Nearly a century ago, on Oct. 16, 1916, the Southern Alberta Institution of Technology — SAIT — was born. Canada’s first publicly funded institute opened its doors to 11 students as the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art (PITA). It's initial purpose was to retrain wounded First World War veterans and it did, but it would become much more than that. With two drill presses, two lathes, a motorcycle and car, the institute's first principal Dr. James Miller and six other staff got to work in providing students with an education that trained both the mind and the hand.
One hundred years later, SAIT stands as a Canadian cornerstone of skill-oriented, real-world, post-secondary education. Our centennial will be celebrated with special projects and events from Sept. 2016 - Aug. 2017.
From the beginning, SAIT has been host to passionate, industry-trained instructors. Strong partnerships with industry and donors provide our students with supreme hands-on training and incredible opportunities. Get your copy of Shapers, Makers and Originals: The Story of SAIT's First 100 Years by historian and author David Finch.
SAIT has always been in the business of building futures ― supporting our students and the greater community. The 100 Projects Project is our opportunity to show the world how we care. Join a project or start your own today.
SAIT kicked off its centennial year with a celebration of epic proportions. Nearly 20,000 people came to campus on Oct. 16, 2016, to celebrate our history and help launch our second century. Sign up for the centennial newsletter to receive news, upcoming projects and events until Aug. 2017.