Enrolment and graduation rates at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw campus have steadily increased, according to the school’s 2021-2022 annual report. 

The report showed 2,699 students enrolled in classes at the Moose Jaw campus during the 2021-2022 school year. This included 138 in basic education programs, 768 in apprenticeships, and 1,793 in certificate, diploma or degree programs. 

“The growth that we've seen in Moose Jaw, as well as all of our other campuses year over year, we've seen about approximately a 2.8 per cent growth at the Moose Jaw Campus, which is fantastic,” said Dr. Has Malik, Vice President of Academics and Provost at Sask Polytech. 

Malik contributed the increase in enrollment to students being able to return to campus after the pandemic, especially with the hands-on training for some programs, and the new Agriculture and Food Production diploma program. 

“Our new Agriculture and Food Production diploma program has been quite successful. It's full and a brand-new program that we've launched, so that really stands out,” Malik said. 

He added that they saw significant increases in post-graduate programs. The project management program increased from 57 students to 110, while the supply chain management program grew from 107 students to 194. 

Sask Polytech’s graduation employment rate across all campuses hit a 20-year high at 96 per cent. Moose Jaw’s campus graduated 934 students last year, an increase of seven per cent from the previous year. 

Malik said a big part of the school’s success when it comes to employment rates is Sask Polytech’s partnerships. 

“We actually had letters of support from 12 different industry partners, many of them in the vicinity of Moose Jaw, supporting the fact that they need the graduates from these programs to enter the industry. So, we're very closely aligned with the labour market needs of the province,” he said. 

Meanwhile, the annual report also outlined the number of full-time equivalent employees at each campus. 

The Moose Jaw campus had 259 full-time staff members last school year, which is unchanged from the 2020-2021 school year. 

“We need to make sure both our faculty and also the support staff who are there to provide those services to our students, whether it's the counseling services or other kind of advising services, are there to provide the kind of rich student learning experience that we want our students to have,” Malik said. 

The staff includes 162 academic staff members, 85 professional services, one research exemption and 11 out-of-scope employees.