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Is the British Columbia Institute of Technology a good school

BCIT is well, thanks for asking.It’s a great school to actually learn what you’re there to learn, but you need to dedicate yourself to your studies, or you will not make it.I took Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, which is a 2-year diploma program.

I recently described a semester to someone as: 6 classes with 3-5 sessions per week each, four 3 hour labs per week which require 3 hours of prep each, 18 midterms, 2 projects, 2 presentations, 2 reports, quizzes out the yin-yang, then 6 finals with one week of review, and a partridge in a pear tree.I have yet to receive my partridges.This type of course load is typical in most technical programs in BCIT.

When we went to orientation, they joked that anyone with a girlfriend should say goodbye to them.My wife of 6 years almost left me and we still haven’t recovered from the lack of communication and interaction during that time.I got a good job a few months after graduating, but so far it hasn’t fixed my marriage (although marriage counseling is included in the benefits package).

I was well enough prepared after graduation to start contributing almost immediately after starting my job, and I have also been able to make guitar pedals and amps using the knowledge I acquired (and this handy thing called the internet).However, the hands-on experience you get at BCIT is the factor that really sets it apart.You learn the same theory you would at other schools offering similar programs, but you also learn how to use the tools of the trade, and you get invaluable experience in using them.

If I had a dollar for every co-op student or new hire that I’ve had to teach how to setup and use an oscilloscope, I’d have $5!They all had one thing in common though.

I think it is an ok school but it’s not the same as a university.I am completing my fourth degree at BCIT – my other three were at UVic, UBC and U of Calgary.I am taking manufacturing engineering technology and am almost finished.

In general I found the classes much easier than University.It is a good technologist program but as far as degrees go it is not the same.I find a lot of the material is taught at a very basic level.

They essentially spoon feed everything to you.When I attended university we were told that 30% of our class would fail in the first year and they were not wrong.I am not sure about failure rates at BcIT but I attend classes and don’t study and easily get >80% on every class with minimal effort.

I can work full time and still take 4 classes without having to worry about work load.You also have to look at entrance requirements.To get into a university you need a 90+ average.

To get into BCIT, a 60% is good enough.

Yes.They teach you exactly what you need to know for the job.No electives.

No fluff.No BS.They give it all to you.

They work very closely with industry and a lot of the teachers are from industry.So, the knowledge is relevant and recent.The education is of high value.

Low tuition rates as compared to elsewhere.Higher employment rate directly after grad and even some before grad, like a few of my classmates and myself.Here’s the thing, it’s hard.

No fucking joke or laughing matter, HARD.Nothing in your educational history prepares you for BCIT.Nothing!

But it’s doable if you refuse to give up.The first full year is a weeding process.50% drop out or failure rate is common.

If you manage to get through year one, then year two is when things get a bit fun.This is usually industry experience and projects time.My first semester I had 9 classes, the rest of my class had 10.

I already took Communications.The second semester I had 11 classes, my class had 12, again, I had taken Communications.I nearly quit in second term at around 4 am studying in the lab with my classmates.

We already had classes for that day starting at around 8 am!That’s right!4 am study session for a full day of 3 hour exams.

My friends said that if I quit then they quit.Their futures were riding on one decision – mine.So I figured I’ll take a fail so they don’t quit.

We all got A’s!You’re gonna meet some great people and make some great friends and you’ll have some strong memories along the way.

No, it’s not good.It’s much better than ‘good’.Douglas College is “good”.

For BCIT, though, I would use the word “terrific”.In my opinion, it’s a world-class facility when it comes to teaching trades and technology.I’ve taken a lot of post-secondary education at more places than I care to admit, and the courses I took at BCIT were among the best overall.

I took a variety of classes in Business Admin and then – a few years later – in Web Design.When I left the classes, I felt as though I’d really learned something useful that I could apply right away.(Other places tend to give you a lot of theory, but you’re not always confident that you could apply those skills right away.)

As an aside, a few years back I was invited by BCIT to put on two marketing seminars for graduates of the entrepreneurial program they used to have.The grads had good questions and they really knew their stuff.You could see that there was a transfer of knowledge.

On the other hand, I have also met grads from other places (*cough* VCC *cough*) who had that deer-in-the-headlights look when I engaged them in academic conversation.I quickly got the impression that these grads had learned just enough to pass their exams, but there was not much in the way of knowledge transfer.I worked in the Human Resources sector for a few years, and someone with a BCIT program on their resume was someone whose resume got read.

Yes.I know engineers who say thst despite getting their masters st other universities they learned the most applied and useful knowledge during their first tears if education that they completed at BCIT.Their courses are so current that they have to constantly remove courses and add new ones.

I love that you can start taking any courses you want without waiting to hear if you have been accepted to a program first.You can sign up for courses that are transferable to various programs and then decide on the actual program you want later on.

Absolutely.I worked in a software startup that became a mid-sized software firm in Vancouver.For many years BCIT was out #1 source of employees; our then-leader felt that universities might have a better foundation of theory, but, BCIT taught you to work your ass off and actually get shit done.

Over time that shifted much more towards university degrees, unfortunately, but that’s another story.

How is bcit for what?For the btech for data comm, I’d say it was good, but lacked in some core theoretical courses such as math or algorithms.If you are planning for a masters eventually, it may be an applied one that is not under the comp sci umbrella or will require an immense amount of bridging and convincing (I moved to mtl to find an advisor who would take a chance).

The facilities at bcit were okay, the classrooms were adequate and residence was a lot of fun and convient.