Innovative partnership helping to build skilled trades capacity
SASKATOON, Nov. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Saskatchewan Institute of
Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) announced it has received a
$1.125 million donation from Husky Energy to support the Power
Engineering program at its Saskatoon campus.
Two-thirds of the donation will support upgrades to the Power
Engineering Technology lab. The remaining third will be dedicated to
scholarships for students seeking to obtain their third class power
engineering certification. The scholarship recipients will be offered
employment opportunities with Husky after graduation.
"We have a long history in the province of Saskatchewan and are making
significant investments to grow our business," said Husky CEO Asim
Ghosh. "Developing skilled trades capacity in Canada is critical and
this new partnership is one of the many initiatives we are advancing to
meet that challenge."
With its current equipment, SIAST must suspend training over the summer
because there is no place to put the energy generated by the lab's
boilers. As a result of the renovations, SIAST will be able to run its
Power Engineering lab year-round and increase lab capacity by 25
percent to almost 200 students annually.
"Power engineers are in high demand across a number of industries, and
we have been running shifts to meet demand," said Dr. Larry Rosia,
SIAST's president and CEO. "Husky's generosity will further increase
our capacity for training by allowing us to operate 12 months a year. I
applaud Husky's commitment to helping build tomorrow's workforce by
partnering with SIAST."
The scholarship portion of the donation is being matched by the
Saskatchewan Innovation Opportunity Scholarship Program, offered by the
Saskatchewan Ministry of Advanced Education. As a result, up to 10
scholarships will be available per academic year over the next five
"The Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarship supports
students working in new and emerging fields of study," said Advanced
Education Minister Rob Norris. "Husky's support will certainly assist
Saskatchewan students in reaching their career goals in a growing
SIAST is Saskatchewan's primary public institution for post-secondary
technical education and skills training. A member of Polytechnics
Canada, SIAST offers apprenticeship training and certificate, diploma
and degree programs. The institution serves 26,000 distinct students
through campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and
through extensive distance education opportunities.
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