... and Saskatchewan’s technical institutes in 1988 to form the Sasatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology. Today, it is considered a primary public institution for skills training and technical education locally and internationally. It educates the largest number of students in apprenticeship training in Saskatchewan.
There are four SIAST campuses: Kelsey Campus in Saskatoon, Palliser Campus in Moose Jaw, Wascana Campus in Regina and Woodland Campus in Prince Albert. According to the Institute’s report, its most recent upgrades include: new 300-seat lecture theatre, a new multi-bed nursing lab and a high-tech inter-professional stimulation learning centre for SIAST nursing students at SIAST Wascana Campus (Regina) valued at $6.0 million; new facilities for some Industrial and Technology programs and upgraded equipment in the Industrial Mechanics program at SIAST Kelsey Campus (Saskatoon) valued at $6.95 million; and state-of-the-art lab expansion and shop space for the Instrumentation Engineering Technology program, new classroom space, improved fitness centre and health nurse area for SIAST Palliser Campus (Moose Jaw) valued at $3.9 million. Recently, it opened a $1.05 million dollar state-of-the-art health care lab in Regina which allows paramedic, nursing, and continuing care students to practice health care in realistic and secure environments.
The following services are offered by SIAST: RECREATION SERVICES (intramurals and recreation leagues, fitness centres, equipment), RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL), ONLINE WRITING LAB (OWL), LEARNING SERVICES (equity exam and academic accommodations, tutorial support, learning strategy development, computer access, and adaptive technology), HEALTH SERVICES (health promotion, disease prevention, treatment and support, rehabilitation, health information and counseling, health promotion activities, accident follow-up, minor first aid, immunizations, and referrals to health professionals), TESTING SERVICES, REGISTRATION SERVICES, GETTING THERE (Parking, Transits, Bus Passes), FOOD SERVICES (Kelsey Campus, Palliser Campus, Wascana Campus, and Woodland Campus), EMPLOYMENT SERVICES (communicating with potential employers about job opportunities; posting job opportunities as they become available; contacting students and graduates about job opportunities; arranging on-campus interviews and employer visits; and providing students with information about potential employers, job search tools, and trends in the labour market hosting an annual career fair), LOCKERS & STUDENT IDENTIFICATION, LIBRARIES, CHILDCARE (Wascana and Woodland Childcare), BOOKSTORES (at Kelsey Campus, Wascana Campus, Palliser Campus, and Woodland Campus), ADVISING SERVICES (financial assistance, orientation activities, admission requirements, courses and programs information, counselling services, education equity services, and aboriginal student support), ACCOMMODATIONS (Housing registries available at: SIAST Kelsey Campus (Saskatoon), SIAST Palliser Campus (Moose Jaw), SIAST Wascana Campus (Regina), and SIAST Woodland Campus (Prince Albert)), AND ACADEMIC REGULATIONS (Student Affairs Services and Programming).
The Institute has 160 programs in basic education, community services, hospitality services, nursing, industry, technology, health and science, agriculture, and business. It also trains apprentices in almost thirty trades.
Students who are just entering SIAST can apply for the Centennial Merit Scholarship. Students must be enrolled full-time in an eligible SIAST program in any of its four campuses or satellite campuses. There are other available scholarships offered by the Institute, and students can visit SIAST's website for more available listings.
Saskatoon is located in central Saskatchewan, Canada, on the South Saskatchewan River. Saskatoon is the most populous city in the province of Saskatchewan. Saskatoon is recognized as one of the world's leading agricultural biotechnology centres. Some of this research takes place at Innovation Place Research Park and the University of Saskatchewan (U of S). The U of S hosts the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) that conducts infectious diseases research to develop infectious diseases controls for humans and animals.
The city has four distinct seasons. Extreme temperatures range from -50?C in winter to 41?C in summer. Saskatoon is fairly dry with the summer being the wettest season. A positive aspect of the low precipitation is that Saskatoon is one of the sunniest cities in Canada, averaging 2,381 hours of bright sunshine annually.