The BC Vocational School was established in 1960 at Willingdon and Canada Way. By 1964, the British Columbia Insitute of Technology had opened and had 498 students enrolled. In the 1970s, the BC Vocational School had been renamed the Pacific Vocational Institute and in 1986 the two institutions merged. The school is a public post-secondary institution that is governed by a Board of Governors, under the authority of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology. By 2004, the annual enrolment of part-time and full-time students reached 48,000.