NORTH VANCOUVER – Future health professionals at Langara College and Capilano University will receive a total of $305,209 to renew and replace health education equipment. This will ensure that students get the hands-on experience they need to succeed in their chosen careers with access to the most cutting-edge health technology available.

The funding breakdown is as follows: 

•Langara College:               $246,688

•Capilano University:        $58,521

Quotes

“Having worked and taught in the health care field for over 20 years, I know the impact this money will have for our future health science professionals.” – Jane Thornthwaite MLA North Vancouver-Seymour

“The funding Capilano is receiving for the purchase of lab equipment means that students will have access to modern equipment which means they will be more skilled and even more well prepared to look after you and your family.” – Naomi Yamamoto, MLA North Vancouver-Lonsdale

“This grant to Capilano University illustrates our government’s commitment to training clinical health skills which will benefit family care.” – Ralph Sultan, MLA West-Vancouver-Capilano

Additional information: 

Since 2001: •The Province has provided more than $1 billion in health related post-secondary funding to institutions across the province. •More than 20,000 nursing credentials have been awarded which has meant over 2,000 advanced specialty credentials  and 17,000 new nurses for the Province. •The provincial government has funded more than 750 Health Care Assistant spaces across B.C. including almost 350 one-time spaces. •The number of first year medical school spaces in B.C. has doubled from 128 to 256. This will expand to 288 in 2011/12 with the start of the Southern Medical Program in Kelowna at UBC-Okanagan. •The Province has invested more than $2 billion in student financial assistance, making post-secondary education more accessible for students across the province.

Learn more:    For information about student aid programs for post-secondary training, go to http://www.aved.gov.bc.ca/studentaidbc.