Deans and Directors of continuing education and contract training in BC have a long history of dialogue and collaboration to advance shared issues and interests.
Initially, we met periodically and relatively informally to discuss action we might take around specific issues affecting continuing education in the province – government caps on tuition fee increases for continuing education courses, for example.
In time, we began taking collaborative action to bolster the profile, influence, and delivery capacity of continuing education and contract training in BC. This led to our partnering on large scale labour market training contracts, around which we could leverage our combined expertise to achieve improved outcomes and deeper cost effectiveness for government and industry.
Eventually, the scale of our activity called for a greater degree of organization and accountability as an association. After rigorous strategic planning, we formalized our governance, sharpened our priorities, and re-branded ourselves as CETABC - the Continuing Education & Training Association of BC.
Today, CETABC is actively engaged in advancing "best practices", expanding partnerships, and streamlining the delivery of continuing education and contract training system in BC. Our focus is enhancing adult opportunities for learning throughout the province and, in the process, improving socio-economic, community, and labour market outcomes for all British Columbians.