Co-op work programs under review in BC

June 14, 2013

The Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA) of BC has initiated a review of all co-op work programs at over 2 dozen institutions in the province, following reports of students doing co-op placements in areas unrelated to their area of study, such as fast-food enterprises. Incomplete placement data, combined with other instances of non-compliance, have already led to the closing of 2 institutions, and prompted the review of all co-op programs. The institutions cater largely to international students, and offer diploma programs in a variety of fields. A PCTIA spokesperson stated that the reviews are meant to ensure that the guidelines “are clear and the bylaws are being interpreted correctly.” The Province