BCIT receives $5.5M donation to develop Trades Foundation for Youth Program


The British Columbia Institute of Technology has received a $5.5M donation from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, in conjunction with Seaspan ULC and Southern Railway of British Columbia. This gift will be used to create the Trades Foundation for Youth Program, through which BCIT will provide technical training at four high schools for in-demand trades: Piping, Electrical, Metal Fabrication, and Marine Fitter. The funding will focus on reducing barriers for students who want to pursue a trades career and will contribute to the costs of renovating the training spaces at the four high schools, equipment, BCIT instruction and materials, safety gear, tools, textbooks, and transportation costs.