Assiniboine Community College
Established: 1961 (Originally established as the Brandon Vocational Training Centre, the latter was renamed the Assiniboine Community College in 1969 after receiving “college status” from the Manitoba government).
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Assiniboine Community College offers vocational training programs in Agriculture and Environment, Business and Tourism, Health and Human Services, Information Technologies, and Trades. The aforementioned programs include 30 certificate and diploma offerings of 1- to 2-years in length of which 25 may be taken via distance education through correspondence, teleconference, and/or the worldwide web, 17 have a non-paid work experience component, and 9 have a co-op education opportunity. Also, the College has 8 apprenticeship programs for individuals interested in being an Agricultural Equipment Technician, Carpenter, Construction Electrician, Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic, Industrial Welder, Motor Vehicle Mechanic, Plumber, or Pork Production Technician. Through “Continuing Studies,” the College offers additional career-oriented courses and programs designed for adult learners and delivered through flexible instruction schedules such as distance learning and part-time and/or evening classes. Moreover, the College’s “Adult Learning Centre” has classes for adults who need to obtain the necessary credentials in order to be admitted to the College or pursue other interests.
Assiniboine Community College is the only institution in Manitoba responsible for training in agriculture and practical nursing. The College’s main campus is in Brandon, Manitoba with a satellite campus in Dauphin and "training sites" in Winnipeg, Neepawa, Russell and Swan River. Currently, Assiniboine Community College has almost 300 computer workstations representing the highest ratio of computers per student than any other institution of higher learning in Manitoba.