Post-Secondary Education

The Alberta HUB region boasts three exceptional post-secondary educational institutions: Lakeland College, Portage College and University Blue Quills (UnBQ). Explore our Interactive Map for College/University locations, Fact Sheets and websites.

Lakeland College

Lakeland College, with campuses in Vermilion and Lloydminster, is Canada’s first interprovincial public college (Alberta-Saskatchewan) that prepares students to enter the workforce, advance their careers or further their education.  The College offers over 65 certificate or diploma programs in the areas of academic upgrading, agricultural sciences, apprenticeship and pre-employment trades training, business, emergency services and public safety, energy, environmental sciences, health and wellness, human services, interior design technology, tourism and university transfer.

Some notable attributes of the College include:

  • The College celebrates over 100 years of offering quality education.
  • One of the largest college-operated farms is located on the Vermilion campus.
  • Alberta’s only veterinary medical assistant program is offered through the College.
  • The College specializes in integrated emergency response, prevention and leadership training.
  • Certifications in commercial pesticide application and dispensing in Alberta can only be gained through Lakeland College.

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Portage College

Portage College has campuses in Boyle, Cold Lake, Frog Lake, Goodfish Lake, Lac La Biche, Saddle Lake and St. Paul. The College offers more than 40 certificates and diploma programs in Academics in Career and Development; Business; Continuing Education; Environmental Studies; Food Sciences; Health and Wellness; Human Services; Native Arts and Culture; Trades and Technical; and University Studies. Many programs are offered through a variety of electronic learning options such as on-line and video conferencing, allowing accessibility to students in remote rural areas.

Applied Research

Portage College secured designation by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada that allows Portage students and faculty to conduct applied scientific research focused on environmental, scientific and engineering-based studies. Developing research capacity at the College further strengthens the region’s economy and provides another avenue of collaboration with industry and stakeholders.

Research will be conducted in alignment with the College’s three newest centres of specialization – the Water Management Centre in Lac La Biche; the Food Sciences Centre in St. Paul; and the Pipeline Training Centre in Boyle. Read more about Applied Research at Portage College.

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The University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills (UnBQ), located west of St. Paul on Highway 29, is a locally managed Indigenous Education Centre serving the academic and training needs of people of all cultures. Programs include Cree Language, Early Childhood Development, Health Sciences, Indigenous Artists, and Information Technology and Support.

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