BCIT receives $100K grant from building solutions leader Johnson Controls

Earlier this month, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) was named a recipient of a $100,000 grant from building solutions leader Johnson Controls. BCIT students in trades programs, such as BCIT’s Telecommunications Systems Technician Diploma Program, Electrical Foundation, Security Systems Technician, and Automated Controls Installation and Maintenance certification programs will see increased funding in classroom resources, learning technologies and financial aid.

BCIT students will have increased opportunities for in-demand technical training in their respective fields. The grant will expand enrollment opportunities for learners, especially individuals from under-represented groups, including women and Indigenous students. In total, 21 seats will be added. This means BCIT students will have access to more experiential learning and training to develop the skills needed for today’s trades industry.

“The Johnson Controls grant is going to benefit students from under-represented groups,” shares James Cai, Associate Dean, BCIT School of Construction and the Environment. “The funding will help increase accessibility for students in trades, especially women and Indigenous students. Currently, only 10 per cent of our students are women and so this grant will help with accessibility and enrollment opportunities.”

The grant will further support BCIT students facing financial strain says Kacem Habiballah, Associate Dean, BCIT School of Energy: “The grant will help support students in need of financial aid, especially those who are under-represented in the trades industry. We’re looking forward to supporting students so that they can move forward in their education.”

BCIT is one of 10 schools selected to receive this grant from Johnson Controls. As a global leader within the building industry, Johnson Controls is committed to supporting the next generation of skilled technicians and leaders.

Learn more about the BCIT programs that will benefit from the Johnson Controls grant:

Are you interested in supporting BCIT students? Learn more: bcit.ca/foundation.

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