VANCOUVER - On March 25-28 2019, LaSalle College Vancouver (LCV) welcomed near a hundred high school students for its annual Structured Work Experience and Training (S.W.E.A.T.) program.
The S.W.E.A.T. program is held during Spring Break and is designed to provide high school students with valuable work experience in a simulated creative work environment. It provides students the opportunity to fulfill part of their work experience graduation requirements while gaining valuable industry experience and understanding. This year, students got to choose their area of interest from a wide array of industry areas including interior and graphic design, media arts, digital film & video, photography, video game design & development, fashion, culinary, and professional recording arts.
B.C. high school students must complete 30 hours of work experience as part of their graduation requirements; however, many students are interested in a creative career in an area that is difficult to secure work hours without any previous training. LCV's S.W.E.A.T. program provides a valuable opportunity for students to fulfill part of their work study graduation requirements while also gaining valuable industry experience and understanding.
During the week, students participated on a project from concept to final product, with the guidance of faculty members who are also industry professionals. The work is created to mirror the work environment that an employee might find in the related industry. This is also a valuable opportunity for students to get a better sense of what their careers of interest may look like. "This is important work as youth explore what they may wish to do in their careers." - added Dr. Jason Dewling, President of LaSalle College Vancouver.
LCI Education traces its origins back to LaSalle College in Montreal, which was founded in 1959. Present today on 5 continents, the LCI Education network consists of 23 select higher education institutions, and some 1,500 employees offering instruction to over 10,000 students throughout the world each year. LCI Education is also known as a leader in online training in Canada. LCI Education encourages program harmonization across the various countries in order to ensure greater flexibility, better control over the quality of its services and respect for cultural diversity.