Parents Post-Secondary Education

What’s Next – EducationPlannerBC

At our first event for 2022-23 on Wednesday September 21 we welcomed EducationPlannerBC, a one-stop web-based public resource for researching and making applications to the majority of post-secondary institutions in BC.  Christina Zaenker and the presentation team gave us an introduction to the diversity of post-secondary programs in the province and walked us through how to use the EPBC website to explore options.

A link to the recording of the session, viewable until May 23, 2023 , and a resource package for parents assisting their students in planning life after graduation, are below. We’ve also included some information sheets from previous presentations which remain current.

Recorded session:   Kits PAC PECC- 21Sept2022.mp4

Resources for Parent Session

Information sheets from previous EPBC presentations:

What’s Next – British Columbia Institute of Technology

Sukhey Platson, Program Advisor in the Registrar’s Office at BCIT, spoke on Tuesday February 08 to Kitsilano parents and students about the diverse programs in trades, technology, health sciences, applied sciences, engineering and business available at BCIT. While we did not record her virtual presentation, Sukhey kindly provided us with a link to a video focused on BCIT’s application process. Please take a look at: BCIT 101 – Preparing Your Application – YouTube

What technical fields will present the most employment opportunities in the coming years? See this BCIT report:
BCIT Pandemic-Resilient Jobs Report identifies most in-demand jobs for 2021 and beyond

For information on VSB programs for students interested in pursuing careers in the trades, many of which involve partnerships with BCIT, please scroll down this page to the Vancouver School Board Career Programs section, or visit

Further questions about BCIT? Please review the BCIT Viewbook and connect with Program Advising by telephone, email or Zoom.

What’s Next – Vancouver Community College

On Tuesday January 11 we welcomed Danielle Gannon, Student Recruitment Specialist at Vancouver Community College, to speak to the wide variety of vocational, certificate and university transfer programs available at VCC’s three campuses. Danielle invites anyone interested in learning more to check out the VCC website at, or to contact her at

A recording of the presentation and question and answer session is posted on the Kits Pac YouTube channel at:

Here is VCC’s current Viewbook outlining programs, admission procedures and requirements, and student resources:

Previous Years

What’s Next

Langara College – On May 12 we welcomed the team of Rod, Clauzi and Jennifer from the recruitment office at Langara College and heard about the programs, admissions process and student life at Langara, including how university transfer courses work, and opportunities for co-op education.  They have kindly shared the slide deck from their presentation below, and invite parents and students with questions to contact them at

What’s Next 

Kwantlen Polytechnic University – On May 03 Student Recruitment Coordinator Maria Mowlavi spoke to us about the variety of academic programs offered at the five campuses of BC’s only Polytechnic University, and how the admissions process works.  A recording of her presentation is posted below.  Maria shared some additional links for parents and students wanting to know more, and welcomes questions at
Additional resources:

KPU Presentation  “Why Choose KPU?”

Video – TOUR KPU 2020-2021      – Discover KPU Surrey Campus   –  Discover KPU Richmond Campus Tour   –   Discover KPU Cloverdale Campus Tour    –  Discover KPU Langley Campus Tour    – Discover KPU Civic Plaza Campus Tour – Foundations in Design

What’s Next

Capilano University – On April 07 Jake Fidler, Student Recruitment Advisor, presented an overview of the academic programs, admissions process and requirements, and student life at Capilano University.  A recording of the presentation is posted below.  Jake welcomes questions from parents and students at, and invites you to look at Cap U’s current viewbook at–courses/get-started/why-choose-capu/request-a-viewbook/

Youtube link:

Justice Institute of British Columbia – JIBC offers education and training in a diversity of careers relating to public safety – law enforcement, firefighting, emergency management, paramedics, conflict resolution and more!  For information on current programs and student resources, check out the presentation slide deck from the JIBC’s April 08 Virtual Open House:

What’s next

University of Victoria  – On February 23 we welcomed Richard Belton, Student Recruitment Officer, who gave us an introduction to the programs and student life at the University of Victoria.  Richard also provided general information on admission requirements for this year and to inform choices for current grade 10 and 11 students.   A recording of his presentation is posted below.  Richard welcomes questions from parents and students about the admissions process at

Youtube link:

What’s next

What’s Next Thursday Feb18th 7 pm
With Options Solutions Melinda Giampietro.

