SAIT's Academic Upgrading — Indigenous Program offers a series of courses and experiences to ease your transition into further study at SAIT or other post-secondary schools. This three-semester, 12-month program begins at the Grade nine level and ends with your completion of Grade 11 and 12 courses.
In this program, you'll experience a blend of academic courses, cultural activities and post-secondary readiness sessions in a welcoming and supportive environment. You'll engage with a group of likeminded Indigenous learners who share your commitment to pursuing post-secondary education and a new career.
Our program team partners with you to support your academic, cultural and personal success. From program application to funding applications, to connecting you with services and supports, we'll walk alongside you throughout your learning journey.
Upon successful completion of the program, you will:
- Meet the minimum Math and English requirements for entry into many SAIT programs and some programs at other post-secondary schools.
- Know how to access services and supports in post-secondary school to help you achieve your goals.
Program length and commitment
- The program runs from Sept. 3, 2019 - Aug. 14, 2020 (45 weeks).
- Learners must be able to commit to 20 hours of classes each week and attend the entire program.
Supports and services
- A dedicated student advisor will act as your personal coach. They'll spend time with you on a weekly basis to help you through any challenges you may experience. They'll also assist you with long term career planning and connect you with services that will support your success.
- You'll receive mentorship and insight from Elders and knowledge keepers. You'll engage in cultural activities with those in your program.
- You'll have access to all the services SAIT has to offer including our recreation facilities, learning support services, employment centre sessions and counselling. A transit pass is included as part of your tuition funding.
You are eligible for this program if you:
- are an Alberta resident at the time of application
- achieve a minimum of 30% on an English placement test
- achieve a minimum of 70% on a Math placement test OR successfully complete a Mathematics preparation course (MATH 050 - Introductory Mathematics)
- successfully complete an interview where you demonstrate you are ready, willing and able to engage in this program
Step 1: Complete an expression of interest form and sign up for an information session
You must complete an expression of interest form and sign up for an information session, held in Chinook Lodge, NN108, Senator Burns Building:
- Monday, May 13, 6 - 8 pm
- Tuesday, May 14, 6 - 8 pm
Step 2: Sign up for a Math and English placement test.
- It can take up to three hours to complete both tests. A break will be provided.
- At the information session, we'll discuss some learning strategies for test taking.
- Your placement test can be scheduled on one of the following dates:
- Saturday, May 11, 8 am – noon
- Tuesday, May 14, 8 am – 4 pm
- Thursday, May 16, 8 am – 4 pm
- We'll inform you of your results approximately two to three business days following your test.
If you chose to take the math preparation course (MATH 050) you can sign up until the start of the course. The course runs from May 16 to June 6, 2019.
Email email@example.com or call 403.210.4028 to book your test.
Step 3: Attend an interview.
If you have passed your placement tests, you will be contacted by a member of the Chinook Lodge team to schedule an interview. Interviews will take place between Tuesday, May 21 and Saturday, June 1, 2019.
If you haven't passed your placement test(s), we will help you identify the next step on your journey to enter post-secondary education.
If you have chosen to take the math preparation course instead of the math placement test and are performing well, your interview will be scheduled close to the course end date, June 6, 2019. Your admission to the program is dependent on passing this math course in addition to the math course and English placement test.
Step 4: Notification of acceptance.
We'll notify you whether or not you have been accepted into the program by Monday, June 10, 2019.
Step 5: Accept your offer by Friday, June 21 at 4 pm MT.
You are strongly encouraged to accept your offer as soon as possible as admission will be offered on a first-come, first served basis.
Once the 24 program seats have been filled, any remaining eligible students will be placed on a waitlist. If you've been placed on a waitlist, we'll help you identify the next steps for your journey into post-secondary education. Waitlisted students may be offered a place in our next program offering beginning in May 2020.
Semester 1 (September-December)
|Course code||Course name|
|PREP 100||SAIT Readiness|
|Develop the skills you need to balance your personal and academic life at SAIT (45 semester hours).|
|COMP 261||Computer Essentials|
|Gain practical skills in Windows file management, internet, e-mail, word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software (45 semester hours).|
|MATH 100||Grade 9 Math|
|Cover the basics and prepare for further studies in mathematics. Topics include operations on whole and real numbers, fractions, decimals and more (90 semester hours).|
|COMN 180||Grade 10 English and Applied Community Project|
|Focus on writing sentences, paragraphs, emails and essays. Further develop your verbal and written communication skills by working with an Indigenous community to identify a research topic (90 semester hours).|
Semester 2 (January-April)
|Course code||Course name|
|MATH 180||Grade 10 Math|
|Develop a basic understanding of algebra, number systems, measurement, trigonometry, relations and functions and more (90 semester hours).|
|COMM 181||Grade 11 English and Applied Community Project|
|Explore different types of literatrue through primary and secondary research on a topic of interest related to an Indigenous community (90 semester hours).|
|Choice of (choose one):|
|ASPC 180||Science Preparation|
|Develop the basic science and math skills you need to move on to higher level chemistry and physics courses. (90 semester hours)|
|BIOL 181||Grade 11 Biology|
|Explore the biosphere, diversity of life, cell structure and function, photosynthesis and cellular respiration, as well as selected topics in human anatomy (90 semester hours).|
Semester 3 (May-August)
|Course code||Course name|
|MATH 181||Grade 11 Math|
|Dig deeper into algebra, trigonometry, relations and functions through learning about expressions and equations, trigonometric ratios and more (90 semester hours).|
|COMM 182||Grade 12 English and Applied Community Project|
|Build on your understanding of primary and secondary research and referencing through exploring a variety of literary and visual content. Analyze your research and present your findings to community members (90 semester hours).|
|Choice of (choose one):|
|BIOL 182||Grade 12 Biology|
|Investigate the nervous and endocrine systems, human reproduction and development, molecular and classical genetics, cell division and populations and communities (90 semester hours).|
|CHEM 181||Grade 11 Chemistry|
|Apply mathematical, scientific and laboratory standards for chemical measurement, elements and compounds. Learn about atomic theory and more (90 semester hours).|
|PHYS 181||Grade 11 Physics|
|Explore dynamics, circular motion, work and energy, oscillatory motion and mechanical waves. Problem solve technological challenges (90 semester hours).|
Cultural mentorship courses
Every semester, students will also take cultural mentorship courses by participating in Indigenous coaching, advising and mentorship to support the application of learning strategies and personal skills, as well as Indigenous cultural practices (30 hours per semester).
Mathematics refresher course
For those students who would like a refresher in mathematics, we are offering Math Readiness (MATH 050) as a pre-program preparation course. Topics will focus on four specific areas — whole numbers, fractions and mixed numbers, decimals and percentages.