September 2nd, 2016, Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver English Centre closed!
The sudden closure of a Vancouver language school has left 600 students out of class, and almost 100 school staff out of a job. Ken Gardner, president and owner of VEC, was contacted by the CBC for comment, but did not respond. (Source CBC News)
Canada-based Vancouver English Centre (VEC) has closed its doors suddenly following four weeks of teacher strikes, reportedly leaving hundreds of international students without tuition. (Source ST Magazine, Sept 1, 2016)
Staff and students found this note posted on the school’s doors, as well as on the school’s Twitter (VECNews) page:
Languages Canada honours commitment to protect students at member programs
“One of the primary purposes of our association is to protect and help international students who are particularly vulnerable to these types of incidents,” explains Gonzalo Peralta, Executive Director of Languages Canada. “I’m sure the affected students would prefer to continue and complete their education rather than go home, and we will do everything in our power to make that happen,” he adds.
Getting student information
“If VEC had been a member of Languages Canada and had appropriate oversight, none of the students would have had to bear the burden of the closure and BC and Vancouver’s reputation would not be tarnished,” states Gonzalo Peralta.
ABOUT LANGUAGES CANADA
Students were informed only by twitter and facebook:
And on their website since today as well:
August 25th, 2016
Students, Staff and Service Providers,
The school is closed and we do not expect to reopen.
We apologize for any problems that this might cause. Unfortunately, this was the only possible course of action.
We thank you for your support and patronage over the last 23 years.
No help to the students, they just disappeared!! And the prepaid money from the students has gone as well!
Mr. Kenneth Gardner
Mr. Kenneth Gardner has owned and managed VEC
since founding the school in 1993.
Ms. Yvonne Gardner
Ms. Yvonne Gardner oversees the school’s financial affairs,
including payroll, accounts receivable, and accounts payable.