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

Consolidation years
1977 BCIT establishes Sea Island campus
1979 BCIT Alumni Association is incorporated
1986 BCIT merges with Pacific Vocational Institute
1989 BCIT's mandate is broadened to include applied research
1989 BCIT's Technology Centre is established as a focus for applied research
1994 The Pacific Marine Training Institute amalgamates with BCIT

BCIT evolves as a polytechnic
1996 BCIT offers its first Bachelor of Technology degree in Environmental Engineering Technology
1997 The new Downtown Campus opens
2002 BCIT, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design become joint owners of the Great Northern Way Campus
2004 Number of students is now more than 48,000; Polytechnic status is enshrined in legislation
2005 Research Services Office opens to support applied research
2007 BCIT opens new 300,000 square-foot Aerospace Technology Campus at gateway to Vancouver International Airport

BCIT‘s international partnerships span training, education and research initiatives in South America, Central America, Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe

Total BCIT Alumni have grown to more than 120,000