NorQuest College is a publicly funded, post-secondary institution serving more than 17,000 students every year. Students can pursue certificate and diploma programs in business, health, technology, community studies as well as English Language Training and a NorQuest Bridging program. With 78 languages spoken and students from 131 countries on campus, NorQuest College clearly embodies diversity and inclusiveness.
NorQuest College, formerly Alberta Vocational College (AVC), was officially established by the Government of Alberta in 1965 with the primary objective of providing untrained and under-employed Albertans with the opportunity to develop skills required in an industrialized workforce. In 1965, AVC consisted of four academic upgrading classrooms, a space housing 60 business education students, a barber shop, a beauty culture lab, and a welding and equipment maintenance shop. There were additional programs offered at separate locations in Edmonton. These programs would all be offered under the same roof by 1971 and total student enrollment would rise to 2,300 in 1972 from 550 in 1966. New programs were developed and existing programs expanded and revised to accommodate the educational needs of an increasing student body.
The college has one Edmonton campus in downtown, and a regional campus in Wetaskiwin. There are also two correctional institute campuses in the Edmonton area: high school credit courses and non-credit personal development courses are provided to inmates at the Edmonton Remand Centre and the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre; and employment training courses are offered at the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre. Approximately 150 students are taking these courses at one time.
NorQuest College offers diplomas and certificates as well as preparatory programs. Programs are offered full-time, part-time, online, and via a hybrid of online and in-person instruction. It offers one of the largest and highly rated practical nursing programs within Canada. In addition to health, human services and business career programs, NorQuest offers adult literacy, English as a Second Language (ESL), intercultural education, Aboriginal education, academic upgrading, and learner supports for students with disabilities.
At NorQuest, students benefit from small classes, experienced and passionate faculty, and a supportive learning environment. Programs are relevant to the professional world, where many incorporate invaluable work experience opportunities so students are prepared for the competitive graduate job market. Students will also receive a hands-on Canadian experience (applied research, community service learning, co-op, field placement, practicum, observation, work experience, and volunteering).