BCIT Students Association - Peak Leadership Program
The award for Excellence in Innovation - Leadership Development recognizes an exceptional program that develops leadership experience or skills in students or recent graduates. BCITSA's Peak Leadership program is designed to give participants the opportunity to learn leadership and professional development skills through program sessions, practical leadership experience and self-discovery. This program requires committed to completing the entire 7 months.
The BCITSA Peak Leadership Program provides students and recent alumni the opportunity to develop, nurture, and demonstrate leadership competency during their academic career. Students must apply and compete for a spot in this unique program which has been made possible through the The George Tidball Leadership Fund. Once accepted participants (about 100 BCIT students and 20 recent alumni) will explore, develop and define their leadership style by attending workshops, volunteering and self-reflection activities over the 7-month program.
Students participate in sessions given by CEOs, VPs, and professionals, benefitting from their experience, insights, and tips for success. A full-day leadership challenge takes participants through what is essentially a leadership 'boot camp' to learn more about their own strengths and skills while gaining insight into how to leverage these talents and stand out in the professional world. Students complete the CliftonStrengths Assessment to discover more about themselves and their own leadership potential. Participants also gain practical experience by taking on a volunteer leadership role at BCIT or in their community. In addition to the required elements, there are additional optional opportunities for networking and engagement.
This holistic approach to leadership enables to students to build, articulate, and evidence their leadership competency from as early as mid-way through their first year of study. PEAK is truly a career building opportunity which fosters collaboration, reflection, connection, a 'pay it forward' approach, and embraces a growth mindset both within and outside of the BCIT community.
Past participants are recognized by employers as being candidates who are equipped to talk about their skills in meaningful ways, having built experience through altruism and volunteerism, students show they are committed to the community in which they study and live, and have the capacity to demonstrate leadership from Day 1 on the job.