Northwestern Polytechnic

Founded 1966 | Grande Prairie, AB

Northwestern Polytechnic (formerly Grande Prairie Regional College) reflects the entrepreneurial energy of the region it represents. Established as a college more than five decades ago, the institution received its polytechnic designation in 2021. With campuses in Grande Prairie and Fairview, the institution serves students from across Alberta, Canada and the world. Students pursue a wide variety of credentials, ranging from certificates and diplomas to degrees. 

The degree programs are offered in collaboration with other institutions and include nursing, social work, education and business administration. NWP also offers a dual-credit program, giving high school students the chance to complete college credits as early as Grade 11.

There are four schools at NWP, each devoted to specific areas of learning: applied science and technology, health and education, skilled trades and business. The institution is also home to the National Bee Diagnostic Centre, an advanced genetics microbiology lab where students study honeybee pests, pathogens and parasites, and also research clean technologies, animal health and social innovation.

The school’s support for Indigenous students includes an on-campus Friendship Centre, an Elder-in-residence program, an Indigenous liaison coordinator and a student group that facilitates cultural and social activities.

Popular Programs

• Early Learning and Child Care Certificate

• Business Administration Certificate

• University Transfer: Bachelor of Science in Nursing

• University Transfer: Bachelor of Arts

School Size



• Degree $5,704-$8,238

• Diploma $5,257-$9,608

• Certificate $3,341-$8,615

Residence Offerings


Cool Options

• Harley-Davidson Technician: The only authorized training centre in Canada for Harley-Davidson, this 15-week program trains technicians to work at authorized Harley-Davidson retailers across the country.

• ThinkBIG Service Technician: Over two years, students gain globally recognized hands-on training and advanced technical knowledge to service Caterpillar heavy equipment.

• Animal Health Technology: Designed for students interested in becoming veterinary technologists working in association with practicing veterinarians, this program takes advantage of the campus’s on-site working farm and AHT animal hospital. Students complete a clinical practicum during their final semester.