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VANOC hiring hundreds of students, seeks local Friends of Games

Thursday, November 26, 2009
Contact: Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—With the kick-off to the 2010 Winter Games less than 80 days away, there is still an opportunity for local businesses and organizations to get involved in a very focused and meaningful way – by sponsoring a student.

Nearly 2,000 B.C. post-secondary students – 47 of which are from Capilano University – have applied for hundreds of positions connected to the Games and are going through interviews and screening procedures this month. Successful students will undertake a three-month work term from January to March 2010, gaining hands-on experience in areas such as accreditation, broadcasting, editorial services, energy services, event services, food services, international client services, logistics, sport production, transportation and press operations.

The Organizing Committee for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) is looking for organizations wishing to experience the spirit of the Games by sponsoring a student – or several – for their work term. Participating organizations will be recognized publicly, can build a pool of future candidates for employment, and may achieve Friends of the Games status, which includes a position in the Olympic Torch Relay and access to hard-to-get tickets for events.

“This is a great opportunity for Capilano University students to showcase their skills and abilities as they work for one of the world’s largest international sporting events,” said Shoshana Somerville, supervisor of Capilano’s Student Employment Centre. “Not only will they benefit from the immersive learning environment and the sheer excitement of being a part of something so significant, but they will also build important networks of contacts that will be instrumental in helping them build careers once they graduate.”

Sponsorship of one student costs $7,500. Sponsoring 20 students qualifies an organization for the Bronze level “Friends of the Games” package, while 35 sponsorships qualifies for a Silver-level package, and 70 sponsorships gets the Gold. Sponsors can request that their contribution be applied to a student from a certain institution or region, and VANOC will arrange the match with students and handle all logistics related to employment and compensation.

For further information on this VANOC program, contact Paula Bond at 604.403.9330 or e-mail Paula_Bond@vancouver2010.com.

During the Games, Capilano University’s North Vancouver and Squamish campuses will be used as departure hubs where people attending events will park their cars and be bused to alpine locations. Capilano University’s Student Employment Centre was responsible for finding departure hub positions for approximately 200 of its students, putting about $300,000 overall into students’ pockets.

“These funds are enormously important in helping students pay for tuition, fees and living expenses throughout the academic year,” Somerville added. “Every dollar earned makes a big difference in the lives of these hardworking individuals.”

Capilano University is a teaching-focused university that serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Enrolment totals 6,700 students in credit programs each term with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. Capilano offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university-level arts and science courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, diplomas, certificates and statements of completion.

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