Portage College

Portage College | Lac La Biche, Alta. | Founded 1968

Portage College Fine Arts program (Courtesy of Portage College)

Portage College operates the Museum of Aboriginal Peoples’ Art and Artifacts, which is home to nearly 2,000 traditional and contemporary works. The museum complements coursework in the native arts and culture program, which includes studies in beading, carving, sewing, footwear, hide tanning, sculpture, drawing, painting, print-making and mixed media, and is one of more than 40 diploma and certificate programs offered by the college.

Other areas of study include business, environmental studies, hospitality, health and wellness, human services, trades and technical and university studies.
The college has seven campuses across northeastern Alberta. On-campus accommodation is available at the Lac La Biche and St. Paul campuses.

Applied research conducted at Portage focuses on environmental, scientific and engineering studies. In 2018, Portage opened the new Environmental Studies building. The energy-efficient building, which houses the college’s natural resources technology program, is equipped with a greenhouse, a water simulation lab and classrooms.

Portage is expanding its list of courses by building partnerships with other institutions. For instance, Portage offers a bachelor of business administration degree in management with NAIT, and the Aboriginal teacher education program degree from the University of Alberta.


Size of school Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Residence offerings
Small $4,570-$6,053 $4,735-$9,084 Yes

Cool options

  • Barber Certificate: This program provides students with hands-on skills in hair cutting, texturizing and design through 16 weeks of lectures and salon training.
  • Professional Cooking Certificate: Students get experience in cooking and baking, kitchen management and food safety through a blend of theory and face-to-face training in a state-of-the-art lab. Successful graduates can transfer to the culinary arts diploma in St. Paul.

Popular Programs

  • Apprenticeship Electrician
  • Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Management
  • Community Social Work
  • Natural Resources Technology (NRT)
  • Power Engineering
  • Aboriginal Art Certificate

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