The Community Economic Development certificate is designed for individuals currently working in or wanting to enter the growing field of community economic development including small business development and municipal or government relations. These practical business courses cover key topics such as partnerships between business and government, project management, writing business plans and project proposals, and communication skills. Students can develop the holistic skill set needed for local economic development in rural and urban communities.
This program is available entirely online through Distance Education, with some courses also available through part-time studies. Students can transfer these courses to the full-time or part-time Business Administration diploma (Management major).
Graduates of this program will gain the skills and knowledge needed to start or advance their career in positions such as economic development officer, liaison officer, community development officer, planning officer, and program officer in a variety of organizations such as municipal governments, economic development agencies, small businesses, and nonprofits.
The ability to work and learn independently is critical in Distance Education. Other factors relating to student success include:
- Time management skills
- Analytical skills
- Computer skills
Students who are engaged and take advantage of various services usually experience more success in SAIT programs.
Credentials and Accreditation
Upon successful completion of this program, students will earn a SAIT Community Economic Development certificate.
This certificate ladders into the SAIT Business Administration diploma, provided students meet the admission requirements for the diploma. Students continuing their education have the option to take the diploma through full-time, part-time or online studies.
The program is eligible for certification by Economic Development Alberta and the Canadian Economic Developers Association. The program is eligible for certification by the Council for the Development of Native Development Officers, CANDO towards their certified competencies in Economic Development.
To get started, simply submit an application through ApplyAlberta. All applicants, including students educated in Canada, must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission. There are no additional entrance requirements for this program.