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 through NVIT
Self-identify as Indigenous (Status First Nations, non-status, Métis, Inuit)
Ability to study full-time hours for all 12 weeks
Our online study option is delivered in partnership with Royal Roads University and is unlike any distance learning you may have experienced before. Our students progress through video modules while receiving full access to instructors and their fellow classmates through live and interactive webinar sessions. If you can’t travel to an urban centre for our in-person delivery then joining our online community is available for your convenience.
Upon completion of the Foundations program you will receive 24 credits towards your post-secondary education through the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology.