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SAIT Summer Camps: offering fun and essential skills

Calgary, AB — SAIT Summer Camps are back with many fun and exciting topics for young people, and this year, campers will come away with key skills for their future along with their go-carts and fresh baking.

The Government of Canada has identified nine essential skills that are used in nearly every job and in daily life. SAIT Summer Camps is incorporating these skills into every camp on campus, offering up to three of nine essential skills per session.

The essential skills include reading, writing, document use, numeracy, computer use, thinking, oral communication, working with others and continuous learning.

"These skills are applicable to all sorts of situations for our campers — at school or in the career they end up pursuing down the road," says Rozlynn Wick, Strategic Youth Initiatives Coordinator at SAIT. "Measuring correctly to accurately cut materials for a construction project makes learning numeracy skills a more dynamic learning experience."

In addition to designating essential skills for each summer camp, the volume of options available for students in Grades 4 to 12 continues to increase. There are 75 different camps at SAIT this summer with more than a dozen new offerings covering everything from nutrition to home building carpentry.

The new four-week Home Building Carpentry Camp is the only camp to run for more than a week at SAIT. Sponsored by the Canadian Home Builders' Association — Calgary Region, the camp helps high school students develop the skills to frame a house, exposing young people to construction and carpentry as a possible career path.

"They'll find out if they're interested in continuing with carpentry classes at high school, or go on to post-secondary studies for a career in carpentry or construction. They will also come away with basic safety skills for working onsite or in a shop," says Wick.

With increasing popularity, SAIT Summer Camps are more than 75 per cent sold out. For more information or to register, visit saitsummercamps.ca.

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SAIT 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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