March 26, 2012
Each year, employers host hundreds of Bow Valley College (BVC) Business students for their practicum placements, giving them the real-world skills needed to start their careers. The College's Business department recently held an appreciation event at the Calgary Zoo to thank its work experience hosts for their continued support.
Elza Bruk, BVC's Dean of Business, wecomes the College's work experience hosts.
"Work experience hosts are an integral part of the success of our programs and graduates," says Elza Bruk. "Their role is to provide our learners with the opportunity to apply their new skills in genuine work settings."
More than 120 hosts and members for the Calgary business community joined BVC students, staff, and faculty on Feb. 7 at the event in the Zoo's ENMAX Conservatory.
"It was a great event. I want to thank our Events Management instructor Liz VanRamele and our first year Events Management students who put together a dynamic yet elegant function," says Elza.
Yulia Kishchik, Legal Administration student, spoke to the employers in attendance about the invaluable experience and connections she gained from her practicum placement at Bennett Jones.
"I have learned so much about the daily operations of a large law firm and I had a chance to network with legal support staff," says Yulia. "Bow Valley College's reputation, its top-of-the-line instruction, as well as the practicum component allow for a seamless transition from classroom to career."
The long list of employers represented at the event included Susan Baker from TransCanada. Susan was a former employee of Bow Valley College and is now the Accounts Payable Manager at TransCanada. She spoke at the event about the numerous benefits to organizations that hire BVC practicum students.
Other employers represented at the event included: