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 2,100 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 train students 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 such as Aboriginal education, business, health and safety, nursing, science and transportation. Students may 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 emphasizes athletics. Its specialized facilities, such as the Keyano Theatre and 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) $4,176-$5,307 $3,572-$41,119 $1,106-$6,755 Yes

Cool Options

  • Business Aviation Diploma: The college and McMurray Aviation offer this program, which prepares students to obtain a commercial pilot’s licence in only two years. Courses focus on aviation training and business operations.
  • Community-Based Environmental Monitoring Program: Students integrate Indigenous knowledge with Western science. They 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

  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • College Preparation
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Power Engineering 3rd Class Certification (Co-op)
  • Power Engineering 4th Class Certification (Co-op)

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