Polytechnics Canada welcomes NAIT as new member

OTTAWA, April 4 /CNW/ - Polytechnics Canada warmly welcomes Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) to its national membership.

Based in Edmonton, Alberta, NAIT has chosen to join Polytechnics Canada because of its commitment to foster and grow students' innovation and entrepreneurship skills. With the addition of NAIT, Polytechnics Canada now represents ten institutions across the country that deliver high-quality polytechnic education with a full suite of post-secondary credentials, from apprenticeship and diplomas to bachelors' degrees.

"We are delighted that NAIT has chosen to join us," said Polytechnics Canada CEO Nobina Robinson. "NAIT's recognized leadership in applied research, apprenticeship training and entrepreneurship will greatly strengthen our association's ability to promote the value of polytechnic education. Such a polytechnic education enhances the technological and entrepreneurial skills urgently needed to boost Canadian innovation and productivity."

Known for real-world education and student success, NAIT has almost 80,000 registrations worldwide in business, advanced technologies and skilled trades. NAIT has more than 8,000 full-time students enrolled in some 200 credit programs leading to baccalaureate degrees, applied degrees, diplomas and certificates, and is one of the largest apprenticeship trainers in Canada, with capacity to train more than 15,000 apprentices in more than 30 apprenticeship trades. NAIT also engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation, provides corporate training around the world and has established several endowed applied research chairs.

Polytechnics Canada is an alliance of ten research-intensive, internationally recognized post-secondary institutions committed to helping colleges and industry create high-quality jobs for the future. The other members of Polytechnics Canada are: Algonquin College, BCIT, Conestoga, George Brown College, Humber, Olds College, SAIT Polytechnic, Sheridan and Seneca.

SOURCE Polytechnics Canada

For further information:

Ken Doyle
Director of Policy
Polytechnics Canada
Tel: 613 688-0690
E-mail: kdoyle@polytechnicscanada.ca
or visit http://www.nait.ca and http://www.polytechnicscanada.ca.

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