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Spartan Controls Extends $2.5 Million Partnership with BCIT to Fuel Innovation and Education in Energy Sector

June 20, 2024
Burnaby, BC, June 20, 2024 – Spartan Controls is pleased to announce the extension of our $2.5 million contribution agreement with the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). For 60 years, BCIT has been delivering flexible, relevant, and future-proof education that prepares learners to provide applied solutions to industry challenges. BCIT connects education, industry, and government in building an agile workforce.
"The pace of innovation in industrial automation makes it challenging to keep curriculums in sync with industry,” said Doug Ndegwa, President & CEO of Spartan Controls. “Innovative and experiential learning environments require ongoing collaboration between educators, operators, technology solutions providers and government to supply the skilled resources our economy needs. Institutions like BCIT produce top-tier graduates, and we are proud to support their efforts."
This extended agreement includes the donation of cutting-edge digital technologies, technical support, collaboration opportunities, and students’ awards funding to the BCIT School of Energy through 2032. The CEER Advanced Learning Ecosystem for Digital Operations will be implemented in the Spartan Controls Centre for Energy Education and Research facility, a pivotal hub for energy education and research at BCIT. The facility houses the School of Energy’s boiler, co-generation, and industrial instrumentation equipment.
“As one of BCIT’s key industry partners, Spartan Controls has accelerated our efforts to provide students with leading-edge, applied learning opportunities. This continued partnership highlights the significant connection between BCIT and Spartan Controls as we strive to meet the labour market needs of today and tomorrow ,” says BCIT President,  Jeff Zabudsky. 
This support demonstrates Spartan's dedication to technical institutes and universities across Western Canada. Similar partnerships with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), and Saskatchewan Polytechnic have provided students with valuable hands-on experience, enhancing industry reliability and performance.

About Spartan Controls

Experience industrial innovation at Spartan Controls—the recognized leading provider of industrial automation products, services and solutions in Western Canada. For over 60 years, Spartan has provided customers with high-performance solutions, industry expertise, lifecycle support, and technical training—delivering value and outcomes our customers want. Our automation solutions are used in all process industries including oil and gas, oil sands, mining, pulp and paper, chemical, power, pipeline, municipal and food & beverage. We are dedicated to creating a sustainable modern world and providing exceptional customer experiences where expertise and collaboration come together.
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About BCIT

Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2024, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) has been delivering flexible, relevant, and future-proof education that prepares learners to lead innovation in their workplaces and communities. As one of BC’s largest post-secondary institutes with five campuses, 300+ programs, and over 45,000 students enrolled each year, BCIT connects education, industry, and government in building an agile workforce.
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