The BCM College is perhaps a lesser-known Montreal educational institution, but it could be just the ticket for your career path. This private organization dedicated to the professional training of adults was founded in 1989 and is partnered with Campus Notre-Dame de Foy (CNDF), a private college in Quebec City.
“Our small classes make it possible to offer personalized attention to each student, tailoring their learning path to their individual situation,” says Mikhael Dahan, the college’s dean. “About 90% of our students graduate within the prescribed time frame. Almost all of them end up being hired in the industry related to their field of studies.”
Currently, the college has some 120 students with class sizes ranging from 15 to 25. There are also about two dozen teachers, all with a BA or a Masters related to the discipline being taught. Instruction is provided in either English or French.
BCM (Beis Chaya Mushka) College is named in honour of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson (1901-1988), an important figure in the Lubavitcher movement. But Dean Dahan stresses the secular nature of his college.
“Being fully accredited by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement Supérieur du Québec, both BCM and CNDF are inclusive institutions, regardless of their religious traditions. Nevertheless, the Jewish identity of BCM is mostly expressed in the academic calendar, which observes Jewish and secular holidays.”
“We welcome adult students of all ages and backgrounds,” he continues. “Our student body is a good reflection of Montreal’s cultural diversity. Some are recent high school graduates, while others are already working and need a certification to secure their future employment. At present, women represent the majority of our students, which typifies the workforce in these specific industries.”
BCM Fall 2019
Starting in the fall of 2019, BCM will begin evaluating and validating skills that prospective students have acquired from their professional experience. This is under the “Reconnaissance des Acquis et des Competences” program, only requiring students to attend courses which provide them with the skills that they lack in order to graduate.
All courses take place at Decarie Square near Namur metro station. Every program has two stages or internships conducted within the industry. BCM staff helps students find appropriate internships.
BCM currently offers 3 options leading to an AEC (Attestation of College Studies). These include: Early Childhood Education; an Assistance program, and an Interior Decoration program.
The popular Early Childhood Education certificate can be obtained after four semesters, allowing graduates to work in a CPE, garderie, or to open their own home daycare. Graduates of the three-semester Assistance Program can help individuals with physical, sensory, and psychological deficiencies, mental difficulties and other health-related issues. The Interior Decoration program trains participants to be a specialist in interior decoration, whether at home or in retail businesses; this program is completed over two semesters.
Tuition fees are largely subsidized; the students’ obligation is approximately $600 per semester. Eligible students can obtain loans and bursaries from Quebec Ministry of Education; BCM’s financial aid consultant assists students in this process.
Registration is now open for fall 2019. Classes will be offered Monday to Wednesday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM for the daytime cohort. Being flexible toward different work schedules, BCM also offers other classes evenings and weekends.
6900 Decarie #216, Montreal, Quebec, H3X 2T8