Keyano College is named after a Cree word that, roughly translated, means “sharing.” Located in the Alberta municipality of Wood Buffalo, one of the fastest growing regions in the country, it now serves more than 18,000 students. It has two main campuses, Fort McMurray and Fort Chiepwayan, as well as four learning centres in other communities.
Given its location, many of Keyano’s programs are geared toward careers in the Athabasca oil sands, but it also offers options like Aboriginal education, business and nursing. Students can opt for diploma and certificate programs, trade qualifications, or degree programs in partnership with other institutions. In the next few years there are plans to add programs in non-destructive testing, environmental science and business administration, among others.
The main Clearwater campus is in downtown Fort McMurray. The Suncor Energy Industrial Campus, home to Keyano’s heavy industrial programs, is in Mackenzie Industrial Park. The Clearwater campus has furnished suite-style residence units for single students as well as townhouse-style residences for students with families.
Located next to the boreal forest of northern Alberta, Keyano has ample outdoor sports facilities and an emphasis on athletics. In fact, its Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre was one of the venues for the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games.