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Government of Canada invests in applied education at SAIT

Calgary, AB — SAIT Polytechnic got a boost from Western Economic Diversification for projects designed to enhance skills development and applied research. Close to $600,000 in federal funding was announced today by the Honourable Michelle Rempel.

SAIT is also part of a pan-western consortium that received $1.8 million from Western Economic Diversification this week to establish the Western Canada Innovation Offices. Led by the University of Manitoba, the consortium will develop a database of research and development expertise, facilities and equipment at 26 academic institutions. The project is designed to facilitate partnerships between the private sector and post-secondaries — such as SAIT’s Applied Research and Innovation Services department — involved in energy research. Federal funding of more than $291,000 will enable Innovate Calgary to establish the Kinetica Innovation Centre at SAIT, in partnership with the University of Calgary. The centre, located in SAIT's Applied Research and Innovation Services area, will allow high-tech start-up companies to develop innovative technological solutions for the energy sector, accelerate commercialization opportunities, and engage students to participate in industry-relevant projects.

"Our Government recognizes the important role that innovation plays in creating jobs and economic growth," says Minister Rempel. "By investing in the collaborative work of these institutions we are not only helping to develop sophisticated technological solutions, we are also preparing students for skilled positions in the future."

A second investment of more than $297,000 will support SAIT in the development of 3D virtual training modules for skilled trade workers. This project — through the School of Manufacturing and Automation — will allow students to access training through a blended classroom and online distance learning experience.

President and CEO of SAIT Polytechnic, Dr. David Ross, says SAIT is proud to be part of these collaborative projects.

"Western Economic Diversification recognizes the value of industry partnership and applied education — two of SAIT's key institutional priorities," says Dr. Ross. "Through their support, SAIT can continue to elevate the learning experience for our students and set them up for successful careers."


About SAIT Polytechnic

SAIT Polytechnic is one of Canada's most exciting destinations for post-secondary education, offering more than 100 career programs and over 1,400 part-time courses (including online and distance) that position people for success in technology, trades and business. A leader in innovation, SAIT also collaborates with industry on applied research and delivers corporate training worldwide. SAIT has been recognized as being one of Alberta's Top Employers, one of the top five research colleges in Canada and the Best Alberta Workplace for Training and Development.

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