Province announces 300 tech spaces and expanded programming for BCIT

Jan 16 2018, 11:56 pm

Students at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) will soon have even more access to “tech-related” spaces, the provincial government announced today.

“We’re helping students in British Columbia by improving access to education with thousands more tech spaces,” Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills, and Training, announced today. “Our vibrant tech sector supports good-paying jobs, like computer programmers, engineers and information system analysts.”

In total, 300 new tech student spaces are planned and the government’s announcement was welcomed by staff.

“These additional post-secondary spaces are an investment in BC students… and to BC-based businesses who are hungry for skilled talent,” said BCIT’s President Kathy Kinloch.

BCIT will open new spaces in programs like the Computer Information Technology and New Media Design diplomas.

“When we talk about computing, we’re talking about so much more than software development,” said Bethany Edmunds, Associate Dean, School of Computing and Academic Studies. “Technology isn’t just a sector – it’s an integral part of every industry.”

The government said that about 83,400 tech-related job openings in BC are expected by 2027.

In total, the government said it plans to add about 2,900 tech-related public post-secondary spaces across the province in the near future.

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