School’s Expansion Is Good News for Thousands of Students


Dow recently announced a major donation to Northern Alberta Institute of Technology for its Centre for Applied Technologies.

The Centre for Applied Technologies now under construction at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) will enrich the learning experience for 5,000 full-time students.

Dow Canada recently announced a major donation to NAIT where funds will not only support the Centre for Applied Technologies but will also make possible a biennial seminar for NAIT’s power engineering students showcasing the career possibilities at Dow’s Fort Saskatchewan site.

“We are thrilled to receive this gift from our longstanding partner Dow,” said NAIT President and CEO Dr. Glenn Feltham. “The Centre for Applied Technologies is essential for our growth as a leading polytechnic. The power engineering technology seminar complements our hands-on education, showing students the many opportunities for applying their skills in meaningful careers.”

Power engineering technology, part of the School of Sustainable Building and Environmental Management, is one of the most in-demand programs at NAIT. Graduates work as operators or managers for power and heating plants, as consultants with engineering firms and as boiler and pressure vessel inspectors. Power engineers are the most sought after trades people in the province of Alberta. 

 “Our Dow Fort Saskatchewan site hires power engineering technicians and trades people almost exclusively from NAIT,” said Joe Deutscher, Dow vice president and site director for Alberta operations. “With an economy set to expand at an average annual rate of 4.7 percent, we need to be visible as an employer of choice to remain competitive in the marketplace. At Dow, we provide NAIT graduates with opportunities to grow their careers at both the local and global levels.”