Friday, February 27, 2015
Safe to Say
JIBC a dynamic and unique college with community as its focus
Staff with notes from Dr. M. Tarko/Voice photos
r. Michael Tarko, President and CEO, Justice Institute of BC (JIBC) was at the last council meeting February 17th to give an overview of the facility. The college is part of a BC-wide network of schools that has given hands-on training to about 30,000 students in the fields of public safety such as; police, paramedics and firefighters.
Dr. Tarko played a 4-minute corporate video, and afterward, in his opening remarks, he said that the Institute has been looking at building more of a capacity in the the area of the Intelligence Analysis graduate program.
The doctor played council a video which gave an overview of the institution and what they do there.
Afterward he described JIBC as a “unique and dynamic public post-secondary institution.” that deals with training students in the areas of public safety.
The following is Dr. Tarko’s statement to council;
As Canada’s leading public safety educator, it is our mandate to provide the education and applied research in the context of community and public safety that supports safe, healthy and prosperous communities where we live, work and play.
Grads celebrate in the video that was played at the council meeting.
In addition to providing our programs on campus, we continue to expand accessibility by offering our courses online and at more than 170 other locations in B.C.
As public safety needs grow increasingly complex, we are committed to providing the education that supports the life-long learning needs of our students and graduates from tactical recruit training in policing, sheriffs, corrections, firefighting, and paramedics to undergraduate degrees offered online in Emergency & Security Management, Public Safety administration and face to face delivery for our bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement. We also offer graduate programs in Complex Trauma on campus as well as online delivery of our Intelligence Analysis graduate certificate which has a both a tactical crime and business intelligence concentration. We are also working to build capacity for a third concentration associated with cyber-crime intelligence analysis.
It may be interesting to note that unlike many other post-secondary institutions, the majority of JIBC students are mid-career learners. More than 70% of our students are aged 30 and above. Most of them are already working in a related field to their studies, so they are obtaining further education to advance in their career.
Our student demographic reflects our long history of providing an applied education for professionals that span the entire spectrum of public safety – from prevention to response and recovery.
In addition to our academic programs, we provide many courses and programs that meet professional continuing education requirements; as well as short courses on subjects such as leadership, negotiation, investigation and driver training – to name just a few.
These courses have a very positive impact for professionals working in the community, government and in industry. The vast majority of our students find they are more productive and effective in their work after taking our courses.
We have also partnered with public and private organizations in B.C., across Canada and internationally, to provide solutions that meet their specific education and training needs.
We are also working hard to increase Aboriginal student participation and graduation. Over the past five years, we have more than doubled the number of Aboriginal students studying at JIBC to more than 1,200 in 2013-14 from 463 in 2009-2010.
As we continue to evolve to meet the needs of our students, our focus remains clear: to ensure that the education we provide prepares them for rewarding careers and enhances their professional life in justice and public safety professions.
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