February 20, 2007 – The Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association announced they are increasing the value of the scholarships they offer by more than 50% to $21,000 per year.
“I am pleased to announce,” reported Dirk VandenBrink, President of the Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association “that we are increasing the value of our scholarships at NAIT and SAIT to $1,500 per year and creating a new scholarship at Lethbridge Community College in the amount of $1,500 per year. We will also establish new scholarships of $1,000 each at BCIT, the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, Red River College, Nova Scotia Community College, and the College of the North Atlantic.”
“Each of these schools,” continued President VandenBrink, “have produced successful geomatics graduates who have come to be employed in Alberta. The Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association wants to give something back to these schools for future graduates regardless of whether they ever work in Alberta or not.”
The Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association will continue to offer $2,500 scholarships to University of Calgary and University of New Brunswick geomatics students.
Land surveyors across Canada must be licensed by their local professional association in order to practice. In order to obtain a license, a person is typically a University of Calgary or University of New Brunswick geomatics graduate or have equivalent university-level education. Licensed land surveyors are assisted by technologists, many of whom have graduated from technical schools across Canada like NAIT, SAIT and Lethbridge Community College.
The Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association, formed in 1910, is a self-governing professional association legislated under the Land Surveyors Act. The Association regulates the practice of land surveying for the protection of the public’s interest.