The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, or SAIT Polytechnic, is Calgary’s oldest post-secondary institution, and Canada’s first publicly funded polytechnic. In 2012, SAIT completed the largest expansion in its history, the $400-million Trades and Technology Complex, which provides skill-based training space in energy, construction and manufacturing. Around 60 per cent of the work on this complex was done by SAIT alumnus. Established in 1916, SAIT now has over 50,000 students and offers two baccalaureate degrees, four applied degrees, and 84 diploma and certificate programs, as well as apprenticeship trades, continuing education, and corporate training courses. Its main campus is near downtown Calgary. Student housing is offered in two modern highrises at the northeast corner of campus, featuring 24-hour security, on-site laundry, and recreation/study space. SAIT is a member of Polytechnics Canada. A polytechnic is a skills-intensive, technology-based institute. It typically has close industry ties, emphasizes applied research and innovation, and offers four-year bachelor’s degrees. For example, in partnership with the University of Calgary and Innovate Calgary, SAIT will house the Kinetica Innovation Centre, which will provide collaborative lab space to develop technological solutions for the energy sector. SAIT students are divided between eight academic schools: business, construction, energy, health and public safety, hospitality and tourism, information and communications technologies, manufacturing and automation, and transportation. English-language foundations and academic upgrading are offered through the Lamb Learner Success Centre.