UBC Reports | Vol. 48 | No. 10 | Aug.
1 , 2002
Learn Where You Live
Robson Square is an open door to UBC.
By Diane Haynes
Twelve jobs spanning five careers, plus returns to school for re-education
and upgrades. Those are just the average expectations for a worker
in today's economy. Cameron Barker is making the leap from digital
animator to environmental web developer with help from UBC at Robson
A response to the Trek 2000 vision of "a strong downtown presence
with store-front accessibility and visibility," UBC at Robson
Square provides an urban gateway to the university's resources,
and at the same time provides the university with a link to the
community in the heart of the city.
"I chose to take my courses at Robson Square because I live
downtown," Barker explains. "The (Point Grey) campus isn't
as accessible to me. I'm also more into short-term education than
long-term at this point in my life. "
Barker is enrolled in the Multimedia Summer Intensive Program,
acquiring expertise in everything from Photoshop to Illustrator
to FinalNetPro in order to be able to marry his interest in computer
technology with his passion for the environment. Part of his course
is a practicum with Envision Sustainability Tools. The company develops
software to measure climate change, and creates sustainability solutions
for regions and corporations around the world.
"It's unpaid," Barker laughs, "but it's invaluable
experience." He can walk from school to work, and then home
again. Another invaluable experience.
Barker's noticed that UBC at Robson Square is a lot more than classrooms.
"I'd be down there for class and walk by tutorials or conferences
or non-profit day and a whole bunch of different workshops,"
he describes. "It's really active."
UBC at Robson Square is home to the Women's Resources Centre, a
branch of the UBC Alumni Association and extensions of UBC Library
and the UBC Bookstore. Through UBC Commerce, Continuing Studies
and ongoing forums and public lectures, the downtown campus offers
programming for learners at all stages of their education and careers.
"If you're looking for a higher standard of education, and
an accessible location in a more intimate atmosphere," Barker
says, "it's definitely the place."
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