Education and Training
A great way to inspire economic development is to attract talented, educated individuals to the area. Reputable educational institutions are great at doing this, as their client base consists primarily of such people. This then creates a positive feedback loop: big companies locate themselves near educated individuals, and vise versa. With all of this new investment, the area’s economy will be set to grow drastically.
The Tri-Cities region is situated near several respectable post-secondary institutions, allowing it to attract well educated, diverse groups of people who are seeking employment and housing in relatively affordable urban centres. While the region is close to world-renowned universities like UBC and SFU, it has strong options for education within its borders as well.
Douglas College: A major community college with campuses in Coquitlam and New Westminster, it serves over 14,000 students each year and offers two-year career and University Transfer programs to local, national and international students. As well, the College provides specialized short-duration courses to over 24,000 learners annually — mature students needing to upgrade literacy or study skills, or students interested in short-term continuing education courses.
Coquitlam College: A private post secondary institution with an international flavour, enrollment is approximately 600 to 650 students annually. Transfer students (to other post-secondary institutions) account for about 50% of the college’s population. Coquitlam College offers programs in several disciplines, as well as high school completion studies with certification.
University of British Columbia (UBC): Located approximately 40 kilometres west from Coquitlam Town Centre, the world-renowned university is one of the largest in Canada and the largest in British Columbia. UBC has 14 available faculties ranging from Arts, Science, and Commerce, to Law, Medicine, and Agriculture. Enrollment for the 2016/2017 school year totaled 54,601 students.
Simon Fraser University (SFU): With an enrollment of 38,511 in total for 2016/2017, it’s a smaller university that remains national in character. Of the 34,478 undergraduate enrollments, about 16% are international students. The university also offers graduate studies, with 4,033 graduate students enrolled. The University has 8 faculties: Applied Science; Arts & Social Services; Beedie School of Business; Communication, Art & Technology; Education; Environment; Health Sciences; and Science.
British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT): This technical school is renowned for its training excellence in skill-based and hands-on education. It offers technical programs which match contemporary high-technology market demands. There are approximately 18,800 full time students, and 29,800 part time students who enroll annually.
School District No. 43
School District No. 43 is the third largest school district in British Columbia, serving the entire region of Anmore, Belcarra, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody. The district administers over 72 schools: 45 elementary schools, 14 middle schools, 9 secondary schools, and 6 other facilities with a total of 30,100 students enrolled.
Optional education programs are available at all levels of schooling. Examples include French Immersion and Montessori at the elementary level. At the secondary level, students may enroll in French Immersion, Career Preparation Programs, Advanced Placement Studies for post secondary education, and alternate programs such as the Youth Parent Program, and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program.
SD43 also offers Continuing Education programs, which provide mature learners upgrades to secondary school completion (Grade 12), public service courses such as first aid training or legal information sessions, vocational and general interest courses, and business management programs. Courses are held throughout the school year.