Justice Institute of British Columbia: Maclean's College Profile

Justice Institute of British Columbia

Justice Institute of British Columbia | New Westminster, B.C. | Founded 1978


Justice Institute of British Columbia Firefighter Class

The Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) specializes in training professionals in public safety, justice, and social services. It offers internationally recognized certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees, and graduate certificates. JIBC has six campuses in B.C,. as well as more than 170 training centres in the province, elsewhere in Canada, and around the world.

Among the career paths offered at JIBC are paramedicine, firefighting, law enforcement, security, emergency management, intelligence analysis, corrections, trauma counselling, and conflict resolution. The bachelor of emergency and security management studies program, which includes a capstone research project allowing students to explore a particular area of interest, is the first of its kind in Canada.

JIBC’s mandate is to produce job-ready graduates, and given the high-stakes nature of many of the career paths it trains for, it emphasizes learning through realistic simulations and applied training. Using computers, role-playing, case studies, and games, students apply their learning in a realistic context. The New Westminster campus houses the Dr. Donald B. Rix Public Simulation Building, designed for immersive simulation training using computers. JIBC’s unique web-based “Praxis” simulation technology uses video, audio, and digital technology to walk students through problem-based scenarios. This technology is in the process of being commercialized, and is already being used for emergency management training in government and industry. For example, it was used by the Vancouver 2010 Olympic security team to prepare for a range of emergency scenarios.

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