College of the North Atlantic
Established: 1997 (Formed through a merger of the independently administered and operated community colleges in Newfoundland and Labrador).
Number of Students
Upwards of 20,000.
Offered at the College of the North Atlantic are in excess of 90 academic and vocational training programs complemented with over 300 part-time courses in Academic/Access and English as a Foreign Language, Applied Arts, Applied Research and Innovation, Business Studies, Engineering Technology, Health Sciences, Industrial Trades, Information Technology, and Natural Resources. The College has 8 co-op options in Electrical Engineering Technology (Power and Controls), Electronics (Computers and Information Technology), Environmental Technology, Geomatics Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Programmer Analyst in Business, and Programmer Analyst in Database Development. Through its Distributed Learning Service, the College provides over 200 distance education courses for general interest or professional development, for-credit or non-credit; these courses involve students using the worldwide web and telecommunications technology to learn.
According to Newfoundland and Labrador's Department of Education's “CareerSearch” research, graduates from the College of the North Atlantic are more likely to find high-paying employment in some aspect of their respective fields of study than those from other post-secondary institutions. The College maintains the lowest tuition fees of any post-secondary institution in the Maritimes and it has 17 campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador a 1 in the country of Qatar.