Government of Alberta invests $10.8 million in SAIT to fund high-demand programs

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Investment in SAIT allows more students to pursue programs in growing industries.


SAIT has received $10.8 million to create additional seats in highly sought-after programs, including aviation, film production and business administration, through the Government of Alberta's targeted enrolment expansion program.

"These new seats in high-demand programs will provide highly-skilled SAIT graduates to support Alberta's economic diversification," says Roy Daykin, chief financial officer and vice-president, Corporate Services.

This strategic investment aims to support the labour market of today and tomorrow by providing more opportunities for students to pursue well-paying careers in growing industries.

"We are excited to expand enrolment in highly sought-after programs," says Dr. Raynie Wood, dean of the School for Advanced Digital Technology. "This investment contributes to the needs of our partners by ensuring a highly-skilled workforce and the needs of our students through industry-aligned programs and facilitated through work-integrated learning."

The funding will support access to training and career development opportunities in the following certificate, diploma and degree programs by creating more than 1,200 new full-time student spaces:


1. Aircraft Structures Technician

By learning about the modification and repairing of aircraft, helicopters and their structural components, students gain the skills they need to become an aircraft structures technician, avionics technician or aircraft maintenance engineer.

2. Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Technology

Responsible for servicing and repairing aircraft components, the Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Technology program offers students the knowledge and skills required to enter a career as an aircraft maintenance technician, airplane mechanic, avionics technician and more.

3. Avionics Technology

By learning to repair and maintain the electrical and electronic systems — including communication, navigation and data systems — in airplanes and helicopters, students can launch their careers as aircraft avionics technicians, avionics technologists, mechanics and more.

4. Film and Video Production

The film industry in Alberta is expanding with major projects being filmed in this province, such as The Last of Us, High School, Heartland and many more. SAIT's Film and Video Production program prepares students to work on film and TV sets, documentaries and commercials by equipping students with the fundamentals of film and video production, scriptwriting, directing and editing.

5. Business Administration

Ranked in CEOWORLD Magazine's Best Business Schools In The World For 2022 — #2 in Canada and #51 in the world — the SAIT Business Administration program provides practical training to improve students' professional skills in business, communications, computers, accounting and more.

"This financial support allows more individuals access to post-secondary education to pursue their passions and build fulfilling careers essential to Alberta's economic growth,” says Janet Segato, Dean, School of Business. "We can now prepare more students with the hands-on training they need to enter the industry confidently."

The enrolment expansion program is part of the Alberta at Work initiative — an investment of more than $600 million over the next three years to help Albertans develop new skills and grow their careers. This includes supporting primary school and post-secondary learners through skills training, paid experiential learning opportunities and establishing permanent employment connections.

Be part of an in-demand program that equips you to make an impact. Explore SAIT's program page for a one-of-a-kind education distinguished by work-integrated learning opportunities and meaningful industry connections.

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SAIT is located on the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of Treaty 7 which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Îyârhe Nakoda of Bearspaw, Chiniki and Goodstoney.

We are situated in an area the Blackfoot tribes traditionally called Moh’kinsstis, where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. We now call it the city of Calgary, which is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.