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NorQuest College is a publicly funded community college in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The student body is approximately 10,500 full-time or part-time credit students, and approximately 5,400 non-credit or continuing education students. Approximately 1,000 students graduate each year.
|Alberta Vocational College|
|President||Jodi L. Abbott|
10,439 credit, 5,012 full-time equivalent
10215 108 Street NW,
|Campus||Urban/suburban/remote (downtown, Westmount), Drayton Valley, Wetaskiwin, Whitecourt|
|Affiliations||ACCC, CCAA, AACTI, CBIE|
NorQuest College is a member of the Alberta Rural Development Network.
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. With government plans to construct a central downtown site for the college in 1970, 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.
NorQuest College became board governed in 1998 and operates under the authority of the Post-secondary Learning Act and is responsible to the Minister of Advanced Education and Technology. The board has 14 members.
The college has two Edmonton campuses (Main campus in downtown and Westmount), and three regional campuses (one in each of Drayton Valley, Wetaskiwin, and Whitecourt). 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. NorQuest College 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.
- "NorQuest by the Numbers (2015-16)" (PDF). NorQuest College. January 2017. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
- "Governance". NorQuest College. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
- "College Directory". NorQuest College. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
- "Correctional Campuses". NorQuest College. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
- NorQuest College. "College facts" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-03-03.[dead link]