As the second largest city in Manitoba, Brandon is fortunate to have excellent educational facilities that include a public school system, a university, several colleges and private vocational schools to meet the learning needs and career aspirations of all students. The public school system prides itself on providing student focused learning environments. Public and post secondary institutions are large enough to offer a wide range of educational and student support services but small enough to recognize individual needs and provide personalized learning experiences. As a result of this strong educational foundation Brandon’s citizens have proven to be an extremely stable, committed and well educated work force.
If you are a permanent resident or Canadian citizen, you do not have to pay to send your children to public school. Parents can also choose to place their children in private schools. Public schools are paid by taxes while private schools are supported partly by government grants and partly by tuition fees paid by parents.
Parents in Manitoba are encouraged to become involved in their children's education. Most schools invite parents to join parent councils. The councils organize special programs and events, fundraise for the school, and give advice on school needs and priorities. Parents are also invited to discuss any concerns with the teachers and principals.
Most children in Manitoba start school when they are five years old. They go to kindergarten for half a day during the first year then full days from Grade one to twelve. The school year runs from September to June each year. English is the main language of instruction with some schools also offering instruction in French. If you would like more information about the school system in Manitoba, please visit the link below www.edu.gov.mb.ca.
Brandon School Division No. 40
The Brandon School Division has approximately 8,700 students and approximately 1,200 staff members. It encompasses 22 schools, 19 of which are located within the City of Brandon. There are three (3) high schools and 19 early and middle year schools in the Brandon School Division. French Immersion programming is offered from K-12 at four (4) division schools, École O’Kelly School at CFB Shilo, École New Era School, École Harrison and École Secondaire Neelin High School. The division also offers Vocational Training, at Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School.
The School Division is governed by a board of locally elected trustees, therefore there is a great deal of accountability to the people they serve. Board meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month with exception being made in July, August and December. All meetings are open and the public is always welcome. Please visit the Brandon School Division webpage at www.bsd.ca to find out more.
Extra-curricular sports and school activities such as choir, band, drama, academic skill contests, clubs and volunteer groups are an important part of the social portion of the school system. Brandon schools offer organized sports teams as a means of building school pride and student engagement. Sports offered include badminton, basketball, baseball, curling, fastball, football, golf, hockey, rugby, soccer, track & field, volleyball and many others.
Founded in 1899, Brandon University has become a nationally recognized leader in the delivery of undergraduate and graduate programs. Brandon University’s small class sizes offer individual attention by faculty and staff on a safe and compact campus. Brandon University is a leader in innovative educational initiatives that are attentive to the community it serves with an enrollment of over 3,000 students.
University faculty members have received national awards for research in physics, astronomy, geology, mathematics, and social sciences. Academic research dealing with liquid crystals, behavior of forest fires, nano- technology and the medicinal uses of native plants add an exciting perspective. Much of the applied research focuses on geology, Aboriginal and northern issues. The Rural Development Institute tackles issues of practical relevance to the rural economy at a graduate level.
Brandon University offers undergraduate degrees in Arts, Science, Music, Education, Business Administration, Fine Arts, Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing, and First Nations and Aboriginal Counseling. The University also features graduate degrees in Psychiatric Nursing, Music, Rural Development and Education, as well as pre-professional programs in 19 areas ranging from agriculture to veterinary medicine. Brandon University is also home to the innovative Applied Disaster and Emergency Studies program – the first program of its kind in the country.
Brandon continues to have a strong commitment to providing access for rural and remote students. Brandon has collaborated with other universities in the province to form Campus Manitoba, an internet-based program of distributed learning with the head office at BU. Also, programs such as the Community-Based Initiatives Program within the Faculty of Education and the Program for the Education of Nature Teachers (PENT) continue to provide high quality preparation for teachers throughout Manitoba.
Brandon University's strong commitment to Aboriginal students is reflected in programs offered such as Visual & Aboriginal Art, Native Studies and First Nations and Aboriginal Counseling. In fact, 50% of Aboriginal teachers employed in Manitoba come from the BU Faculty of Education.
Assiniboine Community College
Assiniboine Community College (ACC) offers over 40 unique programs in the fields of agriculture, environment, business, health and human services, food and hospitality, trades and technology. Our Victoria Avenue East Campus, North Hill Campus (Len Evans Centre for Trades and Technology and the Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts) and the Adult Collegiate are located in Brandon, while a satellite campus is located in Dauphin. Three training centres in Winnipeg, Neepawa and Russell provide comprehensive education services across the province.
Whether you want to study full-time, part-time, or by distance education, Assiniboine offers apprenticeship programs, certificates, diplomas, mature student high school, continuing studies and contract training. The college’s educational delivery is offered through a variety of approaches, including face-to-face, distance and online, blended learning and integrated programs.
ACC has over 300 full-time employees and an annual full-time enrolment of 2,800 including apprenticeship. The college’s total annual enrolment is approximately 10,000 when combined with distance education, continuing studies and contract students from across Manitoba.
ACC is in the middle of an exciting relocation to a beautiful heritage site on Brandon's north hill. In the future, eventually all of the college's Brandon-based programming will train at this campus, overlooking the Assiniboine River valley with a view of the city. The college is moving in phases, to make sure we take the time to get it right for our students of the future! We completed phase one in 2007, opening the doors of the Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts (MICA) to students and community.
Phase two was the completion of the $45 million Len Evans Centre for Trades and Technology in September 2010. This 130,000 square foot facility features innovative machine shops, laboratories, computer rooms and smart classrooms and houses trades and apprenticeship training. The final phase of ACC's move to the hill will be the renovation and expansion of the Parkland building into the academic centre of the new campus.
Assiniboine Community College Adult Collegiate (ACC-AC)
Assiniboine Community College’s adult learning programming is available at the Adult Collegiate in downtown Brandon and at the Parkland Campus in Dauphin. The Adult Collegiate is for those who want to achieve a Mature Student High School Diploma or complete their regular High School Diploma to meet entrance requirements for post-secondary education, or to increase their competitiveness in the job market. The Brandon campus averages approximatel 200 students per year.
Individuals who already have a High School credential, but who need a different level of mathematics, physics, English or other discipline, will also find programming to meet their needs. We offer classes both during the day and in the evening. Distance and online courses are also available for those who prefer to work independently and outside of the classroom. Dual credits are offered for those who wish to earn their high school diploma as well as take courses that will count towards your college credential. English as an Additional Language is offered for those who are interested in learning English at intermediate and advanced levels.
Manitoba Emergency Services College
Manitoba Emergency Services College is an educational institution unique to Brandon. The Emergency Services College is committed to providing superior emergency response training programs that meet the needs of emergency services and industry. The College offers a full time program for persons interested in a career in the Emergency Services field. The classroom maintains a full compliment every year and provides continuing education to over 2600 students per year.
Program areas include: Fire and Rescue, Hazardous Materials Response, Building and Fire Code Use and Application, Fire Inspector, Fire Officer, Investigations, Emergency Services Management, Industrial Fire and Rescue, Industrial Response to Hazardous Materials, Emergency Medical and Public Safety.
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