As student enrolment at Kwantlen Polytechnic University continues to rise, the institution is looking to where else it could offer its courses and that may very well include White Rock.
KPU president and vice-chancellor Dr. Alan Davis appeared before council Monday to present his institution's vision for the next five years and how White Rock could play a role in it.
According to Davis, as enrolment continues to rise and the demand for postsecondary education south of the Fraser increases, KPU will be looking to work with regional partners for bigger and better opportunities. One such opportunity, said Davis, could be to open a satellite campus in White Rock.
"We are intent on establishing a presence here, perhaps small, initially, and then we hope we can grow that," said Davis.
To do that, Davis said the plan is to assess the regional needs of those south of the Fraser and offer programming that would meet those needs.
"We want all graduates to be well prepared to be successful citizens and, of course, prepared for work," said Davis. "We want greater learner engagement and retention to show continuous improvement. We want to provide pathways through all kinds of access programs."
Currently, KPU has four campuses across Metro Vancouver, one in Richmond, one in Langley and two in Surrey, in Cloverdale and Newton. The school is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary and recently announced that its current semester is the school's largest yet, with 14,382 students enrolled.
KPU had previously offered classes in White Rock from 2005 to 2007 in partnership with Bosa Properties, but later pulled the plug due to low interest. With the institution having grown considerably since that time, Davis is hopeful KPU could have a future on the Semiahmoo Peninsula.
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