Collège nordique francophone
Founded 2011 | Yellowknife, NT
Collège nordique francophone is the only post-secondary and continuing education institution north of the 60th parallel to offer professional training in French. The school was launched by the Fédération franco-ténoise, an organization that supports French speakers in the Northwest Territories.
The programs at Collège nordique francophone train people for jobs that are in high demand in the region: business administration, tourism management, early childhood education and special education.
Through distance learning, students can complete diploma and certificate programs offered at other colleges and universities across Canada without leaving the North. At the campus in downtown Yellowknife, students can use the school computers to participate in classroom discussions happening in other locations or to complete coursework. Tuition varies depending on the program and its school of origin.
The school offers courses in multiple languages, including English, French and Spanish. It also has specialized programs for public servants and hosts workshops on a wide range of topics such as medicinal plants and Mexican cooking.
With a close-knit community of just 306 students, Collège nordique francophone prides itself on its northern character and mandate to promote the cultural and linguistic diversity of the region. The school also offers language programming and educational workshops that have a local flavour. These include a culture-focused course in one of the 11 official languages of the Northwest Territories.
• Français langue seconde
• Anglais langue seconde
• Éducation en services à l’enfance
• Aide pédagogique spécialisé
• Specialized Teaching Aide: Students prepare to become specialists in the elementary and secondary education of students with special needs and learn how to help children thrive in their communities.
• Tłı̨chǫ: Tłı̨chǫ-language students learn pronunciation and sentence structure through storytelling and pair up with Indigenous Elders for a unique cultural and intergenerational learning experience.