Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Elevator repairs to boost level of service at New Westminster Campus

Douglas College is raising the level of service for visitors, staff and students with upgrades to one of the New Westminster parkade elevator.

As of May 1, the parkade elevator located on the south side of the College will be out of service as it undergoes a major replacement, including an upgrade from hydraulic to a traction-cable lift system that will improve reliability and speed. The project is slated for completion on Sept. 18.

Noisy work will be completed during afterhours and some minor noises, such as drilling, might be heard during the day.

For elevator access from the parkade while repairs are underway, park on Level P1 and use the North Elevator (access from P1 to level 4) or the 0600 elevator (access from P1 to level 1). All stairs will be open for use during this project.

Additional accessible parking stalls will be added on P1.

Douglas College apologizes for any inconvenience and appreciates your patience during this project.

Project schedule

May 1-14: Removal of existing elevators

May 1-July 15: Hoarding installation and elevator shaft changes

July 16-Sept. 15:
New elevator installation

Sept. 18: Approximate completion date

Monday, April 24, 2017

Build your career: April 2017

Student success story 

“My health-care career in corrections started with the decision to return to classes at Douglas College as an older student. From the first class I enrolled in upon my return, every instructor I came across was supportive and encouraging. I graduated with a Certificate in Criminal Justice Studies and then a Diploma in Criminology in 2014.  Upon my graduation, I began working with the Student Employment Centre. They met with me and listened to what my career goals were. Each time I came across a position that interested me I was able to call or email them and ask questions about to expect when applying. They provided me with guidance that led to confidence and proper preparation at each stage. Finally, in December 2016, the perfect position came along that combined my passion for working in corrections with my love of working in health care.  I immediately contacted the Student Employment Centre and they helped me prep a cover letter and resumé that led to me getting an interview. After a very long and agonizing process of security clearances and safety training, I am now doing what I love.”

- Toby Stoeff, Criminology Diploma 2014

What’s new

The past three months have been exceptionally busy for the Student Employment Centre (SEC) and Co-operative Education. Here’s the overview:

• Seven on-campus employer-related events hosted on campus
• More than 1,200 paid and volunteer opportunities were added to the SEC job board
• 230 employers registered to use the job board
• 160 new students registered to access the job board and other SEC services
• 90 new co-op work-term opportunities were added to the Co-op job board

April’s hot job

Shaw Communications is hiring. There are many full-time and part-time positions available – perfect opportunities for Douglas students and grads!

Check here for details on the following available positions:

• Customer Service Rep, e-Care and Technical Support Rep, e-Care (Online Chat Department)
• Customer Solutions Expert, Outbound Call Centre
• Technical Support Rep, Inbound Call Centre

Questions? Contact Barb at

April events

Job Club – Every Tuesday - Exchange ideas and tips while crafting your resume and cover letter with fellow students at the Job Club from 12-2pm at the New Westminster Campus, room 2844.

Mentoring opportunities 

Access: Student Career Development Program (Burnaby Board of Trade)
This is a unique career development program that provides graduating students with the connections and tools they need to compete in the job market. The program is a year-long dynamic program that is flexible to meet the demands of a busy student schedule. To register for the program or for more information, click here.

Leaders of Tomorrow Mentorship Program (Vancouver Board of Trade)
The Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) is a mentorship program that connects top post-secondary students with leading industry professionals. Launched in 1999, LOT is recognized as the premier mentorship program in British Columbia. Candidates go through a competitive and rigorous selection process to experience a year of accelerated professional and personal growth. To register for the program or for more information, click here.

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


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Douglas College to host hip-hop dance competition on May 5

David Denofreo photo 

Whether you love to pop, lock or break, Douglas College is the place to be May 5.

The New Westminster Campus’ gymnasium will be transformed into a hip-hop hot spot for the fifth-annual Redemption Hip-Hop Dance Competition.

Founded by Douglas College student Morgan Wilson, the annual competition will feature dancers of all genres battling it out for glory and prizes.

Looking back at how he first discovered his love for dance – and what spurred him into organizing the competition - Wilson notes it was all a matter of chance.

If he hadn’t been at his aunt’s house on the particular day that an episode of the television dance competition So You Think You Can Dance aired, she would never have showed him the routine of one contestant – Mr. Fantastic – and he may not have felt that initial spark that has led to a years-long passion.

“I think about that a lot,” Wilson said. “It was like a series of dominoes falling into place.”

Since that day, dancing has become a prevalent part of Wilson’s identity. After joining his high school’s dance team, he knew he wanted to take it to the next level with a competition. The end result was the Redemption Hip-Hop Competition.

This year, Wilson partnered with Douglas College to host the event and draw an even larger crowd.

“When I came to Douglas, I knew I should bring the event here. It perfectly vibes with Douglas’s fun and inclusive atmosphere,” Wilson said. “I think people will be surprised. They may think of it as a typical dance event or recital, but it’s more than that. Everyone is hype, everyone is socializing - which we really encourage.

“There is a competitive edge, but it’s all in fun.”

The one-day event will feature performances by Dj Firespin, Raw Robots and Wreckage Fam. Local high school teams will also perform a variety of dance styles, including hip hop, popping, locking, break dancing, waacking, new jack, as well as contemporary and experimental pieces.

Prizes will consist of trophies and medals.

Tickets at the door: $10 general, $5 Douglas College students

For more information, visit


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Poem of the Month: April 2017

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 "Antique Piano" by Vera Tsang.

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...