The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, or SAIT Polytechnic, is Calgary’s oldest post-secondary institution, and Canada’s first publicly funded polytechnic. In 2012, SAIT completed the largest expansion in its history, the $400-million Trades and Technology Complex, which provides skill-based training space in energy, construction and manufacturing. Around 60 per cent of the work on this complex was done by SAIT alumnus.
A leader in innovation, SAIT also collaborates with industry on applied research and delivers corporate training worldwide. SAIT has been recognized as one of Alberta’s Top Employers and one of the top five research colleges in Canada.
SAIT is a member of Polytechnics Canada. A polytechnic is a skills-intensive, technology-based institute. It typically has close industry ties, emphasizes applied research and innovation, and offers four-year bachelor’s degrees. For example, in partnership with the University of Calgary and Innovate Calgary, SAIT will house the Kinetica Innovation Centre, which will provide collaborative lab space to develop technological solutions for the energy sector.
Specialties: Education, Corporate Training, Applied Research, Innovation Services, and Applied Education
SAIT offers more than $4 million in awards to students each year. Awards are available to qualifying students in recognition of academic success, financial need and community involvement.
The Government of Canada sponsors an Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool that lists more than 770 scholarships, bursaries, and other incentives offered by governments, universities, and industry to support Aboriginal post-secondary participation.