IT industry another option for students

Moose Jaw Times Herald - Editorial Staff
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Information technology (IT) has expanded in recent years — of that there is no question.

A younger generation of learned minds is becoming more and more receptive to using their minds toward providing advancements in IT, but it’s not the result of a happy coincidence.

Technical institutes like the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) are in the business of providing top-of-the-line IT to society, but they cannot do so without individuals eager to be part of those advancements.

Enter high school students.

University still remains the most major of calling cards for high school students entering the “real world,” but the pull of technical institutes continues to increase.

Forty-eight high school students from the Prairie South School Division had an opportunity to invest their minds in a three-day IT workshop at SIAST last week.

The basic workshop taught students how to create a web application designed around fitness and a simple game that had the ability to evolve and advance as they interacted more with the programming codes.

Although this — sitting in front of a computer all day creating web applications — may sound boring to some of you, where would we be without IT gurus?

IT is a vital part of the world we live in, but without more IT workers, where will our technology go?

An instructor in SIAST’s business IT program said the province is short on IT professionals. As such, the workshop was a way to create interest in the field among younger minds.

Jobs in the IT industry, at least in Saskatchewan, are up for grabs, and SIAST, in association with the Information and Communications Technology Council, is hoping last week’s workshop will create a greater interest among youth to at least consider opting to study there as opposed to a university. The options students have to choose from — if they desire to study at a post-secondary institution — continue to expand, and IT is just one of those options. This continually advancing profession needs newer, bigger and better ideas, and the bright minds of tomorrow are sure to provide those ideas in the coming years.

All editorials are written by the Times-Herald editorial staff.

Organizations: Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, Prairie South School Division, Information and Communications Technology Council Times-Herald

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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