UCN Launches Innovative IT Programs to Empower Northern Communities and Women

June 8, 2023

(The Pas, MB) – University College of the North is pleased to announce two new IT programs that will help to address the chronic shortage of skilled technicians in northern Manitoba.

UCN President, Doug Lauvstad said a new IT Support Technician and Technology Readiness Program will be delivered on The Pas Campus starting in the fall of 2023.

“We thank the Government of Manitoba for the new funding; skilled IT technicians are needed in every community and every sector of the north,” said Doug Lauvstad, UCN President. “Graduates of these programs will be in helping to develop and grow the IT infrastructure in the north, and help communities, employers and industries operate in the growing digital economy.”

The Information Technology Readiness Program (InTeRN) focuses on empowering women by providing training in a supported environment.

“This program is unique in that students will be doing hands-on learning from day one, and, they will benefit from additional academic and personal supports,” said Lauvstad.

“I am grateful the Government of Manitoba recognizes the need for this vital programming. Their critical support of sustained northern Information Communication Technology (ICT) training opportunities, focused on women and northerners, will allow our communities to overcome the geographical barriers that make it difficult for us to provide access to technology, training and remote work opportunities,” said InTeRN project consultant, Tara Manych. “UCN now has the pathway to bridge this gap and provide access to vital services not only in the technology sector, but we will also be able to augment our abilities and increase our technological capacity in healthcare, education, and communication. With ongoing ICT programming and infrastructure, we can support our communities to help the North thrive in the modern world.”

The InTeRN program has been running for the last two years as a pilot program funded by Future Skills Canada. The new funding from the Manitoba Government will mean this program will be offered as a permanent program at UCN.

“Graduates of the pilot program have found employment at small and large industries and employers,” Lauvstad added.

The Technology Readiness program will provide foundational skills so the students have the academic and other core skills they need to succeed.

University College of the North provides learning opportunities to northern communities while respecting diverse Indigenous and northern values.



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UCN Director of Marketing, Communications & Recruitment
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