YEAR IN REVIEW October: Flagship UFV program lands in Mission

UFV launched a new digital design program in Mission, while MLA Randy Hawes called for an overhaul of services for the disabled.

  • Dec. 28, 2011 2:00 p.m.
University of the Fraser Valley’s chair of the board of governors Laurence Stinson (seated

University of the Fraser Valley’s chair of the board of governors Laurence Stinson (seated

The University of the Fraser Valley launched a “flagship program” in graphic and digital design in October, thanks to a $500,000 funding partnership with the district.

The two-year, 60-credit diploma program will begin in September 2012.

“Today marks the beginning of the day we can call ourselves a university community,” said Mayor James Atebe at Mission’s UFV campus, adding that post-secondary education is an economic and community developer.

The graphic design program is aimed at placing students in traditional design and print media, but will also prepare them for the web and smartphone market, video games and animation.

Heritage Park Centre, located by Stave Lake Street and 11 Avenue, has housed UFV’s Mission campus since 1996.

Hawes calls for review

Abbotsford-Mission MLA Randy Hawes joined the opposition’s calls for an overhaul of services to developmentally disabled people, as the provincial agency responsible struggles with a growing and aging caseload.