The Free Zone Institute of Training and Technology (FZITT) opened its doors October 16th 1997 and was a state-of-the-art training facility. It was located on the Old Parham Road in a 15,000 square foot industrial structure that was converted into six administrative offices and four air-conditioned classrooms/computer labs. Created by the government of Antigua and Barbuda, the mandate of the Institute at that time was, to bring about 100 percent computer literacy of the island’s labour force within a five year period.
Within ten weeks of the Institute opening its doors, its mandate of island-wide computer literacy was on the way to being realized. During this time, over two thousand persons received training in six to ten week sessions in Microsoft Desktop Applications–Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and using the Internet.
The success of FZIIT in bridging the digital divide in Antigua and Barbuda and the increased demand for IT training and tertiary level education created the need for a new institution and a larger physical facility. A decision was made to build a new physical plant and the Antigua and Barbuda International Institute of Technology (ABIIT) was born.
Construction for the new 31,000 square-foot building to house the Antigua and Barbuda International Institute of Technology (ABIIT), broke ground in March 2000. The new building was completed in August 2001 and classes were held in the new building starting October 2001.
This modern facility has central air conditioning, elevator, handicapped accessible bathrooms, library/learning centre, cafeteria and other modern amenities to make the learning environment as conducive to learning as possible. To compliment the modern physical plant, the Institute has twelve fully equipped computer classrooms with LCD projectors and whiteboards. In addition, students and faculty enjoyed campus wide wireless access. Starting in September 2008, the Institute has begun offering courses fully online and is planning to offer at least one associate degree program fully online starting in September 2010.