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

David Denofreo photo

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.