Kiewit donates $250,000 to BCIT for the Trades and Technology Complex

(L-R): Devon Franklin, Manager, Corporate Training and Industry Services, BCIT; Jennifer Figner, BCIT Provost and Vice President, Academic, BCIT; Ryan Tones, Senior Vice President, Kiewit Construction Services ULC; Josh St Cyr, Project Manager, Kiewit; Kobie Smith, Haisla Nation member, Indigenous student champion, and Student Association Indigenous Council Member, BCIT; David Dunn, Associate Dean, Building Design and Construction Trades, BCIT; BCIT leadership; Kiewit guests; BCIT students, and BCIT School of Construction faculty and staff.

BCIT and Kiewit unveiled the Kiewit Tool Room at NE4 (Carpentry) in recognition of Kiewit’s generous gift of $250,000 to the INSPIRE Campaign. BCIT Foundation was excited to welcome more than 30 guests including representatives from Kiewit, BCIT leadership, staff, and students to the Kiewit Unveiling Celebration. We were grateful to begin the event with … Read more

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

woman wearing hard hat

(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

BCIT Student Awards Mix & Mingle connects high-achieving students with donors behind their awards

Group of students and donors

Congratulations to the 258 BCIT students who received Graduating Achievement Awards in 2023. This year’s student recipients were invited to meet and thank the donors who made their awards possible at the inaugural Student Awards Mix and Mingle events, which were held after each Spring Convocation ceremony in June. In total, more than 150 guests—including … Read more

Canadian National Railway Company donates $475K locomotive to BCIT

Photo caption: (L-R) Vince Jones, BCIT Railway instructor; Steve Perry, Dean, BCIT School of Transportation, Jackie Jacob, Interim Vice President, Advancement, BCIT; Anthony Upton, Department Head, BCIT Motive Power and Heavy Mechanical Trades; Scott Fleming, BCIT alum; Emily Lebek, CN; Mahir Abdulle, Superintendent, CN; Bruce Thompson, Associate Dean, BCIT Motive Power.

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and the Canadian National Railway Company (CN) recently announced CN’s donation of a $475,000 locomotive to the Institute. As CN’s largest gift-in-kind to BCIT, this donation is the company’s second locomotive gift to the BCIT School of Transportation. At the recognition event, BCIT unveiled CN’s locomotive gift and … Read more

From nursing to teaching, BCIT alumna and instructor finds a second home in the classroom

In recognition of National Nursing Week 2023 (May 8 – 14), we’re shining a light on Nav Padda (centre, middle) BCIT Nursing alumna and instructor at the BCIT School of Health Sciences.

In recognition of National Nursing Week, we’re shining a light on Nav Padda (née Kalkat) BCIT Nursing alumna and instructor at the BCIT School of Health Sciences. Nav shares her unique story—her career journey, personal hardships, and how she found a new passion in the classroom.     — Nav was forced to grow up fast. At … Read more

From business to metal fabrication: Former MBA student follows her passion for trades

Monique Song, BCIT Metal Fabricator Foundations Level Two student pictured during her apprenticeship.

Monique Song didn’t expect her life to dramatically pivot in 2019. In June of that year, after spending a year travelling and working in Australia, she received an ultimatum from her father: go back to her corporate career, find a husband, or take up a master’s degree. His demand wasn’t unexpected. Monique, the only daughter … Read more

Forestry sector contributes $2.5M towards the new BCIT Trades and Technology Complex

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) today announced a $2.5 million contribution from forestry sector leaders to its INSPIRE Campaign which will benefit students in more than 20 trades and technology programs that are critical for the future growth of BC’s globally renowned forestry sector. A collection of forestry organizations including Canfor, West Fraser, Tolko, … Read more

Celebrate the season by shopping the third annual BCIT Alumni Holiday Market

It’s the season of giving and finding that perfect gift to appreciate your loved ones is an all-too-common challenge. Look no further—the BCIT Alumni Holiday Market has got you covered. The BCIT Alumni Association (BCITAA) invites you to shop the third-annual Holiday Market, which runs from November 1 to December 31, 2022. The market features … Read more

Teck contributes $5M towards BCIT INSPIRE Campaign

Ribbon cutting during the BCIT Teck Celebration event.

BCIT and Teck Resources Limited (TSX: TECK.A and TECK.B, NYSE: TECK) (“Teck”) today announced that Teck is contributing $5 million to the BCIT INSPIRE Campaign. The donation, which represents the second-largest total contribution to the campaign to date, will support campus redevelopment and new teaching and learning innovations as well as expand the use of … Read more

BCIT Student Awards Celebration honours high-achieving students of 2022

Congratulations to the BCIT student award recipients of 2022. On July 20, students celebrated their accomplishments with their family, friends, mentors, and peers with the online Student Awards Celebration. In recognition of their academic achievement, outstanding leadership, and positive contributions to the community, more than 250 students received awards. “This has been an incredible year … Read more