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Software developers for a complex world

BCIT's Computer Systems Technology (CST) two-year diploma program combines computer systems theory with hands-on practical experience in software development. You'll learn software engineering and programming from industry professionals, and gain experience working on real projects, from concept to deployment. In second year, specialty options add depth and further hone your skills.

The CST diploma is a widely-recognized credential that is highly regarded by employers. Graduates emerge with the well-rounded skills essential for a career analyzing, designing, and developing software solutions.

Start Here
Apply to Enter into CST
Acquire fundamental software development skills in a
Common First Year
Advance to Second Year
(a combination of common courses
and option-specific courses
) and
Choose a Specialty Option

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Highlights:

  • Common first year sets the foundation, with the core skills you'll need as a professional software developer – check out some of the latest first year app projects
  • Work on at least two industry projects so you're ready to work in the real-world
  • Optional co-op component for broader applied experience (competitive entry)
  • Second year options allow you to further your skills in specialty areas

Who should apply for Computer Systems Technology?

The CST diploma program is right for you if:

  • You're interested in software development
  • You enjoy problem-solving, often in teams
  • You're enthusiastic about using technology, computers, and software systems to make things better
  • You're ready to apply yourself to prepare for a career in the evolving and rapidly expanding Computing and IT sector

What grads can do

As a CST graduate, you'll be able to:

  • Participate in all aspects of software development and maintenance
  • Contribute and communicate effectively as a member of software project teams
  • Design and code with widely-used programming languages and scripting tools, such as JavaScript, Java, C#, C++, and C
  • Develop and maintain complex software systems that integrate scalable components
  • Apply logical, critical, and creative thinking to synthesize solutions to computing and IT problems
  • Work productively and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Independently learn and adopt new tools, technologies and methods to remain up-to-date and effective
Read more about this CST grad's journey.

Program Entry

Effective September 2018, the Computer Systems Technology program will be offered at both the Burnaby and Downtown campuses. Accepted applicants will be assigned to either the Burnaby or Downtown Campus as part of their admission offer.

Application processing

This program is open to applications:

Note: As of 2020, this program will open for applications on October 1st.
  • November 1st* to March 6th* for the Fall (September) intake.
  • March 15th* to August 28th* for the Winter (January) intake.
  • *or next business day

We recommend that you apply early. All supporting documents must be submitted by the application deadline.

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Two-step process

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Academic grades above the minimum (secondary or post-secondary)
  • Computer Science 11 or Computer Science 12

Applicants with preferred entrance requirements are to submit transcripts and supporting documentation with their online application.

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Step 2: Department assessment

Admission is competitive and will be offered to the most qualified applicants. The competitive calculation formula takes the average of the applicant’s secondary or post-secondary English and math scores.

If submitting updated grades after applying, inform Admissions and advise them of your highest grades.

A waitlist of eligible applicants, ranked in competitive order, will be kept in the event that a seat becomes available prior to the end of the first week of term. The waitlist is cleared once the program intake is full and closed; unsuccessful applicants must re-apply to be considered for the next intake. Unsuccessful students may wish to upgrade their math and English before re-applying.

Recommended for success

BCIT is committed to providing assistance to all its full- and part-time students with permanent or temporary, visible or non-visible disabilities. Current and future students who maybe need support to overcome the limits and barriers that you may encounter during your studies are encouraged to contact BCIT’s Accessibility Services to attend an information session or to arrange an interview with one of the institute's Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists.

Advanced Placement

You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through 1. re-admission or 2. direct entry. The following applies to all advanced placement applications:

  • Competitive entry: Successful completion of admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into this program. If the number of applicants exceeds available seats, BCIT will select those applicants deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Acceptance based on seat availability: Confirmation of seat availability may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.

  1. Re-admission: Have you completed part of this program at BCIT and want to apply to resume your studies?
    • Please email cst_enquiries@bcit.ca for a re-admission information kit.
    • You must submit an approved re-admission form from the program area with your online application.
    • Applications are accepted throughout the year.

  2. Direct Entry: Are you new to this program but have completed an equivalent part of it at BCIT or elsewhere and want to apply to Level 2 or Level 3?
    • Please email cst_enquiries@bcit.ca for a pre-assessment information kit.
    • You must submit an approved pre-entry assessment from the program area and proof of meeting all Level 1 entrance requirements with your online application.
    • Complete applications must be submitted by:*
      • July 15th for the Fall (September) intake
      • November 30th for the Winter (January) intake

      *Applicants submitting overseas documents should apply early. The assessment may take up to four months.

