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.

Humans of ACE
Humans of Ace Interview: Jim Ketelsen

For the next installment in the Humans of Ace series we sat down with soon to be retired Jim Ketelsen, who occupied the manager for co-operative education positon at Vancouver Island University for 27 years. Although Jim has not held the manager position for the last year and a…

Events & Announcements
Co-Op Collision Day on February 27th is SOLD OUT!!

BC Tech launches Co-Op Career Fair on Feb 27th and has received an overwhelming response from students all over BC.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Sydney Goodfellow at

Events & Announcements
Grub in the Hub event January 12, 2018

By Heather Workman

The first “Grub in the Hub”  event between BC Tech and ACE BC/Yukon kicked off on Friday January 12th at the BC Tech offices. BC Tech provided pizza and refreshments…

Success Stories
Jiliane's Co-op Success Story

In 2015, Capilano graduate Jillian Courteau was preparing for a summer co-op placement role in Vancouver with Destination Canada. She had landed the role as a component of her Tourism Management Cooperative Education Diploma at Capilano University—after having applied for every available position that looked interesting.

“Especially the jobs I had…

November 2017 PD Recap

Written by Jennie Nilsson

Our November 17, 2017 ACE professional development session was a wonderful opportunity to connect with colleagues and explore how much our roles have evolved – and haven’t! I have had the good fortune of being on the ACE Professional Development Committee since 2007, and while…

Success Stories
Peter's Co-op Success Story

Passionate about oceanography, Camosun College alum Peter Van Buren credits his experience in the Co-operative Education program with landing his dream job with Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Institute of Ocean Science.

Getting insights from co-op staff into employers’ recruitment needs and processes “greatly impacted my approach in seeking employment,” he…

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…