Program provides education to enter industries facing labour shortages -
plus credit transferability to multiple bachelor's degree programs in
CALGARY, June 26, 2012 /CNW/ - According to the Alberta Coalition for
Action on Labour Shortages, Alberta is expected to face a labour
shortage of 114,000 workers over the next decade. The projected labour
shortage illustrates a critical and growing need for post-secondary
institutions in the province to educate and train workers appropriately
to enter the workforce quickly.
DeVry Institute of Technology announced today that it has been approved
by Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education to offer a new Diploma in
Business Administration program, specifically designed to address the
current and projected labour shortages facing a number of industries.
The program, with classes beginning in September, provides students
with the ability to earn a diploma in 10 months, allowing them to enter
the workforce faster than if completed in a traditional one or two year
"Industries in Alberta are facing a labour crisis and need highly
trained employees to fill positions right away," said Sid Mark,
president of the Calgary staffing and recruiting firm FRIDAY
Professional Group Inc. "We're excited that DeVry is introducing a new
diploma program that gives graduates the general skills they need to
begin a career as soon as possible."
DeVry's new business administration diploma program provides students
with the education required for a variety of entry-level employment
opportunities and advances graduates closer to eventually earning a
bachelor's degree for career advancement. DeVry Institute of Technology
courses have also been granted approval for credit transferability to
bachelor's degree programs at multiple Alberta post-secondary
"Our diploma program is part of DeVry's ongoing commitment to making
post-secondary education more accessible to Albertans," said Ranil
Herath, president of DeVry Institute of Technology. "This program
positions our students for a smooth transition into careers in fields
that are already being affected by our province's labour shortage."
Students graduating with a DeVry Institute of Technology Diploma in
Business Administration will be qualified for careers in Albertan
industries, such as finance, hospitality, operations and service, among
others. Courses are designed with employer needs in mind. Students in
DeVry's diploma program take courses that provide them with fundamental
skills needed for their chosen career path, including business
management, and computer applications for business and accounting.
"Beyond getting students into the workforce quickly, the new diploma
program opens up pathways to further education," said Herath. "Students
have the ability to apply select credits from their diploma programs
towards continued education in a bachelor's degree program here at
DeVry and at other Alberta institutions that are part of the Alberta
Council on Admissions and Transfer's (ACAT)."
DeVry's new diploma program allows students the flexibility to continue
onwards to a degree program after graduation. Select credits from this
program can be transferred to degree programs at DeVry Institute of
Technology, the University of Calgary, the University of Lethbridge and
Athabasca University. These credit transfers are part of the ACAT
framework for post-secondary transfers (www.acat.gov.ab.ca).
For more information on DeVry Institute of Technology's new Diploma in
Business Administration program, please visit www.devry.ca/diploma-program/diploma-program.jsp.
About DeVry Institute of Technology
DeVry Institute of Technology in Alberta is part of the DeVry University
system, one of the largest degree-granting higher education systems in
North America, with more than 90,000 students enrolled in the United
States and Canada. At more than 90 locations, DeVry University delivers
practitioner-oriented undergraduate and graduate degree programs,
onsite and online, that meet the needs of a diverse and geographically
dispersed student population. DeVry Institute of Technology offers
degree programs in Business Administration, Computer Information
Systems, Electronics Engineering Technology and Network Communications
Management. In Canada, the government of Alberta grants approval for
baccalaureate degrees awarded by DeVry Institute of Technology. In the
United States, DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning
Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org. DeVry University, a part of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV), is based in Downers
Grove, Ill. For more information about DeVry Institute of Technology,
find us on Twitter @DeVryCalgary or visit www.devry.ca.
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