Technovation GirlsBC Showcase: BCIT students mentoring the next generation of changemakers

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After a busy four months, the Technovation GirlsBC projects are ready for viewing. We caught up with BCIT project lead Erika Ram last month to learn more about this BCIT Computing community outreach activity. Every year, Technovation inspires and empowers girls to build and leverage technology to positively impact their communities. With the support of … Read more

A fascination with lasers meets a scientific mystery: Physics Department’s Alex Khramov on ground-breaking research

Two researchers looking at complex metal device with many wires

It’s not often you get to be on a team whose work makes the cover of Nature, but BCIT Physics faculty member Dr. Alexander Khramov had just that honour last month. Alex is a member of the Antihydrogen Laser Physics Apparatus – ALPHA – scientific collaboration, which studies antimatter. The group has developed an antimatter … Read more

What it takes to be a great engineer: It might not be what you think

student Cody Pallin smiles on winning first place

When you think of engineering, you might think about applied math and physics, design, or complicated tools, and processes. You might be surprised to learn that a successful engineer requires much more than these skills. In fact, the Engineers Canada Accreditation Board’s list of desirable graduate attributes are skills that round out the core engineering … Read more

Technovation Girls: Q&A with BCIT Computing’s Erika Ram

The gender gap in STEM fields continues to be of concern. According to Statistics Canada, the shortage of women in STEM is detrimental to women, as jobs in the areas of science and technology – including engineering and computer science – are among the highest-paying and fastest-growing jobs. Greater diversity in the field also strengthens … Read more

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

instructor Carly Orr

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