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Alberta spending $21.6M to upgrade Northern Lakes College

The $21.6 million includes $882,000 for planning and $20.6 million to construct the consolidated High Prairie campus.


The development of a new, centralized High Prairie facility will accommodate 250 students, address future growth plans, meet employment demands in the region and increase campus energy efficiency.

Northern Lakes College serves a region of 164,000 sq. km., and more than 50 communities including 15 First Nations and four Mètis Settlements. The college currently has two locations in High Prairie.

“Investing in modern and efficient infrastructure is vital to the long-term success of Alberta’s students and our province. Our government supports Northern Lakes College’s efforts to plan for the future and ensure students continue to have access to modern learning spaces and resources for years to come,” said Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education in a media release.

The $21.6 million includes $882,000 for planning and $20.6 million to construct the consolidated High Prairie campus which will serve students in the nursing and trades programs and accommodate future student growth.

The creation of a single facility will reduce the campus environmental footprint and energy consumption and provide students with more accessible and efficient learning spaces.

The Northern Lakes College project is one of 11 capital and planning projects for Alberta’s post-secondary system over the next four years. The province will invest $734 million in these projects by 2020-21, plus an additional $676 million for capital maintenance and renewal.