aside from her great grades in high school, she volunteered, and ran youth and summer camps in volleyball, tennis, badminton, writing and more.

Drawing on her love of sports, Sanvido enrolled in the Sport Science Diploma in 2015. She decided to build on her education with an Associate of Arts degree.

Now, Sanvido – who is also the vice president of the College’s Ultimate Frisbee Club – is working toward a career in athletics as a Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching (BPEC) degree student.

“Ultimately, I want to work in an active environment helping children,” Sanvido said. “I am really drawn to the concept of learning through play and would like my career to in some way reflect that.”


Friday, November 25, 2016

Update: Amber Alert deactivated for Delilah Felton

UPDATE: The AMBER ALERT has been deactivated. See here for more information. 

An AMBER ALERT has been deactivated for Delilah Felton, 4, believed to have been abducted by her mother, Angela Hanley, from Vancouver.

The victim is a Caucasian female with red hair and was last seen wearing a colourful rain jacket - mostly red with flowers on it - a black shirt and black leggings with grey stripes. 

The suspect is a 46-year-old Caucasian female with red hair and blue eyes, and was last seen wearing a light brown corduroy jacket with a fur-lined hood, dark jeans and calf-height rain boots.

If you have information, call 911. For further details, see here.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Evergreen Extension gets you to Douglas faster

Taking classes at both campuses? Your commute is about to get easier.

After much anticipation, SkyTrain’s Evergreen Extension will open Dec. 2 at noon. That means you’ll be able to travel between the New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses in less than 30 minutes, getting on at New Westminster Station and off at the new Lafarge Lake-Douglas stop.

Need to get to the Coquitlam Campus from Lougheed Town Centre or Waterfront Station? Get there in about 16 minutes and 50 minutes, respectively.

Steps away from the Coquitlam Campus, the Douglas-Lafarge Lake Station will connect to Lougheed Town Centre without transfer to the current Millennium Line. And for students travelling into the Tri-Cities from the east – including Mission and Pitt Meadows – the Evergreen Extension also integrates with the regional bus and West Coast Express networks via Coquitlam Centre Station.

In total, there will be six new stops, including Lafarge Lake–Douglas, Lincoln, Coquitlam Central, Inlet Centre, Moody Centre, and Burquitlam.

Don’t forget – you’ll need to load your U-Pass onto your Compass Card to ride SkyTrain. Check out these step-by-step instructions on how to do that.

For more information, visit TransLink online or check out this video. Read more...

Monday, November 21, 2016

Build your career: November 2016

Student success stories

Huy Nguyen, a second-year Computing Science and Information Systems student – and one of many international students registered in Co-operative Education – just landed his dream placement. From January to August, Huy will be putting his skills and knowledge to work in the City of Edmonton’s Information Technology Department while gaining valuable hands-on experience with one of the city’s largest employers. Congratulations, Huy!

Two Douglas students, Caitlyn S. and Veronica Z., are earning while learning. Both landed part-time jobs after working with Student Employment Centre staff to boost their resumes and interview skills. They were hired for customer service positions in the retail sector – great opportunities to build their communications and networking skills while earning money to pay tuition. Congratulations to both!

What’s new:

In the last month, 58 new employers registered with the Student Employment Centre to post part-time, full-time and volunteer opportunities. Since the last newsletter, 85 new students registered to access SEC services, including the job board.

Over 120 new jobs were added to the job board and of these new postings, more than half are full-time, off-campus opportunities – perfect for alumni.

Positions include:
  • Program Worker - Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Business Systems Analyst - Market Intelligence, Colliers International 
  • Software Tester - Alpha Technologies
  • Operations Support Representative - Fortis BC
  • Quality Control Associate -Urban Barn
  • Administrative Professional - Macdonald, Shymko & Company Ltd. 
  • Labour Relations Research Analyst and various clerical/office positions -Make a Future - Careers in BC Education
  • Warehouse Coordinator - FMAV
  • Sales/Customer Service Advisors -Canadian Direct Insurance
  • Production Operator - Cooledge Lighting

November’s hot job

PepsiCo is one of the world’s leading food and beverage companies, and they are looking for potential employees like you.
There are several local openings, including weekend account merchandiser, warehouse coordinator, merchandiser and raw materials coordinator. Visit PepsiCo Careers for more information.

