The Samsung Tech Institute had its official opening on Thursday at Vancouver Community College.
The Institute is the first of its kind in Western Canada and aims to give students hands-on training with operating, diagnosing, and servicing Samsung digital home appliances, like microwaves, refrigerators, gas and electric stoves, and washer-dryers.
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“Samsung Canada is very committed to education and helping advance the potential of students, whether they be high school students or whether they be professional students here at VCC,” Mark Childs, Chief Brand Officer of Samsung Canada, told Daily Hive.
“What this technology institute experience does is provide a hands-on experience of the latest technology and innovation. So that it is not just about technical learning, but hands-on experiential learning,” he said.
The Institute gives students the opportunity to work with onboard electronics, which is not widely available in technician repair programs, according to Dr. Peter Nunoda, President of VCC.
“That is the piece you don’t really get as an appliance repair technician when you do the training. You’re doing all the mechanical stuff but you really don’t get that much exposure to the electronics,” said said. “That’s what happens here. It’s an opportunity to get Samsung specific training.”
The Samsung Tech Institute offers a part-time and full-time program for students and saw its first graduating class in January.
“Really what this is about is providing a great learning space for students, providing them skills that they can’t get anywhere else in Western Canada,” said Nunoda.
“For me, it’s the perfect combination. We are very happy and proud of the way it’s turned out.”