Saskatchewan Polytechnic Launches Surge Micro-credentials

Alumni have new flexible and innovative learning options though micro-credentials

Looking to give your career a boost, add a new skill to your toolkit, or update your skills? Surge micro-credentials, powered by Saskatchewan Polytechnic, provide flexible and innovative learning in a growing number of high-demand industries.

Surge micro-credentials are a great option for alumni of Sask Polytech looking to upgrade in a wide range of industries and professions. Micro-credentials bridge the gap between skills and industry best practices, allowing individuals to make themselves more marketable or successful in their field.

“Whether it’s digital transformation, automation or remote-working, advances in technology are driving the rapidly changing needs of industry,” says Dr. Has Malik, Sask Polytech provost and vice-president, Academic. “As labour markets adjust, workers are looking to shift career paths and need quick, flexible ways to expand their employability. Surge micro-credentials can help build resilience to the changes happening around us.”

Micro-credentials are short, focused offerings that provide training and knowledge in highly specific subject areas allowing you to upskill or reskill faster. In general, these offerings are quick to complete, competency-based and affordable.

Micro-credentials enable learners to keep building on the skills they’ve acquired. As you complete more micro-credentials through the Sask Polytech learning system, you can earn micro-credential badges. A unique feature of the Surge micro-credentials is live training, allowing you to learn from industry professionals in online virtual events.

Surge micro-credentials are designed in collaboration with input from top-tier industry partners, including the International Minerals Innovation Institute (IMII) and Microsoft, and supported by the Government of Saskatchewan. As a result of these close partnerships, Surge programs offer skills that are timely, relevant and in high demand.

“We know employers are adjusting to the economic pressures of the pandemic,” says Dr. Larry Rosia, Sask Polytech president and CEO. “Sask Polytech is ready to work with industry leaders to design and develop micro-credentials for their employees. These partnerships ensure our micro-credentials reflect and connect students with real industry skills and demands from today’s top employers.”

Micro-credentials are an innovative, rapid way to get ahead – whether you’re looking to advance your career or take off in a new direction. You will gain valuable takeaways and micro-learning skills that you can immediately apply in the workplace and add to your resume. Surge micro-credentials are offered in a variety of areas including business and technology, healthcare, education, hospitality and human services.

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November 2021



Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves students through applied learning opportunities on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 Territories and the homeland of the Métis.