November events

Nov. 22 – Meet the Pros: Invest in Your Future - TD Canada Trust will be at the New Westminster Campus in the Aboriginal Gathering Place [add room number]at 5pm to talk about current openings and career options at the bank. Register:

Employers on campus

Vivint and University First Class Painters were on campus recently promoting summer positions for sales representative and business operator, respectively. If you missed these sessions and are interested in these job opportunities, contact Barb at the Student Employment Centre at 604 527 5890.

Stay in the loop

Register with the Student Employment Centre now and be the first to know when employers are coming to campus, or to receive job alerts for off-campus work opportunities posted on our job board.

Join us for a noon-hour workshop. Workshops are at both campuses and there’s a new topic each day:

  • Monday - Resumé writing
  • Tuesday - Cover letter preparation
  • Wednesday - Interviewing skills
  • Thursday – Job search strategies

Follow Douglas College on Twitter to receive our weekly Hot Job tweet!


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care student aiming for career helping teens in need

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Like many of her peers, Gursimran Mann had planned to transfer to university after completing two years at Douglas College.

But once the psychology student heard about the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care (CYC) program from a fellow Student Ambassador, her transfer plans went out the window.

“When I started at Douglas, I planned to become a clinical counsellor, but then I started to volunteer more with youth and children, and I had a change of heart,” she said. “I realized I wanted to pursue a career focusing on youth.”

Mann applied the skills she learned in the CYC program during her first-year practicum at Riverdale Elementary School, in Surrey. During her placement, she worked with kids every day, building valuable experience and connections in her field to help jump start her career after graduation.

Once she completes her bachelor’s degree at Douglas, Mann wants to work with teenage girls who are struggling with issues such as addiction.

“I would love to work in a high school as a youth worker and help create a positive environment for them,” she said.

The Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care program prepares graduates for careers working with children, youth and families as child and youth-care workers, or for advanced positions in the child and youthcare field. Virtually 100 percent of grads find work within three months of receiving their credential.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care program at Douglas College are eligible to apply for the Master of Arts in Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria and to several other Masters programs.


Computing Studies and Information Systems diploma student eyes career in the tech sector

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Avid BMX rider Kyle Maddox knew college was the next step after high school, but he wasn’t sure what area of study to focus on.

So, he started off taking General Studies, trying to find a fit.

After initially considering physics, Maddox did a 180, enrolling in the Computing Studies and Information Systems (CSIS) diploma program.

The two-year CSIS diploma program prepares students for a career in the booming IT sector with courses in system and networking concepts, programming languages and business courses.

Once he completes his diploma, Maddox plans to transfer to UBC to complete a bachelor’s degree in computer science, with the long-term goal of building his own company specializing in advanced security software. He says his passion for BMX is what drew him to the tech industry.

“I’ve always had an analytical mind. When I’m riding BMX, I actually apply the same sort of mental process to biking as I do to programming,” he said. “Before I approach a jump, I look at the height, distance and speed that I'm approaching and decide how high I can go while still covering the distance to the landing.

“The same idea is applied to programming in the sense that you have to realize where you're going with the program and what coding you need to set up before you actually get into the body.”

By 2019, it is expected that there will be 182,000 IT jobs available in Canada, with more than 15,000 of those positions in Vancouver.

Douglas College is helping students prepare for those positions with a mix of practical and applied knowledge that will help when transitioning from school to work.

“Douglas College has given me a sense of what a workplace will be like and what is expected of me,” Maddox said.

Students can also earn money and gain experience while completing their diploma through an optional Co-operative Education component. Students can apply their skills from the classroom in the workplace, while typically earning $5,000- $9,000 a semester.


