The Community Economic Development certificate is designed for individuals currently working in or wanting to enter the growing field of community economic development including small business development and municipal or government relations. These practical business courses cover key topics such as partnerships between business and government, project management, writing business plans and project proposals, and communication skills. Students can develop the holistic skill set needed for local economic development in rural and urban communities. You have up to five years to complete this program.
This program is available entirely online through Distance Education, with some courses also available through part-time studies. Students can transfer these courses to the full-time or part-time Business Administration diploma (Management major).
New for part-time students: You are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop to all evening and weekend on-campus classes. This will enable you to better apply your learning and practice your skills through classroom activities and examples, and make effective use of time allocated to working on group or individual assessments. Visit the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) page for standard laptop requirements, and contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
Graduates of this program will gain the skills and knowledge needed to start or advance their career in positions such as economic development officer, liaison officer, community development officer, planning officer, and program officer in a variety of organizations such as municipal governments, economic development agencies, small businesses, and nonprofits.
The ability to work and learn independently is critical in Distance Education. Other factors relating to student success include:
- Time management skills
- Analytical skills
- Computer skills
Students who are engaged and take advantage of various services usually experience more success in SAIT programs.
Credentials and Accreditation
Upon successful completion of this program, students will earn a SAIT Community Economic Development certificate.
This certificate ladders into the SAIT Business Administration diploma, provided students meet the admission requirements for the diploma. Students continuing their education have the option to take the diploma through full-time, part-time or online studies.
To get started, simply submit an application through ApplyAlberta. All applicants, including students educated in Canada, must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission. There are no additional entrance requirements for this program.
Ten courses are required to complete this program.
|COURSE NAME||COURSE CODE||OFFERED|
|Introductory Financial Accounting I||ACCT-215||Classroom or Online|
|Communication and Presentation Skills||COMN-220||Classroom, Online, Blended|
|Macroeconomics||ECON-305||Classroom or Online|
|Economic Development Fundamentals||ECON-355||Online|
|Entrepreneurship||ENTR-350||Classroom or Online|
|Business Leadership||LDSH-360||Classroom or Online|
|Marketing Essentials||MKTG-260||Classroom or Online|
|Organizational Behaviour||MNGT-250||Classroom or Online|
|Project Management||MNGT-321||Classroom or Online|
|Municipal Structure and Governance||MNGT-367||Online|
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