Collège nordique francophone is the only post-secondary and continuing education institution north of the 60th parallel to offer professional training in French. The school was launched by the Fédération franco-ténoise, an organization that supports French speakers in the Northwest Territories. The college’s programs train people for jobs that are in high demand in the region: business administration, tourism management, early childhood education and special education.
Through distance learning, students can complete diploma and certificate programs offered at other colleges and universities across Canada without leaving the North. At the campus in downtown Yellowknife, students can use the school’s computers to participate in classroom discussions happening in other locations or to complete coursework. Tuition varies depending on the program and its school of origin. The school offers courses in English, French and Spanish. It also has specialized programs for public servants and hosts workshops on topics ranging from medicinal plants to Mexican cooking.
As a close-knit community of just 306 students, Collège nordique francophone prides itself on its northern character and mandate to promote the cultural and linguistic diversity of the region. The school also offers language programming and educational workshops with a local flavour. These include a course in Tłı̨chǫ, one of the 11 official languages of the Northwest Territories.
|Size of school||Residence offerings|
|Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students)||No|
- Early Childhood Education: Students gain skills to assist the learning and development of young children while having the option to complete their studies part-time.
- Business Administration: Students acquire the tools to tackle common business administration challenges and learn essential business skills that range from accounting to marketing.
- Tłı̨chǫ: Tłı̨chǫ-language students learn pronunciation and sentence structure through storytelling and pair up with Indigenous Elders for a unique cultural and intergenerational learning experience.
- French as a Second Language
- Special Education Assistant