SAIT welcomes first students to new energy diploma program

September 9, 2009, Calgary, Alberta – The first students enrolled in SAIT Polytechnic’s new Energy Asset Management (EAM) program were celebrated today at a special launch event for industry partners and students.

“We are very pleased to welcome the first group of students to the Energy Asset Management program,” said Mary MacDonald, Dean of SAIT’s MacPhail School of Energy. “Over the past two years we have worked together with industry to develop a program that will give students the training required to succeed in this essential field.”

The first known program of its kind in North America, EAM was created in response to the Alberta oil and gas industry’s growing demand for job-ready employees in the field of energy asset management. The EAM program will focus on the management and administration of regulatory, financial and contractual compliance pertaining to energy assets.

“The demographics in this industry show there will be a tremendous shortfall of qualified workers over the next 10 years,” said Melinda Scherger, Chair of the Centre for Energy Asset Management Studies Board of Directors. “Future SAIT graduates of the Energy Asset Management program will be extremely valuable to the energy industry.”

Interest in the two-year diploma program was so high that SAIT added a second class for the current fall semester. Sixty-four students are enrolled.

The EAM program was developed in partnership with the Centre for Energy Asset Management Studies. Graduates will find career opportunities in areas such as land contracts, operations accounting and well asset management, and with energy service companies and governments.

SAIT Polytechnic has maintained close association with business and industry to ensure graduate success since 1916. SAIT offers 67 certificate, diploma, and applied degree programs as well as 33 apprenticeship programs, 300 distance education courses and 1,800 continuing education and has 79,000 course and program registrations. SAIT is a proud member of Polytechnics Canada.

Media inquiries, please contact:

Carly McConachie
SAIT Corporate Communications
Bus: (403) 284-7167; Cell: (403) 651-9879

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