Vancouver, British Columbia – Vancouver Community College (VCC) is offering a new flexible learning program online for automotive collision repair, allowing high school students in Victoria and the Okanagan to receive training closer to home and get a head start on their careers.

VCC’s entry-level program is open to grade 11 and 12 students and begins in February. Students will receive online instruction over eight months, and local automotive collision shops will provide hands-on practical training, offered through the ACE IT program, a partnership of VCC, Industry Training Authority and local schools.

Expanding the flexible learning program to rural students gives them the opportunity to begin their instruction earlier, and train for a career not available in their community. It also avoids the financial strain of students going to Vancouver, while filling an industry demand for skilled tradespeople.

VCC has offered and developed online instruction for automotive collision repair for apprentices for the past four years, but the new entry-level program could be the start of an approach that could be carried through the rest of the province in the future.

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