The Government of Alberta is making an investment into high-demand programs in Central Alberta post-secondary institutions. 

“From veterinarians in the north, engineers in the south and animators in Red Deer, our government is investing in new seats in high-demand programs across the province. These investments, through the Alberta at Work initiative, will strengthen and diversify our economy, benefiting students, industry and our communities,” said Demtrios Nicolaides, Minister of Advanced Education. 

In central Alberta, the targeted enrolment expansion program will invest in 10 programs at these post-secondary institutions:

  • Burman University: $600,000
  • Red Deer Polytechnic: $4.5 million
  • Olds College: $434,776

The investment of $5.6 million supports more than 880 new seats over three years in programs including veterinary assistant technician, business administration, animation and visual effects, and health care.   

“This is great news for students in central Alberta. With this additional investment from our government, more students will be able to obtain the skills and credentials they need to begin good-paying careers, and they won’t have to leave their communities to do it,” Ron Orr Minister of Culture and MLA for Lacombe-Ponoka. 

The majority of these programs are ready to start accepting more students this fall.