To provide secondary, post-secondary and English as a Second Language instruction to students, including foreign students and immigrants to Canada, in order that they will be able to fit more easily into Canadian society, find employment, advance to higher levels of education and generally enrich their lives. To teach academic and technical skills to students at the post-secondary level, so as to improve their employment opportunities and suitability for admission into institutions of higher learning
Royal Canadian College provides secondary and English as a Second Language instruction to students, including foreign students and immigrants to Canada, in order that they will be able to fit more easily into Canadian society, find employment, advance to higher levels of education.
Our College attracts students from all over the world, including, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Colombia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Poland, Taiwan, Singapore, and the USA. This exposes students at Royal Canadian College to the enriching experience of learning about different cultures in one place.
In the magnificent backdrop of the coastal mountains and the Pacific Ocean sits Vancouver, a beautiful jewel on the west coast of Canada. In overall quality of life surveys, Vancouver is constantly ranked as one of the best cities in the world to live in. It is in this context that RCC strives to create a learning environment that emphasizes a holistic approach to the well-being of its students.
Royal Canadian College (RCC) was founded in January 1989 and registered as a non-profit society under the Society Act of British Columbia. As a society, Royal Canadian College is governed by a Board of Directors.
The college functioned primarily as an English as a Second Language (ESL) institution at its original campus at Inverness Street in Vancouver. Students in the ESL program attended intensive conversation, grammar, reading, writing, vocabulary, and pronunciation classes. They were also offered classes in computer literacy. RCC registered with the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education and subsequently the Private Post-Secondary Education Commission of British Columbia (PPSEC) in order to offer the ESL program to post-secondary students as well.
A second campus was opened in September 1990 at 2236 West 12th Avenue in Vancouver. At the new location, RCC started offering a high school academic program (Grades 8-12), soon after being certified by the British Columbia Ministry of Education’s Independent Schools Office.
The second campus originally occupied half of the building at 2236 West 12th Avenue, but expanded to occupy the entire building by May 1991. The school then closed the original campus at Inverness Street and consolidated all programs at the new campus.
In the 1990s RCC experienced a steady growth in the spectrum and sophistication of the courses offered to ESL and high school students. In particular, the college was progressively enrolling more senior secondary students and as a result, the number of courses offered increased. The high school academic program (Grades 8 to 12) at RCC adopts the curriculum set out by the Ministry of Education of British Columbia. Subjects currently offered include English, Writing, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Information Technology, Mathematics, Geography, History, Planning, Calculus, and Physical Education, Accounting, Economics, Social Studies.
Our post-secondary initiative took a leap forward in January 2000 when our college signed an articulation agreement with the University of Idaho, in Moscow, Idaho, USA. The University of Idaho agreed to recognize first and second year university transfer credits offered at Royal Canadian College. Our University Transfer program was officially launched in September 2000, and we began to offer university preparation and university transfer courses in the areas of Arts and Social Sciences, Science (including Computer Science) and Business. Students obtaining transfers to the University of Idaho would eventually obtain a University of Idaho baccalaureate degree in their area of specialization.
In early 2002, Royal Canadian College Society purchased a property at 8610 Ash Street in Vancouver. After extensive renovations to the building located within the property, in May 2002, RCC closed the old campus on West 12th Avenue and moved to its current campus at 8610 Ash Street. Today, Royal Canadian College is a dynamic and innovative institution certified with the BC Ministry of Education.
It has been a longstanding goal of RCC to offer high quality programs that will properly prepare students for future challenges. The availability of land in the RCC campus allowed the college to make plans for expansion in order to improve the physical assets of the college and to allow for further growth in programming.
In 2009, RCC obtained a building permit to construct a 2 storey 5,389 sq. ft. building on the existing campus grounds. The new building was completed in September 2012 and features additional classrooms, a multi-purpose hall, common area and recreational space for students. Extensive renovations to the campus grounds has resulted in additional car and bicycle parking spaces, and a brand new outdoor multi-use sport court designed for basketball, volleyball and other related sports. In the past two years, the original building on campus has also gone through extensive renovations, including new flooring, windows, paint and central air-conditioning and heating systems.
With the completion of our capital project and upgrades to our original building, our plan in the foreseeable future is to work on program development and increasing student enrolment. The long range objective of RCC is to strive to continue to be a vibrant and relevant institution that will stand the test of time.