For more than 50 years, Northern Lakes College has provided world-class education opportunities in north central Alberta so students can access the skills and training they need to build successful careers close to home.

To ensure students are learning in a comfortable, safe and modern environment, Alberta’s government is investing $1.9 million to upgrade HVAC systems and improve students’ learning experiences at Northern Lakes College.

“Investing in local communities encourages students to stay close to home while they develop the skills, knowledge and competencies they need for the most in-demand jobs. It also benefits the local economy, as students graduate and use their talents to continue building strong and prosperous communities.”

Rajan Sawhney, Minister of Advanced Education

Alberta’s government is also providing more than $250,000 in a one-time grant to support the start-up of the pre-employment plumber program at Northern Lakes College. The 16-week program will help students build their skills and prepare to become an apprentice plumber. Students will learn to use tools and equipment in an industry setting. Instruction in plumbing and gas theory, blueprint reading, sketching and a practicum will help them prepare to enter a plumber apprenticeship.

“Northern Lakes College is pleased with the support provided by the Government of Alberta helping to ensure the college continues to offer quality education programs and services which enable students to continue their education, improve their employment opportunities and enhance their quality of life.”

Glenn Mitchell, president & CEO, Northern Lakes College

Quick facts

  • Northern Lakes College serves a region of 164,000 square kilometres with campuses or community access points in 25 communities, including 15 First Nations and four Metis Settlements.
  • Budget 2023 investments at Northern Lakes College:
    • $429,090 to create 60 seats in the post-licensed practical nurse Bachelor of Nursing program
    • $569,777 to support apprenticeship programs
    • $1,920,000 to upgrade heating, ventilation, air conditioning and climate control systems and relocate the utilities services.
    • Total: $2.9 million
  • Budget 2023 investments in northeast Alberta (Athabasca University, Keyano College, Northern Lakes College and Portage College):
    • Targeted enrolment expansion – $3.1 million to create 669 seats in high-demand programs
    • Apprenticeship funding – $2.1 million to support seats for apprentices
    • Additional project-specific capital maintenance and renewal funding – $9.7 million to update campus facilities and improve the overall student experience
    • Total: $14,968,759