Community Report 2016

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THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY P R E S I D E N T ' S M E S S A G E O ur communities are fundamental to our lives. They are where we live, grow, learn and build lasting, meaningful relationships. It makes me proud to know that NAIT plays a role in strengthening communities, in Alberta and beyond, through our own activities and those of our 200,000 alumni. NAIT has two new facilities that will help us meet the demand for world-class polytechnic education and transform our communities. The Centre for Applied Technology is the new heart of Main Campus. It's where as many as 5,000 students will gather each day to study business, health and life sciences, and applied sciences and technology, all with a strong focus on hands-on learning. Our other new community hub is in Spruce Grove, where we've opened a campus for our Crane and Hoisting program. The new facility will allow that program to grow to meet the needs of the province. As well, there is plenty of room to accommodate other NAIT programs in the future. We've enjoyed a very warm welcome from Spruce Grove and look forward to building on that relationship. I invite you to read more about the new buildings in the pages that follow, as well as about other ways in which we're proud to support our communities and fulfill our promises to Alberta, our students, industry and staff. For example, we contributed to efforts to help the people of Fort McMurray during the wildfires this spring. We helped Edmonton-area elementary students enhance their appreciation of subjects such as math and alternative energy. And we continue to bring our brand of practical, hands-on education to countries around the world. We look forward – with support from the public, industry and government – to doing even more. At NAIT, we know the value and impact of creating strong communities. Thank you for supporting us in our efforts to be an essential member of yours. Sincerely, Dr. Glenn Feltham President and CEO ON THE COVER: Respiratory Therapy grad Lindsay Beaudry. See her story on p. 8. 1

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