Are you Indigenous and living in British Columbia? Do you already have some basic computer skills and are ready to explore new opportunities in a booming industry? Then Foundations in Innovation and Technology (FiT) is for you.
Foundations is a 12-week exploratory program offered in-person and (soon-to-be) online. This program introduces you to six in-demand fields within the tech sector. This is the perfect opportunity to get comfortable in the following topics so that you can decide which one you would like to pursue as a career in our Futures program.
In Foundations you will be introduced to the following
six topics, two weeks at a time:
Computer Basics and Professional Practices: In this module, you will learn the basics of Microsoft Office, which continues to be one of the most sought-after technology skills in all sectors. Administrative professionals can use digital tools to maximize organization, productivity and efficiency in any workplace.
Web Development and Coding: Learning to code is a lot like learning a new language. In this module you will learn the basics of this language, introducing you to the backend functionality and frontend design of building websites and web applications.
GIS/ GPS Mapping: Digital mapping has huge potential for stewarding our lands and resources through Traditional Use Studies. This module introduces you to the basics of gathering data, performing analysis and visualizing information through Geographic Information Systems and Global Positioning Systems.
Grade 10 completion, or willingness to complete a digital skills assessment.
Self-identify as Indigenous (Status First Nations, non-status, Métis, Inuit)
Ability to study full-time hours for all 12 weeks
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
- demonstrate professional conduct and verbal communication skills appropriate to an office environment;
- create well-written and formatted documents utilizing MS Word;
- create and customize spreadsheets utilizing MS Excel;
- create and customize presentations using MS PowerPoint;
- demonstrate competency in both analog and digital file management; and,
- demonstrate competency in discovering and modifying data in MS Access.