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Skilled worker hub BCIT turns 50

Since 1964, about 155,000 students have graduated from BCIT, which provides the majority of apprenticeship training in the province



BURNABY, B.C.—It’s been 50 years since then-premier W.A.C. Bennett officially opened the doors of the B.C. Institute of Technology in Burnaby, and that milestone is being celebrated at the school that now has five campuses.

On Saturday, the polytechnic institute held a “Fab 50” event featuring all things 1964—from vintage cars to an X-ray machine and broadcasting equipment used at the school half a century ago.

Gary Hanney, who attended BCIT’s first broadcast class and worked mostly as a camera operator before retiring in 2008, said he remembers wearing a shirt, tie and sport jacket to school.

BCIT spokesman Dave Pinton said anniversary events will also be held throughout the school year at the other four campuses of BCIT _ in North Vancouver, Richmond, Vancouver and Delta.

The school began with 647 students and this year has nearly 48,000 people enrolled in programs including engineering, business, shipbuilding and health, said Pinton, who wore a 1960’s skinny tie and horn-rimmed glasses to the birthday bash.

Since 1964, about 155,000 students have graduated from BCIT, which provides the majority of apprenticeship training in the province.

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