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5 Great Diploma Programs at Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

About the Institution

Saskatchewan Polytechnic focuses on applied research and learning opportunities. As a polytechnic, the institution provides learning according to employer and student needs. The institution has campuses in Prince Albert, Moose Jaw, Regina and Saskatoon. The institutions holds a variety of certificate, diploma and degree programs and also have apprenticeship training.

Below are some great diploma programs to consider at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

Business Management Diploma 

Business management consists of various of topics such as the decision-making process, management of people, resources and organizational culture but also strategizing the business plan for growth. 

Skills you develop

You will develop learn interpersonal and organizational behaviour. In addition, topics may include entrepreneurship, leadership, finance, accounting, cross-cultural and project management.

Accreditation

This business management diploma is accredited by the Canadian Institute of Management (CIM). Upon graduation, you have met the educational requirements for the Certified in Management (CIM) professional designation. Once you have two years of work experience in a managerial or supervisory capacity, you can apply to put the highly respected “CIM” designation after your name.

Pathways

The Business Management Speciality Diploma program allows you to gain credits in degrees at the many accredited Canadian Universities. Graduates of this program may also receive transfer credits towards the Certified Logistics Professional (CLP) designation through the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation.

Work Experience

Between semester three and four, you can take a year to participate in the optional three succeeding four-month paid co-operative education work terms.

After Graduate Opportunities

Upon graduation, you will have the knowledge and practical skills for a wide variety of business-related jobs. Or perhaps apply your learning in to growing your own business.

My Saskatchewan Polytechnic experience was awesome. I met and was surrounded with wonderful people, from colleagues to instructors, staff and the student body as a whole.” – Ololade Kassim, Nigeria Post-graduate Certificate in Business Management

Therapeutic Recreation Diploma 

Therapeutic Recreation is a two-year diploma program offered at the Saskatoon campus but also available through distance education.

Skills you develop

The program program consists of broad knowledge that is associated with human growth and development, psychology up to sociology. Your studies will put emphasis on:

  • assessment of individual needs, functional abilities and leisure behaviours
  • development of individualized treatment plans
  • documenting progress
  • using facilitation techniques to meet individual goals
  • practicing therapeutic recreation based on professional standards
  • modifying activities to meet individual abilities
  • participating as a member of a healthcare team

Pursue Professional Certification

The Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association validates the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification’s Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) as the certification for therapists in Canada. You may pursue this certification upon completion of the therapeutic recreation diploma program.

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential
Recreation TherapistOther Professional Occupations in Therapy and Assessment (3144)$42,600 – $83,200
Therapeutic Recreation ProgrammerOther Professional Occupations in Therapy and Assessment (3144)$42,600 – $83,200
Recreation Therapy AssistantOther Assisting Occupations in Support of Health Services (3414)$31,200 – $70,800

After Graduate Opportunities

You could work in various of settings such as hospitals, recreation or rehabilitation centre. The median wage for physiotherapists is at $40 per hour according to the Government of Canada Job Bank. The demand for therapists will continue to grow and even face labour shortage between 2019 – 2028 in Canada according to the Government of Canada Job Bank.

Read more about the demand for physiotherapists

“I chose Saskatchewan Polytechnic because of the program, the practical curriculum and the amazing faculty. It was such a great place to study, learn and explore, and the people are so friendly!” – Yashwardhan Bhardwaj, India Post-graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management

Early Childhood Education Diploma

As an early childhood educator, you will support children with learning through playful activities. Developments of curriculum and designing effective quality learning environments are duties of an early childhood educator. Collaboration with colleagues to build relationships with children and families, community partners and other stakeholders is key for this role.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s two-year Early Childhood Education (ECE) diploma program is offered on-campus in Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon and can even be done through distance learning. 

Skills you develop

You will learn how to create programs that include early literacy and language, creative arts, numeracy, and open-ended play indoors and outdoors experiences. Topics of study will include:

  • observation, assessment and documentation
  • learning through play
  • children with diverse abilities
  • child guidance techniques
  • family and community relationships
  • play environments and program planning
  • programming for infants, toddlers, pre-school and school-age children
  • administration and child care regulations
  • communication and employability skills

Accreditation – Level III Early Childhood Educator

Upon graduation from the Early Childhood Educator diploma you can apply to become a licensed Level III Early Childhood Educator (ECE) through the Ministry of Education of Saskatchewan. A Child Care Centre Director must have ECE III.

Pathways

Interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree? You are able to transfer some credits to the University of Regina’s Bachelor of Education degree program in Elementary Education.

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Early Childhood EducatorEarly Childhood Educators and Assistants (4214)$24,100 – $56,000

After Graduate Opportunities

There’s high demand for Level III ECEs in Saskatchewan. Your career options could include working with children with diverse needs, a nanny in private household or even working as a director in an early learning and child care centre preschool or elementary school setting. The median wage for ECEs is at $20 per hour and job opportunities are fair in Saskatchewan according to the Government of Canada Job Bank.

Interactive Design and Technology Diploma

Are you interested in web design and development, interactive media, digital marketing, visual effects? Do you have a creative and good problem-solving mindset? Do you love working with various of technologies?

With technology reinventing our ways of life (Mobile Apps, 3D print, Internet-of-Things), now is a great time to turn your niche into a career. Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers a two-year Interactive Design and Technology (IDT) diploma program at their Regina and Saskatoon Campus. Some courses are even available through online learning!

