(This story is sponsored by Langara College)
Langara College is shaping the future of learning with a multifaceted fundraising campaign, Beyond 49, to celebrate 49 years on West 49th Avenue.
For 49 years, the college has been recognized as a leading undergraduate institution with a reputation for providing exceptional learning opportunities and a commitment to student success, accessibility, and higher learning.
In October 2018, Langara embarked on the Beyond 49 campaign aiming to fundraise $2.5 million to support three priority areas at the college: student support, academic innovation, and career readiness. Donations toward various initiatives help students flourish and prepare them for life after graduation.
For example, one initiative will improve the student services and counselling departments’ documentation system. This will help the faculty efficiently triage support for students battling mental health issues.
Donations also help the college keep pace with technology, innovation, and sustainability. A few examples include a new lab for the geographic information systems program and increased support for female students studying STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).
To further improve students’ learning experiences, Langara will allocate funds to the campus theatre program, Studio 58, and emerging artists.
Beyond 49 included three signature events over the last 18 months. In October 2018, the campaign launched with a campus-wide pep rally attended by students, alumni, staff, and members of the community. In June of last year, the college held Community Day presented by RBC Royal Bank, the largest event in the school’s history. This was a block-party-style event featuring music, interactive games, food trucks, workshops, and entertainment. And last November, the college honoured “49 Langarans”, which included the change-makers, founders, and visionaries who have had an impact at the college and in the community over the past 49 years.
Graduates from the highly respected college have gone on to shape the future of the Metro Vancouver region and the country through their contributions to health-care, philanthropy, technology, and other essential sectors.
On Tuesday, June 9, the president of Langara College Dr. Lane Trotter will officially close the campaign and announce the final fundraising amount. Tune in to the Langara College YouTube channel to watch the announcement or visit the Beyond 49 website to make a contribution; you’ll be changing the lives of deserving students.
Donations can be made online at www.beyond49.langara.ca/give/ and a tax receipt will be provided.