Burnaby: With 1000 new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) graduates coming to the province by 2022, Today’s BC Liberals candidates Steve Darling and Amrik Virk announced today that Simon Fraser University, the BC Institute of Technology and Kwantlen Polytechnic University will receive new seats as part of the plan.
“For students in Metro Vancouver, this is a very significant increase in spaces that will help students get access to training for careers in tech,” said Amrik Virk, candidate in Surrey-Guildford. “Parents want to know their kids will have a bright future, and only Today’s BC Liberals have a plan to ensure young people have opportunities in tech.”
As part of the plan, SFU will receive 120 new seats, BCIT will receive 150, and KPU will receive 70, for a total of 340.
“The tech sector is booming in British Columbia thanks to our strong economy, there is no doubt,” said Steve Darling, candidate in Burnaby-Lougheed. “What this investment does is ensure students in Burnaby have access to the training they need to take part in this growing sector.”
On top of creating 1000 new STEM seats around the province by 2022, Today’s BC Liberals have committed to creating another 1000 seats once the students from the first 1000 begin graduating.
B.C’s tech sector employs more than 106,000 British Columbians, and contributed $14.1 billion to the province’s overall economic output in 2015.