A priority for the Ministry of Advanced Education & Skills Training, micro-credentials are a key part of a new initiative to fast-track those seeking to gain the education and skills needed for high-demand jobs. As part of the new initiative, Selkirk College is offering micro-credential courses that include Core Skills for Refrigeration Occupations and Core Skills for Facility Maintenance.
“These courses are part of a sector where developing skills will help individuals either gain employment or enhance opportunities in their current career,” says Christine Schmidt, Selkirk College’s Community Education & Workplace Training (CEWT) coordinator in Nelson. “They are designed to offer a short burst of education and skill development where learners can derive significant benefit by upskilling.”
Industry veteran Jason Craig is the instructor for the suite of micro courses in Core Skills for Refrigeration Occupations, that is now being offered at Selkirk College through an online learning model that delivers the course materials through videos, readings and assignments.
A total government investment of $4 million—$2 million from the Province and $2 million through the Canada-BC Workforce Development Agreement—enables 15 public post-secondary institutions in BC to provide short-duration micro credentials to more than 2,000 people. Because the education that leads to micro-credentials is short in duration, learners who have family or work obligations can access training when it suits them without the time and cost commitment of typical post-secondary education.
The Core Skills for Refrigeration Occupations is designed to provide an introduction to build upon a student’s knowledge and base fundamentals. The course is fully online with five separate modules that include videos, readings and assignments. It can be started at any time, but students must complete the course by May 31. Upon completion of the course, students have the option to pursue further laddered micro-credentials in this area.
The Core Skills for Facility Maintenance includes two different courses—HVAC Care/Maintenance and Roofing Care/Maintenance—that can be taken individually or in successive weeks. The HVAC Care course will focus on heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technology where students will learn the basics of troubleshooting and maintenance. The Roofing Care course goes over the basics of residential, building and industrial roofing. The HVAC Care course runs March 1 to 5 and the Roofing Care course runs March 8 to 12. Both courses will be offered through in-person learning at Nelson’s Silver King Campus between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m..
“Through Community Education & Workplace Training, Selkirk College has always been focused on providing in-demand and responsive programming to our region,” says Schmidt. “This enhanced investment by government helps us offer additional opportunities and we will continue to build on other areas that meet training needs in the coming months.”
The investment in micro-credentials is part of StrongerBC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan, helping thousands of people upskill or reskill and find their place in the post-COVID-19 economy. The plan outlines the steps government is taking to help people, businesses and communities recover and come out of COVID-19 stronger and better prepared to meet the challenges ahead. StrongerBC is part of B.C.’s $10-billion COVID-19 response, which protects people’s health and livelihoods, while supporting businesses and communities.
There is an opportunity for tuition financial assistance for elidgeable learners who apply to the Craig Andrews Continuing Education Bursary.
Find out more information about Selkirk College micro-credential courses by calling Christine Schmidt at 250.354.3206 (ext 13206).