SAIT announced Wednesday it will establish a new downtown Calgary school for digital technology, an initiative aimed at addressing the growing skills gap between Calgary workers and available jobs.
SAIT’s School for Advanced Digital Technology will be located in the historic Odd Fellows building on 6th Ave SW, and is being funded by a $30 million donation by Calgary businessman and philanthropist David Bissett. The City of Calgary will also invest up to $8.2 million over five years for programming for the new school through the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund, a $100 million fund that targets initiatives that promise to create jobs and boost the local economy.
The SAIT technology school will try to address the significant shortage of tech talent in Calgary, by embedding digital literacy and technology training into SAIT’s existing curriculum, programs and courses. One component of the school, the Digital Transformation Talent Hub, will be a continuing education initiative that will offer training programs in digital transformation for individuals and corporate workforces. The Digital Transformation Talent Hub alone is expected to graduate more than 1,500 individuals over the next five years.
“Our goal is to ensure students — whether they are career starters or career changers — have the digital literacy, personal agility and entrepreneurial spirit to succeed in a future powered by technology,” said David Ross, SAIT President and CEO. “We are creating a tech-savvy talent pipeline — positioning SAIT graduates as the ones to hire and Calgary as a city that can meet the talent needs of any business.”
More to come….