Melinda’s webinar will address COVID-19 + Post-Secondary Admission Trends: A Positive Outlook

What’s next

Vancouver School Board Career Programs – On January 13 we welcomed Rhonda Stangeland, Career Education Coordinator, and District Resource Teachers Allison Newton and Mark Reid with VSB Career Programs, who presented information on a wide variety of opportunities in skilled trades, and pathways into trades through the VSB. A recording of their presentation and some accompanying graphics are posted below.

VSB Career Programs link:
VSB Career Programs videos:
Also, for information on top in demand trades published by the Industry Training Association, please see
The ITA website for youth is

What’s next

Kitsilano PAC invites you to join Michelle Dittmer for an evening presentation exploring the benefits of a gap year prior to post secondary schooling.

For more information

with Michelle Dittmer / President and Co-Founder

The Canadian Gap Year Association (CanGap) is a registered non-profit organization with a mission to support young people looking to take an intentional step off the conveyor belt of life to explore and experience ‘the real world’ according to their talents, goals and interests.

When? Wednesday Dec 16th, 2020

Time? 6:PM

Where? Canadian Gap Year Association Zoom Link

What’s next

Emily Carr University of Art + Design accepting applications through January 15th 2021:

ECUAD’s portfolio building workshop:

ECUAD updates and educational options for secondary student here:

Presentation with recruiter Joni Taylor of ECUAD.

What’s next

This year the Kits PAC is pleased to continue our “What’s Next?” series of information evenings on post-secondary education options for parents and students in Grade 10, 11 and 12.
We know you have many questions about how post-secondary institutions are adapting their admissions processes to reflect the changes in public education in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, so are working to invite recruiters from a variety of institutions to bring us all up to speed. Our first presentation is on Wednesday September 23, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

To give us an overview of the subject, this Zoom meeting will be hosted by EducationPlannerBC, a one-stop resource for information and applications to the majority of post-secondary institutions in BC.

Sea Smart

Sea Smart is a Vancouver-based charity that delivers online programs, school workshops, after school programs, summer camps, shoreline clean-ups and corporate programs.

What’s next

Join us on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at 7pm, for ONLINE session to learn about options available to your children for their post-secondary path.

What’s next

Join us on Wednesday, May 06, 2020, at 7pm, for ONLINE session to learn about options available to your children for their post-secondary path.

What’s next

Join us on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at 7pm, for ONLINE session to learn about options available to your children for their post-secondary path.

What’s next

Join us on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at 7pm, to learn about options available to your children for their post-secondary path, and be introduced to the resources currently available in our community.
The presentation will take place from 7pm until 9pm in the Kitsilano Secondary School, in Drama studio, room 180.
We will have greeters at the main entrance (of the school on Trafalgar) directing you to the auditorium.


Join us on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at 7pm, to learn about options available to your children for their post-secondary path, and be introduced to the resources currently available in our community.

Join representatives from Langara College and Quest university to learn about options available to your children for their post-secondary path, and be introduced to the resources to keep you informed.

Post Secondary School: Learn About the Resources Available for Your Children

Rhonda Stangeland, Career Education Coordinator, and Wendy Gilmour from VSB Career Programs

on discovering the many career opportunities in trades available for high school students, work experience  and post graduation options

Guy Dansereau from Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts presenting professional diploma programs in culinary arts.

Chef Guy is originally from Montreal and moved to Vancouver 3 years
ago via Chicago, IL and Monterey, CA.
After spending the first part of his career in process chemical sales,
Guy decided to change paths to follow a life-long interest for food,
people, and culture.
A graduate of the culinary training program at Kendall College in Chicago,
Guy has held various positions as an instructor,
consultant, business owner, and catering chef.
As the Associate Director of Admission at PICA, he looks forward to sharing his experiences and passion for the food service industry!

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