From trades to teaching: Alum Rachel Schatz realized a childhood dream through trades at BCIT

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(This story was written with contributions from Sally Lee.) As a 13-year-old, Rachel Schatz was a typical carefree teen. She enjoyed school, loved to hang out with her friends, and she dreamed of becoming a teacher one day. The world was full of possibilities. But one summer day in August, her father was involved in … Read more

2023 BCIT Distinguished Awards highlights: an evening of celebration

2023 BCIT Distinguished Awards recipients

With more than 300 guests, BCIT proudly celebrated five recipients of the 2023 BCIT Distinguished Awards at the 18th awards dinner on November 2, 2023. As leaders in their fields, these remarkable alumni represent the best of BCIT. Their inspiring accomplishments tell a compelling story, not only of their unique path to success, but also … Read more

From student to advocate: BCIT Carpentry alum Barbara James is a champion for Indigenous women in trades

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Barbara James is a superstar in the trades sector. A Red Seal Carpenter, BCIT Faculty, and an advocate for women in trades, she is an inspiration to many. The two-time BCIT alum is quick to credit the many mentors—informal and formal—who helped Barbara recognize her own potential and lay the foundation for a career that … Read more

BCIT receives major donation from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation to invest in expanding skilled trades opportunities for young people in BC

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In an effort to expand early access to skills training and education, Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, in conjunction with Seaspan ULC and Southern Railway of British Columbia (SRY), is donating $5.527 million to the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) to deliver trades training to high school students. The funding will be used to … Read more

From ski racer to tech entrepreneur, BCIT alum Brian Fry approaches challenges with a focus on the future

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At just 19 years old, Brian Fry went from racing with his local alpine ski team to representing the nation as an elite ski racer on Team Canada in the 1980s. Suddenly, a world of possibilities was at his ski boots. For this young athlete, who was born and raised in the small town of … Read more

BCIT and the Gene Haas Foundation announce the opening of the new Gene Haas Manufacturing Lab

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On October 4, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and the Gene Haas Foundation announced the opening of the new Gene Haas Manufacturing Lab. Made possible by a $1 million CAD donation from the Gene Haas Foundation, this training facility is a complete modernization and expansion of the Machinist Workshop at … Read more

Award-winning career development advocate and educator: BCIT alum Dr. Candy Ho aims for a brighter, sustainable future

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The Great Resignation and quiet quitting are the disruptive souvenirs of the world’s unexpected journey through COVID-19. Spurred by the pandemic, many Canadian workers reassessed their employment and chose to either physically or psychologically check out. In the first half of 2020 alone, Canada lost approximately 3.4 million jobs (Statistics Canada, 2022), affecting workers and … Read more

BCIT announces $33M in funding for new Trades and Technology Complex showcasing industry support and demand for grads

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The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) today announced a milestone of $33 million in funding towards a new state-of-the-art Trades and Technology Complex. The Trades and Technology Complex will increase access for students pursuing a trades and technology education and career, which will help the Province of BC meet the demand for an estimated … Read more

BCIT and Mastercard announce over $460K in funding to support students, launch the new Mastercard Chair in Digital Trust

The new Mastercard Computing Technology Awards provides direct financial assistance to BCIT students, while new Mastercard Chair in Digital Trust will expand research in the cybersecurity field. Today, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and Mastercard are proud to announce a partnership that will provide critical funding assistance for students in the School of … Read more

2023 BCIT Distinguished Awards: Honouring five extraordinary leaders

On November 2, 2023, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) will host the 18th annual Distinguished Awards, honouring a total of five recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Outstanding Student Leadership Award. Through their exceptional leadership and achievements, this year’s honourees reflect the values of BCIT and are an inspiration in their … Read more