Vancouver Premier College supports a wide range of student activities to ensure student growth and development is holistic. For many college students, involvement in student activities plays an important role in their educational experience. Students become involved in activities not only for entertainment, social and enjoyment purposes but also, to improve their interpersonal and relationship management skills. Accordingly, VPC encourages students to develop a list of activities at the beginning of each academic year and supports their full and active participation.
Student activities are focused on the development of the individual student and exist to complement the academic program as well as to augment the student’s learning experience. VPC’s support of student activities provides an opportunity for students to plan their activities and to determine their level of engagement with other students, the College and supporting community. Since a student’s peer group is the single, most important source of influence on a student’s academic and personal development, providing opportunities for students to establish and identify with their own respective peer groups will positively influence their affective and cognitive development as well as their behavior during the length of their study program.
Students who participate in extra-curricular activities also develop skills related to their career paths which are imperative for future job success. Active involvement allows students to link academic knowledge with practical experience, thereby leading to a better understanding of their own abilities, talents and career goals. Future employers seek individuals with confidence in their abilities and skill levels, making these involved students more viable in the job market. Specifically, participation in extra-curricular activities and leadership roles in these activities are positively linked to attainment of one’s first job as well as to future managerial potential.
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