As western Canada’s largest polytechnic institution, BCIT takes pride in its close relationship with industry and the hands-on nature of the education it provides. In addition to providing a solid foundation in theory, its courses have a resolutely practical aim: to give students the skills and experience they will need in the workplace.
“Our philosophy is that your career starts on your first day at BCIT,” says Bryan Fair, Supervisor of Educational Technologies in the Learning and Teaching Center. “Most of our instructors come from industry, so our students are learning from people who have spent years practicing the skills they’re teaching. That’s a key reason why our students do so well.”
The results speak for themselves: the employment rate for BCIT graduates is 96%. Nevertheless, the institution and its faculty are always looking for new ways to help students succeed. Lawrence Potyondi, an Automotive Instructor in the School of Transportation, is a prime example.
“When I started out as an instructor, I had an old-school approach, very much based around lectures, handwritten assignments and textbooks,” says Potyondi. “But as I looked at my students’ results and started listening to their stories and concerns, I realized that approach didn’t work for everyone. If you want to give your students the best chance of success, you need to keep trying new things.”