Friday, November 11, 2016

Remembrance Day poetry contest winners announced

To mark Remembrance Day this year, Douglas College held a poetry contest. Students were invited to submit original and unpublished poems in English, on the themes of war and peace.

The three winning entries below were selected by a panel of instructors from the Creative Writing Department.

Eleven: Come Homeby Maria Dolores Baylon

The virtual and velvet 117,000 poppies
Projected on the darkened and shadowed buildings of Parliament Hill.
A serene moment; A moment’s notice;
My aged mind brings me back to the jungles of a tropical paradise -
Or what it once was.
Among the translucent and iridescent leaves and vines;
Among the thick and rough barks of tropical trees;
Among the indigenous creatures of the woodlands;
Among the flora and fauna of the living timberlands;
I find myself clothed in darkness, in the absence of the moon.
I wait for the signal, for the flare to rise and illuminate the shadows. One. Two.
I am hidden among the shrubs and the length of the trees. Three. Four.
I held my rifle next to me, against my body.
Safe off. Ready, lock and loaded. Five. Six.
My ears picked up the sound of movement a few yards away from me.
A child walked into the clearing, a solar spotlight upon him,
I raised my rifle, ready to shoot. Seven. Eight.
I zoom in on the child’s head –
A headshot for a merciful death,
A body shot for a merciless long death,
Or, a shot to the heart for an instant death. Nine.
Eye on him, rifle pointed at him;
But I could not take the shot.
My finger would not pull the trigger.
But my eyes would not leave the sight of this little boy in the middle of the woods. Ten.
I had not noticed that I had lowered my rifle.
I walked towards the child, crept towards him and stopped short.
“Go home. It’s not safe here,” I said.
But the child merely raised his almond shaped eyes and stared at me before replying
In a hauntingly ominous voice, “You’re a long way from home. You, go home.”

A minute of silence
by Isabella Kennedy

I wonder what everyone else is thinking, everyone’s eyes are shut.
I shut my eyes too. The scratchy fabric of my sweater itches at my neck
but we aren’t allowed to move. I stand as still as I can, like that statue
game we play at recess. I always lose. I think my finger is bleeding.
I stuck the poppy pin in too deep. I put it in my mouth. Someone coughs
and the boys who stand in front of me start laughing. I feel
like pinching them. I wonder where my poppy is hanging in the gym.
I tried to draw it exactly like my Nonna said. She was my age
during the war. She said they killed her best friend in the ditch
by her house. Who is “they”?
My mom says that the soldiers are in heaven now, with the angels.
I want to meet an angel. I wonder if they look like the faeries
in our yard. The bagpipes have started again and I feel the hairs
at the back of neck rise. I feel like crying. Once the images
come they don’t stop. The fields were full of blood
they said, or was it poppies? The bodies piled up
as tall as trees, airplanes roaring
in my ears. I can’t stop. My tummy hurts.
The minute of silence is over.
I open my eyes.

Never anyone's Grandfather
by Paul Siemens

Often it seems the stories of war we hear come from grandfathers. Our own, our friends or
maybe our neighbours.
These accounts are passed from father to son, or grandson, Uncle to nephew. These men may tell us
the stories of their time in far lands.
Of the time they smashed a bottle of champagne open on the back tire of a jeep in Normandy because
there wasn’t a corkscrew anywhere to be found;
of missing the troop ship to Hong Kong because he was so drunk, which saved his life,
of adopting a dog in Afghanistan;
or being pinned down by sniper fire in the Balkans.
He might even lean in with a sly smile and tell you softly of the woman he met in France.
How many young men though, never met a woman in France, never had a wife, a girlfriend, or
even a first kiss.
These young men, these teenagers, would not become grandfathers who told their grandchildren
about this moment as they are
huddled in a snowy foxhole shivering so hard their teeth clattered,
teeth that had not chewed food in the last two days.
As he is rubbing frozen fingers together, the thought of mom in the kitchen and dad by the fire brings a slight smile to his lips just as the bullet enters his brain.
The 18 year old who was crouching beside him sees his friend who was only 17 slide down beside him and stare at him with lifeless eyes.
He will live to tell his grandson of this moment, the moment his Brother never had a chance to become someone’s grandfather.


