Just like business and industry, NAIT is always evolving – in fact, it’s been a work in progress since planning for the campus began in 1959. Today, NAIT is still growing and reinventing itself to meet the needs of students and employers.
Did you know
- The cost to build the NAIT campus in 1962 was over $14.5 million. That’s more than $111 million in 2012 dollars.
- NAIT’s first class – 29 communication electrician apprentices – started their training before the school opened and construction was complete.
- Demand for training grew so rapidly that NAIT undertook its first major expansion just one year after opening.
- In 1964, the Department of Northern Affairs and National Resources gave the president of NAIT’s Student Association our original Ookpik mascot. The ookpik, which means snowy owl in Inuktitut, became a popular symbol of Canada in the 1960s after the federal government adopted a handcrafted ookpik (made an at Inuit cooperative in northern Quebec) as a souvenir at international trade fairs.
- In 2008, NAIT was the first post-secondary institution in Edmonton to become a full Heart-Safe site thanks to its eight Automatic External Defibrillators.
- Eight months later one of those defibrillators saved a man’s life.
- In 2008, NAIT became the only college-level school in the country to have full-time coaching staff.
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