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NorQuest College

For more than 50 years, NorQuest College has helped learners from all walks of life reach their educational goals. We offer learning that transforms lives and strengthens communities. Our growth over the last five decades reflects upon who we are today: the Edmonton region’s community college.

Approximately 900 faculty and staff serve our diverse student population of more than 21,000 learners representing 114 different countries. Our learning opportunities range from foundational education (English skills and Academic Upgrading), to career-related paths in health, community studies, and business, to continuing education and custom training. By collaborating with business, industry, government, and communities, we ensure our post-secondary education is necessary and workforce relevant. Now and in the future, we are a college of choice, and a key player in Alberta’s economy.

We are making disruptive strides, both in the impact we make to our learners and to the community. A study conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International indicates that NorQuest College added $471.4 million of total income to Edmonton’s regional economy in 2016–2017, which is equivalent to supporting 5,707 jobs in the region. Our tremendous growth, community impact, and unique partnerships with business and industry shows that NorQuest College is recognized and valued for providing education that leads to a brighter future.

Fast Facts

  • 60% are born outside Canada
  • 64% are age 25 and older
  • 71% are female
  • Students and Staff speak over 70 different languages on campus
  • Construction is underway for The Singhmar Centre for Learning. A LEED Silver 22,500 m², four-storey building. It features more classrooms, labs, a daycare, a new library, and student space

Our programs include:

We offer a wide range of workforce-relevant certificate, diploma, graduate certificate, and continuing education programs in Health, Community Studies, Business, Environment and Technology, English Language Training, and Open Studies.

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Our research specialization:

  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Social Innovation with traditionally marginalized communities
  • Continuing Care
  • Participatory community-based research
  • Newcomer language acquisition and settlement

Campuses

4

Enrolment

  • 21162

    Total number of students
  • 1763

    International
  • 831

    Indigenous

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Contribute to our Community

NorQuest College continues to adapt to the changing demands of business and industry, and the changing needs of our students by equipping people with skills and the confidence to succeed in Alberta. In support of our learners and Campus Alberta. NorQuest provides the following opportunities: High-quality and workforce relevant learning opportunities Inclusive and outstanding learning environment Flexible learning pathways Regional Stewardship Efficient and Effective Service.

Foster Student Success

Emily Kabat

NorQuest College student Emily Kabat always knew she wanted a career as a health professional. “I really like working in health care,” says the 18 year old second year Physical Therapy Assistant student, who recently won the 2013 Student Award from the Therapy Assistant Association of Alberta. I chose NorQuest because you are set up to get right into the career you want,” she adds. “All of the programs are so career-ready.” “I really like the idea of having small class sizes and having that close relationship with the instructor,” says Kabat. “You are not just a number at NorQuest.” In Kabat’s case, she came to NorQuest right out of high school. “It has been an exciting journey so far,” she says. “And it is so cool that when I graduate in the spring I will be working in my chosen field at such a young age.” Learn more.

Kadrush Radogoshi

“My goal is to be integrated fully into the literary world of Canada and to publish in English,” says Radogoshi. The NorQuest College English as a Second Language (ESL) student has done very well adjusting to Canada since arriving from Kosovo in 2010. In his native languages Radagoshi has penned works in all genres including poetry collections, literary criticisms, short stories, essays, fiction and non-fiction, and one play. In 1982, while working as a high school teacher in his home country, he was imprisoned and for 18 years wasn’t allowed to teach due to his political views Now, living in a country where freedom of speech is encouraged, Radogoshi is eager to write new stories and to republish his existing works for a new audience. “My English is from NorQuest and everything I learned I have learned here. NorQuest has helped me a lot.” Learn more.

Lincoln Nanaquawetung

Lincoln came to NorQuest after being out of school for more than 12 years and suffering through significant vision loss. In life there were many obstacles and barriers that were presented before him, in spite of that Lincoln excelled at NorQuest. After being assessed for assistive technology, Lincoln enrolled in the academic upgrading and completed all prerequisites required for the social work diploma program at NorQuest. The strongest and most poignant attribute that gained from his experience at NorQuest? “My confidence,” he adds “At each level of my education at NorQuest, academic upgrading, open studies, and the social work program, I felt my confidence grow each term.” Lincoln quickly became a leader amongst students and was “For this, I will always be grateful to NorQuest for providing me with the opportunity to grow as an individual and find my calling in life”.

Partner with Business and Community

Industry

  • Hospitality and service
  • Environment and energy
  • Health and community support services
  • Transportation and logistics
  • Finance and Business

Community

Regional Stewardship: NorQuest engages communities, supports and enhances existing adult learning activity, builds partnerships with community stakeholders, and creates and maintains regional advisory structures to determine and report on community learning needs RBC Aboriginal Mentorship Program Beyond prospective and current Aboriginal specific services, supports, and spaces, NorQuest’s RBC Aboriginal Mentorship program has had tremendous success hosting several campus events, and has grown to more than 40 students mentors and mentees. Alberta Aboriginal Construction Careers Centre The AACCC is a collaborative project between NorQuest, Bow Valley College, the Government of Alberta and the private sector. An inclusive training environment, these facilities provide proactive supports and career services.

Support Indigenous Students

“NorQuest College provides learners with a complete education that attempts to balance strong academic foundations with Aboriginal culture. Our inclusive approach supports the diversity of our learner population, preparing graduates for work in a wide range of environments, including Aboriginal communities. We do this through a range of Aboriginal support services including Aboriginal Elders on campus, an Aboriginal Ceremonial Room, Aboriginal Student Support Services and Elder support, a dedicated Aboriginal Student Advisors and an Aboriginal educational counselor. We also have the RBC Aboriginal Mentorship Program. Further, following the Truth and Reconciliation Commission outcomes we are presently undertaking three major indigenization projects: 1) Indigenization of the Social Work Program 2) Decolonizing Social Work Dialogues 3) Development & Launch of a Renewed Indigenization Strategy”.

Programs & Services of Interest

Date modified: 2021-12-10