Email: Computing Part-time Studies
Please Note; I am on leave and will return in September 2022,
As Program Assistant for Computing PTS, I work with a PTS Coordinator and Program Head to support 70 Instructors. My COMP portfolio includes; all programming languages and networking courses plus their related Associate Certificates and the CSC.
My other duties include International Student Coordinator for Computing PTS and general department administration. I am also a part-time student, have recently completed the Applied Computer Information Systems, ACIS – Associate Certificate, I am currently working toward the Applied Software Development, ASD – Associate Certificate, on route to the Computer Systems Certificate, CSC and CST/PTS Diploma.
I work with thousands of students in 70+ different COMP course sections every term to manage priority registrations. Due to a limited available seats student priority is based on two main factors; prerequisite completion and program declaration.
My main goal is student success and to help students find answers or point them in the right direction. Every term when registration opens we are very busy, please contact me by email and allow 3 business days for a reply in some cases.
As the PTS Coordinator for Computing my role includes leading 2 Program Assistants and collaborating with the Program Head. I work directly with 70+ instructors to organize and manage scheduling to set-up over 150 COMP PTS course sections every term.
Computing PTS is the largest single department area in the School of Computing and Academic Studies, SoCAS. We deliver COMP courses into 15 different computing programs including laddered credentials to the CST/PTS Diploma.
For more than 16 years it has been a privilege to be a part of the BCIT Computing PTS team. As well as helping to grow our department I have grown personally and have been able to earn credentials in business management and education.
I am a PTS instructor for Advanced MS Excel and I have volunteered for several committees including the BCIT Education Council. My focus is on the year round planning, sustainable operations, academic integrity and the success of over 3,000 individual students every year.
As Program Assistant for Computing PTS, I work with a PTS Coordinator and Program Head to support 70 Instructors. My portfolio includes; MS Office, Computer Applications, Dental Reception, IT Skills and Web Technologies.
I work with thousands of students over 70 different COMP course sections every term to manage priority registrations. Due to a limited available seats student priority is based on two main factors; prerequisite completion and program declaration.
My goal is to help students find answers or point them in the right direction. Every term when registration opens we are very busy, please contact me via emails and allow 3 business days for a reply.
I came to BCIT with 22 years of business experience. In my 1st career phase, I focused on operations, sustainability, expansion, new product development, marketing and customer service. A significant amount of this time also included recruiting and training as a regional supervisor with 85 employees. After 11 years in technology business management, I moved into the Computing and IT field.
My initial focus was marketing the use of stand-alone PC systems to business and education when mainframes and minicomputers dominated those sectors. I had been an early adopter of the PC for business use, and later provided integrated PC solutions with hardware and software as turn-key accounting and desktop publishing systems with set-up, training and support services to business.
In 1988, I was promoted to branch manager of the Vancouver Computer Centre, where I had the distinction of delivering the first networked Windows-based PC’s with education software into BC schools. My responsibilities included top-line management of an outbound sales team, and delivering classroom training to business clients.
Moving into a more technical role, I became the systems integrator for BC and later the lead for computer support for western Canada. Then, I completed several IT certification courses in 1993, and transitioned to the distribution channel. I provided memory, storage to VARs and IT vendor training, initially for SCO UNIX, Novell, and later MCSE.
After 11 years in the Computer business, I transitioned to post-secondary education, starting my 3rd career segment at BCIT as Operations Coordinator for Computer Systems Technology, CST Part-time Studies. My job description included increasing student satisfaction, doubling registrations, and developing new courses and programs. I achieved that goal by 1999.
I became program head in 2002, and we grew Computing to the single largest PTS program area at BCIT. In 2007, I created the “BCIT School of Computing” brand for the department, with a landing page for all 30 computing programs, full and part-time. Then we re-branded the entire department as “BCIT Computing” in 2012, which now includes 3 full-time diplomas, a degree, 4 fast-track programs and Computing PTS.
As program head, I lead 70 instructors with a PTS Coordinator and 3 Program Assistants. I have created a series of Applied Associate Certificates as sub-sets of the CST Diploma with above sector average student satisfaction ratings. In the process, I have produced over 100 new industry-driven COMP courses for BCIT, which have helped over 50,000 students learn new skills for the workplace.
Every year we offer over 500 COMP course sections as part of 15 different part-time computing programs. I work with BCIT SMEs and local IT industry experts to keep our courses and programs relevant. I created a Computing PTS Student Guide to help students understand course and program requirements, and who to contact. Each term I conduct several information sessions, and I provide individual course and program plans for students.
Since the 90’s I have participated on several BCIT councils and many selection committees. My methods were documented as best practices for PTS Coordinators and Program Heads. I have represented the department as Tech Rep for 15 years and in 2019, I was elected to the FSA Board of Directors.
My tagline, “Start with just one course” has guided people to explore and learn new IT skills one course at a time. We have helped more than 60 thousand individuals advance their careers by studying at night and on weekends. BCIT Computing graduates are known to be job-ready.
Not sure where to begin?
- COMP 1002 – Applied Computer Concepts
COMP 1002 is the foundation for all Computing Part-time Studies courses.
Each of the following core courses is an introduction and designed to determine your interest in different aspects of Computing and IT.
- COMP 1516 – Programming Fundamentals Part 1 (Python)
- COMP 1630 – Relational Database Design and SQL
- COMP 1850 – Introduction to Web Development