Assiniboine Community College

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Coordinates: 49°50′26″N 99°55′07″W / 49.84056°N 99.91861°W / 49.84056; -99.91861

Assiniboine Community College
Typepublic community college
EstablishedFebruary 1961
PresidentMark Frison
Administrative staff
500 (full and part-time)
Students3,200 (full-time)
Postgraduatesnot available
Other students
40 diploma and certificate programs
1430 Victoria Avenue East Brandon
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Canada R7A 2A9
Campusurban/suburban/rural Brandon, Winnipeg, Dauphin, and Russell.
Sports teamsACC Cougars
Colourspurple      & Red     
AffiliationsCICan, CCAA, CBIE, Campus Manitoba
MascotCaccey the Cougar

Assiniboine Community College (ACC) is a community college in Manitoba, Canada. It is accredited by the Manitoba Council on Post-Secondary Education, created by the government of Manitoba.

The Victoria Avenue East campus and the Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts are located in Brandon. The Parkland Campus, a satellite campus, is located in Dauphin, and training sites are located in Winnipeg, Russell, Neepawa, Russell, Swan River, and Steinbach.

ACC offers over 30 programs in the fields of agriculture, environment, business, health and human services and trades and technology. The enabling legislation for the college is the Colleges Act.[1]


ACC offers diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs, the Manitoba Mature Student High School Diploma program, continuing education programs and contract training. The college's "educational delivery" is offered through a variety of approaches, including face-to-face, distance and online, integrated programs and blended learning .

The college is known for its delivery of practical nurse training, delivering six offerings of the Practical Nursing program in Brandon, Winnipeg and two rural Manitoba communities since 2007-08.[2]


ACC offers programs in the following faculty:

  • School of Business, Agriculture & Environment
  • School of Health & Human Services
  • School of Trades & Technology
  • Distance Education
  • Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts
  • Mature Student High School Diploma (Manitoba Grade 12)
  • English as an Additional Language (EAL)


Assiniboine Community College was established as the Brandon Vocational Training Centre, opening its doors in February 1961 with two course offerings, 24 students, and a staff of two administrative personnel and two instructors. Soon renamed the Manitoba Vocational Training Centre, it grew steadily. By 1966, a staff of six administrative personnel and 18 instructors handled 11 different program offerings with a capacity of 300 students.

On December 15, 1969, Manitoba's three vocational-technical schools entered a new phase of development when they became community colleges. The Manitoba Vocational Training Centre was renamed Assiniboine Community College, the technical college in Winnipeg became Red River Community College (later renamed Red River College), and the technical college in The Pas became Keewatin Community College (later renamed University College of the North).


Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts, built in 1923 as a Nurses' Residence.

ACC has three campuses in Brandon, Manitoba. Currently, two-thirds of the college's students body in Brandon study at the Victoria Avenue East Campus, located at 1430 Victoria Avenue East. The college also runs an Adult Collegiate located in downtown Brandon, which came into operation in the fall of 1995 and offers adult upgrading for various senior high school courses. The college's North Hill Campus in Brandon is the location of the former Brandon Mental Health Centre. This location is home to the Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts, the Len Evans Centre for Trades and Technology and the college's Sustainable Greenhouse.

ACC's Parkland Campus is located in Dauphin and offers several full-time day programs and a range of evening and off-campus courses. ACC's Winnipeg Campus is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba and offers the Practical Nursing program and continuing studies courses. The college's Russell Training Centre is located in Russell, Manitoba and offers continuing studies and contract programs and courses


Assiniboine Community College is relocating in phases from its Victoria Avenue East Campus, to what was formally called the Brandon Mental Health Centre on the North Hill. The second phase of this relocation has seen the trades programming moved to the new campus at the Len Evans Centre for Trades & Technology as of September 2010. The third phase will complete the move by relocating the remainder of Brandon-based programming into the Parkland building on the site.

Board of Governors[edit]

ACC is governed by a Board of Governors as legislated in the Colleges and Consequential Amendments Act of the Province of Manitoba, Canada. The board is responsible to the Minister of Advanced Education and governors are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. The ACC Board of Governors considers itself to be a policy board and has adopted a governing style that emphasizes outward vision, encourages diversity, provides strategic leadership and that clearly distinguishes between the work of the board and college staff. The Board is responsible for establishing college policy, developing the long-range vision and mission statement, ensuring effective and efficient management of resources, and maintaining communication with the community the college serves.

Members of the ACC Board of Governors as of July 2017 include:[3]

Jeff Harwood, Chair Heather Dodds, Vice-Chairperson
Jack Ewatski Johanne Ross
Kelly Wilson Harvey Laluk
Jamie Robinson Anneliesea Parkinson
Carla Milne


Assiniboine Community College joined Project Hero, a scholarship program cofounded by General (Ret'd) Rick Hillier for the families of fallen Canadian Forces members.[4]

The Government of Canada sponsors an Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool that lists over 680 scholarships, bursaries, and other incentives offered by universities, governments, and industry to support Aboriginal post-secondary participation. Assiniboine Community College scholarships for Aboriginal, First Nations and Métis students include: Employment Equity Education Awards; Manitoba Hydro Second Year to Final Year Engineering Technology Bursary.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Colleges Act
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-05-26. Retrieved 2008-06-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2011-02-20.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Project Hero
  5. ^ Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool

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