Employers recognized for supporting students

Fri, Oct 23, 2015

Metro Vancouver, B.C. – Did you know that 85 per cent of co-op students in B.C. continue on with their employers post-graduation?

It’s an excellent way for students to increase job prospects, build relationships within an industry and enhance classroom education.

The co-operative education program at KPU works with employers to develop and create program-related work experiences for students in distinct disciplines. And it works incredibly well.

On a site visit with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), KPU co-op instructor Candy Ho heard staff praise the university’s students.

“KPU co-op students are recognized as hard-working, resilient employees keen to integrate classroom learning into their co-op work placements,” she said, adding that the CRA is KPU’s biggest co-op employer, and has employed at one time or another 25 per cent of accounting alumni who graduated from KPU with co-op experience.

The agency was one of several key employers honoured at the KPU Accounting Employer Recognition Awards. Heli-One, IRIS Visual Company, BDO LLP and MNP LLP, along with the CRA, were all recognized for their contributions to the continued education and career success of young accountants-in-training.

Students looking to boost their post-graduation job prospects by participating in a co-op program can attend a KPU Surrey information session on Oct. 28 from 3-4 p.m. Information and registration are available here.

More on co-operative education at KPU can be found at kpu.ca/co-op.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region since 1981, and has opened doors to success for more than 200,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts, science, design, health, trades and technology, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 19,000 students annually have a choice from over 124 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates citations and apprenticeships. Learn more at www.kpu.ca.

Media contact:
Hayley Woodin
Media Specialist, KPU
t: 604.599.2883
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