Note: The Registrar's Office is the official authority on admission and entrance requirements and has the final say on whether or not you meet all entrance requirements for this program. You are responsible for submitting sufficient documentation to BCIT Admissions so they can assess this.

Apply to program

Apply directly to the Computer Systems Technology Diploma program. This program shares a common first year of core subjects. In the second year, students choose a specialization.

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September and January each year.

Technology entry

The Technology Entry (TE) program is a full-time, day school program which provides academic upgrading to students wishing to enroll in Computing, Engineering, Electronic, and Health Sciences programs at BCIT.

The TE program provides courses in chemistry, communication, mathematics, and physics that meet program prerequisites for selected programs at BCIT. The TE program also includes an introductory course in computer applications and a learning skills course. The program is supportive to those who require English-language training.

myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Books are expected to cost $500 to $800 per term. (General estimated cost, subject to change).

Although a substantial amount of teaching and instruction occurs in labs using BCIT computers, students in CST must also have their own Windows-compatible laptop for use in the program. Information on the required specifications will be provided to accepted applicants. Costs for such a computer will vary depending on configuration chosen, but will likely range from approximately $1000 to $2000.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Note: The CST program curriculum has been revised effective for the Sept 2018 intake.

Students that began the program prior to Sept 2018, refer to this Program Matrix [PDF].

Program matrix

First Year - Level 1 Credits
  COMM 1116 Business Communications 1 4.0
  COMP 1100 CST Program Fundamentals 1.0
  COMP 1113 Applied Mathematics 4.0
  COMP 1510 Programming Methods 7.0
  COMP 1537 Web Development 1 4.0
  COMP 1712 Business Analysis and System Design 4.0
  COMP 1800 Projects 1 4.0
 
First Year - Level 2 Credits
  COMM 2216 Business Communications 2 4.0
  COMP 2121 Discrete Mathematics 4.0
  COMP 2510 Procedural Programming 5.0
  COMP 2522 Object Oriented Programming 1 5.0
  COMP 2537 Web Development 2 1.5
  COMP 2714 Relational Database Systems 5.0
  COMP 2721 Computer Organization/Architecture 4.0
  COMP 2800 Projects 2* 4.5

*COMP 2800 is optional for students who complete one term of co-op education.

Note: At the end of the first year, students apply to a specialty option.

 
Second Year - Level 3 Credits
  COMP 3522 Object Oriented Programming 2 6.0
  COMP 3717 Mobile Development with Android Technologies 4.0
  COMP 3721 Introduction to Data Communications 4.0
  COMP 3760 Algorithm Analysis and Design 4.0
  COMP 3800 Projects Practicum 1* 5.0
  MATH 3042 Applied Probability and Statistics for Computer Systems Technology 4.0

*January intake students only. Not required for the Tech Entrepreneur Option.

and

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Option:

  COMP 3981 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 5.0
  or

Client/Server Option:

  COMP 3940 Client/Server Systems Development Fundamentals 5.0
  or

Cloud Computing Option:

  COMP 3962 Cloud Computing Platforms 5.0
  or

Combined (Web and Mobile) Option:

  COMP 3975 Server-Side Web Scripting 5.0
  or

Database Option:

  COMP 3920 Database Systems 1 5.0
  or

Data Communications and Internetworking Option:

  COMP 3980 Network Protocol Design and Implementation 5.0
  or

Digital Processing Option:

  COMP 3931 Digital Image, Video and Audio Fundamentals 5.0
  or

Information Systems Option:

  COMP 3910 Full-Stack Development for Enterprise Systems 5.0
  or

Predictive Analytics Option

  COMP 3948 Predictive Modelling 5.0
  or

Programming Paradigms Option

  COMP 3958 Functional Programming 5.0
  or

Tech Entrepreneur Option

  COMP 3942 Ideation 5.0
  or

Technical Programming Option:

  COMP 3951 Technical Programming 1 5.0
 
Second Year - Level 4 Credits

Common courses:

  BLAW 3600 Computers and the Law* 4.0
  COMP 3800 Projects Practicum 1** 5.0
  COMP 4537 Internet Software Architecture 4.0
  COMP 4735 Operating Systems 5.0
  COMP 4800 Projects Practicum 2 5.0

*Not required for the Information Systems Option

**September intake students only. Not required for the Tech Entrepreneur Option.

and

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Option:

  COMP 4983 Machine Learning 5.0
  COMP 4989 Selected Topics in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning 5.0
  or

Client/Server Option:

  COMP 4941 Client/Server Systems Quality Control 5.0
  COMP 4945 Distributed Software Architectures 5.0
  or

