From barista to analyst, BCIT Computing grad now sees infinite potential

Despite a somewhat rocky start in post-secondary education, Computer Systems Technology (CST) Diploma grad Stuart Budd is now a lifelong learner. After completing much of a Bachelor of Science at the University of Victoria, Stuart took time off working as a barista at Starbucks. His natural talent and people skills propelled him into store management. … Read more

Flexible delivery format allows army medic to enrol in Forensic Nursing course at BCIT

A flexible, online schedule let student Stephanie Patz juggle coursework with her duties as an army medic, deployed in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. This meant she could complete the BCIT part-time Introduction to Forensic Health Sciences even under very tough circumstances. “I was able to use my down time to work ahead … Read more

AI for everyone: BCIT Computing Instructor wants to teach non-programmers how to use Artificial Intelligence

Maryam Khezrzadeh’s curiosity has driven her to investigate the data behind a wide range of current issues. From mapping connections across more than 1,800 non-governmental organizations in BC, to the ecological impact of fashion, Maryam uses data to visualize and explore critical topics of the day. “I’m an explorer and feel lucky to have an … Read more

From CIT to teaching in Part-time Studies: Justin Fox on building secure cloud solutions

Justin Fox calls themself a “chaos engineer” but that’s maybe not what you think it is. An award-winning grad of the Computer Information Technology (CIT) Diploma and the Computer Systems Technology (CST) BTech in Network Security and Administration, Justin specializes in designing and implementing software solutions in the cloud. They love the range of roles … Read more

How BCIT Computing’s FWD program supports students in becoming front-end web developers

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With strong connections to industry, BCIT programs are frequently reviewed and modified to ensure they stay relevant to sector needs. BCIT Computing’s fast-track six-month web development program, previously known as Technical Web Designer, has been updated and relaunched as Front-End Web Developer (FWD) to reflect the changes in this dynamic industry. We caught up with … Read more

Building capacity in the growing IT sector: The BCIT connection to TEALS

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The information tech sector continues to do well, even in a post-COVID-19 economy. Computing is playing a larger role in our daily lives as we increasingly play and socialize online, work from home, or even see a doctor via laptop. Yet even before 2020, industry demand for tech grads outstripped supply. According to Microsoft, 58% … Read more

BCIT Chemistry instructor embeds in agtech to keep curriculum current

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BCIT is well known for its connections to industry, which take many forms. This last year, BCIT Chemistry Instructor Jimmy Lowe immersed himself in industry so he could bring a relevant and fresh perspective to his colleagues and students in the classroom. Jimmy embedded with local agricultural technology (“agtech”) company Terramera. Getting back into a … Read more

Computing students apply their skills to help legal software leader Clio

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BCIT Computing students gain practical work experience and provide innovative solutions to diverse clients as part of their Industry Sponsored Student Project. This past term was the first time a Burnaby-based software company, Clio, took on a project team to help solve their tech challenge. Clio was founded ten years ago by with a mission … Read more

BCIT Computing alumnus finds niche in supporting Indigenous businesses

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We caught up with Computer Systems Technology (CST) alumnus Rob Schulz, who recently got inspired to help Indigenous-owned businesses during the pandemic. Rob’s passion for technology saw him designing websites when he was just out of high school. “As I evolved in the role from a graphic design perspective to coding, I became interested in … Read more

Bridging divides and making life easier in 2020: First year CST apps showcase

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How can apps help us manage during these times of challenge and social distance? This was the challenge given to 270 first year BCIT Computer Systems Technology (CST) students for their five-week project this year. From food waste to Ecocity, this annual team project challenge always has a theme for students to base their project … Read more