The back to school season may have just started, but for many students, they’re already looking ahead to the next step of their educational journey—post-secondary.

The benefits of post-secondary education and training have been highlighted repeatedly—higher lifetime earnings, reduced risk of unemployment and better job prospects, just to name a few. But when it comes to post-secondary studies, where do you start?

Offering students a choice of 120 different programs, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) emphasizes hands-on skills with real-world experience, in addition to traditional academics. Canada’s only polytechnic university, KPU is now celebrating 10 years as a polytechnic university, continuing to serve the evolving needs of the community with campuses in Surrey, Langley, Richmond, and Cloverdale, and a new campus opening soon in Surrey Civic Plaza.

With employment expected to continue to grow across the Lower Mainland, according to the BC Labour Market Outlook, and over 75% of jobs requiring some form of post-secondary education or training, the need for a relevant, hands-on education is clear. Many of KPU’s programs feature practicums, work experience terms, or co-operative education options, where students alternate periods of on-campus study, with paid work experience that’s relevant to their field. And the job prospects? They’re pretty good, too. According to Universities Canada—a membership organization representing post-secondary institutions across the country —over 80% of employers who were surveyed said co-op students and interns were a source of new talent and potential future employees.

Interested in studying at KPU? Starting for the fall 2019 semester, applications open on October 1, giving you more time to ask questions and apply. Want to learn more? Contact the Future Students’ Office at 604.599.3030 or

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.