Cloud Computing Option:

  COMP 4964 DevOps Engineering 5.0
  COMP 4968 Serverless Computing and Microservices 5.0
  or

Combined (Web and Mobile) Option:

  COMP 4976 Web Application Development with Microsoft Technologies 5.0
  COMP 4977 Mobile Development with Apple Technologies 5.0
  or

Database Option:

  COMP 4921 Database Systems 2 5.0
  COMP 4925 Selected Topics in Database Systems 5.0
  or

Data Communications and Internetworking Option:

  COMP 4981 Advanced Network Applications Development 5.0
  COMP 4985 Selected Topics in Data Communications/Internetworking 5.0
  or

Digital Processing Option:

  COMP 4932 Selected Topics in Digital Processing 5.0
  COMP 4995 Gaming Systems 5.0
  or

Information Systems Option:

  COMP 4870 Intranet Planning and Development 7.0
  COMP 4911 Developing Enterprise Service 5.0
  COMP 4915 System Administration 5.0
  or

Predictive Analytics Option

  COMP 4948 Predictive Machine Learning 5.0
  COMP 4949 Big Data Analytics Methods 5.0
  or

Programming Paradigms Option

  COMP 4958 Concurrent Programming 5.0
  COMP 4959 Selected Application of Programming Paradigms 5.0
  or

Tech Entrepreneur Option:

  COMP 4943 UX/UI Design 5.0
  COMP 4944 Minimal Viable Product (MVP) 5.0
  COMP 4946 Business Plan 6.0
  MKTG 4919 Pitching and Positioning 4.0
  or

Technical Programming Option:

  COMP 4952 Technical Programming 2 5.0
  COMP 4956 System Programming 5.0
 
Co-op Work Term Courses (Optional)
To be completed after Level 2 and prior to Level 3, commencing in January or May
Credits
  COMP 2990 Cooperative Education Workterm 1 16.0
  COMP 3990 Cooperative Education Workterm 2 16.0
 
 
Total Credits: 121.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Common First-Year

First year CST introduces the core skills and theory used in all areas of software development. Web development, programming, scripting, and computer architecture are all introduced. First year culminates in students working as part of a team to build an application of their own design.

Second-Year (with Specialization Options)

The second year is comprised of:

  • common courses which develop and enhance fundamental software development skills (about 60%)
  • option courses to learn advanced techniques in specific computing areas (25%)
  • real-world industry projects (15%)

Students have a choice of option courses, however, there is limited space in each option, and first year grades are considered for option approval.

Note: availability of options is subject to change, and some options are not offered every term.

Specialization Options

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

The Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning option focuses on the design and development of software to process, visualize, analyze and model data sets for the purposes of decision making and prediction. Students develop an understanding of the fundamentals underpinning artificial intelligence and machine learning applications. Topics include search, games, constraint satisfaction problems, knowledge and reasoning, regression, classification, clustering, dimensionality reduction and kernel methods. Practical work focuses on analyzing real-world data sets, developing artificial intelligence and machine learning systems, as well as evaluating the performance of  systems for various domains.

Client Server

The Client/Server option offers specialized courses covering the subject areas of client/server computing, distributed computing, and mobile computing. Topics include architecture, modeling and structural issues, inter-process communications, and strategies to ensure performance, reliability, scalability, availability, interoperability, and security in such systems. Using the latest software development environments and engineering tools, students develop systems and services involving network programming, database programming, web development and operating systems.

Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing option students obtain hands-on experience using a wide variety of resources and services available on the world’s leading cloud computing platforms. Students create and maintain complex virtual computing environments. Students use automated software deployment, continuous integration, continuous delivery and continuous monitoring tools in cloud computing environments according to DevOps (development and operations) practices. The option culminates in students designing and developing software natively for cloud computing platforms. This type of development involves creating microservices and containers designed for serverless architectures. Please note: students in this option will be posting their work on servers outside of Canada, and thus will be required to sign a Student Consent Statement.

Database

The Database option focuses on traditional relational and advanced database technologies, data analytics, as well as big data storage and the use of data mining techniques from the fields of AI and machine intelligence. It covers modelling, data cleansing and integration, implementation, and access of data warehouse for corporate and financial data, as well as conducting business intelligence using OLAP. Students learn how to work with cloud databases, develop data-driven applications, and provide web services for data consumption from web or mobile apps. The option covers the use of advanced SQL features, data visualization, data analytics, data mining packages in R and Python, and how to manage big data using the Hadoop ecosystem.

