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

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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

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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

Honouring and amplifying Indigenous voices this Indigenous History Month

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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 alumni and instructors. The following are … Read more

Making it in marketing: Second generation Fraser Valley alumna shares her journey to success

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After high school, Carly Wethersett was searching for her next move. Hoping to gain clarity on her future, she attended post-secondary in the Fraser Valley, and then took a gap year while she decided what career path she wanted to go down. It was her mom’s advice that led her to BCIT. Having grown up … Read more

BCIT Trades Discovery helped Red Seal Plumber Jackie Smith change careers

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BCIT alumna Jackie Smith was looking for a career change, but was coming up short on ideas. “I was working as a baker, and although I enjoyed it, I knew there was no way I could make a living on minimum wage,” Jackie says. She liked to see projects through to completion and doing something … Read more

Giving back comes full circle: Transoft donates $1 million in software to give BCIT Civil Engineering students access to cutting-edge technology

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Nelson Huang recently achieved a unique career milestone: returning to his alma mater to give a guest lecture to a class in which he once sat himself. “It was around this time last year that I had the incredible opportunity to return to the Civil Engineering program at BCIT to give a guest lecture on … Read more

Concert Properties and partners raise $100K for BCIT Trades Discovery students in need

This fall, Concert Properties raised $100,000 from industry partners to support British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Trades Discovery students in need. The grassroots fundraising campaign took the place of the annual Concert Charity Golf Tournament, which would have raised donations for BCIT students (and students at other trades training institutions across Canada) through tournament … Read more

Health Sciences Centre: Progress update and looking ahead

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The BCIT Foundation is proud to share the significant progress on the new, state-of-the-art Health Sciences Centre, slated for completion in fall 2021. As of September 2020, the INSPIRE Campaign has raised $8.89 million in support of the Health Sciences Centre. “We are closing in on reaching the $11.7 million fundraising goal for the Centre,” … Read more

Award-winning vision: Colin Pinchin’s architectural design for sustainability and compassion in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

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When Colin Pinchin first conceived the idea for Pathways – an architectural building plan – he focused on helping one of Vancouver’s most marginalized communities, the Downtown Eastside (DTES). With the long and storied history of Vancouver’s DTES top of mind, Colin, a multi-program BCIT alumnus, says that people must come together with innovative solutions … Read more

A heart for healthcare excellence: Award-winning cardiology nurse practitioner and BCIT alumna Sarah Waters puts patients first

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When Sarah Waters was just 19 years old, she had the biggest event of her life. After an unexpected health emergency sent the BCIT alumna to surgery at St. Paul’s Hospital, she had a light-bulb moment while recovering in nursing care. “I thought, ‘I could do that’,” she recalls, and, just like that, her nursing … Read more