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Psychiatric Nursing students put their skills to the test through volunteering

Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing (PNUR) students got their hands dirty at Whistler’s Mudderella event this September.

Melissa Krol and Nicole LeMessurier volunteered at the 11-km obstacle course and race held at Blackcomb Mountain Sept. 24 to gain hands-on experience in the field.

“Our responsibilities were to triage any patients coming into the medical tent. We used our assessment skills and relayed the collateral to the physician or nurse practitioner. In some minor cases, we were able to provide interventions, such as applying heat, wrapping limbs in tensor bandages and providing wound care,” Krol, a second-year student, said.

LeMessurier, who has also volunteered at Ironman 5150, the Wayhome Music Festival in Ontario and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Vancouver, said volunteers were taught to watch for signs of exercise-induced collapse.

“We were there to remind and encourage the racers to keep their legs moving when their natural instincts were to stop and drop. This helped prevent them from collapsing due to blood pooling in their legs,” the fourth-year student said.

Both PNUR students said the opportunity to volunteer at such a unique event allowed them to utilize their skills in a high-stress situation.

“These events place you in an intense situation where you have to apply critical-thinking skills,” Krol said.

LeMessurier thrived under the pressure and stress of Mudderella.

“I was pushed out of my comfort zone, but it was such an incredible experience,” she said. “I would definitely do this again.”

Both women have a passion for helping others and a keen interest in mental health, leading them to psychiatric nursing as a career, and knowing the exceptional reputation of the PNUR program, Krol and LeMessurier made the decision to enroll at Douglas College.

After graduating, Krol plans to work in acute psychiatry to gain experience and hone her skills before working in the community with Car 67 – a partnership between the Surrey RCMP and Fraser Health Authority pairing a clinical nurse specializing in mental health with a uniformed police officer.

LeMessurier plans to apply to Fraser Health, focusing on adult acute psychiatry before moving towards a career in emergency psychiatric care.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

“Lest We Forget” project helps Douglas History students honour WWI vets and nurses

A Douglas College History grad is shining a light on the past with a project honouring a fallen soldier in commemoration of Remembrance Day.

Stephanie Prentice’s project – an intricate clock with details reflecting the life of Lt. Edwin Arthur Rand – will be on display at the Coquitlam Public Library until the end of the month.

Prentice created “A Moment in Time” last winter for an assignment from History professor Ashleigh Androsoff. The university transfer student, who just kicked off her first semester at UBC Okanagan, used archival research to share the story of Rand – a student from New Westminster killed in the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

“When I received the assignment, I envisioned a moment in time, when a soldier left this existence and crossed over into the next,” Prentice said. “I saw a clock with hands pointing to the date the soldier had died. The numbers on the clock would be in different colours, signifying which numbers made up his regimental number.”

The hands of Prentice’s clock stand at 4:28, marking the date Rand died in 1917, during the First World War. A ring of poppies line the outside of the clock and in the middle lies an outline of France – where Rand was killed. The fallen soldier was among 60,000 Canadians killed in the First World War.

“It was important to me that I do the best that I could to pay homage to Lt. Rand and his family for the great suffering they endured during their time here on Earth, and to commemorate his service and death in the First World War,” Prentice said.

Androsoff began assigning the project to her class in 2014, inspired by Coquitlam city archivist Emily Lonie, who is active with the Lest We Forget Project. The project, led by Library and Archives Canada, aims to connect youth to Canada’s history by making military service files for veterans and nurses available in person and online.

“When students first hear about the assignment, they tend to look at Emily and me quizzically. Once they get going with their projects, however, they begin to get very excited about what they are creating and submit their projects with a great deal of pride,” said Androsoff.