Data Communications and Internetworking

The Data Communications and Internetworking option specializes in network architecture design, software development, and network security skills. Courses emphasize practical skills such as design, coding, debugging, and testing. Topics covered include protocol design and implementation; low-level systems programming on the Linux, Android, and Windows platforms; network application development using the TCP/IP protocol suite; wireless protocol design; and the design and implementation of device-level communications applications. Devices used include Embedded Linux boards, Android devices, Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFID), Wireless modems, and GPS devices. Practical work is focused around the analysis, application design, and implementation of the TCP/IP protocol suite.

Digital Processing

The Digital Processing option focuses on the development of digital image, video, and audio systems, especially as related to gaming. Emphasis is placed on development of tools for new media applications. Topics include image processing, fundamentals of AV streams, 3D gaming environments using DirectX, and performance improvement with concurrent programming and MMX/SSE. Various techniques are studied for making filters, morphing and warping techniques, compression, mirrors, and picking in 3D worlds. Advanced projects are usually drawn from IEEE papers such as template matching, face recognition, image stitching, and others. Team projects in game development on phones/tablets and the PC are encouraged.

Information Systems

The Information Systems option specializes in developing web-based and mobile applications required by medium and large businesses. Students develop large applications with state-of-the-art tools and application servers, and learn to administer Linux and Windows Servers. Topics include system architecture, performance, scalability, and security in distributed systems. Technologies covered include both Enterprise Java (including Java Server Faces, Java Persistence Architecture, Enterprise Java Beans) and Microsoft's .NET (including ASP.NET, C#, Web services).

Predictive Analytics

The Predictive Analytics option focuses on software development in data analysis for enabling organizational insight. Students will apply problem-solving towards data preparation, data modeling, validation, assessment of methods and reporting. Topics include exploratory data analysis, regression, time series studies, dimension reduction, clustering and classification, machine learning, and reporting. Practical work involves development with data sets from a wide range of sectors to reinforce effectiveness of methods within the data analytics development life cycle.

Programming Paradigms


The Programming Paradigms option focuses on developing software using multiple languages and paradigms. Student will acquire the techniques of several programming paradigms, and learn to choose an optimal paradigm for a particular problem. Topics include functional programming and concurrent programming using the actor model and using communication channels. Practical work will focus on the application of different paradigms to software development, such as web development, the design and implementation of domain-specific languages (DSLs), and the implementation of highly-concurrent and fault-tolerant software.

Tech Entrepreneur

More than two thirds of Canadian tech firms have only 1-4 employees. These small firms need to be nimble to grow and compete in this thriving sector. For students who hope to build their own start-up company, or expect to work in one, this option helps them learn the wide range of skills needed to start and grow a company. Students work on creating a business from the ground up, including ideation, market validation, legal requirements, business plan, pitching, and creating a Minimum Viable Product (MVP).

Technical Programming

The Technical Programming option covers advanced techniques in design and software development. Topics include code techniques used for desktop, web and distributed applications (client-server and three-tier architectures), concurrent programming (multi-threading, synchronization and interprocess communication), design principles of human-computer interaction, and project management. They analyze user needs and design and construct efficient applications with an emphasis on proper design, robust code, documentation, optimization and testing. Students acquire valuable real-world experience through a large-group software development project in term four. The all-class project gives students the opportunity to experience the challenges and responsibilities of a real-life project.

Web and Mobile

The Web and Mobile option is aimed at students who want to specialize in developing software applications for Apple iOS devices, as well as websites. Students develop hands-on skills in JavaScript, jQuery, PHP and Laravel, ASP.NET, Java, C# and Objective-C. Working in teams, they apply industry standards, design patterns, and use Agile development with Scrum. Graduates are able to develop and use client-side and server-side code with multiple programming languages to create mobile/responsive websites, plus web and mobile applications for the iPhone.

Industry Sponsored Student Projects (ISSP)

In second year, students work directly with external industry sponsors on projects via the Industry Sponsored Student Project (ISSP), applying their newly-learned skills, and acquiring real-world experience. Students work in teams with an industry sponsor, proceeding through the development life-cycle to develop an IT or software solution. All students participate in two projects.

Program length

Two years, full-time beginning in September and January of each year. The September term is 15 weeks in length. The January term is also 15 weeks in length, followed by a five week projects term.

In order to be eligible for graduation, students must complete the diploma program requirements within three years of entering the program.

Accreditation

The Computer Systems Technology two-year diploma program has been accredited by the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS). Consequently, a CST graduate may receive an ISP (Information Systems Professional) designation after five years of relevant work experience.

