rsz_Richmond Campus 2017-4There’s no doubt that continuing education beyond secondary school can offer countless benefits. In addition to higher lifetime earning potential, and a reduced risk of unemployment, those that hold post-secondary credentials are also better equipped to enter the workforce. The 2017-2027 BC Labour Market Report notes that approximately 78% of new job openings in BC over the next decade will required some form of post-secondary education or training. Beyond that, 36% are anticipated to require a bachelor’s degree, graduate degree, professional degree and/or significant work experience. And that’s just what students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) will get.

KPU, home to a broad range of certificate, citation, diploma, and degree programs, has been equipping students with the skills they need for the careers they want, for over three decades. As the only polytechnic university in Canada, KPU offers traditional academics with an emphasis on hands-on applied skills. Many programs feature co-operative education opportunities, work experience terms, practicums, and more where students are able to network and make professional connections while gaining valuable on-the-job experience that relates to their studies. And while the report expects that almost half of all new job openings through to 2027 will be filled by individuals entering the workforce for the first time, those skills and experience are more important now than ever.

The Mainland/Southwest region of the province, where all of KPU’s five campuses are located, is set to experience the most growth in the province over the next decade. Employment in the region is set to grow by 1.3% annually, ahead of the rest of BC, according to the Labour Market Outlook, meaning that two-in-three jobs will be based in the region.

For more than 30 years, Kwantlen Polytechnic University has provided students with the skills they need for the careers they want. KPU offers a range of degree, diploma, certificate, and citation programs with opportunities for hands-on experience and experiential learning. Why stop at theory, when you can also harness the power of experience? Launch your career and make a positive impact on your community with experiential learning at KPU: where thought meets action.

To learn more about KPU, visit kpu.ca or contact the Future Students’ Office at 604.599.3030 or study@kpu.ca