NAIT to expand seven essential programs to meet industry demand
Seven high-demand programs at NAIT will be expanded between now and 2017 to accommodate additional students, as a result of provincial funding announced in Budget 2014.
“NAIT is pleased the government has allocated additional funding for programs in high demand,” said NAIT President and CEO Dr. Glenn Feltham. “At NAIT, our focus is on meeting the current and emerging needs for polytechnic education. Our graduates are essential to Alberta’s continued prosperity. These additional spaces are aligned directly with industry’s needs.”
The programs being expanded are: Chemical Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, Construction Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Instrumentation Engineering Technology, Petroleum Engineering Technology and Water & Wastewater Technology.
The expansion is a result of an increase in funding to NAIT from the Government of Alberta, which was part of the provincial budget. These seven programs will accommodate an additional 390 seats.
The high-demand programs were chosen by the provincial government based on graduate employment outcomes, employer support, labour market demand and student enrolment.
“Alberta has one of the best post-secondary systems in Canada but we can always do more to increase access for students and foster collaboration between institutions,” said Premier and Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education Dave Hancock. “That’s why we are creating more spaces so students can get the learning opportunities they want to pursue their dreams and increasing funding to create new programs and stimulate collaboration in the Campus Alberta system.”
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With more than 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 98 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to Alberta’s prosperity. Known for hands-on, technology-based learning, NAIT engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. Recognized as one of Alberta’s top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.
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