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Academic Upgrading Indigenous Program

Closed for Fall 2019

Length: 1 year
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Our 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 9 level and ends with your completion of Grade 11 and 12 courses.

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Tuition and fees

  • Tuition for this program is fully funded by the provincial government.
  • We will help you apply for tuition and living allowance coverage if you are accepted into this program.

Admission requirements

You will be offered admission to this program if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

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.

Applications for 2019/20 are now closed. Please check back for more information on our 2020/21 program intake. 

Program description

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.

Student success

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.

Admission requirements

You are eligible for this program as well as funding from the Government of Alberta 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) with a passing grade
  • successfully complete an interview where you demonstrate you are ready, willing and able to engage in this program

Application process

We have filled the Academic Upgrading — Indigenous Program for the 2019/20 Academic year. Please bookmark this page, contact chinook.lodge@sait.ca or call 403.210.4028 for information on application dates for our 2020/21 program intake.

Courses

Semester 1 (September-December)

Course codeCourse 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 codeCourse 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 codeCourse 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. 

Contact 

Chinook Lodge
403.210.4028
chinook.lodge@sait.ca

Senator Burns building, room N108
SAIT Main Campus

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