Tuesday, June 23, 2015

UNBC celebrates 25 years of post secondary education for Northern British Columbia

UNBC in Prince George celebrated
25 years over the weekend
Twenty five years ago post secondary school students and their families gained one more option to consider for a University education, as the University of Northern British Columbia was created by the Province in June of 1990.

To commemorate that milestone, UNBC held a ceremony over the weekend to look back at the early start of the life of the university and to examine the success that has come from those twenty five years of higher education.

Advanced Minister Andrew Wilkinson celebrated the first twenty five years with a statement on Monday noting the growth of not only the institution but the recognition it has received both in British Columbia and beyond.

For residents of the North Coast, the opportunities at UNBC not only provide for one more choice for their children, but one that allows for them to remain close to their hometowns along the Highway 16 corridor.

Since the University opened its doors, many graduates of Northwest high schools, including Charles Hays in Prince Rupert have made the trip down Highway 16 to the mountainside campus above the City of Prince George.

Some of them taking advantage of the medical program at the University, one of the high profile opportunities offered through the university and one which is looking to lend assistance to Northern Health in its quest to deliver medical services across Northern British Columbia.

Over the last 25 years close to 12,000 graduates have passed through the hallways of the UNBC campuses, increasing the access to an university education to residents of Northern British Columbia who may not have taken that path a quarter of a century ago.

Some hints as to the success that UNBC has had in delivering grads to the working world can be found in the results of a recent alumni survey, that review found that 93 percent of those that attended the university were satisfied with their UNBC experience and have found their education helpful in their current job and for future opportunities.

A look at the full range of programs and courses offered through UNBC can be found here.

UNBC provided some video overviews of the weekend event which you can view here.

You can review some of the events from the 25th celebrations below

UNBC Turns 25
UNBC celebrates 25th Anniversary
UNBC Celebrates 25 years in Prince George

For more items related to developments at UNBC see our archive page here.

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