Email: Computing Part-time Studies
As Program Assistant for Computing PTS, I work with a PTS Coordinator and Program Head to support 70 Instructors. My COMP portfolio includes; all programmimg languages and networking courses plus thier related Associate Certificates and the CSC.
Other duties include general department administration and financial reconciliation for the Program Head. I am also a part-time student in Computing and currently working toward the Applied Software Development, ASD – Associate Certificate.
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 technology management experience. My 1st career phase focused on operations, revenue generation, sustainability, business expansion, product development, marketing and training, ending as regional supervisor. After 11 years I started my 2nd career in computing and IT.
My initial focus was marketing the use of stand-alone PC systems to business and education when mainframes and minicomputers dominated those sectors. Later, I 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 and 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. After completing several IT certification courses in 1994, I 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 at BCIT as Operations Coordinator for Computer Systems Technology, CST Part-time Studies. My job description included increasing student satisfaction, developing new programs and doubling registrations, achieving 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. 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 which have generated $80 million tuition for BCIT.
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 then 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 tag line, “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