NYIT to expand its campus and applied tech ed programs
Demand for applied skills learning at the New York Institute of Technology leads to plans for a satellite campus and potential new masters offerings
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When the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) established its Vancouver campus, it offered one program. Ten years later, it facilitates five and is experiencing a period of growth, says campus dean and executive director Irene Young.
“We are really consolidating our role in providing students an applied education in the technology field,” says Young. “We want to ensure that if you are looking to gain in-demand knowledge and skills, you look to us. And if you are an employer looking for grads with applied knowledge, you do the same.”
Students have, in fact, been looking to NYIT, says Young. Since fall 2016, the student body has grown from 165 NYIT Vancouver learners to 238. The campus expects to exceed 300 students by fall 2017, which, says Young, means the need for more space to accommodate the demand.
“We have been at 701 West Georgia since we opened,” she says. “And we love this location for its convenience and that it is on the subway line, so we are definitely staying here but are currently looking for another satellite location. It is a good problem to have.”
In addition to physical expansion, NYIT Vancouver is in the market research phase of adding two new masters to its roster: Computer Sciences and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Young says the decision to consider offering these specific programs was in response to the needs of the local workforce.
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