Northwestern Polytechnic (NWP), previously known as Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC), was established in
1966 with Dr. Henry Anderson as Dean. The institution expanded in 2009 by taking over the administration of
Fairview College and currently operates campuses in Grande Prairie and Fairview, Alberta.
Our institution is Alberta's newest polytechnic and offers something for everyone. NWP features degree,
university transfer, diploma and certificate programs, as well as apprenticeship and pre-employment trades
training, adult high school equivalency completion and continuing education courses. NWP is also proud to host
UNBC’s Master of Business Administration on our Grande Prairie campus. Credit programs are diverse
and include the areas of Liberal Arts, Science, Education, Physical Education, Nursing, Human Services, Fine
Arts, Business, Technology, Academic Upgrading, Trades and Technical training, Agriculture and Environmental
The highly-qualified faculty, affordable tuition, small classes, and generous scholarship and awards program
attract students from across Alberta. We also welcome international students from as far away as Zimbabwe.
Collaborative partnerships with other institutions are ongoing and provide programming that rapidly and
effectively meets the varied needs of our learners.
The institution is responsive to community and industry demand for specific training by providing customized
non-credit pre-employment programming, skills development, safety training, and community interest courses.
Located in northwestern Alberta, Northwestern Polytechnic helps meet the cultural, recreational, athletic, and
conferencing needs by partnering with community and regional stakeholders. In Grande Prairie, the institution
offers sports, music, art, and science summer camps; and the Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre hosts
various concerts, community music festivals, dance recitals, speakers' series, and industrial seminars.
Northwestern Polytechnic strongly encourages and supports applied research and innovative scholarly activities
that complement and enhance teaching and learning in program areas and within industry sectors where its
academic expertise enables such a contribution.
We strive to provide learners with access to high-quality and diverse lifelong learning opportunities, as well as
responsible educational, fiscal, and environmental stewardship of resources. In addition, we are a comprehensive
community institution, publicly supported to provide opportunities in post-secondary education in northwestern
Alberta and operate under the Post-Secondary Learning Act and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Province of
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