Our history in Metro Vancouver dates back more than 20 years to May 1998 when Vancouver Premier College of Hotel Management was founded in Vancouver, British Columbia as one of Canada’s first colleges to exclusively specialize in the design, development and delivery of quality hotel management related education and training programs. Since its establishment, the enrollment of Vancouver Premier College of Hotel Management has increased significantly leading to the subsequent establishment of Vancouver Premier College of Business and Management and Vancouver Premier College of Arts and Science. The enrollment in our colleges reached 1,080 FLE in 2019 which in turn enabled further investment in college infrastructure, administration, programming and teaching. New programming to be introduced over the next five years will enable our colleges to continue to grow our international and domestic student populations.
Due to the consistent annual increase in demand from students seeking to study in Canada since 2008, we have significantly enhanced our teaching and learning capacity by creating two additional specialized institutions of higher learning. Vancouver Premier College of Arts and Science was created through the acquisition of a previously designated BC college to provide greater access for students to a range of Arts, Humanities and Science programs and credentials. Vancouver Premier College of Business and Management was established to address the increased student interest in seeking enhanced access to quality BC-based business and management programs.
In addition to investing in new academic programming, we have made critical investments in quality post-secondary education instruction, administration and facilities which in turn, have resulted in significant increases in the choice and quality of programs delivered by our independently established colleges. To ensure we develop the capacity to realize our Vision, Mission and Strategic Objectives, a bicameral governance structure consisting of a Board of Directors and Academic Council will be established in 2021. The Board of Directors will provide strategic direction and oversight with respect to planning and operations while the Academic Council will manage all education and academic related matters and issues. Our Colleges currently have two locations in Metro Vancouver, a downtown Vancouver location on West Broadway and a Richmond location in the Lansdowne Center.