Prentice’s piece, along with three other projects by Douglas College students, will be on display at the Coquitlam Library’s City Centre Branch until the end of November. Read more...

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Douglas College Nursing student launches career in neonatal care before graduation

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Caring for the tiniest and most vulnerable newborns is when Kalena Conners is in her element.

And the Douglas College Bachelor of Science in Nursing grad landed her dream job - as a neonatal nurse at B.C. Children and Women’s Health Centre - before she even received her credential.

“I have always known that working with infants was at the top of my list following graduation,” Conners said. “I love helping people. And working in the neonatal unit, you’re helping those who need it the most.”

Her passion for helping others led her to the Nursing program at Douglas College, which she chose because of the program’s stellar reputation among health-care employers.

Conners says receiving practical, hands-on training was essential in preparing her for the challenging, high-stress situations faced by nurses every day.

“Every instructor I had at Douglas College was very supportive and helped us with whatever we needed. They wanted nothing else but for us to succeed,” Conners said.

During her time at Douglas, Conners completed 400 hours of hospital work through her practicum, where she worked with a mentor, learned how to function with a full patient load and how to transition to self-directed learning.

Working long shifts in a busy hospital allowed her to apply the skills she learned in the classroom to real-life situations.

It also helped when she applied for a job at B.C. Children and Women’s Health Centre, where she was offered a position months before graduation.

Up next for Conners is expanding her knowledge in neonatal care with a master’s degree or training to become a nurse practitioner specializing in neonatal care.

“This is a path I plan to continue for a quite a long time,” she said.


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Douglas College Commerce and Business student earns credits abroad working for Disney

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Born and raised in Ukraine, Anastasiya Shamshyna travelled nearly 9,000 kilometres to enroll in the Commerce and Business Administration Diploma program at Douglas College.

She took another big leap when she decided to take a semester in the United States at the venerable house of mouse, Florida’s Walt Disney World.

Through the Disney International/University of California, Riverside (UCR) program, the Commerce and Business Administration Diploma student earned a Certificate in Hospitality and Tourism Management from UCR, then spent five months on a paid internship at Walt Disney World.

“It was a valuable experience to work at one of the biggest and most successful companies in the world,” Shamshyna said. “That will help me stand out when I look for a job.”

The Commerce and Business Administration Diploma program introduces students to a variety of subjects in business and academic areas and is also designed to facilitate a smooth transition to a number of universities.

For example, the diploma program at Douglas College satisfies most of the lower division and group requirements of Simon Fraser University’s Bachelor of Business degree program.

The ability to transfer her credits almost seamlessly made the diploma program a perfect fit for Shamshyna, as the intrepid traveller will be transferring to a university to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

“Many of the opportunities I’ve enjoyed at Douglas would only be a dream in Ukraine,” Shamshyna said.

Douglas College offers many opportunities for students to earn credits while studying around the world, including field schools, exchanges, work-and-learn programs, degree completion and more. Visit us online for more information.


Associate of Arts degree student eyes career in international politics

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A passion for learning about different cultures and cultural practices led Saya Soma across the Pacific for a new educational journey.

That passion brought her from Japan to Vancouver – and Douglas College – to study Intercultural and International Studies – a wide-ranging program for students who want to specialize in anything from international relations to political and cultural philosophies.

Once she graduates with her Associate of Arts degree, Soma plans to complete a bachelor’s degree at McGill University in development studies or gender studies, with a minor in Islamic studies. 

Helping women in the developing world is another of Soma’s passions, one she hopes to pursue after completing her bachelor’s degree.

“My goal is to work with local governments, helping create policies that forbid gender discrimination without compromising religious beliefs and customs,” Soma said.

“Ultimately, I’d like to work for the United Nations.”

An Associate of Arts degree comprises 60 university-transferable credits. In most cases, completing this degree allows students to transfer to a university and enter the third year of a four-year bachelor’s degree program.

