Riverside College in Mission is introducing a new Information Technology Technician program

Mission, BC (May, 2012) -Riverside College in Mission is introducing a new Information Technology Technician (ITT) program that will help fill a projected shortage of qualified IT technicians in the Fraser Valley.

Technology industry employers approached Riverside College about designing the new program. “There is a dire need for locally-based, skilled IT technicians at this level of training in the Fraser Valley,” says Raymond Szabada, a member of Mission’s Economic Development Commission and founder of the Sumas Regional Consortium for High Technology (SRC-Tec).

“There is a tendency to outsource our IT needs to foreign markets but it’s time to bring these opportunities home to our own communities. Riverside’s new program will help us in developing a self-sufficient model that both creates jobs and increases our productivity as a whole.”

It will be the only program in the Fraser Valley providing certifications for this level of training. Graduates will join the work force as entry-level IT administrators, call centre support, desktop support and small business IT support workers.

“Every program at Riverside has a concrete connection to the local marketplace and our new IT Technician program is no different,” says Cathy Anderson, principal of Riverside College. “When we first learned of the shortage from local business leaders, we began to research broader community partnerships and support for instituting a program at Riverside. The response we got was very positive and the result is our new ITT program.”

The program will open its doors in September 2012 and is currently accepting applications. Any student wishing to pursue a career in information technology can apply regardless of computer skills or access, or a Grade 12 diploma. These courses will earn credit toward an ITT certificate, while students will also earn the industry-association standardized certificates known as IC3-GS3 and CompTIA A+. The ITT program consists of five courses, all of which comply with current Ministry of Education course offerings.

Riverside College, which has served Mission and the Fraser Valley since 2001, allows students to work towards completing grade 12 while offering a variety of career and trades training programs, as well as academic courses. Programs are designed to provide students with the support they need to succeed.

For more information about Riverside, please visit the website or contact:

Principal, Riverside College

604-302-0215

[email protected]

New IT Tech Program At Riverside To Help Fill Regional Labour Shortage

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Riverside College in Mission is introducing a new Information Technology Technician (ITT) program that will help fill a projected shortage of qualified IT technicians in the Fraser Valley. Technology industry employers approached Riverside College about designing the new program.

“There is a dire need for locally-based, skilled IT technicians at this level of training in the Fraser Valley,” says Raymond Szabada, a member of Mission’s Economic Development Commission and founder of the Sumas Regional Consortium for High Technology (SRC-Tec). “There is a tendency to outsource our IT needs to foreign markets but it’s time to bring these opportunities home to our own communities. Riverside’s new program will help us in developing a self-sufficient model that both creates jobs and increases our productivity as a whole.”

It will be the only program in the Fraser Valley providing certifications for this level of training. Graduates will join the work force as entry-level IT administrators, call centre support, desktop support and small business IT support workers.

“Every program at Riverside has a concrete connection to the local marketplace and our new IT Technician program is no different,” says Cathy Anderson, principal of Riverside College. “When we first learned of the shortage from local business leaders, we began to research broader community partnerships and support for instituting a program at Riverside. The response we got was very positive and the result is our new ITT program.”

The program will open its doors in September 2012 and is currently accepting applications. Any student wishing to pursue a career in information technology can apply regardless of computer skills or access, or a Grade 12 diploma. These courses will earn credit toward an ITT certificate, while students will also earn the industry-association standardized certificates known as IC3-GS3 and CompTIA A+. The ITT program consists of five courses, all of which comply with current Ministry of Education course offerings.

Riverside College, which has served Mission and the Fraser Valley since 2001, allows students to work towards completing grade 12 while offering a variety of career and trades training programs, as well as academic courses. Programs are designed to provide students with the support they need to succeed.

Support for the Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tec

As the community of Mission continues to grow, it is important to develop an environment that supports the creation of jobs in order to build a sustainable local economy. In this regard, SRCTec’s effort to promote the High Tech Sector, specifically the pursuit and the facilitation of the proposed Fraser Valley Tech Development Centre, which will host Research and Technology Transfer, Innovation and Incubation. IT Technical Training and Education within the District of Mission is a welcome endeavour.

As a result of several initiatives, including partnered regional studies, existing research and strategic planning relating to a comprehensive sector analysis, the Economic Development Select Committee, an advisory body to municipal council, has determined the key needs of businesses in certain sectors targeted by the community as part of its employment growth strategy.

