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College involves a lot of hard work, but studying in English when it is not your first language is even more challenging. If you've been admitted to a college in Canada, you have likely gone through English testing and successfully passed. Congratulations! But if you have just arrived in Canada, you may not be used to living in an English-speaking country yet. Getting more comfortable with understanding, speaking and writing English really all comes down to one thing; immersing yourself in the language in any way you can. Read on for tips on how you can do just that! Read in English Reading books or articles in English is a great way to help you become familiar with commonly used words and phrases. This is a great way to improve your spelling and expand your vocabulary, as you'll likely find they will begin to improve naturally over time. Tip: Use an eReader...

November 3, 2020 PRESS RELEASE For immediate release ILAC is now on the approved list of designated learning institutions (DLIs) that have reopened to international students from outside of Canada. The list also includes ILAC’s Higher Education division made up of ILAC International College, Sterling College and Canadian Tourism College (CTC). International students who have or have been approved for a study permit and are travelling to Canada for a non-discretionary or non-optional purpose are now able to attend courses at ILAC schools in Toronto and Vancouver. In order to reopen to international students who aren’t currently in Canada, Ontario and British Columbia had to review ILAC’s COVID-19 readiness plan to ensure it protects the health and safety of all students, staff and the ILAC community. ILAC’s readiness plan includes safe and comfortable accommodation arrangements for the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for new students. “We’ve been safely running in-person classes since July,” says Jonathan Kolber, CEO of...

Two years ago, Sterling College in Vancouver launched its Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing to help internationally trained nurses achieve their goal of becoming nurses in British Columbia. Since then, over 22 nursing students have gone on to complete their Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE) and National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and are now registered nurses in Canada. “Sterling College went above and beyond to support and guide me in achieving my goals,” says Coleen Castanares, a nursing graduate originally from the Philippines. “Thank you to my instructors, who were really generous with their time, stuck by me and had faith that I would get there in the end.” The program has since transitioned into Sterling’s public-private partnership (PPP) with Red Deer College in Alberta, launched earlier this year. The Red Deer-Sterling Health Care Practice and Management program prepares internationally educated nurses to integrate their prior education and take on leadership roles...

As the pandemic continues, many of us have put our plans on hold. Some plans, such as international travel, will have to wait, but others, such as beginning or continuing your education, are still feasible options. Feeling discouraged and uncertain these days is not uncommon, but we can still find a sense of normalcy by staying connected with others and focusing our energy into something productive. Attending college may or may not be on your to do list this fall, but hear us out; there are actually a lot of reasons why it's actually the perfect time! Read on to learn why. Less distractions With vacations cancelled and social calendars clearer than usual, most of us have never had more time to spare. Why not use that time to learn new skills or grow your current skills to help you advance your career? Though the future of course delivery is uncertain (online,...

With over 8 years of experience in education, we are pleased to have Sophie Kaur as business program instructor at Sterling College. She began her educational career as a business management lecturer in the U.K. and holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering and Masters in Business Management from the University of Salford. After completing her Masters, Sophie realized that teaching business was her true calling and completed her teaching certificates. Sophie believes in lifelong learning and leading by example in the classrooms. It is her goal to encourage her students to look beyond the four walls of the classroom and view the world around them as a place of learning and discovery. The following is an interview with Sophie in which you can get to know more about her and the program she teaches at Sterling College. Tell us a bit about your experience in the industry I have worked as a...

Do you still need to take your IELTS exam or require some help preparing for one? In Canada, IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is used as a measure of English language proficiency for immigration, skilled worker applications, university and college entrance requirements, and professional designations. The International Language Academy of Canada (ILAC) welcomes thousands of international students every year for English studies, college courses, and pathway programs into higher education. The new ILAC IELTS Test Centre in metro Vancouver is now open for in-person testing and test bookings! The facility is open 5 days a week and offers a choice between two types of IELTS exams; the IELTS Academic Exam and IELTS General Training Exam. Which IELTS test is right for you? The IELTS Academic Test is for people applying for higher education or professional registration in an English speaking environment. It features academic language and assesses whether you are ready to begin...

During your college experience, you will undoubtedly end up having to study for a test. The best method to learn and retain information varies from person to person, and it can be a bit of trial-and-error before you find what works well for you. However, some memory-boosting tips⁠—such as getting enough sleep and exercise⁠—can work for anyone. Beyond that, there are several techniques you can try for yourself that will help you get that "A" on your next exam! Organize organize organize! One way to simplify and retain information is to organize it into more manageable clusters or lists. Taking similar concepts and grouping them together allows you to see things more clearly and feel less overwhelmed. Sometimes when we get overwhelmed, we start to shut down, panic, and lose focus. So get out those highlighters, create those lists, and do what you need to do to get everything organized in a...

Want to know more about the Information Technology programs at Sterling College? We are now offering a Diploma in Software Development and a Diploma in Network Administration. This interview with Milan Petrovich, VP Academic at Sterling College, will help you gain more insight as to what these programs are all about and give you more information about the industry. What is the purpose of the Diploma in Software Development? What are the job opportunities in this field? The purpose of this program is prepare students for employment in entry-level developer or tester roles in a range of organizational contexts, and is designed for people seeking to focus on one or more application areas, such as general Application Development, Web Development, Games Development, and Mobile Applications Development. Graduates will be positioned to enter careers as:  Application Programmer, Computer Programmer, Software Developer, Mobile Application Developer, Business Application Programmer, Web Developer, Software Tester, Junior Programmer,...

Did you know that Sterling College has now entered a partnership with Red Deer College in Alberta? Through this partnership, we are able to offer programs that are designed to enhance skills, build expertise and get job-ready! Two of these programs are in Information Technology—the Diploma in Software Development and the Diploma in Network Administration. These programs both run for 48 weeks and are taught with industry professionals using state-of-the-art technology and tools. We are also offering a new nursing program, the Post Degree Certificate in Health Care Practice and Management, designed to help IENs take on leadership roles in the Canadian healthcare environment. Read on for more information on each program. Diploma in Software Development Program Focus: Earn a diploma with technical skills in software development that will meet the needs of the industry! This program will prepare students for employment in entry-level developer or tester roles in a range of organizational...

People all across the world are practicing social distancing for the safety of themselves and others. As we physically spend less time together, it's become more important than ever to use technology to stay connected. Thankfully, there are multiple platforms available that can help us stay in touch. The following are five apps that you can use to stay connected from the comfort of your own home. Try some out and see which ones work for you! Skype Skype has been around for a long time, and you have probably already used it at one time or another, whether that be for work or personal use. It allows you to talk to others either one-on-one or in a group, from your phone or your computer. You can instant message or use voice or video calling, with groups of up to 50 people. Using Skype is free, but there are paid options if...