Vancouver Community College

  • Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • History of Institution:

    Vancouver Community College was established as Vancouver City College in 1965 through a merger of four local educational institutions: the Vancouver Vocational Institute, the Vancouver School of Art, the Vancouver School Board’s Night School Program, and the King Edward Senior Matriculation and Continuing Education Centre. Classes were initially held in the facilities of the King Edward Centre. In 1970, the college opened a campus in the Langara neighbourhood, which became an independent college in 1994.

    Vancouver City College was renamed as Vancouver Community College in 1974, when it separated from the Vancouver School Board. In 1983, the main campus was moved from the King Edward Centre location at 12th Avenue and Oak Street to its current location at 1155 Broadway, now known as the Broadway campus. The present Downtown campus comprises the former facilities of the Vancouver Vocational Institute.

    Our on-campus facilities – including gourmet restaurants, an auto shop, and salon and spa – allow students to hone their skills and training while providing high-quality lower-cost services to the Downtown and East Vancouver communities.

  • Department and Programs Offer:


    Program Type Term
    Baking and Pastry Arts Dual Certificate  2 years
    Baking and Pastry Arts – Artisan Baking  Certificate  11 months
    Baking and Pastry Arts – Pastry  Certificate  11 months
    Baking and Pastry Arts – Pastry ESL  Certificate  11 months
    Administrative Professional  Certificate 8 months
    Legal Administrative Assistant  Certificate  5 months
    Medical Office Assistant  Certificate  6 months
    Medical Transcriptionist  Certificate  8 months
    Asian Culinary Arts  Certificate  5 months
    University Transfer – Computing Science and Software Systems  Certificate  1 year
    University Transfer – Arts  Certificate  1 year
    University Transfer – Engineering (SFU)  Certificate  1 year
    University Transfer – Science  Certificate  1 year
    Esthetics and Spa Therapy  Certificate  10 months
    Hairstylist  Certificate  10 months
    Dental Assisting – Certified  Certificate  10 months
    Health Care Assistant  Certificate  28 weeks
    Health Care Assistant – ESL  Certificate  40 weeks
    Health Unit Coordinator  Certificate 32 weeks
    Medical Laboratory Assistant  Certificate  6 months
    Architectural Technician  Certificate  10 months
    Civil/Structural Technician  Certificate  10 months
    Steel Detailing Technician  Certificate  10 months


    Program Type Term
    Business and Project Management  Post‐Degree Diploma  2 years
    Canadian Business Management  Post‐Degree Diploma  2 years
    Culinary Arts  Diploma  2 years
    Fashion Design & Production  Diploma  2 years
    Graphic Design  Diploma  2 years
    Jewellery Art and Design  Diploma  2 years
    Early Childhood Care and Education  Diploma  2 years
    Hair Design and Esthetics  Diploma  2 years
    Cosmetology  Diploma  2 years
    Dental Hygiene  Diploma  2 years
    Dental Technology Sciences  Diploma  2 years
    Occupational/Physical Therapist Assistant (Rehab Assistant) Diploma  2 years
    Hospitality Management Diploma  2 years
    Dance  Diploma  2 years
    Music  Diploma  2 years
    CAD and BIM Technician  Diploma  2 years
    Computer Systems Technology  Diploma  2 years
    Electronics Repair Technology  Diploma  2 years
    VR/AR Design and Development  Diploma  16 months
    Automotive Collision and Refinishing  Diploma  2 years
    Automotive Service Technology  Diploma  2 years
    Heavy Mechanical Trades  Diploma  3 years


    Program Type Term
    Associate of Arts Associate Degree  2 years
    Associate of Science Associate Degree  2 years
    Bachelor of Applied Music  Bachelor Degree  2 years for diploma folders
    Bachelor of Hospitality Management  Bachelor Degree  2 years for diploma folders
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN)  Bachelor Degree  36 months
  • Population: Over 15,000
  • International Population: 1,200
  • Accommodation:

    VCC encourages international students to experience life with a Canadian family until they become accustomed to their new surroundings. Homestay is a safe and secure choice, providing students with the opportunity to practice English outside the classroom and learn about the Canadian way of life.

    GPI can offer host families that provide the following:

    • Private bedroom with a bed, bedding, dresser, desk, chair, desk lamp, closet
    • Shared common areas of the house including bathroom, kitchen, and TV room
    • Use of telephone and laundry facilities
    • Three meals per day (be sure to check with your Homestay family for exact meal times)