College partners with JIBC

Colton Davies

Students at Okanagan College can expand their education in law enforcement close to home, thanks to a partnership between the college at the Justice Institute of B.C.

The JIBC's Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies degree program will be offered locally in the Okanagan for the first time, beginning in September.

OK College students who are graduates of the Criminal and Social Justice diploma program will be able to jump into the third year of the JIBC's law enforcement program.

"It’s designed to prepare graduates for work in a variety of criminal justice and public safety professions," spokesperson Tyler Finley said about the BSEL program.

OK College regional dean Eric Corneau said it will be an advantage for students to be able to take the program closer to home, adding JIBC already offers the program in New Westminster and in Victoria.

Corneau added law enforcement is a popular educational route overall.

"There's a tremendous opportunity in demand in B.C... and elsewhere in the country. It's really preparing students for a promising career in law enforcement."

Registration is currently open for the program's September start, which will be at the Penticton OK College campus.

Information sessions on the program will also be held on Monday at OK College campuses.

In Kelowna, the session goes from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in room C276. In Penticton, the session runs from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in PC 229.

More information on the program can be found here.

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