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B.C.’s Deputy Minister of Education visits FIT school to view Technology program

17 April 2014Burnaby South Secondary and Burnaby North Secondary school welcomed British Columbia’s Deputy Minister of Education, Rob Wood, to an afternoon of ICT program exploration. The visit showcased two well-regarded programs at Burnaby North Secondary and Burnaby South Secondary; the respected Film and Broadcast Program and the advanced Computer Networking Technician Program, respectively.

Long-time Focus on Information Technology (FIT) teacher, Eddie Wong, opened his classroom doors to Minister Wood to shed light on some of the program advances in Networking he has made over the years. This included sharing with him the Information and Communications Technology Council’s well-respected FIT program that focuses on ICT in education.

All-in-all Mr. Wong and his colleagues were “very pleased that Deputy Minister Wood took the time to come tour the Computer Networking Technician Program.” Mr. Wong further remarked that Minister Woods “recognized the value of forming partnerships with the forward-thinking non-profits like ICTC, industry partners such as Cisco and CompTIA, local IT employers, and post-secondary institutions to help students pursue their dream of a successful career in IT.”

Minister Woods was recently appointment as Deputy Minister of Education this past fall 2013. He brings with him a lifetime of experience in both the public and private sectors. His senior management work with TELUS, combined with his knowledge of ICT, makes him an ideal deputy minister to push forward innovation in education.

Author: Emily Jamieson, Digital Communications and Youth Initiatives Specialist at ICTC