President’s Message

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Dr. Kevin Nagel

Welcome to Vancouver Premier College (VPC)

Over the course of our 25-year history in the Greater Vancouver Area, we have supported thousands of students in reaching for and achieving their specific training, advanced study and career goals through innovative programming and articulation agreements leading to degrees with many of BC’s leading post-secondary education institutions.

This web site provides access to three independent colleges that work hard to reflect our core values and priorities. Our talented faculty, administrators and staff are committed to our Mission and Vision that enable our colleges to not only focus on student-centered learning but also, on the achievement of educational innovation and sustainability that will be required to be infused into our College DNA as we address the challenges posed by a “new normal” and by the emergence of a paradigm-shifting Generative AI technology with transformative potential in post-secondary education.

The importance of skills-training as a necessary step to a sustainable career or job required to support advanced learning aspirations has never been as evident as it is today. Prior to the arrival of COVID-19, the BC Labour Market Outlook Report (2019) projected that 40% of future jobs would require diploma, certificate or apprenticeship training. Today, two-thirds of students entering elementary school are expected to be employed in jobs that do not currently exist. Of these new jobs, a full 80% will require Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) literacy. The shift in employment requirements from the traditional credential basis to a specific skills basis is strong evidence of the changing job requirements emerging in the workplace as well as a rationale for post-secondary education institutions to become focused on skills training and experiential learning. 

With STEAM programming as our primary development focus, Vancouver Premier College is re-imagining what it takes to design and deliver quality education and training programs in an AI-aided economy. Our focus is on programming that addresses both provincially and globally needed workforce skills combined with excellence in teaching and learning that will enable VPC to distinguish its programs in a range of disciplines that are increasingly relied upon by our students to enhance the quality of their education and employment prospects. In addition to developing programs with articulated pathways to undergraduate degrees, we are also developing postgraduate degree programs with pathways to graduate degrees and direct linkages to industry certifications.

On behalf of our Board of Governors, Education Council, Program Advisory Committees, faculty, staff and our growing family of alumnus, partners, stakeholder and community friends and collaborators, we welcome you to actively participate in the opportunities that our colleges provide by bringing people together from virtually all corners of the globe to learn and study in a supportive, inclusive and respectful learning environment.


Kevin Nagel, MA, MSt., PhD, ICD.D
President & VP Academic