Honouring and amplifying Indigenous voices this Indigenous History Month

4 Indigenous alumni side by side

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada, a time to honour the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Now more than ever, it’s important to amplify Indigenous voices, experiences, and stories, and to acknowledge the lived truths of Indigenous peoples, including those of our BCIT students, alumni, and instructors. The following … Read more

BCIT Indigenous Initiatives & Partnerships and Indigenous-specific programming set students up for success

A man wearing safety gear and a hard hat standing in front of a electrical power station smiling.

Like many students, BCIT alumnus Curtis Wright says he wasn’t always sure of the career path he wanted to take: “In the late ‘90s, everyone was talking about the dot-com boom and websites and computers. I remember [high school] teachers specifically telling me not to go into trades.’” Following this advice, Curtis enrolled in computer … Read more

A year of generosity: Looking back at incredible donors, deserving award recipients, and more access to education for BCIT students

As we wind down another incredible year full of unique challenges and exciting opportunities for change, we reflect on the generosity of so many remarkable donors who have made it possible for our students to continue to pursue their studies despite unforeseen circumstances. The following are just a few examples of how our donors’ giving … Read more

BCIT Student Awards Celebration honours high-achieving students of 2021

Congratulations to the BCIT student award recipients of 2021. BCIT launched the online Student Awards Celebration on November 30 to recognize students’ achievements and provide a unique and memorable experience that they can share with family, friends, mentors, and peers. “On behalf of all our exceptional faculty and staff here at BCIT, I am very proud … Read more

Celebrate the season of giving by shopping the 2nd annual BCIT Alumni Holiday Market

How do you show your loved ones you care? Surprise them with special gifts that spark joy from the second annual BCIT Alumni Holiday Market. Launching November 1 and running through December 31, 2021, the BCIT Alumni Association is proud to feature alumni-owned businesses and services. Make your loved ones feel appreciated while supporting alumni … Read more

Awards make a positive difference in the lives of BCIT students

When you’re 20 years into a career, it’s not easy to change your game plan. But as an amateur athlete competing at both local levels and on the international stage in ultimate frisbee, Jennifer Nicholls knows a thing or two about pivoting. When she wanted a career change, she knew exactly where to find it. … Read more

Leadership, volunteerism, and compassion: VRCA President and BCIT alumna Donna Grant shares her secrets to success

A woman with blonde hair stands smiling in her garden.

BCIT alumna Donna Grant is the new President of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA), and she couldn’t be happier. But it wasn’t always smooth sailing for Donna. Raising two daughters by herself from the time she was pregnant with her youngest, Donna sometimes struggled to find balance, but she still managed to volunteer her … Read more

BCIT women in trades leading the way on Mott Electric site

Four female electricians standing social distanced on their job site.

It isn’t very often that you find a female foreman on a job site. It’s even less often that she’s leading a team with another four females at her side. But for Sarah Raby, BCIT Electrical alumna and Foreman Electrician with Mott Electric, that’s exactly the position she’s found herself in working at the Butterfly … Read more

BCIT Mining student Holly Marr honoured with 2020 John Salisbury Memorial Award

A female student sitting on a log amongst trees in a forest setting.

Holly Marr knew from a young age that she wanted to play with rocks. “My parents had to stop me from smashing rocks together on the playground because I wanted to see the shiny bits on the inside,” she laughs. It might have come in a roundabout way, but when Holly found her way to … Read more

Generous $450K donation to help 100 Indigenous BCIT students embark on trades and tech careers

Female student working in marine simulation lab

BCIT is pleased to announce a $450,000 donation from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, in conjunction with Seaspan and SRY Rail, to fund trades and technology-related training for 100 Indigenous students. This funding will form the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation Open Arms Project Expansion. “We are very excited for this new donation in support of … Read more