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New centre to expand student opportunities at NAIT

Premier Alison Redford today helped start construction on a new training facility that will build careers in health, business, engineering and sustainable building and environment management.

Construction on the five-storey, $294 million Centre for Applied Technologies at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is expected to be complete for the start of the 2016-17 academic year.

The building will be directly across from NAIT’s Main Campus, north of the HP Centre for Information and Communications Technology, on 106 Street. The Government of Alberta is providing $200 million towards the development of the centre.

“This is a strategic investment in our province’s future that helps build Alberta while diversifying the economy. The new centre will focus on developing careers in four critical areas that our province will need in the future for new, traditional and evolving industries.”

- Premier Alison Redford

“More than 1,700 additional students will be realizing their goals of careers in health, engineering, business and sustainable building management thanks to the development of the centre. One of NAIT’s founding principles was to be responsive to the needs of Alberta and this facility is an example of that commitment and will make a significant contribution to our future prosperity.”

- Thomas Lukaszuk, Deputy Premier and Minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education

“The Centre for Applied Technologies is the largest capital project ever undertaken by NAIT. We appreciate the government’s support of such an important expansion. This will mean substantial growth in NAIT’s essential role as a leading polytechnic in Alberta, in our partnerships with industry and in our applied research capacity.”

- Dr. Glenn Feltham, NAIT President and CEO

“The centre will undoubtedly have a positive impact on both Edmonton and the province, and means there will be a bright future for students in years to come. I’m elated for the students of 2016 and beyond.”

- Jonathan Bilodeau, President, NAIT Students' Assocation

The 51,000 square-metre centre will include simulation labs, student common areas and a 135-seat lecture theatre. 

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