Douglas College offers specialty Associate of Arts degrees including communications, mathematics, history, psychology and economics, or with a thematic focus, including Soma’s choice of Intercultural and International Studies.


Monday, October 31, 2016

Douglas College Office Administration Program moving to Coquitlam Campus

Douglas College’s Office Administration Program is on the move.
As of September 2017, the program and all classes will be relocating from the New Westminster Campus to the Coquitlam Campus.
This change in campuses is needed so Douglas College can continue to grow and offer even more relevant learning opportunities.
Although the location is changing, the instructors, faculty support and course material will not be affected.
The Douglas College Office Administration Program includes:

  •         Office Administration Certificate
  •         Basic Office Skills Certificate
  •         Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate
  •         Medical Office Assistant Certificate.
Through BCcampus, Douglas College also offers online options with the Legal Office Skills – Online Certificate and Medical Office Assistant – Online Certificate.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Douglas College Royals soccer players take home PACWEST hardware

Andrea Perrotta was named PACWEST Player of the Year.

Douglas College Royals soccer players are taking home major awards from the Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST).

Race Williams earned PACWEST Rookie of the Year honours.
Women's team midfielder Andrea Perrotta's PACWEST-leading eight goals were enough to earn PACWEST Most Valuable Player honours, while on the men's side, winning the Rookie of the Year award was Race Williams, who notched five goals in his debut season.

The top-seeded Royals women's team boasted four All-Stars, including Mikayla Hamilton (with seven goals); Perrotta (eight goals); Michelle Wessa (three goals); and goalkeeper Alexa Gazzola, who had an 0.57 goals against average, with four shutouts in eight games played.

Matteo Serka and the aforementioned Williams were also named as All-Stars with four and five goals, respectively.

For more information on the PACWEST awards, see here. Read more...

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Douglas College Poem of the Month: October 2016

Poem of the Month showcases outstanding work written by Douglas College students.

Each month, the Creative Writing Department displays posters across both campuses featuring a new poem.

Click on the image to the right to see an enlarged version of this month’s poster, featuring "how to condition a little girl" by Cayenne Bradley.

All Douglas College students are eligible to enter the Poem of the Month competition. Featured poems are selected by a committee of instructors.

To learn more about submitting poems, contact the Faculty of Language, Literature and Performing Arts at 604 527 5465.

More information about the Creative Writing Department is available on the Douglas College website. Read more...

Monday, October 24, 2016

EVENT Magazine hosts evening of poetry and prose at Douglas College.

Four Aboriginal writers will share their work at a free event hosted by EVENT Magazine.
Aboriginal Voices: An Evening of Poetry and Prose will be held Oct. 27, 7-9pm at the Aboriginal Gathering Place at the New Westminster Campus.
Joanne Arnott, Carleigh Baker, Jónína Kirton and Larry Nicholson will be the featured guests for an evening that will celebrate stories and the many different ways they are told.
The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, see here. To RSVP, see here.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Criminology degree student eyes career in academia

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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 – Canada Border Services Agency will be in the New Westminster Campus Concourse recruiting for Summer 2017 job opportunities. 10am-2pm. Bring your resumé!

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.  

Douglas College Poem of the Month: September 2016

Poem of the Month showcases outstanding work written by Douglas College students.

Each month, the Creative Writing Department displays posters across both campuses featuring a new poem.

Click on the image to the right to see an enlarged version of this month’s poster, featuring "It Sucks to be a Demon's Delicacy (but Damn, It's Hell-a Worth It)" by Davina Price.

All Douglas College students are eligible to enter the Poem of the Month competition. Featured poems are selected by a committee of instructors.

To learn more about submitting poems, contact the Faculty of Language, Literature and Performing Arts at 604 527 5465.

More information about the Creative Writing Department is available on the Douglas College website. Read more...

Douglas College Sport Science student represents Canada at 2016 Summer Games in Rio

You would be hard-pressed to find someone on campus who had a better view of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio than Tory Nyhaug.

