Portage College: Maclean's College Profile

Portage College

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


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Portage College runs the largest Museum of Aboriginal Art and Artifacts in the region, housing a series of themed displays and offering workshops for students to try their hand at crafting. The museum corresponds with coursework in the Native arts and culture program, one of more than 40 diploma and certificate programs including business, environmental studies, food sciences, practical nursing, and trades and technical. Portage has eight campuses across northeast Alberta. On-campus accommodation is offered at the Lac La Biche, St. Paul and Boyle campuses.

Applied research at Portage focuses on environmental, scientific, and engineering studies. Currently, the college is engaged in three new construction projects for research in pipeline safety, water resource management, and food product innovation.

The 132-acre Pipeline Training Centre is being developed in consultation with industry and First Nations partners and will be the first of its kind in Canada. It will include a fully operational control centre, closed-loop pipeline, and mock work camp designed to give students practical experience in pipeline operation and maintenance. The Water Resource Training Centre will house research in areas like domestic water management. Lastly, the new Food Sciences Centre will provide research and entrepreneurship resources in all areas of food science.

Fall full-time enrolment Students direct from high school Residence spaces
1,194 20% 255

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