Minister Melanie Mark learns about innovative JIBC technology and experiential learning in support of justice and public safety education
Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) welcomed the Honourable Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, and provided her an overview of the justice and public safety education, training, and applied research it offers to BC students including undergraduate and graduate level preparation.
The Aug. 9 tour, led by JIBC President and CEO Dr. Michel Tarko and JIBC Board Chair Rob Kroeker, included a visit to the Dr. Donald Rix Public Safety Simulation Building where the Minister received a demonstration of JIBC’s award-winning PRAXIS training simulation system. The online system can be delivered on campus and remotely from multiple sites anywhere in the world. Applications include the support of emergency management exercises and scenario training.
Minister Mark also visited JIBC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Innovation (CTLI) where she learned about the innovative educational technology it provides in support of the justice and public safety education and training provided at the Institute both on campus and online to students and organizations across the province.
Students from the JIBC Paramedic Academy provided the Minister with a demonstration of the Institute’s emphasis on applied and experiential learning with simulations involving trauma scenarios.
The tour concluded with a visit to JIBC’s Aboriginal Gathering Place which opened last year in support of the Institute’s Indigenization Plan in response to the TRC Call to Action. The space is dedicated to teaching, learning and exchange and the support of JIBC’s Aboriginal students, and serves as a venue where all can further their knowledge and appreciation of Aboriginal history and culture.
“It was exciting to learn about the innovative, cultural and practical hands-on training that the Justice Institute of British Columbia offers to students and first responders throughout our beautiful province,” said Minister Mark. “Our government is working hard to make education and training affordable and relevant for all citizens. We’ve already reduced the interest rate as part of our commitment to scrap interest on provincial loans as well as announced tuition free ABE and ELL starting September."
“We were pleased to welcome Minister Mark and show her some of what we offer to BC students as they pursue careers in justice and public safety,” said Dr. Tarko. “We are very proud of the role our staff and faculty play in educating and training students to be job-ready while also leading applied research in the context of justice and public safety. We continue to be focused on providing exceptional educational opportunities to those who dedicate themselves to keeping our communities safe.”