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Three reasons to upskill locally, at SAIT

Winter view of Calgary by the Bow River downtown at sunrise

As the saying goes, there’s no place like home.

And there really isn’t. Alberta’s economy is one-of-a-kind, shaped by geography, resources and people.

At SAIT, we’ve spent decades listening to the needs of local industry, responding with innovative partnerships and customized curriculum for tomorrow’s workforce. It’s why we have a unique understanding of Alberta’s economy and job market — and why 90% of SAIT grads get hired.

So whether you’re looking to enhance your skillset, increase job prospects or embrace personal development, here are three reasons to “learn local” at SAIT.

Future proof your career, right here

More than ever, maintaining relevance is critical to career success. But you don’t have to travel the world, even virtually, for world-class skills development.

SAIT’s newly launched Centre for Continuing Education and Professional Studies in Calgary is home to more than 1,000 skills-centric courses designed to meet workplace demand. Featuring small class sizes and industry-expert instructors, the centre is a hub for lifelong action-based learning.

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“We now recognize that any post-school certification is merely setting the foundation for continuous upskilling to keep pace with economical and societal changes,” says Vis Naidoo, director, SAIT's Centre for Continuing Education and Professional Studies.  

“With an increasing demand for shorter and more competency-based courses, SAIT is committed to providing greater flexibility, so learners can identify and address specific skills needs in their lifelong learning journey.”

Leverage local assets and partnerships

Career opportunities can come down to what you know and who you know. In fact, up to 80% of jobs aren’t posted on job boards. When you attend SAIT, even in our virtual classrooms, you’ll forge valuable local connections to help shape your future.

Many of our instructors come straight from working in their fields and are passionate about sharing their personal knowledge and career insights. With a finger on the pulse of Alberta industry, they’re invested in your growth and want to see you hit the ground running.

And SAIT has worked closely with local industry partners to produce job-ready graduates for 104 years. It’s why our partners recognize the value of a SAIT education — and better yet, why they hire SAIT grads.

“SAIT takes pride in working with industry and government to ensure continuing education programs and courses reflect the skills needed to help people improve their employment options and advance in their careers,” say Naidoo.

Shape innovation and contribute to change locally

Your community is a classroom, filled with local problems, solutions, changemakers and champions.

Learning through a local lens will empower you to make your mark where you live. You’ll gain the skills and connections needed to enrich your city and province.

“We are fortunate in Calgary and Alberta to have a highly educated population,” says Naidoo.

“What we require is in-demand skills for the current and changing economy, and to create a pipeline for future talent – we’re well placed to meet the skills requirement for the changing world of work.”

Join us at Open House March 19 and 20

If you’re ready to build your skillset, explore a different industry, or pursue a new challenge, look no further — you’ll find everything you need in your own backyard. Learn more at our virtual Open House.

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