Assiniboine Community College
Assiniboine Community College has provided exceptional learning experiences for 60 years.
For staff and students alike, Assiniboine offers unparalleled learning environments and responds well to the demands and requirements of the Manitoba labour market. Here, instructors follow the philosophy of ‘learn by doing,’ combining theory with hands-on learning inside classrooms, labs, kitchens, shops, fields and the college’s sustainable greenhouse. We are an accredited college with the Province of Manitoba.
Safe, affordable, hands-on learning.
For 60 years, Learn by Doing has been at the heart of how Assiniboine approaches education. Our priority continues to be upholding safe campus environments to welcome and support students, keeping them interested in their studies through applied learning.
Learn by Doing—This isn’t just our motto; it’s our educational philosophy. We provide exceptional learning experiences and many times that means taking you outside of a traditional classroom. Whether you’re growing plants in our sustainable greenhouse or creating a meal in our teaching kitchen, we’ll make sure you get the hands-on experience you need so you’re fully prepared for your future. Our programs are designed to connect you with industries and communities for real-world experience and networking.
Our small class sizes give you the opportunity to work closely with instructors and get to know your classmates.
We immerse you in real-life situations and encourage you to spend more time away from the textbooks. Our college knows everyday skills and experiences are important. That’s why our programs connect you with industries and communities through projects, conferences, cooperative work placements and practicums. All of this prepares you for a meaningful and interesting career.
Where is Assiniboine located?
Assiniboine has campuses across Manitoba, including Brandon, Winnipeg, Dauphin and Portage la Prairie.
Our Victoria Avenue East and North Hill campuses, both located in Brandon, offer access to state-of-the-art learning spaces such as a contemporary teaching kitchen for Culinary Arts students, a sustainable greenhouse for food production students, soil and growth chamber labs for agriculture and environment students, and an interactive HOLO simulation suite for nursing students. Computer labs, libraries, and cafeterias are also located at these campuses. There is also a partnership with Brandon University and Assiniboine students are welcome at their residences.
Ideally placed in the central location of Dauphin, our Parkland campus serves communities across the region. We welcome full- and part-time students to this vibrant campus that features a contemporary trades shop, health care training lab, enhanced student lounge and early learning centre.
The Winnipeg campus, situated in the province’s capital city, offers Assiniboine’s Practical Nursing program and various Continuing Studies courses. You’ll also find nursing program offerings at our Portage campus, located in Southport, just outside of Portage la Prairie.
What type of programs does Assiniboine offer?
Assiniboine offers more than 50 certificate, diploma and post-graduate programs that prepare graduates to be ready to step into careers with the confidence and skills to succeed. Certificates are programs that typically take less than one year to complete, and diplomas are two-year programs. Advanced diplomas require a prior post-secondary credential and generally take eight months or less to complete.
Assiniboine also offers adult learning and upgrading. Open the door to a world of careers by upgrading your skills, completing your high school diploma, or entering into one of our integrated programs. We offer several courses that are integrated with a college program, meaning you earn your high school diploma and a college certificate at the same time!
Take courses to suit your schedule! We have both day and evening classes and two intakes a year at our Centre for Adult Learning at our Victoria Avenue East campus in Brandon and at our Parkland campus in Dauphin.
A personalized education plan is developed individually with each student to address your specific needs and future goals.
What are the program areas offered at Assiniboine?
Assiniboine offers a variety of program interest areas:
- Agriculture and Environment
- Business and Office
- Food and Hospitality
- Human Services
- Media and Technology
- Adult learning and upgrading for post-secondary
- English Language Training
To view all of our program offerings, visit our program search page.
What are my study options at Assiniboine?
Assiniboine is flexible and enables you to choose the program and its delivery method that fits you best. Whether you want to study full or part-time, by distance or in-class, in an urban centre or in your community, we have you covered. Visit our distance education page to learn more.
Continuing Studies at Assiniboine also offers a variety of programs and courses to enhance job-specific and soft skills.
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Do you have financial aid and awards available?
Don’t let the cost of education hold you back. Everyone should consider applying for financial aid—chances are you’re eligible for some support. You can receive funding from more than one source, including scholarships and bursaries, government financial aid, and other funding opportunities.
