VIU, ElderCollege end partnership after 30 years


After three decades of collaboration, the partnership between Vancouver Island University and ElderCollege has come to an end. The VIU ElderCollege collaboration provided adults ages 50 and up with continuing education programs, with the university providing accounting services and classroom space for the organization’sprograms. VIU noted in a statement that the partnership “has been a source of pride for both parties over the past 30 years,” but noted financial considerations in its choice to end it. Students who are currently enrolled in VIU ElderCollege will be able to finish their courses this fall; the university added that it will examine new continuing education models aimed at meeting the needs of learners of all ages. ElderCollege board chair Ross Peterson said that the organization is optimistic that it can find a way to continue providing courses in the future.

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