Program location

The Computer Systems Technology program is offered at both the Burnaby and Downtown campuses. Accepted applicants will be assigned to either the Burnaby or Downtown Campus as part of their admission offer.

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Continue your education

Degree Completion

Graduates of the Computer Systems Technology Diploma program may pursue a BCIT Bachelor of Technology in Computer Systems degree. The degree program is an extension of the diploma program, covering advanced technological and management skills, which can help position graduates for further progression in the IT workplace.

Co-operative education

The optional co-op education component of the CST program provides students with substantial benefits in their IT career preparation, given that employers are more eager to hire graduates who have had some co-op experience. Students opting for co-op education are required to meet year one performance qualification criteria. Students will require a minimum of two four-month co-op terms to graduate with a co-op designation on their CST diploma. These two co-op terms are back-to-back, and are completed between Levels 2 and 3.

Graduating & Jobs

Sector Snapshot


Job opportunities

Computer Systems Technology Diploma graduates have a wide variety of career options in the IT industry. Many start their careers as an entry-level software developer, application programmer, software tester, or network or database administrator. Later they can progress to positions such as systems analyst, IT project managers, team leads, software architects, information security analyst, and senior consultant.

Some students take the IT entrepreneurial path by starting their own business. Companies founded by our grads include Burton Software/Icicle Technologies, CAMS Software/Prospero, Skybox Labs and PlentyofFish. Read more about this alumnus who is creating opportunities for others.

Our graduates work in companies including:

  • Active Network
  • AirG
  • Electronic Arts
  • Fortinet
  • Global Relay
  • Habañero
  • Hootsuite
  • IBM
  • ICBC
  • IUGO Mobile
  • Lululemon
  • MDA
  • Microsoft
  • Mobify
  • PMC Sierra
  • SAP
  • Sophos
  • Telus
  • Vision Critical

Furthering your education

Graduates of the Computer Systems Technology program can also pursue a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Systems at BCIT.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2016-2018 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2015-2017 graduates and for Degree 2014-2016 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

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Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Prospective Student Inquiries

Email: program_advising@bcit.ca

Current Student Inquiries

Email: cstdiploma@bcit.ca

Full-time faculty

  Donna Turner
Program Head, CST Diploma

Overview: Professional Engineer and Project Management Professional who came to BCIT from industry to teach and to make a difference in the lives of students. As Program Head (Student Success), advises and helps students with academic related concerns about the CST Diploma program.
Aaron Hunter, Instructor
Albert Wei, Option Head - Programming Paradigms
Aman Abdulla, Option Head - Data Communications & Network Security
Amir Amintabar, Instructor
Arron Ferguson, Instructor
Benjamin Yu, Option Head - Database
Bill Klug, Option Head - Cloud Computing
Borna Noureddin, Instructor
Bruce Link, Option Head - Information Systems
Carly Wong-Orr, Instructor
Chi En Huang, Option Head - Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Christopher Thompson, Instructor
D'Arcy Smith, Option Head - Web & Mobile (iOS), Option Head - Tech Entrepreneur
Dennis Richards, Option Head - Digital Processing
Farnaz Dargahi, Instructor
Jason Harrison, Option Head - Web & Mobile (PhP), Option Head - Tech Entrepreneur
Keith Tang, Instructor
Medhat Elmasry, Option Head - Web & Mobile (.NET)
Michal Aibin, Instructor
Mirela Gutica, Option Head - Technical Programming
Pat McGee, Option Head - Data Analytics
Rob Neilson, Instructor
Tejinder Randhawa, Option Head - Client/Server

Advisory committee

BCIT is well-respected by employers for its ties to industry. In Computing, this connection is formalized through a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) comprised of experts in a range of roles from a cross-section of companies. The department consults regularly to ensure program currency and relevance.

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"The trick in growing a company or moving forward is to identify trends that have staying power: in programming, everything is always about adaptability, change and survival. Back at BCIT they really gave us the foundation and framework to constantly learn new things."
Markus Frind, Founder of Plenty Of Fish Media, and CST Diploma graduate, 1999

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“My skills were perfect to adapt into Fortinet and the network security vendor world.” Derek Manky, Global Security Strategist at Fortinet, and Computer Systems Technology grad, 2003

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"I very vocally recommend BCIT because it worked for me, and I think it will work for others. Besides knowledge and skills, my BCIT education also gave me courage. I believe in what BCIT stands for – job-ready career-building skills, extensive networking, and lasting friendships. BCIT was the road that paved the way to where I am now." Donabel Santos, BCIT CST and BTech Grad, Business Intelligence Solutions Architect, SQL Server MVP, instructor, consultant and author

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