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The Computer Information Technology Program is a two-year program and is intended to equip students with the practical expertise needed to plan and integrate different computing technologies. The Computer Systems Technology Program is also a two-year program and focuses specifically on systems and software development.

For more information on the programs, including an overview of the curriculum, please visit the following links:

Program schedule

Students in the Computer Information and Computer Systems Technology Co-op program are available for four or eight month work placements commencing in either January or May.

Intake Fall Winter Spring/Summer
September Academic Term 1 Academic Term 2 Co-op 1
Co-op 2 Academic Term 3 Break
Academic Term 4
January Academic Term 1 Break
Academic Term 2 Co-op 1 Co-op 2
Academic Term 3 Academic Term 4

Employers may submit job postings year round. However, the co-op office normally solicits job descriptions in August for the January placement period and in January for the summer placement period.

Student profile & capabilities

All students enrolled in the Computer Information Technology and Computer Systems Technology (CST/CIT) Co-op programs must meet high qualification criteria; complete at least two successful academic terms, as well as pre-employment training before their first work term.

CST and CIT students are able to meet the basic IT needs of organizations from different industries including software development, finance and banking, telecommunication, entertainment, health care, government agencies, and small businesses.

Students are introduced into industry after completing the first half of their diploma program and have the following capabilities:

  • Programming (Java)
  • Web Development
  • Database systems (modeling and SQL programming)
  • Software development processes
  • Communication (oral and writing skills)

Employer testimonial

“The students get real life experience in the business world and learn the soft skills one cannot learn in the classroom. The students hit the ground running – ready to go when the employer gets them.”

Pam Cunningham, Teck Cominco Limited

Student testimonials

“As a BCIT co-op student, I now have the confidence to solve any software application problems I am faced with.”

Shane Vander Meer

“In school, it’s a very different environment than doing work in an actual job; and it’s possible it’s not what you expected. So it’s a good way to try out the field you are studying in.”

Andrea Lee