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SSMIC supports local IT students with scholarships

I.T. Success scholarship available for three local students

Sault College & SSM Innovation Centre Media Release

For Immediate Release

Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre to Support Student Learning at Sault College

(Sault Ste. Marie, ON August 3, 2022) – Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) is supporting student learning at Sault College by establishing the SSM Innovation Centre IT Success Scholarship. This scholarship is available to students enrolled in their first year of an Information Technology studies program at the College and will be awarded to three local students annually. Each scholarship is valued at $1,500 and is renewable based on maintaining a minimum GPA.

SSMIC understands the value and importance of the Algoma region supporting local people in pursuing a career in the digital economy. This scholarship is one of the ways SSMIC can not only support our community, but also this critical, in-demand industry and the career possibilities it provides right in the Algoma region “Developing talent within our community is a necessity for our economy to thrive. The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre is committed to furthering the skills needed to support IT, technology and science-based sectors in Algoma. This scholarship program not only builds awareness in the program options at Sault College, but also aims to open doors for those wanting to benefit from the in-demand jobs in the IT sector,” said Peter Bruijns, Executive Director, SSMIC.

“The growth in IT jobs is outpacing the number of IT graduates across the country. SSMIC is committed to developing interest in IT careers and providing learning environments that grow a regional talent pool,” added Paul Beach, General Manager of Acorn Information Solutions.

“Sault College is honoured to add the SSM Innovation Centre IT Success Scholarship to its comprehensive Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards (SBA) program. Scholarships, such as this, complement our overall goal of increasing access to higher education and our commitment to student success,” said Dr. Ron Common, President, Sault College.

“IT is an in-demand field and our programming supports the employment needs in this critical area. We are grateful that SSMIC recognizes the value in our programming and has chosen to further assist students who want to pursue a meaningful career in this field,” added Dan Kachur, Professor at Sault College.

The three scholarships will be available beginning 2022-23 and will be awarded only to local applicants, including: one who identifies as female and one Indigenous. For more information about this scholarship and specific criteria, contact
[email protected].

More about Sault College’s Scholarship, Bursaries and Awards program can be found by visiting
Scholarships, Bursaries And Awards | Sault College.

The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) is a non-profit organization that functions as a catalyst for economic development and diversification in the science knowledge-based sectors SSMIC has experts in business development, agriculture, IT, science and technology dedicated to helping you find better solutions. We exist to drive business growth, facilitate research and commercialize it’s technology through partnerships, expert advice, community development, outreach and sector development activities

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