With approximately 80,000 registrations each year, demand for a NAIT education has never been greater. NAIT’s two mobile education units deliver NAIT training to communities in western and northern Canada, particularly in remote areas and Aboriginal communities. NAIT redefines distance learning by enabling students to remain in their communities while gaining a valuable education experience - one that would normally require relocating to an urban centre.
The mobile shops, known as NAIT in Motion (NIMs), are hooked up to heavy-duty trucks for transport to remote areas. Each unit is 53 feet long, can accommodate a class of 12 students and is powered by two generators that can be used together or alone for energy efficiency. The retractable sides roll out, and the collapsible floor comes up on hinges to reveal a gleaming, metal, state-of-the-art lab equipped with welders, drill presses and a host of power and hand tools, as well as an overhead 500-pound crane that lets students learn about hoisting and rigging.
Each self-contained unit comes with a supply trailer (to transport and store metals, scrap and equipment), can be set up in about an hour and is fully equipped for trades training in
Benchwork, electrical, hoisting and rigging, and plumbing training can also be delivered with these units.
NAIT in Motion video
NAIT in Motion was recently recognized by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) with a Gold Program Excellence Award for this innovative mobile education program.