Post Secondary Education

Grande Prairie Regional College

Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) is the exclusive post-secondary institution located in Grande Prairie.

As a comprehensive community institution, GPRC is dedicated to being responsive to the needs expressed by the communities it serves.

GPRC offers a wide-variety of programming including university transfer, diploma and certificate programs; apprenticeship and pre-employment trades training; and adult high school equivalency completion. Many professional development programs are available such as pre-employment programming, skills development, safety training and community interest courses. In addition, a selection of online courses are available for self-directed learning. 

University Transfer Courses

  • Arts
  • Commerce
  • Computing Science
  • Computing and Information Systems
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Fine Arts
  • Kinesiology
  • Management/ Commerce
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Open Studies
  • Recreation, Sports and Tourism
  • Science 
  • Social Work

Diploma and Certificate Programs

  • Aboriginal Administration
  • Animal Health Technology
  • Computer Systems Technology
  • Dental Office Clerk
  • Educational Assistant
  • Harley- Davidson Technician
  • Motorcycle Mechanic
  • Office Administration
  • Perioperative Nursing Post-RN
  • Power Engineering
  • Unit Clerk
  • Welding

Online/ Regionally Delivered Programs

  • Academic Upgrading
  • Co-operative Trades Orientation
  • Early Learning and Child Care
  • Perioperative Nursing
  • Business Administration
  • Office Administration
  • Unit Clerk

Apprenticeship Programs 

  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Carpenter
  • Instrumentation and Control Technician
  • Electrician
  • Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
  • Heavy Equipment Technician
  • Motorcycle Mechanic
  • Parts Technician
  • Plumber
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Steamfitter/Pipefitter
  • Welder
  • Welder-Wire Process Operator

Continuing Education 

  • Business Training
    • Bookkeeping
    • ColourSpectrums
    • Pace Workshops
    • Personal/Professional Development
    • Project Management
  • Certificate Programs
    • Administrative Professional
    • Business Management
    • Natural Resources
    • Petroleum Industry
    • Project Management
    • Sales and Marketing
    • Supply Chain Industry
    • Tourism Industry
  • Computer Training
    • Computerized Accounting
    • Drafting
    • Microsoft Office Programs
  • General Interest Courses
  • Online Courses
    • Career Development
    • Personal Development
    • Supervisors and Managers
    • Workplace Essnetials
  • Professional Driver Training
    • Class 1 and 3 Professional Driver Training
    • Online Driving Courses
    • Class 6 Motorcycle Training
  • Safety Training
    • Enform
    • Equipment Operator Training
    • First Aid Training
    • Industrial Safety and Certification
    • Master Electrician
    • Online Safety Training

GPRC has many features to make your student life experience an enjoyable one, and to make you feel right at home during your studies. This include a fitness centre and Student Wellness programs and services, a climbing gym, Educational Ambassadors to assist new and future students, the College and Community Health Centre, an On-Campus Friendship Centre for Indigenous students and much, much more!

The institution is also home to GPRC Research and Innovation which funds and supports student-led community projects. GPRC R&I partners with other collaborators to connect industry and the community with the diverse knowledge, skills and experiences of GPRC faculty and students. 

Students at GPRC are represented by the Students' Association of Grande Prairie Regional College (SAGPRC) who work to improve the student life by:

  • Providing unique services such as health and dental insurance and peer counselling
  • Operating Howlers Lounge
  • Hosting a variety of student-centered events
  • Advocating for student needs to GPRC staff and administration and government

For information on applications, fees and student aid, visit their website or book an appointment with a student advisor. 

Contact the Windmill Micro Lending to see if you qualify for financial assistance in the following areas:

  • Short-term (two years or less) training
  • Exam fees with a professional governing association
  • Travel expenses to write an exam
  • Qualification assessments
  • Professional association fees
  • Books and course materials
  • English or French language courses specific to employment
  • Living allowance during study time
  • Other related expenses

Other Institutions

Many post-secondary education institutions across Canada offer distance or online learning in academic and professional programs. These options provide flexible and self-paced options to help you complete your education on your own terms and balanced with your other priorities. 

Here are a couple key institutions within Alberta:

  • Athabasca University
    • offers 850 courses in 55 undergraduate and graduate programs
    • holds 350 collaborative agreements with other post-secondary institutions to provide greater learning opportunities
    • diverse and experienced faculty and staff
  • Northern Lakes College
    • offers a Continuing Education department with a variety of courses
    • affordable, self-paced professional and general interest training opportunities
  • Mayfair Business College
    • offers administrative, clerical and general office skills training


Scenic shot of outside of college in winter