“Never bored”: Preparing for the pace of change in tech

Solmaz Talebipour smiles (about her career move to IT?)

Solmaz Talebipour had a mining engineering background from her native Azerbaijan. After settling in Canada, and working her way back into mining through a technician role, she felt she wanted to do more. While on a maternity leave, she assembled her prerequisites and applied to BCIT’s Computer Information Technology (CIT) Diploma Program. Part of her … Read more

Forensic grad Valerie Tsang: “I always wanted to help keep people safe”

"police line do not cross" yellow tape superimposed on a presumed crime scene showing blurry police lights

Valerie Tsang had earned a Bachelor of Science, and was working full time when she realized she wanted to do more. She felt she would be happier in a career that combined her background in science with her long running interest in law enforcement. This realization led her to apply to BCIT’s Bachelor of Technology … Read more

The “real” experience of an IT internship

BCIT grad Eric Wong who did an IT internship

BCIT’s Computer Information Technology (CIT) Diploma Program has always offered hands-on Information Technology (IT) projects to best prepare students for work. Last year, an internship option was added. We checked in with grad Eric Wong to learn more about his internship experience, and any advice he’d give to future BCIT Computing students. From finance to … Read more

Thriving in cybersecurity software development: Two Computing grads check in

exterior of glass office building with Fortinet sign

With cybersecurity continually grabbing headlines, employment in the field is growing and evolving. BCIT works to support this thriving domain by graduating students from a range of cybersecurity programs. We caught up with two BCIT Computing grads to learn more about their careers, and how they feel about their work. They both started jobs as … Read more

Finding your fit in the biochemistry and forensic science lab

Young man removes lab test tubes from a device

Sébastien Thériault didn’t consider a career path into Biochemistry and Forensic Science until he needed to choose a major. Now that he has, he says the lab is where he plans to stay. Sébastien is one of the first cohort of UBC/BCIT Combined Honours Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Biochemistry and Forensic Science students. The … Read more

Computer forensics career: Q&A with grad Celia Lee

human fingerprint overlaid on computer code

We caught up with grad Celia Lee, who is now working in computer forensics with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Celia told us about her educational path, and updated us on her career so far. Which BCIT, or other, post-secondary programs did you take? CL: I first completed a diploma in Computer Information Technology (CIT), … Read more

Love Your Planet: Technology for climate awareness

people clean up plastic waste on a beach in this image from LYPF

With the help of BCIT Computing students, Love Your Planet Foundation (LYPF) is developing a web and mobile social media platform to raise awareness around current climate change action and legislation. Since October 2019, LYPF has participated in Computing’s Industry Sponsored Student Program (ISSP) as a project client. Do you have a student project idea? … Read more

Creating a sustainability app: So much more than writing code

Cell phone showing the gardening app, "Sprout"

The first year of the Computer Systems Technology Diploma culminates in an end-to-end app building term where students combine everything they’ve learned to work on an actual product. Tackling the climate emergency This year this 5-week full time May project term was launched with help from guest speakers Brad Badelt of the City of Vancouver, … Read more

BCIT: The differentiator in a secure career

It’s almost a new world in industry, with challenges and risks unknown just a few years ago. BCIT Forensics grad Gary Schoenhaar sits at the nexus of such corporate threats, as FortisBC’s Corporate Security Manager. His passion drives him to continuously learn and grow so his organization can continue to provide safe and reliable energy … Read more

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

technovation girls schedule of activities diagram

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