NAIT gives graduating business student an advantage in the music industry
Kyle Ginn isn’t your typical business student.
With long hair running past his shoulders, this guitar-playing fitness buff stands six-foot-three, has 18-inch arms and can bench press 315 pounds. His band, One Day Late, recently recorded tracks for their debut album at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver. The studio is owned by singer Bryan Adams and has been used by AC/DC, Nickleback, Bon Jovi, The Tragically Hip and others.
Ginn, 25, graduates this week from NAIT’s JR Shaw School of Business with a Business Administration diploma.
He said he enrolled in the NAIT program to sharpen his business acumen. He will put those skills to good use, both as he advances through the music industry and down the road, when he plans to pursue his dream of owning a company that produces custom electric guitars.
“That’s one of the reasons I enrolled in the program,” he said. “I wanted to know more about running a business.”
Ginn, who also graduated from NAIT’s Millwork and Carpentry program in 2008, has built three prototype guitars in his home woodworking shop. He uses these guitars both on stage and in the studio.
For the time being, however, guitar building remains a hobby. Ginn plans to spend the next year concentrating on his band. One Day Late has released the single Here I Stand through iTunes, which is getting some radio play, and is planning to release a full-length CD shortly. The band hopes to hit the road in the coming months, bringing their brand of “powerful, raw rock” to Canadian music fans.
NAIT's 50th Convocation is held on Friday, May 10 (6:30 p.m.) and Saturday, May 11 (8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) at The Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 - 87 Ave. More than 7,100 students will graduate this year.
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NAIT is one of Canada’s leading polytechnics, with almost 80,000 registrations worldwide in key areas including science, technology and the environment, business, health and trades. Known for real-world education and student success, NAIT also engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. NAIT enrolled its first students - 29 communication electrician apprentices - in 1962 and this year concludes its 50th anniversary celebrations.
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