North West College

North West College | North Battleford, Sask. | Founded 2007

North West College students in a continuing care assistant class

Continuing Care Assistant program students partake in a lesson at North West College. (North West College)

North West College (NWC) sits in a region of Saskatchewan with a diverse set of labour needs and growth in forestry, agriculture and the service sector. The college offers programs in trades, health and community services, academic upgrading and university transfer. It has campuses in North Battleford and Meadow Lake. The college provides programming for 30 communities, including 20 First Nations communities, spread over 44,000 sq. km—roughly the size of Switzerland. Hands-on work site experience is an important part of many North West programs.

NWC students can take first-year university classes, offered in partnership with the universities of Saskatchewan and Regina. Many courses are taught in person by university instructors, while others are broadcast to the college. Students can complete a full four-year bachelor of education or master’s degree at the Meadow Lake campus. In 2019, NWC introduced a direct-entry stream into the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan. North West is one of Saskatchewan’s seven regional colleges that offer courses created by other educational providers in the province.

Residences with space for both students and their families are available at the school’s Meadow Lake campus. Accommodations include a mix of one- to four-bedroom units. The school also operates the Tangles salon, which provides experience for hairstyling students, at the North Battleford campus.


Size of school Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Residence offerings
Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students)  $12,029-$14,889 $2,922-$8,429 Yes

Cool Options

  • Forest to Fork: Students are introduced to the idea of food security. They begin with plant species and their uses, and learn processing and cooking techniques for wild meat.
  • Community Safety Officer: NWC is proud to offer this program in 10-12 First Nations communities each year to support their strategies of peace and protection.
  • Psychiatric Nursing: This program is offered on NWC’s North Battleford campus, minutes away from Saskatchewan Hospital. Graduates support the health region, continuing a century of mental health expertise in the Battleford area.

Popular Programs

  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Practical Nursing
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Continuing Care Assistant
  • Business