Keyano College

Keyano College | For McMurray, Alta. | Founded 1965

Keyano College classroom

(Greg Halinda)

Keyano College’s name comes from a Cree word that roughly translates as “sharing.” Located in the large regional municipality of Wood Buffalo, the college serves more than 18,000 students in one of the fastest-growing regions in the country. The institution has two main campuses in Fort McMurray and Fort Chipewyan, as well as learning centres in Fort McKay and Gregoire Lake.

In keeping with its location, many of Keyano’s programs are geared toward training for careers in the Athabasca oil sands. The Suncor Energy Industrial Campus, home to Keyano’s heavy industrial programs, is in Mackenzie Industrial Park in Fort McMurray and offers state-of-the-art operator simulators. The college also offers programs like Aboriginal education, business, health and safety, nursing, science and transportation. Students can opt for certificate, diploma, trades or degree programs; many are offered in collaboration with other institutions.

Situated next to northern Alberta’s huge boreal forest, Keyano has ample outdoor sports facilities and an emphasis on athletics. Its specialized facilities, such as the Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre and the Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre, help make the college an important community hub and gathering place in Wood Buffalo.

The school’s Clearwater campus in Fort McMurray has furnished suite-style residence units for single students, as well as townhouse-style residences for students with families.


Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Residence offerings
Mid-sized (2,000 full-time students to fewer than 10,000 full-time students) $4,583-$5,894 $4,253-$5,879 $4,253-$6,529 Yes

Cool Options

  • Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Program: This program is designed to provide prospective entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge they need to launch a business. Students are supported as they develop their own business ideas and a business plan.
  • Community-Based Environmental Monitoring Program: The curriculum for this program integrates Indigenous knowledge with Western science to offer a holistic approach. Students learn to monitor land, water, air and wildlife year-round. Classes are co-taught by Indigenous elders, senior land-use experts and scientists.

Popular Programs

  • Nursing
  • Management
  • Heavy Equipment Technician
  • Electrician
  • Power Engineering

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