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Portage College

Portage College was established more than 50 years ago, and we’re proud to say we’ve changed the lives of many people. We offer over 30 certificate and diploma programs to give students the ability to choose their own path through education. With excellent faculty and small, intimate class sizes, we ensure you feel like a part of our communities. Come journey with us to take your life in the direction you choose. Portage boasts seven campus locations, which are strategically located throughout the region.

With over 30 different programs and areas of specialization, Portage College has the right pathway to your career success. We strive to offer you an educational experience that is personal, unique and flexible. Whether you're looking to start a University degree or thinking of a hands-on practical career in the Trades, we have you covered.

We are no ordinary College. Check out the Portage College Viewbook.

We are Portage College, where adventure meets passion and transcends the classroom in an environment that is as unique and diverse as you.

Campus Locations

With seven unique campus locations spread across northern Alberta, your journey to adventure starts here. Discover your future with over 30 different certificate and diploma programs and several online learning options. Deny the ordinary at Portage College.

Watch our award winning 360 virtual reality video here!

Campus Tours

We understand that selecting a college that's right for you is a big decision. While COVID-19 is preventing us from offering in-person and customized campus tours, we have produced a series of videos to familiarize you with our campuses and accommodations. We look forward to being able to host in-person tours in the future.  View our tours here!

Student Services

Portage College is pleased to offer you a wide range of services along with opportunities for funding your education.

Check out the Student Handbook for services, policies and procedures, grading system and more.

Continuing Education & Faculty of Extension

Whether you are looking to take your career to the next level or just pursuing a personal interest, the Continuing Education team is passionate about helping you succeed.

If you or your organization requires a one-day workshop, training courses or an in-depth program, you can count on us. We offer educational expertise and flexible training solutions to meet all of your individual and business needs. We offer training at our campuses and we can also bring it to business and community through customized training.

For more information on courses, times and schedules call 780-623-5631 or toll free at 1-888-745-0719.

The Canada-Alberta Job Grant is a funding program where employers and government share the cost of training for new and existing employees.


In 1968, Alberta NewStart was established in Lac La Biche as part of the federal government's initiative to research basic adult education. NewStart offered instruction in areas as diverse as academic upgrading, trapping, wild fur management, and oilfield management. However, in the winter of 1970 the government decided to close the facility and cease the research. A group of Indigenous students faced with the pending closure of their school decided to challenge the government by staging a twenty-six day sit-in. The group was successful, and the government awarded a grant to continue the NewStart program. The school took on a new name "Pe-Ta-Pun" meaning "New Dawn."

In 1973, the federal government once again stopped funding the program. This time, however, the Alberta government took over the program, reopening it as the province's fifth Alberta Vocational Centre (AVC). From 1973 to 1980 programs and services expanded to include community based programs. In 1980, the Minister of Advanced Education and Manpower announced plans to replace AVC's temporary facilities with a new campus, which was opened in 1985. A Board of Governors was established for the College in 1998 and the following year the Minister of Advanced Education and Career Development approved a change of name to "Portage College."

From these humble beginnings the College has steadily grown to the successful institution it is today. Portage College offers over forty certificate and diploma programs and has campuses or learning locations in the communities of: Boyle, Cold Lake, Frog Lake, Lac La Biche, Saddle Lake, St. Paul and Whitefish Lake.

Voyageurs Athletics

Check out the official website of Portage College Voyageurs Athletics here!  




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