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Demetrios Nicolaides


September 22, 2022


Post-secondary education and training

Alberta is proud to have a post-secondary system that provides a wide range of high-quality options designed to prepare people for successful careers. In order to help Albertans re-skill and upskill to meet the needs of an ever-changing economy, our government is increasing funding for micro-credential programming.

Micro-credential programs are short, specialized certification programs that can run anywhere from a couple of hours in length to several weeks. Micro-credentials can be a component of a degree, diploma or certificate program, or they can be a stand-alone credential in a specific topic or skill area. Micro-credentials give Albertans the ability to develop the job-ready skills they need to be successful building a new career – or strengthening a current one.

Back in 2021, Alberta’s government invested $5.6M to launch a micro-credential pilot program. We knew we needed to explore more flexible learning options for Albertans, so that every single Albertan can access the skills training they need to build successful careers.

I’m proud to announce that the pilot program was a success. That’s why we’re investing an additional $8 million over the next two years to fund the development of 73 new micro-credential programs.

Total funding by post-secondary institution and program

Institution Program Total Funding
Athabasca University Health Economics $330,000
Total $330,000
Bow Valley College Digital Design $250,000
Software Development $250,000
Total $500,000
Burman University Finance and Entrepreneurship $170,000
Total $170,000
Keyano College CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Programming Certificate $47,250
Digital Literacies $10,000
Total $57,250
The King's University Sustainable Agriculture $96,000
Financial Accounting $96,000
Total $192,000
Lakeland College Agricultural Sciences $43,000
American Sign Language $60,000
Total $103,000
Lethbridge College Indigenous Policing (Niitsitapi Inakiikawaiks) $92,500
Trades Math $85,650
Character Design and Animation $72,000
Level Design and Environment $67,500
Introduction to Game Design $58,500
Game Play Programmer $58,500
Game Engine Sound Artist $58,500
Total $493,150
MacEwan University Pain Assessment $58,000
Intelligent Supply Chain: Warehousing $54,500
Total $112,500
Mount Royal University Supply Chain Resilience and Scope 3 Reporting $9,000
Hormonal Contraception $136,501
Bridge to Early Learning and Childcare $90,000
Total $235,501
NAIT Construction Leadership and Supervision $250,000
Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) $350,000
Intellectual Property $50,000
Total $650,000
NorQuest College Introduction to Aviation Operations $133,000
Supply Chain for the Tourism Sector: Foundational Knowledge $164,543
Introduction to Applied Research for Industry Innovation $175,842
Introduction to E-Sports $139,627
Total $613,012
Northern Lakes College Indigenous Administration Extension $47,000
Total $47,000
Northwestern Polytechnic Indigenous, Children's Mental Health and Addiction $55,000
Production Animal (Bovine) Ultrasound Pregnancy Detection $15,050
Remotely Piloted Aircraft $36,550
Medical Office Administrator $40,000
Electric Vehicle Service (EVS) $157,500
Materials Handler $22,500
Master Electrician Certification $16,250
Animal Care Aide (ACA) $26,150
Total $369,000
Olds College
Hydraulic Operations $36,000
Vertical Farming Technology $36,000
Registered Veterinary Technologist (RVT) - Anaesthesia Technology $36,000
Registered Veterinary Technologist (RVT) - Dental Technologies $36,000
Agri-food and Beverage Processing $36,000
Agriculture Technology Equipment Operator $36,000
Total $216,000
Portage College Management Essentials $80,000
Total $80,000
Red Deer Polytechnic Complex Care and Patient Navigator $61,350
Classroom Support Aide $60,000
Statistical Consultant $62,100
Photovoltaic Systems: Design and Install $96,500
Substance and Addictions Support Worker $65,000
Total $340,950
SAIT Sustainable Mass Timber Construction Management Program $180,000
Revit in the Construction Sector $102,000
Event and Media Production Technician in the Entertainment and Cultural Sector $85,000
Construction Management in the Construction Sector Program $118,000
Musculoskeletal Ultrasound - Shoulder in the Healthcare Sector $110,000
Liquified Natural Gas in the Energy Sector $45,000
Total $640,000
St. Mary's University Funding and Practice of Ethical Science Certificate $149,183
Total $149,183
University of Alberta Computer Game Design Certificate $497,183
Tenue de livre (Bookkeeping) $50,000
Interprofessional Healthcare Simulation Series $247,000
Physics Inspired Neural Networks (PINNS) $100,000
Accompagnement de l'enfant autiste (Autistic Children Support) $50,000
Electricity Markets $45,000
A Reinforcement Learning Approach to Artificial Intelligence $67,500
Tourism and Recreation Series $57,000
Blockchain for the Supply Chain $15,250
Social Procurement and Environmental, Social, Governances (ESG) Leadership $13,500
Total $1,142,500
University of Calgary Software Development $145,000
Subsurface Evaluation for Clean Energy $141,250
Digital Design to Fabrication Specialist $108,000
No-Code Digital Innovation and Operations $315,000
Total $706,250
University of Lethbridge Personal Financial Planner $443,750
Trauma-Informed Care $395,000
Total $838,750

Total micro-credential programs by region

Calgary 16
Edmonton 21
Lethbridge 9
Rural Alberta 27

These new programs will give Albertans the skills they need to succeed in high-demand sectors, including healthcare, technology and innovation, and manufacturing and construction.

Sector # of Programs Total Sector Funding
Agriculture and Forestry 7 $298,050
Aviation, Aerospace and Logistics 3 $224,050
Construction and Manufacturing 9 $924,150
Culture and Creative (TV/Film) 8 $457,000
Early Childhood Care 4 $260,000
Energy 4 $240,250
Finance and Fintech 5 $773,250
Healthcare 12 $1,874,001
Other 3 $321,683
Technology and Innovation 16 $2,399,070
Tourism and Hospitality 2 $224,543

This investment is part of our government’s larger strategy Alberta 2030: Building Skills of Jobs strategy, which we designed to make sure Albertans can get the skills and knowledge the need to meet labour market needs, support industry, and secure Alberta’s prosperous future.

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    Demetrios Nicolaides

    Demetrios Nicolaides was sworn in as Minister of Advanced Education on April 30, 2019.

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