Blog

Explore the work of ACE and Co-operative Education in BC / Yukon through our blog. Here you will find inspirational stories from students, profiles of all our award winners, and wisdom from the wonderful humans that contribute to the vision of ACE.

Success Stories
Drew and Andrew's Co-op Success Story

Andrew Hunt can speak to the value of co-op education.  As a former Okanagan College student, Hunt’s career began with a Co-op placement, and after completing two Co-op terms with Metro Vancouver (then the Greater Vancouver Regional District), he was offered a job immediately after graduation.

As superintendent of the…

Where are they now?
Where are they now? Dylan Brown

UBC Kinesiology graduate Dylan Brown joined the co-op program to gain more experience in sport administrative and coordination. He was interested in advancing his skills to a more senior level with regards to managing staff, planning events, and creating budgets. He found his time in co-op incredibly valuable. Through his work terms,…

Where are they now?
Where are they now? Brodie Wasserman

One thing that links many of the Co-op stories we hear is that students see considerable value in been able to “try” a profession, without committing to it for life. Langara student Brodie Wasserman began this exploration process earlier than Co-op though, starting his journey as a kinesiology student, “when…

Success Stories
Ainsleigh's Co-op Success Story

UVic biochemistry and physics graduate Ainsleigh Hill is currently studying Mathematics and Computer Science at UBC. A long-time advocate for Co-op, Ainsleigh has blended real-world work experiences into her programs at both universities. Despite only being 21 years old, Ainsleigh seriously impressed her co-op employer during her two work terms…

Events & Announcements
ACE BC/Yukon Professional Development Event
25 years of Co-op: Managing the things that change and the things that don’t!

In 25 years of helping students reflect through work integrated learning experiences, many things about the way we do our jobs have changed, such as posting jobs on bulletin boards to posting them on the Internet.…

Success Stories
Finn's Co-op Success Story

In 2016, UVic Sociology student Finn Deschner was awarded the “Co-op Student of the Year” award from his department after his successful placement with Alberta Environment and Parks. We spoke to Finn during his second Co-op term, asking him to reflect on the experience of working a long way from…

Events & Announcements
ACE 25th Anniversary Reception - You're Invited!

The Who’s Who of Co-operative Education and our supporters will be gathering from 4:30 – 7 PM for a chance to re-connect, reminisce and revel in the past 25 years of collaborative work supporting our co-op students.
Join us to look back on the past 25 years and forward…

Success Stories
Taylor's Co-op Success Story

In 2015 Taylor Mckinney had the incredible opportunity to complete an 8-month Co-op term in Whitehorse, working with the Communications Unit of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). At the time Taylor was studying at Simon Fraser University, and her interest in the work of INAC was driven by a…

Where are they now?
Where are they now? Tess Lipinski

Tess Lipinski’s Co-op experience was certainly not a smooth ride. Half way through her first Co-op semester as Marketing Executive for new start-up Work.learn.travel the company were forced to lay off half of the staff, and Tess was one of the unfortunate ones. Tess recalls the moment vividly, “I called…

Where are they now?
Where are they now? Aimee Gagnon

Aimee Gagnon attended Langara College as a mature student, having previously graduated art school in Toronto before moving into the commercial world for a number of years. Determined to progress her career and advance into more senior management positions, Aimee enrolled in the Marketing Management BBA program at Langara, and…

Success Stories
Genevieve's Co-op Success Story

Selkirk College alumna Genevieve Thibault had actually graduated from the Recreation Fish and Wildlife Program when she walked through the doors of Selkirk’s Co-op Education & Employment Services (CEES) office.

Thibault was looking for an opportunity that would be pertinent to her completed studies, and as Selkirk College’s CEES Assistant Olga…

Events & Announcements
Industry News: Student Work Integrated Learning Program

The Student Work Integrated Learning Program (SWILP) is an initiative of the Federal Government through Employment and Skills Development Canada (ESDC). This four-year project intends to distribute 73 million dollars in funding to support co-op placements in STEM and Business, through offering wage subsidies to employers that hire co-op students.…