The Canadian racing cyclist and Douglas College Sport Science student represented Canada in BMX as a member of the 2016 Olympic team, finishing fifth.

“I started racing World Cups when I was 17 and I officially turned pro when I was 18,” Nyhaug said. “I love riding my bike, the extreme nature of it is fun and satisfying. But what I love most about it is how head to head it is. I’m very competitive.”

That competitive nature has served him well. Prior to this year’s Olympics, Nyhaug, who has been riding his bike since he was four years old, represented Canada at the 2012 Summer Olympics and won the silver medal at the World Championships in 2014. He followed that up with a gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.

While at the Olympics, Nyhaug made sure to take in the entire experience – not only racing against the world’s best, but making friends and enjoying other events.

Nyhaug notes one standout moment that will stay ingrained in his memory.

“Walking onto the start gate for the Olympic final, I remember looking up and just thinking, ‘man, this is so cool,’” he said. That’s something that not many people will ever get to experience and I’m thankful that I did.”

Anything can happen before the torch is lit in Tokyo four years from now, but another Olympics is definitely on Nyhaug's list. In the meantime, he is focusing on his education and planning to make his living in the sports industry.

“I want to help athletes – where it be as a coach, physiologist or physiotherapist – I’m not sure yet. But I’d like to be involved and give back, especially in BMX,” he said. Read more...

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Get involved and have fun outside of class with Student Life

Discover the other half of the college experience!

Head to the Student Life website to learn more about how you can get oriented, healthy, involved, and gain experience! You’ll find information about new student programs, academic success, wellness, student leadership programs, employment opportunities, and campus events.

Your tuition fees include a membership to the College’s fitness centers at both the New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses. Fitness classes such as yoga and pilates, zumba, core strength, and boot camp, are offered at both campuses. Hours of operation are listed online.

The Douglas College Student Union clubs are a great way to get involved and make new friends. There’s the Business Association, the Photography Club, and the International Association to name a few. Get the complete list on the DSU website.
Why get involved?

Believe it or not, students who invest their free time in getting involved on campus are more likely to do well academically.

Get Oriented: There are a few key steps that all successful students take to get settled at the College. Visit the new Student Life blog, Life at DC, to learn about these steps from your fellow students who’ve been there, done that.

Get involved: There are lots of college events and programs that you can join, and if you do, you’ll meet new people. We want you to find a sense of community at Douglas College.

Get Healthy: You need to be well to do well. Getting exercise, maintaining a healthy diet, and taking good care of your mental health will set you up for academic success.

Get Experience: You want to graduate with a resume that grabs attention and gets you hired; we want to help you! Getting involved on campus, being a student leader, and working in Student Life are great ways to get experience, and these things will show employers what you’re capable of.
Don’t be the last to know what’s happening at Douglas College! Follow Student Life on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the Life at DC blog.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Discover the resources at the Douglas College library

The Douglas College Library has a wide variety of resources designed to assist you in finding high-quality, relevant content for your coursework. Best of all, many are available online for you to access from anywhere, any time and are absolutely free.

Not sure where to start? Check out our Subject Guides, specifically developed to point you to the best search tools for specific courses. Student tested. Instructor approved.

Still need help? Librarians are ready to answer your questions about using these resources, turning your research topic into a search strategy, finding the best information sources available and citing the sources you use in completing your assignments.

You can also borrow laptops and other equipment, or book astudy room for your group work. Why not take a few minutes to explore the Library, either in person or online?

Keep in touch with us on Twitter and Facebook to get updates, alerts, reminders and more.

