Seabird College accredited as private career training institution

March 11, 2015

Seabird College, located on BC’s Seabird Island First Nation, has received accreditation from the Private Career Training Institutions Agency of BC (PCTIA). As an accredited private institution, Seabird students can now receive government student loans and First Nations students can apply for band funding. Director of Education for Seabird Island Diane Janzen noted the unique design of the college’s “wrap-around” model of support to promote student growth and development, stating, “we can’t have cookie-cutter education, because it doesn’t work.” Seabird provides opportunities for learners to complete their high school education and train for a trades career at the same time. “We’re identifying and giving recognition to the next steps of growth and education here in the community,” said Tyrone McNeil, Seabird College Committee Chair. “It means we’re delivering programs of a standard that the province recognizes."Agassiz-Harrison Observer | Seabird Island Newsletter