Vancouver Community College has launched a Computer Systems Technology Diploma program. Taught by industry professionals, the two-year, full-time CST program will offer students hands-on instruction in software solutions, mobile apps, and website development, while introducing the latest concepts in enterprise systems, cloud computing, machine learning (AI), and security.

CST students will also be the first to study in VCC’s new, state-of-the-art computer labs featuring a street-level entrance, plenty of natural light, and cutting-edge equipment.

“Writing, updating, or debugging code can be a long process and it requires a great attention to detail,” said head instructor Reza Nezami, “but it’s very rewarding for those who have an interest in creating new and innovative products.”

According to WorkBC, computer programmers continue to be in high demand with more than 8,000 job openings predicted between now and 2028. The B.C. Tech Association estimates there are 100,000 people employed provincially in the sector with a median salary of more than $80,000 per year.