What can you do with a diploma from a technology institute? Turns out, quite a bit.
Here are six professionals obtained a Diploma of Technology from BCIT and went on to launch successful careers.
Plenty of Fish
1. Considered one of BCIT’s most successful graduates, Markus Frind is the creator of the popular PlentyofFish.com (POF) dating website. Frind graduated from BCIT with a Diploma of Computer Systems Technology in 1999. By 2004, Plenty of Fish had become a full-time business for Frind. The site now boasts 1.5 million users worldwide.
Building profitable websites seems to be something of a specialty for BCIT alumni…
2. Annalea Krebs graduated from BCIT with a Diploma of Technology in 2007. Krebs is the found of ethicalDeal.com, described as the first daily coupon service in North America that focuses on introducing people to green products and services. Krebs says,
“The fast paced and practical nature of the program prepared me for the intensity of running my own business and gave me the marketing and finance skills I used every day in business.”
3. CityMax: Another BCIT graduate who found success online, Sunny Hirai has founded multiple web-based businesses. His most successful venture is CityMax, an online website builder that caters to small businesses by allowing intergration with online payment services such as PayPal. Hirai is currently the founder, CEO and president of MeZine Inc.
It’s not just about building cool websites though either. BCIT graduates have found success in other industries as well.
4. One of the most recognizable names in local construction, John Knappett received a Diploma of Technology in Geomatics (Survey) Engineering from BCIT in 1974. As the CEO of Knappett Projects Inc., he has overseen some of the most high profile projects in the province, including including the City of Victoria Police Station and Nanaimo’s Departure Bay Ferry Terminal Buildings.
BCIT is also well-represented in the broadcasting sector with distinguished graduates.
5. If you’ve ever watched a Canucks games on Sportsnet or listened to one on TSN Radio 1040, then you’ve heard John Shorthouse calling the play. Shorthouse graduated from BCIT’s Broadcast and Online Journalism program and is now one of the most recongized names in Canadian sportscasting.
6. Global BC’s News Director, Jill Krop received her Diploma of Technology in Broadcast Communications from BCIT in 1986. Since then, Krop has had a distinguished career as a television journalist and anchor in multiple provinces. Most recently, Krop was appointed News Director and Station Manager for Global BC.