A north-south pact will bring Lower Mainland students under the UNBC umbrella. The deal was signed Thursday afternoon in Vancouver between the presidents of Langara College and the northern university.
The partnership will allow students in UNBC's Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree program to be seated in Langara's classrooms. In similar fashion last year, Langara became the Lower Mainland delivery site for UNBC's Master of Business Administration program.
"We're very excited to be building on the partnership we started with the UNBC MBA program in 2013," said Lane Trotter, president of Langara College. "The unique delivery of the BSW program opens up new educational opportunities for students in the Vancouver area and supports Langara's commitment to providing our diverse student community with the services, programs, skills, and experience to be productive, creative, and engaged global citizens."
UNBC's interim president Mark Dale said "This partnership with Langara College helps UNBC share our passion for research, teaching, and education. The mixed delivery model we're offering will allow social work students to complete work during the evenings, on weekends, and online, and provides a real benefit for those seeking to complete the program without leaving the Lower Mainland."
UNBC's BSW program, said the two officials, prepares students for generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities. Incorporating critical thinking, including structural, feminist, and anti-racist analyses, the program connects practice to theory and strives to develop critical self-awareness in its students as well as respect for the ideas of others. The BSW program acknowledges the holistic, interdisciplinary, and activist nature of social work and its commitment to social justice.