ILAC is delighted to be the first ever winner of the Best English Language School Of The Year for Canada. The award was presented by UED, Turkey’s Association of International Counselors, at a ceremony Saturday, November 23 in Istanbul.
Accepting on behalf of ILAC was Elif Sillaste, Marketing Manager for Turkey. This is the very first year the award has been presented by Turkey’s Agency Association.
Elif Sillaste, ILAC’s Marketing Manager for Turkey, accepts the award for Best Language School in Canada from UED.
“We want to thank the agents for selecting us for this wonderful honour,” says Jonathan Kolber, ILAC Executive Director.
Adds Director Ilan Cohen, “We hope to continue to exceed expectations and it’s our sincere pleasure to receive this important recognition from UED.”
UED recently won the STM Star Agency Association, “making Turkey proud by being the first and only organization in the country to win a STM Star Award in any category.” (UED Website)
Experience the ILAC way of service excellence.
ILAC is pleased to announce it will be opening an integrative new program designed to teach students the importance of superior customer service skills, a key component of any successful business endeavour.
The Customer Service Diploma program is the first of its kind and will be offered at the downtown Toronto campus, with its first intake set for Winter 2014.
This innovative career-training program was created to help students acquire the essential skills necessary for their success in the workplace and is available to both international and domestic students. The program will be geared towards hospitality related industries, though the skills learned are vital for any young person wanting to make their mark in the working world.
From Left: ILAC Directors Ilan Cohen and Bernardo Riveros, MP Mark Adler, Minister Chris Alexander, ILAC Director Jonathan Kolber, ILSC President Paul Schroeder
ILAC enjoyed a visit from Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander last week.
The Minister was invited, along with York Centre MP Mark Adler, who helped arrange the visit, to ILAC’s Toronto campus to discuss how international students and the English as a Second Language industry contributes positively to the Canadian economy and society in general. Both politicians were welcomed by ILAC’s Directors and ILSC Education Group’s Paul Schroeder.
Mark Adler, Conservative Member of Parliament for York Centre, together with ILAC, hosted a full house of Russian-speaking professionals in Toronto’s charming Distillery district this past August. It was a great opportunity to meet people from the Russian community who were able to speak personally with Adler.
“It was wonderful to see the school gather the Russian speaking community together,” said marketing director Tatiana Porvatkina, “It’s our first experience doing this and was very successful.”
“ILAC is a great Canadian success story and a premier language school in Canada,” said Mark Adler, “It’s important to find synergy. The hope here is to see where we can cooperate more to make change to better the country.”
“As an advocate of ensuring the highest standards in the industry, we are excited to have achieved this accreditation.”
- Jonathan Kolber, Executive Director and Principal, ILAC.
ILAC is pleased to announce that the Language Co-op Program has been accredited by Languages Canada for both our Toronto and Vancouver campuses. The Language Co-op program has undergone a comprehensive review and has met the requirements as stipulated in the Languages Canada Co-op Program Standards.
ILAC has remained on the forefront of ensuring high quality programming and continues to exceed industry standards by being among the first of private English schools to receive such an accreditation.
Students visit Royal Roads University
ILAC is pleased to announce Vancouver’s University Placement Department is growing at a quick pace and offering students many exciting new post-secondary options.
The team welcomed Julia Potapova in May to assist Russian-speaking students. Carolyn Bercu has moved from Toronto to work with Brazilian, Latin and Turkish students, and Hannah Dang continues to help our Asian students from the Vancouver location.
Students visit Camosun College
Pathways Director Carolyn Bercu is thrilled with the opportunities students have on Canada’s west coast and she continues to develop relationships with schools in Vancouver and around the beautiful province of BC.
“We had a great summer of university visits and are proud to be sending our biggest group of students this September to Langara College, Vancouver Community College, Capilano University, Camosun College, Royal Roads University, Douglas College, Vancouver Island University and Thompson Rivers University. We even have a group of ILAC Vancouver students going to universities in Nova Scotia!”
This month ILAC is launching a new campaign to celebrate its 16th anniversary as the leading English language school in Canada.
The You Could Be Here! campaign features the new ILAC Weekly, a dedicated booth on campus where students can learn about upcoming ILAC social events in a fun and interactive way.
Over the years, ILAC has become famous for its daily and weekend activities and events that make studying at ILAC the ultimate student experience. ILAC social events give international students the chance to practice their English and make new friends from around the world, to immerse themselves in the experience of living in Canada beyond the classroom.
The slogan You Could Be Here! captures the spirit and excitement of studying at ILAC in Toronto or Vancouver, where students from over 70 different countries come to experience Canadian language, culture and way of life.
Learn more about upcoming ILAC Events and how You Could Be Here!
ILAC is pleased to announce five new university pathway partners in the USA, offering international students direct entry into post-secondary programs in the United States.
ILAC now offers pathway programs into one of the following top-ranked research universities in America:
- INTO Colorado State University, located in Fort Collins, COLORADO
- INTO Oregon State University, located in Corvallis, OREGON
- INTO Marshall University, located in Huntington, WEST VIRGINIA
- INTO University of South Florida, located in Tampa, FLORIDA
- University of Michigan Flint, located in Flint, MICHIGAN
ILAC staff at the annual DFL gala in Toronto.
Last month, ILAC was one of the main sponsors at the 2nd Annual Daughters for Life Foundation Gala, a Canadian charity that provides educational and leadership opportunities for girls and women in the Middle East. In 2012, ILAC pledged $200,000 to DFL as part of its commitment to promoting friendship and understanding between people of all faiths and cultures.
This upcoming academic year DFL will be offering scholarships to students at several Canadian institutions, including ILAC pathway partners Trent University and Humber College. As part of its agreement with DFL, ILAC has promised 10 one-year ILAC university pathway program scholarships for female students from the Middle East.
Canadian visa workers have been on strike since June 11, resulting in visa delays for international students planning to come to Canada.
ILAC recommends that students applying to study at ILAC Toronto or ILAC Vancouver should submit applications for their visas as early as possible, since processing times are expected to be longer than usual.
As of today, Canadian visa workers have walked off the job in Manila, Beijing, Bangkok, Jakarta, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Chongqing and Astana. Immigration officers are striking in Delhi, Chandigarh, London, Moscow and Mexico City.
Despite the strikes, Canadian consulates and embassies around the world remain open and continue to provide a minimum level of service.
For more information, visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/times/index.asp
ILAC will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates when available.
ILAC Directors Jonathan Kolber and Bernardo Riveros meet with Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. ILAC regularly participates in international conferences and events to improve conditions for international students applying to study in Canada.
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