Twitter: @Douglas_Library

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Seven things you need to know about CEIT services

Glauce Fleury
Communications and Publications Specialist, CEIT
As a Douglas College student, you have available a variety of services to help you thrive. One of them is the IT services provided by the Centre for Educational and Information Technology (CEIT). Take a look at what you need to know to start your classes with confidence.
  • Student ID card: You’ll need yours to pick up library materials and access our campuses outside regular hours. When taking transit, you must carry your student ID card with your U-Pass BC on Compass Card. If you don’t provide your student ID when asked, you might get a fine and your Compass Card could be confiscated. Check when and where to get your student ID.
  • Logins: For myAccount, myDouglas, Blackboard and Office 365, go to At the top, hover over the Login drop-down menu and select your option. To log in to the College computers, Wi-Fi, Blackboard, myAccount and myDouglas, your username/user ID is your 9-digit student number. Your password/PIN, by default, is your 6-digit birthdate (DDMMYY). Your username to access Office 365 will be sent to your myDouglas account (the password is the same used for the wired and wireless networks). For the Wi-Fi, connect to the Douglas College Internal network. Note: to protect your account, after the first login, change your password. We recommend a minimum of eight characters, with numbers, capital letters and special characters.
  • Printing: You may print up to 300 pages free of charge per semester from any machine (libraries, computer labs or the New West fishbowl). If you need to print beyond that, PayPrint stations are available at both campus libraries, room N6212 (New West) and room A2270 (Coquitlam). At the beginning of each semester, your quota will be reset to 300 pages. Considering the environment, make sure you print only what’s necessary and pick up your copies, so they don’t go to waste.
  • CEIT Service Counters: They provide student ID cards, password/PIN resets, and assistance with login issues and wireless connectivity. In New West, go to room N2100B (inside the library). In Coquitlam, go to room B1250.
  • CEIT Help Desk: Our skilled staff is available to help you when you have difficulty with College-owned technology. You can reach them at 604 527 5330 or
  • Blackboard: If you take online or hybrid courses, you’ll use Blackboard. In this Learning Management System, you’ll have access to course materials uploaded by your instructor and some communications tools. Take a look at the Student Resources section and watch the tutorials to become familiar with this system.
  •  Office 365: As part of Douglas College licensing agreement, we provide Office 365 software to all registered students. This Canadian cloud services gives you access to Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, Excel, 1 Terabyte of OneDrive space and a new College email account. myDouglas email will be active until 2017, when all students will be expected to have transitioned to the new Office email.
You can find more information about our IT services at GET IT – IT Services for Students. Download this guide and have it at hand. If you need support, you can call, text or email Students Helping Students. If you can’t reach them, contact the CEIT Help Desk at 604 527 5330 or Read more...

Monday, September 12, 2016

Explore the world with Douglas College's field schools

What are you doing in 2017?

We’re planning field schools in Hawaii and the Philippines in Winter 2017, and in Belize, Scotland, Switzerland and Wales in Summer 2017. Join us for an amazing experience!

Field schools are amazing opportunities to study abroad for a few days to a few weeks, depending on the program. Courses are taught by Douglas College instructors and, depending on the program, an instructor from one of our partner institutions.

Virtually all field school courses are university transferable.

You’ll spend part of the program studying at Douglas before travelling overseas with your instructors and classmates to complete the program.

To be eligible, you must be: 

  • A Douglas College student eligible to take the courses offered in the field school. Qualified students from other institutions are welcome to apply, but must first gain admission to Douglas College. 
  • 18 years of age or older prior to departure. 
  • In good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 by application deadline. If you do not meet this requirement, you’ll need to get approval from the program’s lead faculty member. 
  • A passport holder or able to obtain a passport 
  • Able to obtain a visa, as necessary, to the field school’s destination 

$2,500-$4,000 per student, depending on the program. The fee usually includes airport transfer at the destination, use of classroom facilities at the partner institution, tuition for any courses taught by a partner institution, program field trips, shared accommodations, and most meals (depending on the program).

Airfare, passport and visa applications, fees for Douglas College courses, travel medical insurance (mandatory), airport transfers in Vancouver, textbooks and personal spending are extra.

Financial Awards
Eligible students can receive up to $1,500 to cover their field school costs.

Visit Fields Schools for details.