SIAST has created a new position that is designed to, among other things, focus more closely on relationships with aboriginal students.

School president, Dr. Larry Rosia, says enrollment is up 23% over the past five years and as a result they need to focus on key priorities.

This includes relations with First nations and Metis students and the demands of the changing job market:

“The development of a learner-focused culture, strategy management and growth and sustainability and the new structure will enable us to be nimble, agile and responsive to the changing labour-market demand.”

He adds building partnerships and alliances with other schools will also be part of the job.

Rosia says SIAST has more aboriginal students in the province than any other post-secondary school.