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New water management program at SAIT touted as 'first of its kind'

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - A SAIT banner hangs on the side of the Heritage Hall building in Calgary. The banner holds the new SAIT logo which was unveiled last year. (PHOTO: Chelsey Harms, 660 NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — A new program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology is looking to tackle issues in the rapidly changing world of water management.

The integrated water management program will train students in practical and theoretical skills that will be transferable across multiple industries.

It’s a two-year diploma program, and the first cohort of students are expected to begin in the fall of 2019.

The program is targeted towards students with a passion for the environment and more importantly water.

David Ross, president of SAIT, said the demand is high for people with these skills.

“Water management. The water resource issue has really come to the forefront, whether it’s managing the climate issue or just where it’s just the scarcest resource we find in many areas,” he said. “Not a lot of talent available to manage this important resource.”

Ross also thanked their industry partner Imperial for a $1-million donation towards the development of the program.