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SRCTec initiates discussions and the delivery of a framework for Aboriginal Industry Prep Program in partnership with Stolo: Nations Human Resources Development and First Nations Technology Council

Abbotsford, BC (Jan 21st, 2009)- The Sumas regional consortium for High Tech (SRCTec) has been invited to deliver a proposed framework for The Aboriginal Industry Prep Program at the First Nations Tech Council’s Annual Summit at the Coast Plaza Hotel Feb 19th thru 22nd. The framework and the presentation to be delivered by Raymond T Szabada, Chairman of the Board of SRCTec.

Bridging the Gap with The Rest of Canada.

The Industry Prep Program (IPP) A framework for preparation and education designed to elevate the success rate of Aboriginal candidates as related to employment and careers in the High Tech Sector in order to accommodate the opportunity for Aboriginal communities to produce and then tap in to their own skilled and technical workforce to deliver self made solutions, sustain the required and implemented infrastructures but most importantly to allow such a pool to become resources of the future.

Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech submits an Expression of Interest to Airport East Business Park for Potential site for the Proposed Abbotsford Technology Park

Abbotsford, BC (October 2008)- The Sumas regional consortium for High Tech (SRCTec) and Airport East Business Park (AEP) and its Partners have initiated proceedings and discussions to jointly consider plans for the proposal to develop the Abbotsford Technology Park on existing Airport East Business Park; just south of the Clearbrook Road overpass on Trans Canada Highway. The Park will plan to host small and medium size technology firms, Research, Education and Training facilities.

“We are very excited about working with the AEP team and discussions are underway to elaborate on the potential for AEP and its partners as well as the City to consider the location for the Proposed Abbotsford Technology Park” commented Raymond Szabada Chairman of the Board for SRCTec.

For more information on this alliance, please contact Owen Greaves at the Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech at [email protected]

The Sumas Region Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec) signs an agreement with the Canadian Youth for Business

Abbotsford, BC –, SRCTec, will play a key role in delivering services and assistance to local entrepreneurs and youth business owners through the Community Partner Program of CYFB in the communities east of Surrey, including Mission, Chilliwack and Abbotsford.

Finding the start-up funds and the appropriate mentoring for a new idea, technology or business concept can be overwhelming and can be the difference between growing and folding. This is especially true in the fast-paced sectors of information technology, where the ability to evolve in a rapidly changing environment is essential to survival.

Founded in 1996, the CYBF organization is truly unique. CYBF provides loans of up to $15,000.0, mentoring and plethora of business resources for young Canadians age 18-34 to create their own successful businesses. Since inception, CYBF has invested in more than 2,100.00 young entrepreneurs whose businesses have generated more than $233M in gross sales and more than 12,000 new jobs in Canadian communities.

“CYBF has some very impressive stats. The SRCTec and CYBF alliance is an extremely strategic relationship for us and will become a key and integral element of our service to the Abbotsford and surrounding communities as well as our plans to support innovation and assisting Entrepreneurs through the Abbotsford Technology Park”. Said Raymond Szabada, CEO and Chairman of the Board.

SRCTec hopes to be operational in receiving and facilitating applications for CYBF program late spring to early summer time frame. Applicants in the mean time are encouraged to visit http://www.cybf.ca or http://www.srctec.ca

Contact: Owen Greaves, Chief Operating Officer SRCTec
Phone: 1.800.306.9488
Cell: 1.604-217-3668
E-mail: [email protected]

The Sumas Region Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec) Receives an Official Statement of Support From Stream, a Richardson Texas Based Contact Service Centre Provider.

In a statement, Site Director of Stream Steven Cheeseman relayed that “We fully endorse this partnership. We are thrilled to see SRCTec take the lead in developing the Fraser Valley’s prominence in the high-tech industry. As a contact center outsourcer, Stream relies on tech-savvy employees who live and work in the Fraser Valley”.

He further communicated that “Technological expertise and strong people skills are critical to our growth as a company, and we believe SRCTec’s vision will benefit not just our company, but the entire community. A commitment to technology, its benefits, and the growth opportunities the technology industry offers are just a few things SRCTec embodies. We’re excited about the future of this consortium and the positive impact it will surely have in the Fraser Valley.