Education For Indigenous Peoples

Dr. Brian Gobbett, Vice President of Academics Great Plains College

Education for Indigenous peoples, the saying goes, is the new buffalo. Readers of this blog might be interested in the MBA in Community Economic Development hosted by Great Plains College in partnership with Cape Breton University. This degree is offered in a flexible, part-time format at the Great Plains College campus in Warman, just 15 minutes north of Saskatoon.

Designed for individuals without an undergraduate degree in Business or Commerce, the Cape Breton University MBA has been successfully undertaken by many professionals from all sectors of the economy. It offers a leading edge curriculum, with an emphasis on leadership, strategy, international management, and community development.

Patricia Cook, Vice President Corporate Affairs at SIGA and a recent graduate of this program, writes:

Through its course content and faculty expertise, the MBA program provided me a better understanding of community economic development in a global context. As a Vice President at my organization, it challenged me to think differently and more strategically about how we support programs in Saskatchewan to address the specific needs in our communities. The people that you meet and the valuable friendships that you develop make this a worthwhile investment in yourself. I would recommend this program without hesitation to anyone looking to hone their business skills and develop a solid understanding of the complex economic, environmental and social challenges required to build strong communities and industries.

In addition to course content that deals directly with First Nations, the degree requires an Applied Research Project which is constructed around one’s preferred interest and background. The next program intake is scheduled for late January, 2018.

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