Red Deer Polytechnic, Olds College and Burman University are among the post-secondary institutions that will receive funding for new micro-credential programs.
On Thursday, the Government of Alberta announced Advanced Education will invest $8 million over the next two years. RDP will receive $340,950, Olds College will receive $216,000 and Burman University will get $72,000.
These short-term programs aim to create new opportunities for unemployed and underemployed Albertans to quickly re-skill or upskill in the changing economy.
“Micro-credentials empower Albertans to develop the job-ready skills they need to be successful and build new careers, while ensuring employers have access to the talent they need to grow their business,” said Minister of Advanced Education Demetrios Nicolaides.
“I’m thrilled we’re able to expand this program in a meaningful way that supports our students, post-secondary institutions, employers and industry to secure Alberta’s future.”
The funding comes from the Alberta at Work initiative introduced in Budget 2022 and builds on the $5.6 million used to launch a micro-credential pilot program in 2021.
The new funding will support the development of 69 micro-credential programs at 21 post-secondary institutions across the province.