SIAST has a new name to go along with its ever-changing role as an educational institution.

The college will now be known as Saskatchewan Polytechnic reflecting its evolution into research and degree granting status.

With the name change comes a bold new logo and re-branding.

Advanced Education Minister Kevin Doherty says this is a milestone in the history of SIAST and post-secondary education in the province.

“What it does is it attracts industry investment, it attracts industry interest to want to see what kinds of programs we’re offering here, and perhaps invest in those programs, it attracts new faculty,” he says.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic President Dr. Larry Rosia says the re-branding will raise the profile of the post-secondary institution.

“This puts sort of the icing on the cake and really better defines what we are,” he says. “Saskatchewan Polytechnic really puts a place and name to what we do. We offer a breadth of programming all the way from degrees now to two-year technology programs to certificates.

SIAST will also now become a member of Polytechnics Canada joining 10 other institutions that offer a broad range of educational programs ranging from apprenticeship training to four-year bachelor degrees.

About 26,000 students are enrolled at SIAST campuses in Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw and Prince Albert.