Fall open house smashes applications record

SAIT Polytechnic held an informative open house for prospective students on Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19, which proved to be the most successful in the history of SAIT.

During the open house in the Irene Lewis Atrium, online application submissions exceeded over 5,652.  This is the largest turnout in SAIT’s history and an improvement over the 3,400 submissions made last year.

More than 15,000 people attended the event this year, and over 65 high school buses brought people to the event from places across Alberta and British Columbia.

“It is wonderful to see such excitement in the eyes of young generation, as they discover a future that they might not have associated themselves with,” said Mo Keshavjee, ICT head of marketing and communications.

“In this world of challenging professions and employment, decision making can be confusing,” said Nicole Jieun Kim, a graduate from the Green Learning Academy in Calgary.

Attending such events, encourages young people like Kim to explore career options they may have never considered.

Many faculty members, staff, and students volunteered to make the event a success. Prospective students and their families learned about SAIT and the degrees, clubs, organizations, societies, and internships offered as well as opportunities to study abroad.

The event featured representatives from various schools and departments from SAIT, demonstrating sessions and offering information about their respective programs.

“Being at SAIT is not just about staying in class, but having lots of hands-on practice and an intense learning experience,” said Keshavjee.

SAITSA (SAIT Students Association) also played a significant role in helping prospective students understand what student life on campus is all about.

Prospective students can learn more about SAIT and programs offered on SAIT’s website.

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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Nabila Ruhi worked as a reporter for The Press during the 2013-2014 academic year.