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British Columbia Institute of Technology

Different than a college or university, BCIT's approach combines small classes, applied academics and hands-on experience so that you're ready to launch your career from day one.

About

History

Formation years

  • 1960 - BC Vocational School opens at Willingdon and Canada Way in Burnaby
  • 1961 - Plans are announced to establish BCIT
  • 1962 - First Principal of BCIT appointed
  • 1964 - First students are on campus: 498 of them in Engineering, Health and Business 
  • 1966 - BCIT celebrates its first graduates
  • 1975 - Number of students is now 3,200

Education

We offer practical career credentials designed for the workplace, including degrees,diplomas and certificates spanning Applied and Natural Sciences, Business and Media, Computing and Information Technology, Engineering, Health Sciences and Trades.

Research

Applied research at BCIT is exciting. It creates practical learning opportunities for BCIT’s students, provides innovative solutions to industry challenges, and produces new, commercially relevant technology products and applications.

Career

BCIT is committed to your pursuit of lifelong learning and career development. Investing in our people is investing in the success of BCIT.On average, 26% of BCIT employees annually obtain funds for professional development, while 20% of our employees take courses through our Fee Waiver Program. We also offer more than 36 in-house workshops in leadership, software and wellness skills.BCIT is proud that many of our professional development opportunities support our staff in obtaining a credential.

Services

Student services

BCIT is committed to the success of Aboriginal students, and Aboriginal Services is here to serve as a welcoming 'home away from home'.

Housing services

Maquinna Residence offers comfortable and convenient accommodations, for BCIT full-time students. Just a short walk to class, the residence accommodates 333 residents and is ideally located on the Burnaby campus, adjacent to the sports field and recreation facilities.

Library services

The Library aims to strengthen learning, teaching, and research at BCIT through innovative and effective resources, partnerships and services.

ICT services

The IT Services department is responsible for providing technology services and support programs that address the advanced technology and essential computing and communications needs of learners, faculty, and staff.

Medical services

Our services include:

  • General medical care and services 
  • Sexual Health Services (PAP smear, Pregnancy and STI Testing, Birth Control Counselling and Options or Emergency Contraceptives)
  • Mental Health Support (please also see BCIT’s Counselling and Student Development)
  • Immunizations (Flu Shots and Routine Vaccinations (excluding travel vaccinations))
  • Injections (Prescription Only)

Student Life

Campus life

The BCIT Burnaby Campus is located just off the Trans-Canada Highway at the corner of Willingdon Avenue and Canada Way. The entire Burnaby Campus is split up into four quadrants:

  • NorthWest (NW) Quadrant
  • NorthEast (NE) Quadrant
  • SouthWest (SW) Quadrant
  • SouthEast (SE) Quadrant

Each buildings name, in its respected quadrant, will always start with two letters (NW, NE, SW, or SE) and then a number.

Each parking lot at the Burnaby Campus is a paid parking lot which is in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Sports facilities

  • Tennis Courts
  • Outdoor Basketball Court
  • Frisbee
  • Golf
  • Track

Tennis court, outdoor basketball court, frisbee, golf, and track are available for use when not booked by a group. They are located on the south side of building SE16.

No individual reservations are taken for usage of the outdoor facilities. Group bookings for specific access to the outdoor facilities is required.

Student clubs

The British Columbia Institute of Technology Student Association (BCITSA or ‘SA’) is a non-profit student services and advocacy organization at BCIT with a mandate to enhance student life. Our programs and services are designed to benefit and support all 48,500+ full-time and part-time students across BCIT’s five campuses. 

Accreditation

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) is a leading accreditation association for business education. The association embraces the virtues of teaching excellence and emphasizes to students that it is essential to learn how to learn. The ACBSP accredits business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degree levels worldwide.

Burnaby, April 18, 2017 – After a rigorous vetting process, the BCIT Bachelor of Interior Design program has been granted their official Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

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