Portage College: Tuition and Profile

Portage College

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

Portage College students wading in water
Students of Portage College working in the field. (Portage College)

Portage College operates its Museum of Aboriginal Art and Artifacts in Lac La Biche, housing 3,700 Indigenous works of art. The museum also offers hands-on workshops for visitors focused on beading, feather-tying and other traditional crafts. The museum complements coursework in the Native Arts and Culture program, one of more than 40 diploma and certificate programs offered by the school, including business, environmental studies, food sciences andpractical nursing. Portage has seven campuses situated across northeast Alberta. On-campus accommodation is available at the Lac La Biche, St. Paul and Boyle campuses.

Applied research conducted at Portage focuses on environmental, scientific and engineering studies. Currently, the college is engaged in new construction projects to support research in pipeline safety and water resource management.

At the Boyle campus, the Pipeline Training Centre—including a closed-loop training pipeline that simulates oil spills—is currently in its second phase of development. The Lac La Biche campus is seeing the construction of an arts and environmental centre. This facility will feature simulation labs for water and wastewater operators, as well as space for the Native Arts and Culture program along with a theatre and a museum. Meanwhile, the Food Sciences Centre in St. Paul underwent a $5-million renovation and offers culinary and baking education.

Size of school Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Residence offerings
Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students) $3,484-$4,353 $3,484-$7,000 Yes

Cool Offerings
• Aboriginal Art Certificate: A certificate program offering an opportunity to study Indigenous art alongside contemporary approaches
in a studio environment.
Natural Resources Technology: This certificate allows students to spend less time in the classroom and more time in the boreal forest to focus on issues of environmental sustainability.
Heavy Equipment Operator: A certificate program offering 40 hours of hands-on experience with dozers, graders, excavators and more. Students also learn about soils, surveying and maintenance.

Popular Programs
• College Preparation
• University Studies
• Early Learning and Childcare
• Practical Nurse
• Academic Foundations

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