... in Canada, and mentors almost half of the apprentices in Alberta alone. Its mission is to produce “Educated, skilled, and successful learners,” and its motto is Discere, Efficere, Praestare (To Learn, To Do, To Succeed).
NAIT has four campuses: the Main Campus, Patricia, Souch, and St. Albert. The Main Campus is in the heart of Edmonton, and it includes most of the full-time programs related to Engineering Technologies, Hospitality, Health Sciences, IT, and Business. Patricia Campus is in the northwest part of the city. It houses trades training programs, industrial, and mechanical programs. Souch Campus is in the southern part of the city. It concentrates on apprenticeship training. St. Albert main programs include Continuing Education courses and Business programs. The Institute has world-class training centres, and it is home to: The NAIT EnCana Centre for Power Engineering Technology, NAIT HP Centre for Information and Communications Technology, NAIT Petro-Canada Centre for Millwright Technology, NAIT Sandvik Coromant Centre for Machinist Technology, NAIT Shell Manufacturing Centre, NAIT Spartan Centre for Instrumentation Technology, NAIT Suncor Energy Centre for Piping Systems Technology, NAIT Suncor Energy Centre for Piping Systems Technology, and NAIT Waiward Centre for Steel Technologies.
Its learning resources include: The NAITSA Computer Commons, which provides 24-access to the internet; The Project Factory, a provider of high-end graphics software, scanners and DVD burners; McNally Library, and more than 300 laboratories to help students in practical learning. It also has a variety of food stalls to satisfy every students’ diverse tastes. They include: Common Market, Fresh Express, bytes, Chai's, Bistro!, PLATES, elements, Embers, The Nest, Ernest’s Retail Meat Store, and Bakery sales. There are also the NAIT Tech Store, which is located on the main of floor of NAIT HP Centre, NAIT Tech Store Online, Apple/NAIT Webstore and the NAIT Bookstore. The Athletic and Recreation facilities include: a 50-metre pool, ice arena, gymnasium, weight room, racquetball and squash courts.
NAIT offers the following services: Alumni Relations, Conferencing Solutions, Corporate and International Training, Facilities Operations, Human Resources, Institutional Research, Materials Management, Security and Parking, Academic Staff Association (NASA), Admissions, Apprenticeship, Counselling, International Students, Learning Resources, NAIT Library, Scholarship of Teaching & Learning, and Tutorial Learning Centre.
The Institute is currently organized in ten schools: School of Resources and Environmental Management, School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Technology, School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts, School of Health Sciences, School of Electrical and Electronics Technology, School of Arts, Science & Communications, School of Applied Media and Information Technology, School of Applied Building Science, and JR Shaw School of Business.
NAIT has limited spaces in its homestay program, and their priorities are the newcomers and international students. However, they have housing registry services to help students look for outside residences to live to.
Edmonton is the capital of the province of Alberta. The City of Edmonton covers an area larger than Chicago, Philadelphia, Toronto or Montreal. Edmonton has one of the lowest population densities in North America. In addition, Edmonton's river valley is 22 times larger than New York City's Central Park. The public river valley parks provide a unique urban escape area with park styles ranging from fully serviced urban parks to campsite-like facilities with few amenities.
Edmonton has a northern continental climate with extreme seasonal temperatures, although the city has milder winters than either Regina or Winnipeg, which are both located at a more southerly latitude. It has mild summers and chilly winters, with the average daily temperatures ranging from -11.7°C in January to 21°C in July.