Approximately $600,000 in scholarships and awards is available to Assiniboine students each year. This includes entrance awards for first-year students, as well as bridging awards for second-year students. To find and apply for scholarships and bursaries, and for applicable deadlines and timelines, please visit our Financial Aid and Awards page and use our online awards search tool.
Additionally, we offer free online, 45-minute information sessions on Financial Aid & Awards. This session will help you explore the various funding options available to you. To view the upcoming schedule and register, click here.
What student supports do you offer?
Assiniboine helps students achieve success by providing guidance, support, and assistance wherever needed. We strive to provide a warm and friendly environment where students feel comfortable raising questions or concerns.
Student success advisors are available at all campuses. Their goal is to help students achieve success at Assiniboine by listening, providing information, and assisting in finding solutions to problems, or to refer to an appropriate agency or business service.
Our Learning Curve’s learning strategists and educational assistants support you to find effective ways of learning. We encourage active learning and collaborate with you to find strategies that make sense in your life. We provide referrals to student success advisors, the library and other resources as you work towards meeting your academic goals.
Do you have Indigenous-specific supports?
Yes, the Indigenous Affairs team at Assiniboine offers a wide-range of support and services to assist students along their post-secondary journey. They aim to provide guidance to First Nation, Métis and Inuit students from a holistic perspective to support their academic goals. A resource for all students and faculty, Indigenous Affairs supports the college community in its efforts to acquire a true understanding of Indigenous cultures and ways of knowing.
Assiniboine Cultural Centres provide comfortable, welcoming environments for students to relax and mingle. Individuals from all cultural backgrounds are welcome. It is an ideal place to visit with Elders, Knowledge Keepers, the Indigenous Affairs team and fellow students, study, or relax between or after classes. Check the bulletin boards in the centres or Indigenous Affairs Facebook group for upcoming community and college events.
Visiting Elders and Knowledge Keepers are available at all Brandon campuses for traditional knowledge and teachings. Meeting with an Elder may be as informal as a casual visit or can include cultural or spiritual teachings and guidance at your request.
The Indigenous Peer Mentoring Program pairs new and returning Indigenous students to meet for a few hours each month to support positive connections and student success. Participate in activities such as one-on-one and group mentoring sessions, cultural events, study groups and sharing circles. Meet new people, navigate and access college and community supports, build communication and relationship skills, and help other students embrace their culture.
Looking for additional resources? Check out Assiniboine’s Indigenous Student Guide.
Do you have an athletics program?
Yes, Assiniboine has the Assiniboine Cougars athletics program!
Cougar men’s and women’s volleyball, soccer and futsal teams play in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference against other post-secondary schools in the province. Our women’s hockey team plays in the American Collegiate Hockey Association against schools in the Northern United States.
You must be a full-time student at Assiniboine to play for the Cougars. Assiniboine provides travel, meals, accommodations and clothing to our student athletes.
Do you accept international students?
We welcome more than 500 international students from over 20 countries each year!
Many of Assiniboine’s programs are open to international students. We are a Designated Learning Institution with Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Assiniboine students are nationally recognized for their academic achievements and leadership qualities.
Our programs encompass a range of disciplines including food and hospitality, business, agriculture and environment, health care, human services, and skilled trades. Each of these programs embodies our philosophy of hands-on education supported by classroom learning.
How do I apply?
Assiniboine accepts applications up to one year in advance of a program’s start date. While there is no application deadline for most programs, we do encourage early application to ensure you have secured your spot in a program as many fill quickly.
Additionally, all programs have admission requirements. To ensure you meet the requirements, visit the Admissions tab on the program’s webpage. This tab will itemize each requirement and may also have further checklists for you to complete.
Want to learn more about our programs, get a feel for our campuses with a tour, or receive hard-copy information in the mail? Discover everything Assiniboine has to offer with this one-stop shop!
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Our recruitment team is always happy to chat with you about college life. Even if you don’t know the questions to ask…we do. We understand that going to school is about more than just registering for courses and buying textbooks, and we can help guide you along the way. Start the conversation today.
Thank you for taking the time to explore Assiniboine. We look forward to connecting with you soon!