Northern Lakes College

Northern Lakes College | Slave Lake, Alta. | Founded 1999

Northern Lakes college students studying

Northern Lakes College Trades students hard at work. (Northern Lakes College)

Northern Lakes College (NLC) serves more than 50 communities throughout northern Alberta, and more than 50 per cent of NLC’s student population is Indigenous. NLC’s programs and services are available online, and the college has flexible learning options for students who wish to obtain a diploma or certificate without moving away from home. Students can also get hands-on trade experience in their home communities at two mobile training labs. A dual-credit program lets high school students experience college programs while earning both high school and post-secondary credit.

Students can opt to live in residences at the Grouard, Slave Lake and Wabasca campuses. Amenities at the Slave Lake location include a pool, gym, climbing wall and sports fields. At the Grouard and Slave Lake campuses, students can participate in outdoor activities such as kayaking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

NLC offers a range of certificate and diploma programs in business, health sciences, human services, technology, trades and academic upgrading. The college collaborates with university partners to provide degree-completion opportunities; diploma courses count toward a bachelor of education or social work. NLC also has a variety of professional accreditation and certificate programs in its continuing education and corporate training department.


Size of school Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Residence offerings
Small $2,600-$6,800 $1,300-$5,300 Yes

Cool Options

  • Introduction to Surveying: This program provides a foundation in survey theory and gives students the confidence to perform routine tasks. Graduates are ready for entry-level positions.
  • Asset Management Professional: Incorporating the latest in strategic asset management thinking, this certificate covers key subject areas such as risk management and database systems.
  • Health Care Aide: NLC offers a suite of pathways for obtaining a health care aide certificate, preparing graduates for positions in a variety of health care settings.

Popular Programs

  • Academic Upgrading
  • Health Care Aide
  • Practical Nurse
  • Social Work
  • University Studies

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