NorQuest College

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NorQuest College
Former names
Alberta Vocational College
Established 1965
Type Community college
Chairman Flynn Faulder
President Jodi L. Abbott
Students 8,500[1]
4,500 full-time equivalent
Location Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
53°32′36″N 113°30′23″W / 53.54334°N 113.50650°W / 53.54334; -113.50650Coordinates: 53°32′36″N 113°30′23″W / 53.54334°N 113.50650°W / 53.54334; -113.50650
Campus Urban/suburban/remote (downtown, Westmount), Stony Plain, Wetaskiwin
Affiliations ACCC, CCAA, AACTI, CBIE
Website NorQuest College

NorQuest College is a publicly funded community college in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The student body numbers approximately 10,200 annually throughout the province in full-time, part-time, and regional programs.[1] More than 2,000 students graduate each year.

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.[citation needed]


The college has seven campuses, two in Edmonton (downtown and Westmount), one in Drayton Valley, one in Stony Plain, one in Westlock, one in Whitecourt, and one in Wetaskiwin.

Through its distance learning network, the college reaches over 200 communities in Canada, from British Columbia to Nova Scotia.[2]


NorQuest College offers career 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. 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.

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  1. ^ a b NorQuest By The Numbers. "NorQuest College" (PDF). Retrieved January 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ NorQuest College. "College facts" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-03-03. [dead link]

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