How BCIT Big Info paved the way to a career in Civil Engineering

BCIT Civil Engineering diploma student Julie Tran always knew that she was creative, but she didn’t know what she would pursue as a career until she started exploring her post-secondary options in grade 11.   “I was thinking a lot about what I would enjoy doing for the next 5 to 10 years without having to … Read more

A match made in heaven: 56 years of love sparks three generations of BCIT alumni

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“BCIT was my first love story; Jim was my second,” says BCIT alumna Peggy Waldbauer, Medical Lab Technology, ’67. Peggy recalls that she loved her classes and the memories made with friends on the BCIT Burnaby Campus. Little did she know, her affinity for BCIT would lead to finding her future soulmate, sparking the next … Read more

BCIT named one of BC’s Top Employers for 2024

BCIT is named BC Top Employers 2024

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) has once again been recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers by Canada’s Top 100 Employers. This marks the fourteenth consecutive year in which BCIT has earned this special designation. In particular, BCIT was applauded for its prioritization and investment into a culture that values continuous growth and … Read more

Magic recipe ignites workplace romance: BCIT alumni Resident Advisors find love on campus 12 years ago

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Finding love at BCIT is a story shared by many alumni couples. Meeting someone through work may be just as common, according to a recent Forbes study revealing that 43 percent of the respondents had married someone they met at work. For BCIT alumni couple Carmen Cottini and William Nicholos, the odds of love were … Read more

BCIT faculty advocates for a holistic approach to wildfire management

In 2023, the Province of British Columbia (BC) had over 2.84 million hectares of forest and land burned, tens of thousands of evacuees, and hundreds of homes lost or damaged due to wildfires. The Government of BC called the 2023 wildfire season as “the most destructive in BC history”. In a recent talk at TEDx … Read more

Computing grad: “The CIT program has been life-changing”

We love catching up with our alumni, to talk about life after BCIT, their careers, and what tips they have for prospective and current students. In this Q&A, meet Computer Information Technology (CIT) and award-winning grad Adel Kuanysheva, who graduated with a Diploma in 2022. What led you to BCIT? I was born and raised … Read more

BCIT welcomes Susannah Skerl as Associate Dean, Digital Arts, Media and Design

Susannah Skerl, Associate Dean, Digital Arts, Media, and Design

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is pleased to welcome Susannah (Su) Skerl as Associate Dean of Digital Arts, Media and Design in the School of Business + Media. Su, a proud BCIT alum herself, brings a wealth of expertise and enthusiasm to her new role. “I am excited to be joining BCIT School … Read more

How BCIT helps former military members thrive in the civilian workforce

Career and life changes can be challenging, and retired Sailor First Class Melvin Thibodeau knows this perhaps better than anyone. He started his career in the military and is now returning to post-secondary to further his skills for job-readiness in the civilian workforce. Luckily for Melvin, he didn’t have to do it alone. The BCIT … Read more

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

Meet and Greet: BCIT Legion Military Skills Conversion Program

The BCIT Military Skills Conversion Program works to bridge the gap between skilled military members and veterans directly with employers who recognize the skills and attributes they bring to the civilian workforce.

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) offers comprehensive training and professional development to its military members that can easily be transferred into the civilian workforce. Some of these skills include leadership, coaching, and discipline, in addition to specific hard-skill training tailored to individual occupations. Despite these valuable skills, when military members or veterans decide to transition … Read more