Alberta’s next top accountant contestants go viral

Whoever says that accountants are boring doesn’t know about the competition to become Alberta’s Next Top Accountant. The Certified General Accountants Association of Alberta (CGA Alberta) is holding a contest where Alberta residents who want to pursue a career in accounting could submit a video on YouTube to win an …

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PCK grad competes in Canada’s Top Chef

Calgarian and SAIT graduate Rebekah Pearse is anticipating her television debut on Top Chef Canada as well as the reaction to her first cookbook Sweet Seasonal Desserts. “I felt I would be a pretty solid competitor on the show,” said Pearse, who can’t divulge how she faired but for those …

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Kitchen arm innovation reaches across SAIT programs

SAIT mechanical students are reaching across program boundaries to assist culinary students. Still in the early stages of their project, four second-year Mechanical Design Technology (MDT) students – Omer Syed, Quinn Johnsen, Joshua Paynter, and Colin Stager – are designing a kitchen mounting system for the SAIT culinary labs. The …

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Wicked wallet weapons help students spread cash further

Money to a student’s pocket is like a positively charged magnet to another: the two refuse to remain together. But there is the potential to spend less if you know what to carry in your pants. The Weal has featured a few student discount cards that are worth checking out: …

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Lighten the heart and brighten the soul

It’s rare to hear of someone, let alone a group of people, who consider their jobs more of a lifestyle with a long term goal. This is the reality for Page MacPhee and the rest of the staff at Light and Soul Creations (L&S). After MacPhee, who graduated from SAIT’s …

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Virtual bartenders serve up a shot of cool

Imagine learning the basics of mixing a Bloody Mary as you sit in front of your SAIT issued laptop. A new computer-based software program provides the opportunity with a Virtual Bartending course through SAIT’s Hospitality Management program. It’s meant to supplement a student’s learning and simulate the pressure in a …

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There likely isn’t a mountain Pat Morrow hasn’t conquered

One day while out riding his bike, Pat Morrow came across two men climbing the face of the Purcell Mountains near Kimberly, B.C. Intrigued, Morrow asked to join. The climbers threw down the rope. “I was hooked the minute my fingers grabbed rock,” says Morrow. With a heart full of …

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AIM student trains for career as world watches online

SAIT student Caroline Weilinger might just be underestimating herself. Weilinger, who says she’s not a “true” IT person, is one of the nine IT personalities featured on Microsoft’s first ever international online reality show, Career Factor. A second-year Administrative Information Management (AIM) student, Weilinger said she was shocked and honoured …

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Canada Student Loans demand increased by $311 million

OTTAWA (CUP) — According to a recent budget update report tabled in Parliament, the federal government requires millions to keep its Canada Student Loans Program afloat. In supplementary estimates tabled Feb. 8, the federal government outlined it needs $149.5 million to write off more than 60,000 debts for unrecoverable student …

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Racism in the workplace still a concern

Despite efforts to promote diversity in the workplace, visible minorities are still victims of racism. Ara Shimoon, 31, was born and raised in Canada, but he’s experienced discrimination because of his Armenian descent. Shimoon, a second-year Digital Graphic Communications student, worked for a company who traditionally bought a turkey for …

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Baker sells cake to make dough

Tracie Zahavich, a second-year SAIT Baking and Pastry Arts student, has taken her passion for baking out of the kitchen and into the world of business. “It’s the creative aspect that I enjoy about it,” said Zahavich. “I’m working on a Toy Story cake which I think will be my …

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SAIT grad spooning with success

Wedged between a trendy coffee shop and a global import store on Kensington Ave is Spoon Me. A staircase leads up to a fresh and modern frozen yogurt shop. Curlicues reach up from the light hardwood floor spelling out the store’s name in red on the feature wall. Cozy space-age …

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A healthy dose of stress puts you on your A game

by Pamela Dixon Outlook careers Editor Not all stress is bad. “A little bit of stress is normal and we need it, otherwise we’d be bored to death,” said Marta Edgar, a counselor who works with students at SAIT. But when the stress you feel exceeds your ability to cope, …

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SAIT conductor students pick up steam with economic recovery

The timing couldn’t be any better for SAIT’s railway conductor students. Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) will be creating approximately 150 jobs in Alberta as a result of economic recovery. This is great news for conductor students who’ve been concerned about their employability in the past. “We are pretty honest with …

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What’s the deal with group coupons?

Websites selling the latest group coupon deals may entice college students who want to save money. But students must be wise consumers when it comes to buying deals. A new wave of saving sites has hit the Internet, offering users a chance to buy into deals and discounts at stores, …

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OPINION: Cutting costs builds communities

Money, money money. Everywhere the talk is money. Be it in times of boom, or economic downturn, a main focus in the lives of North Americans is how the next cheque is getting here, and more importantly when. So when the market gives us a run for our cash, it’s …

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OPINION Take the “work” out of workout

A culture of one-upmanship exists in the fitness world. It seems gyms and fitness centres are locked in an eternal battle to have the newest and wildest workouts. Already bored of zumba? Try aqua zumba! Regular yoga not exciting? Hot yoga still not hot enough? Try naked yoga! And if …

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Alumnus soars into future with flying car

On a chicken farm near Trail B.C., then six-year-old Paul Moller stumbled upon two exhausted hummingbirds trapped in a shed. He brought them outside, and as fresh air filled their lungs, they were instantly invigorated.  For a moment, they hovered in his hands before disappearing into the sky. At that …

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Tips to schmooze your way to the top

They’ve been there, done that. And you can learn from them. The Weal talks to three professionals about how to network your way into a killer career. Your reputation matters “Everything counts towards your reputation and it sticks,” says Jeff Skipper, director of Peacebridge Performance Inc, who has established himself …

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Technology for dummies

Frank Turner never imagined he would play an integral part of the education of life-saving professionals. He began his career with STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society) in 2002, as a general technician, ten years after graduating from electronic engineering at SAIT. His career eventually led him to helping to …

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