Microsoft Canada announced this week that LaSalle College Vancouver was added to the Canada Skills Program. This program, launched last fall, allows students to acquire in-demand cloud, data and AI skills and Microsoft certifications alongside their institution’s credentials. This enhances their employability as they enter the job market.
“This partnership further reinforces the important role of digital literacy in our academic programs. Students, faculty, and staff will now be able to take these online Microsoft courses leading to certification. In a number of our academic programs, we will be embedding key elements of this suite directly into our curriculum,” said Zafar Syed, Chief Academic Officer. “This means our students will not only acquire the required software skills needed to get the most of their studies but will be able to graduate with dual credentials—a diploma or degree from LCV as well as a Microsoft certification. Faculty and staff can also get certification and those who want to go further, can become certified trainers.”
This expansion of the Canada Skills Program is the latest in Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to enabling greater access to digital skills and providing students with the tools they need to support the Canadian economy as it emerges from the challenges caused by COVID-19.
Dr. Jason Dewling, President of LaSalle College Vancouver shares that “This partnership is a value to our students, staff, alumni and external stakeholders. This suite of training has become essential to the current workforce expectations when many are spending the bulk of their day utilizing this software suite. LaSalle College Vancouver is the first Private Post-Secondary to join this exceptional group of training providers."