Skills you develop

In the first year, you will develop a foundation in:

  • professional practices
  • design principles and processes
  • web page design and development
  • raster and vector graphic creation and editing
  • writing for social and interactive media
  • photography, audio and video

In the second year, you are building skills in:

  • management principles, analytics and usability studies
  • self-promotion and digital marketing
  • interactive authoring
  • customizing Content Management Systems (CMS)

Later in the program, you may choose one of the following specialties:

Design

You will learn to use your creative skills to craft user-friendly designs for websites and interactive media.

  • contemporary graphic design styles
  • user interface design
  • advanced raster and vector graphic skills

Or

Technology

You will develop the skills in developing custom websites such as digital catalogues and e-commerce solutions.

  • database design, database management systems (DBMS) and Structured Query Language (SQL)
  • server-side scripting, methods, functions
  • client-side scripting and asynchronous web applications

Work Experience

You will spend the majority of class time in practical learning using digital tools and applying it to assignments. Your creative and problem-solving skills will be applied to several independent projects. There will be an opportunity to either develop work experience in co-op setting or through a client-directed project.

Portfolio Building

You will also build an online portfolio with your own domain, showing a professional appearance so that you can showcase your best work upon graduation.

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Media DeveloperComputer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers (2174)$48,100 – $97,000
Web DesignerWeb Designers and Developers (2175)$23,600 – $76,400
Graphic DesignerGraphic Designers and Illustrators (5241)$37,500 – $66,600

After Graduate Opportunities

In the second year, you will specialize in either Design, which can lead to a career as a graphic artist, graphic interface designer, new media developer or web developer, or in Technology, can lead to jobs in web and e-commerce as designers, developers and programmers. Careers in the interactive media field may include content creation, multimedia or web developer.

Interactive media is being integrated in every sector: government and industry, big business and small e-commerce, education, health, sports and entertainment – you name it. Graduates are working in advertising agencies, production companies, website design firms and more.

Instrumentation Engineering Technology Diploma

Power plants, mine sites or advanced machines are always working. These machines are controlled by complex instruments and require specialized technologists for maintenance.

Instrumentation engineering technology is a niche skill set. Are you comfortable with technology, good at envisioning how systems operates? Do you love to troubleshoot? Your career can take many paths.

Skills you develop

This three-year diploma is offered on a full-time basis at their Moose Jaw campus. During five academic semesters and three Co-op work terms, you will get trained in:

  • analytical instruments
  • codes and standards
  • computer programming
  • data communications and networks
  • digital and linear circuits
  • digital logic
  • distributed systems
  • drafting
  • electronics
  • instrument measurement
  • machine shop
  • process applications
  • project management
  • relay and instrument controls

You have access to cutting-edge equipment. Classroom theory, applied research is majorly completed through lab work. You will get supportive instruction as you apply what you have learned in a major project.

The Only Accredited Program In Saskatchewan

This program is the only Accredited Instrumentation Engineering Technology program in Saskatchewan.

Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) delivers accreditation services for the engineering technology and applied science profession in Canada. TAC accredits the program at the Technologist level.

Work Experience

Earn while you learn as Co-op work terms are paid. The institution also arranges your interviews.

Driving License Requirement

Many Co-op employers require both a valid Saskatchewan Driver’s License and a clean Driver’s Abstract. International Students can take up to 12 months to get a Driver’s license. It is therefore advisable to come with a Driver’s License from your home country and transfer it do a Canadian Driver’s License.

Professional Registration

This program is recognized by Technology Professionals Saskatchewan which is the provincial regulatory body for graduates of this program. Upon graduation, this program places you on an expedited path towards obtaining professional registration as an Applied Science Technologist (A.Sc.T.) or Certified Technician (C.Tech.).

Diploma to Degree

Upon completion of this diploma program, your college credits can be used to pursue a technology degree at Memorial University in Newfoundland or a mining engineering technology degree at Queen’s University in Ontario.

Sample Job TitleNOC ClassificationEarning Potential
Instrumentation Engineering TechnologistIndustrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians (2233)$35,400 – $86,100
Control SpecialistIndustrial Instrument Technicians and Mechanics (2243)$52,000 – $125,600
Instrumentation and Control TechnicianIndustrial Instrument Technicians and Mechanics (2243)$52,000 – $125,600

After Graduate Opportunities

Instrumentation engineering technologists work at oil refineries, manufacturing facilities, chemical and power plants, mining sites, for engineering consulting firms or service companies. The type of work varies; from installation, maintenance to monitoring to upgrading and trouble-shooting.

Read more about Engineering Opportunities in Canada

Why Study and Settle in Saskatchewan?

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is one of the driving forces that empowers the economy of the province. The institution has a variety of programs that can help you boost your career as an international student in Canada. Saskatchewan is warm province that welcomes immigrants. As the Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $2.5 million in 2020 to support settlement and related services. Settling in Saskatchewan is therefore a great option as the province continues to look for skilled workers.

Read more about Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Learn more about Saskatchewan Provincial support for Newcomers in Regina

Sources: About Saskatechewan Polytechnic Business Diploma Therapeutic Recreation Diploma Early Childhood Education Diploma Interactive Design and Technology Diploma Instrumentation Engineering Technology Province Strengthens Support for Newcomers in Regina Physiotherapists Wages Physiotherapists Outlook

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