Alberta Advanced Education will invest $72,000 in Burman University over the next two years to fund new micro-credential programs. These short-term programs will create new opportunities for unemployed and underemployed Albertans to quickly re-skill or upskill in our changing economy. This will allow Albertans to better meet industry needs, re-enter the workforce and quickly pivot in their careers.
"Micro-credentials help to improve learners' employability profiles. Burman University has partnered with the Lacombe & District Chamber of Commerce to establish a targeted micro-credential framework in Entrepreneurship to upskill students and industry employees who are playing a key role in diversifying the economy of Lacombe and area."
Noble Donkor, Vice-President for Academic Administration
The funding comes after a successful application by the Burman University School of Business for the Micro-Credential Grant for Entrepreneurship. The funding is a part of the Alberta at Work initiative introduced in Budget 2022 and builds on the $5.6 million used to launch a micro-credential pilot program in 2021. The new funding will support the development of 69 micro-credential programs at 21 post-secondary institutions across the province. The programs will align with the priority industry sectors outlined in Alberta’s Recovery Plan, including health, technology, agri-business, aviation, veterinary medicine and software engineering, among others.