6 Programs chopped at SIAST
The Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology says it's cutting some of its programs and laying off staff.
The school, which has campuses across the province, says six programs will not be offered in the upcoming term, including:
- Applied photography diploma in Regina.
- Beef cattle production certificate in Regina.
- Electronics engineering technology diploma in Moose Jaw.
- Geomatics technology diploma in Moose Jaw.
- Intermediate care paramedic applied certificate in Regina and Saskatoon.
- Medical transcriptionist advanced certificate in Prince Albert and Regina.
SIAST is also canceling its early childhood education diploma offered in Prince Albert. The same course will continue to be offered in other locations.
A number of other programs were also affected by the cuts, which were announced Friday. In those cases, the courses will still be available but the capacity will be reduced, meaning fewer students will be admitted.
Altogether, SIAST said a total of 272 spaces in classes will be gone.
Because of that reduction, 20 layoff notices were issued to staff.
An official with the technical college said the cuts were made to match programs with demand.
"Some areas we've got growing demand and in other cases we've got declining demand," David Walls, the senior vice-president of academics for SIAST, said Friday. "If the enrollment ... gets really low, which it has in some of these, then we start making some adjustments."
According to its website SIAST has programs in 160 different fields. That number does not take into account the latest cuts.
The website says about 13,000 students are enrolled in SIAST training programs, although the Friday news release talking about the cuts cited an enrollment figure of 14,000.