SIAST experienced a four per cent increase in attendance over the last year, continuing a record-setting trend that has seen enrolment grow by 30 per cent in the previous four years.
Due to varying start dates for different programs, the full impact of enrolment increases will not be known until the end of the academic year. But enrolment has grown in certificate and diploma programs, apprenticeships and Basic Education.
For every three students accepted into a SIAST diploma or certificate program this year, two other qualified applicants were rejected. The highest demand for seats from capable applicants who could not be accommodated was at the Saskatoon and Regina campuses.
College officials pointed to the greater importance of technical education in the economy as a development that plays to the school’s strengths.