Deny the Ordinary and Join our Family at Portage College



We may not have the aesthetics of the big city, but they have something you won’t find anywhere else: the Boreal Forest and a strong sense of community. Whether you are from around the northeastern region, from other parts of the province or across Canada, the College ensures students feel right at home.

As the economy in Alberta continues to struggle, students of all ages continue to find opportunity in the North.

Natural Resources Technology – Put down roots in a rapidly growing job market

Locally, provincially and globally, the safety of the environment is a growing concern and there’s a role for you to play. Graduates of the Portage College are qualified to land a job and hit the ground running in the lumber pulp, forest protection, re-forestation and reclamation industries as well as with provincial and federal government departments. Oil and gas companies also look for trained people to manage reclamation, the re-establishment of vegetation and to monitor the environmental impact of their operations.

Aboriginal Arts Centre – Inspire your creativity and find your passion!

Portage College’s Aboriginal Arts Programs are unique in Alberta. The programs have been redesigned to have a stronger academic foundation preparing graduates for further studies at a university level or opportunities in entrepreneurial and marketing endeavors.

The College’s one-year Aboriginal Arts certificate provides students with the unique opportunity to study Aboriginal art and other types of media in a studio environment. Traditional and contemporary art practices are taught with historical significance such as: beading, carving, footwear, sewing, hide tanning and digital art.

Inspiring advance teachings and artistic ability, the Artisan Entrepreneur Diploma program takes an artist to the next level. Advance practices in traditional and contemporary art forms are taught in an environment that is geared towards students becoming their own independent artisan. Students develop skills in hide tanning, painting, drawing, carving, sewing, beadwork, footwear and decorative arts throughout the entirety of the program while learning the entrepreneurial skills needed to become a successful and independent artisan or the skills needed to work in the field of Aboriginal or visual arts.

Food Sciences Centre – Now you’re cooking!

When you get into the Food Sciences program at Portage College you’ll have all the ingredients for success in culinary arts, food processing, or the baking industry. You’ll gain the specialized skills and knowledge you need to serve up a bright future.

Programs include Baking, Culinary Arts, Institutional Cook and Pre-Employment Cooking.

Hands-on training takes place in a state-of-the-art learning facility, which houses a two line commercial kitchen, meat processing lab, bakery lab, packaging lab and a kettle lab. There is also a specialized science lab to assist with the training and future research projects.

Health and Wellness – Put care in your career

Our Health & Wellness programs offer you the opportunity to develop health care careers that can transform the lives of patients and their families. All of our programs are accredited and have outstanding graduate success.

We also offer Academic Upgrading, Business, Human Services, Social Work, Trades and Technology and University Studies.

Our Mission

To provide education, training and services to facilitate learning and development of knowledgeable, skilled citizens in a caring, supportive and dynamic college environment.

Apply Today

For a customized tour, contact Portage College at 1-866-623-5551 or attend an open house: October 5, 2016 – St. Paul Campus

October 12, 2016 – Cold Lake Campus

October 19, 2016 – Lac La Biche Campus

April 5, 2017 – St. Paul Campus

April 12, 2017 – Cold Lake Campus

April 19, 2017 – Lac La Biche Campus




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