Over the past 35 years, Winnipeg Technical College provided secondary and post-secondary students with sought-after, marketable education for employment. We provide the same opportunity and education, but under a new name. We are now the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology.
In 1983, the St. Vital, Assiniboine South and Fort Garry School Divisions –recognizing a need for technical training in south Winnipeg, and the lack of a suitable training facility – entered into an agreement to create a learning environment that would serve the community for years to come. This divisional collaboration was a Canadian first and included other unique features.
The South Winnipeg Technical Vocational Centre, later the South Winnipeg Technical Centre (SWTC), was conceived to meet the anticipated need for specific, practical job training in the community. The $8-million project, funded by the provincial and federal governments, was designed to meet the technical training needs of both secondary students and adults in need of marketable job skills.
SWTC programs were developed to address the needs of the marketplace, a factor that has directly contributed to the excellent employment rate of its graduates.
In April 1999, SWTC's Governing Board, in co-operation with the three school divisions, announced that the Centre's name would change to Winnipeg Technical College (WTC). With the addition of a brand new campus and newly renovated main campus, WTC boasted three modern well-equipped locations, offering training in Health Care and Human Services, Business and Information Technology, and Skilled Trades and Technology.
Under legislation enacted on June 12, 2014, WTC became the Manitoba Institute of Trades & Technology (MITT), a stand-alone hybrid institution continuing to provide both secondary and post-secondary skills training. Under the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology Act, MITT's mandate is:
- To provide high school and post-secondary education and training activities in the fields of technology, vocational training and adult education.
- To assist individuals in finding and keeping employment.
- To respond to Manitoba's labour market needs.
MITT gives students a competitive edge by providing leading-edge technology and training from expert instructors. MITT graduates boast an average employment rate of 88% in their field of study, and alumni have gone on to move and shape Winnipeg's economic and industrial landscape.
MITT continually strives to equip students with the theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience to connect education with employment. Furthering MITT's commitment to connecting academic pathways is the institution's English Language Centre. This in-house International hub provides students with a fulfilling language learning experience, whether it's by short-term, long-term, professional, general or academic education. Students from all over the world are able to select from a range of English language programs, and even customize their own learning experience.