Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

March 10, 2014 12:00 ET

SIAST Students Benefit from Hands-on Experience Thanks to Harper Government

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - March 10, 2014) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) will increase the information technology services and product development assistance it offers to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with an investment announced today by Kelly Block, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.

The $213,600 in funding will allow SIAST's Computer Systems Technology Applied Research Centre (CSTARC) to purchase key information technology (IT) equipment. The increased capacity from the new equipment means the Centre can pursue new technology development projects with SMEs as well as provide more IT process development and servicing projects.

CSTARC is an extension of SIAST's Computer Systems Technology diploma program. The new technology development projects will open up greater opportunities for the SIAST students who have been providing basic IT services for SMEs through the Centre as a means to acquire industry experience and skills development opportunities.

Quick Facts

  • SIAST will add on 10 new SME projects a year, up from the five to six basic IT services it previously provided. Two of the 10 will be new technology commercialization projects, and eight will be new SME process development and servicing projects.
  • SIAST has been providing IT skills training for 20 years. Students now have the opportunity to collaborate in more research-intensive technology development projects for SMEs.

Quotes

"We are investing in the tools and training our graduates need to be highly-qualified personnel. In turn, they will help our western businesses improve their productivity and stay competitive. This project illustrates our Government's commitment to jobs, growth and long-term prosperity."

Kelly Block, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, and Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar

"Through applied research projects, employers access faculty expertise to find and test practical solutions for real-world challenges, and students hone their critical thinking skills through value-added applied learning opportunities."

Dr. Larry Rosia, SIAST President and CEO

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Contact Information

  • Rhonda Shymko
    Acting Communications Manager
    Western Economic Diversification Canada
    306-975-6980
    rhonda.shymko@wd-deo.gc.ca

    Adam Lehmann
    Communications & Marketing Consultant
    Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
    306-691-8513
    adam.lehmann@siast.sk.ca

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