Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 28,000 distinct students throughout Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan Polytechnic meets the needs of students and companies by offering work-integrated certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research and innovation, collaborating with companies to seek solutions to practical problems. Using an entrepreneurial approach for education and skills training Saskatchewan Polytechnic connects the supply and demand sides of Saskatchewan’s labour market.
- 92% of Sask Polytech grads are employed
- 97% of employers said they’d hire a Sask Polytech grad again
- 96% employer satisfaction rate with Sask Polytech grads
- 96% of grads rate program quality as satisfied to very satisfied
- 19% of the total student population identify as Indigenous
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The Kinsmen Express Train at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm & Zoo has been given a new lease on life thanks to several students in the Auto Body Technician and Automotive Service Technician programs. “These students got to make some lasting memories, and help other people make lasting memories as well,” says Scott Kucharyshen, Auto body program head. “One day they will be visiting the zoo with their families and see the train and, hopefully, be very proud of the work they did.” Automotive Service Technician students rebuilt the engine’s transmission, repaired the body of the train and got it back in working order. For the City of Saskatoon, a partnership such as this one is about creating impact on an entire city. “Partnering with Sask Polytech means the City of Saskatoon gets access to skilled experts and can provide hands-on educational opportunities for students, while still managing to meet our own goals to ensure Saskatoon remains a great city to live, work and play in,” says Tim Sinclair-Smith, Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo Manager. Learn More
Foster Student Success
When Erik Mayes decided it was time to build a career, he didn’t look for options close to home. Instead, the Métis man traveled more than 2,500 kilometers from Whitehorse to Moose Jaw to attend the Computer Engineering Technology program. “My brother took the same program almost 20 years ago,” says Erik. “I chose it because the career he has now is a career that I’m interested in too.” For him, the smaller class sizes and ability to have more one-on-one time with instructors made it easier being so far away from home. He accessed a variety of services, from Student Development to the Aboriginal Student Achievement Plan, to set himself up for success both in class and in a new city. Erik says the key to his success was his ability to persevere when times got difficult. “The program is hard, but when you finish, you have an incredible sense of accomplishment. So don’t give up,” says Erik.
Talia Natowcappo believes in making a career out of what you love to do. “I’ve always known I was a hands-on learner, and the Welding apprenticeship is a promising program with good employment options,” says Talia. Talia, who graduated from Welding in 2016, attributes the positive experience at Saskatchewan Polytechnic to the fact that she wasn’t given special treatment or treated differently from the men in the class, even though welding is a male-dominated field. “I doubted myself from time to time, but the teachers never did,” she says. “I felt important. I felt empowered and I felt welcomed. There aren’t enough women in the trades these days and it makes me sad to not see my sisters.” Looking to her future, Talia wants to get her journeyperson’s ticket so she can keep doing what she loves.
Kyra’s first encounter with Saskatchewan Polytechnic was as a high-school student. After building a strong foundation for success by taking an online dual credit course in high-school, she started her post-secondary training in the Mechanical Engineering Technology diploma program in September 2016. She was a top student in her dual credit course (CAD Drafting 1), where she received both secondary and post-secondary credits. Deciding what to do after high-school was a daunting task. Kyra says it wasn’t until she met with a Sask Polytech instructor and took her online course that she began to find some direction for her future. “They have provided me with a basis for my future,” she says.
Partner with Business and Community
Manufacturing is a key sector in Saskatchewan, contributing about 7 percent of the province’s Gross Domestic Product. Manufacturing shipments totalled around $14.1 billion in 2015, according to the most recent provincial government statistics available. The importance of this sector is a primary reason @saskpolytech announced its Innovative Manufacturing diploma program last fall. This two-year program, set to begin at our Regina campus in September, will allow students to practice skills and complete projects using industry-standard tools and equipment. A $453,000 donation from the Gene Haas Foundation is enabling Saskatchewan Polytechnic to undertake renovations to advance the institution’s vision of being globally recognized as the first-choice polytechnic in Canada. Renovations will include a new non-slip floor, installation of windows, removal of old equipment, updates to power supplies, and updated classrooms and computer labs. Learn More
Saskatchewan Polytechnic is home to an important training ground for the next generation of Saskatchewan’s culinary masters. The Culinary Arts program, offered at the Saskatoon campus, is led by program head and long-time chef Derek Cotton and teaches students ‘a little bit of everything’ in the culinary world. “Our program is designed to prepare students with the core knowledge they need to work in the hospitality industry,” says Cotton. “Once they’re done their training with us, they’re ready to ‘be shaped’ by an experienced chef.” One of the unique parts of the program is the hands-on experience students get working in the community. Cotton is a believer in putting students out ‘in the field’ getting a taste of the culinary world with people working in the industry. Throughout the year, students are part of many food events around Saskatoon. Learn More
Support Indigenous Students
In 2016-17 over 4,000 Indigenous students chose to learn with Sask Polytech; these students make up 19 per cent of the student population. Saskatchewan Polytechnic aims to be an inclusive place of learning that fosters success for all who study and work here. o Sask Polytech provides Indigenous students with a variety of services, developed to enhance the student experience and improve opportunities for success. Seats are reserved in all programs and $500,000+ in awards is given to Indigenous students annually. o Advisors at every campus are available to help Indigenous students settle into student life and find housing, child care and tutoring. o Each campus has an Indigenous Students’ Centre were students can study, visit or meet with an Elder.
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Date modified: 2017-10-24