Scores of prospective students, parents, and instructors filled the Stan Grad atrium on Oct. 27 for the 2017 SAIT open house.
“First of all, we are the best” said Mo Keshavjee, who works for the School of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) in a marketing and communications role.
Keshavjee believes SAIT provides a great option for students looking to get real-world, hands-on experience in their fields.
“We don’t just teach you how to learn, we teach you how to do.”
According to Keshavjee the mandate for SAIT is to provide “applied learning,” in the classroom rather than lectures.
“Our students are job-ready in two years,” says Keshavjee. “They graduate on Friday, and go to work on Monday.”
Hands-on learning is part of what appeals to Jill Warrach, a 17-year old high school student visiting the open house from Strathmore High School.
“I think it’s a good school. It teaches you a lot of skills in a short period of time,” said Warrach.
SAIT, and the ICT department in particular, works with industries to tailor programs to the evolving needs of the workplace, and technologies that students will encounter upon graduation.
“SAIT is on the cutting edge of technology, equipment and theories, by working with the industries,” said Keshavjee.
Sam Garthwaite, 22, was visiting SAIT from Thirsk, England and hopes to enrol in Journalism next year.
The two-year turnaround is something that appeals to Garthwaite, who wishes to stay in Canada for the long-term.
“I was hoping to secure sponsorship with a company for a work permit,” says Garthwaite.
He sees education as a good alternative, and the two-year term of the program means he can start working sooner.
Both Garthwaite and Warrach have applied to be in Journalism in 2018.
Warrach hopes to work as a news reporter upon graduation. She enjoys observational writing and hopes to translate that love of writing into a future working for a newspaper.
“I love writing. It’s always been something I’m passionate about” says Warrach.
New to the school of ICT this year is Information Systems Security.
The program is in it’s first year of existence and according to Keshavjee is the first and only two year program for IT security in western Canada.