Glenna Urbshadt: How this beloved BCIT educator is giving back beyond the classroom and how you can help

A bag of groceries is an ordinary thing. To a young woman in Glenna Urbshadt’s BCIT Professional Sales class, it was an extraordinary act of kindness and faith that helped feed her career success. “I had a student who was having a very difficult time,” recalls Glenna, a former instructor and program head for BCIT’s … Read more

A Valentine’s Day-inspired love story: Why this BCIT alumnus and student tied the knot on Burnaby Campus

After Jurie helped Lili with a flat tire, she invited him to dinner. Sparks flew, igniting a powerful romance whose wedding could only be held at BCIT’s Burnaby Campus. “We thought it would be a unique and an amazing experience to have our wedding at a location that means something wonderful to both Lili and … Read more

Every day can be Valentine’s Day: This BCIT couple share their romance advice

If you saw Irina Saczuk at her convocation, you probably witnessed the big hug and kiss husband Eric gave her as she crossed the stage. It was June 2017, and Irina had just graduated from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, officially becoming a BCIT alumna. Eric, a member of the platform party, could … Read more

Change brings opportunity: How this real estate developer and BCIT grad builds better communities for Metro Vancouver

As a teen helping out at his father’s construction company over the summer, BCIT alumnus Daniel Boffo was given a variety of tasks. One of the tasks he enjoyed the least ended up giving him something that would underpin his career in the years to come. “My dad would tell me to go and stack … Read more

NAPA Auto Parts Canada and Traction Heavy Duty Parts donates $115,000 to BCIT

Thanks to a generous $115,000 gift from NAPA Auto Parts and Traction Heavy Duty Parts, BCIT students will be able to train with state-of-the-art tools, ensuring they are job ready upon graduation. “This gift is a wonderful example of how an investment from industry can help shape BC’s future through our students,” says Jackie Jacob, … Read more

Fossil fuels to renewable energy: How this BCIT grad readies organizations for an electrifying future

Mischa Steiner

Can you imagine a day when households will be able to generate and store their own electricity—and even trade it with their neighbours? BCIT Electronics alumnus Mischa Steiner can. “We’ll be able to create these dynamic micro grids,” enthuses Mischa about the future. “We won’t need as much large-scale generation as we did in the … Read more

A bucket, a crank and a brush: How this BCIT grad made protecting the world’s waters his life’s work

In the 1980s, Nigel Bennett worked for his father’s consulting company taking photographs from airplanes and scuba diving in coastal waters. He was an environmental mapper, documenting how coastlines around the world were affected by oil spills. One day, before flying over the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, a pilot asked him if he thought his … Read more

Exposing human trafficking in Canada: How this BCIT alumna is mobilizing the healthcare sector to help victims

BCIT Forensic Health Sciences Instructor Tara Wilkie

Several years ago, Tara Wilkie, a BCIT Nursing alumna and Instructor for Forensic Health Sciences, traveled to northern Thailand to help establish a medical clinic for tribal children who were victims of sex trafficking. The number of victims and children at risk shocked her. “I remember feeling an extreme sense of relief when I landed … Read more

Engineering a leader: How a hardworking BCIT grad turned adversity into achievement

As a young boy, Moshtagh Mohammadi struggled in school. He had trouble making friends and had difficulty in class. He wasn’t a star student. This year, BCIT is proud to present Moshtagh, a recent Civil Engineering diploma grad, with the 2018 Distinguished Outstanding Student Leadership Award. The beginning In 2002, the Moshtagh, his brother and … Read more

BCIT Nursing grad Britt McConeghy left a 12-year career for her true calling

“I quit my job, moved to Vancouver and gave it everything I had,” says Britt McConeghy about enrolling in BCIT’s full-time Nursing program in 2014. At the time, she was in her 30s, she already had an undergraduate degree and she was working in a career she’d spent more than a decade building. Still, this … Read more