The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is launching its first ever microcredential programs to provide learners with an industry-focused, applied education that allows them to rapidly upskill or reskill, build resiliency, and stay ahead of workplace trends. Microcredentials are flexible, short-term programs that help learners quickly master new competencies and gain knowledge essential to in-demand Canadian industries.
In this initial release of microcredential programs at BCIT, three courses have been developed in collaboration with industry.
- Essentials of Natural Resource and Environmental Protection – This microcredential was jointly developed with Vancouver Island University (VIU) to support learners in understanding the importance of natural resources to British Columbia and potential career pathways in the field. Learners will also gain familiarity with field techniques, tools, maps and data being used, and understand how climate change intersects with BC’s natural resources.
- Digital Transformation – Technology is transforming how people live and work. Learners gain new digital competencies and insights into the concepts of Privacy and Security, Data Analysis, 5G, Automation, and E-commerce– including how these could benefit or threaten businesses.
- Introductory Studies in Mass Timber Construction – From building envelope and services installation to construction management and 3D modeling, learners will gain expertise in mass timber construction.
“BCIT microcredential programs arrive at a pivotal time when the labour market is reshaping and new competencies are in demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Microcredentials are key educational tools in supporting relevant, flexible, and lifelong learning opportunities for students, while building an agile workforce,” says Dr. Tom Roemer, Vice President, Academic, BCIT.
The value, flexibility, and relevance of microcredentials
Microcredentials are a valuable option for learners to quickly strengthen resumés and advance careers. Students may also choose to add on digital badges or credentials from BCIT to further enhance their educational journey. Microcredentials can also be stacked to ladder into a course, certificate, or diploma program, making them a focused and affordable option in pursuing flexible and relevant education.
“Vancouver Island University is excited to join forces with BCIT to deliver the Essentials of Natural Resource and Environmental Protection microcredential – a great jumping-off point for anyone interested in exploring career opportunities in parks, eco-tourism operations, conservation, green energy, mining, forestry, agriculture, fisheries and much more. In this unique program, students benefit from the combined knowledge and expertise of faculty from both institutions in a combination of technical and theoretical instruction,” shares Eve Stringham, Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology, VIU.
Dr. Tom Roemer, BCIT Vice President, Academic, is available to speak further to microcredentials as well as upskilling and reskilling during the pandemic. Please contact Amy Chen, 778-384-7245.
About the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT):
For more than 55 years, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) has been delivering flexible, relevant, and future-proof education that prepares learners to provide applied solutions to industry challenges – across BC and around the world. With five campuses and over 50,000 students enrolled each year, BCIT is one of BC’s largest post-secondary institutes. The BCIT curriculum is developed through close consultation with industry and delivered by instructors who have direct, hands-on experience in their fields. Students gain the technical skills, real-world experience, and problem-solving ability needed to embrace complexity and lead innovation in a rapidly changing workforce. Through its unique applied education model, BCIT is empowering people, shaping BC, and inspiring global progress.
Vancouver Island University (VIU), located on the west coast of Canada, is one of Canada’s most inclusive universities. We place students and communities at the centre of our work, recognizing that education is a key determinant of social progress and economic prosperity. Our unique student experience includes small class sizes; dedicated, award-winning faculty; and exceptional undergraduate research opportunities that are often conducted in collaboration with our many community partners. We also offer a wide variety of educational options and starting points, including upgrading, trades, undergraduate and graduate programs, to support the varied educational needs of both our domestic and international students. This personalized approach prepares VIU students for success in the workforce and gives them the skills to act as responsible global citizens. At the foundation of this work is our focus on ensuring as many people as possible can access post-secondary education through transformational programs like our Tuition Waiver for Former Youth in Care and EleV – a collaborative partnership with Indigenous communities, funded by the Mastercard Foundation, that supports the success of Indigenous youth at post-secondary and beyond.