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Lakeland College first opened on November 17th, 1913, under the original name of Vermilion School of Agriculture. It was born after the Vermilion Board of Trade lobbied the provincial government for a school specializing in agriculture. It would later become the third post-secondary institution in Alberta. It was retitled Vermilion Agricultural & Vocational College in 1963, Vermilion College in 1970, and Lakeland College in 1975. Lakeland College is a publicly funded institution that counts on two campuses in Alberta. It’s the only inter-provincial college in Canada since it serves Alberta and Saskatchewan residents as well.

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Academic Courses

Agricultural Science

Agribusiness, Animal Science Technology: Beef Science major, Animal Science Technology: Dairy Science major, Animal Science Technology: Livestock Science major, Crop Technology.


Accounting Major, General business Major, Real Estate Appraisal & Assessment Major, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Major.

Environmental Science

Conservation and Restoration Ecology, Environmental Conservation and Reclamation, Applied Environmental Sciences.

Energy and Petroleum Technologies

Heavy Oil Operations Technician, Heavy Oil Power Engineering (both require Work Permit).

Human Services

Child & Youth Care, Early Learning & Child Care Certificate,  Educational Assistant, Sign Language Interpretation.

Other Offers

  • Interior Design Technology Diploma
  • Esthetician Program

Campus sites

  • Vermilion, Alberta.
  • Lloydminster, Alberta.

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Notable projects and alumni

  • Late Douglas Clifford “Doug” Cherry (politician): Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1986 to 1993. During his time in office, Cherry helped to establish Lakeland College at Lloydminster Campus.
  • Rick Fraser (politician): Member of the legislative assembly representing Calgary-South East.
  • Jill Shumay (athlete): Curler, born in Saskatchewan, won the 2013 Saskatchewan Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Though Lakeland was initially founded to be an agricultural research institution and to date still outstands in this area, it also has excelled in the past years in its Design Technology program.

Students in the interior design technology program have won numerous national and international student design contests. It is the only Canadian program endorsed by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). The program has also been recognized with Excellence in Education Awards from the NKBA.


Off-campus life

Lakeland College has a mandatory Health Plan For its students that provides coverage for 12 months from an academic program. It covers medical emergencies, dental plans and even therapy and counselling through Real Campus benefits. Its cost is included in the registration program. Lakeland College also counts with a Student Employment Centre that connects its alumni to job positions associated with their study areas.

Both Vermilion and Lloydminster Campuses have recreation centers like gyms, pools and sports facilities. Sports is also a big part of Lakeland’s college life, having the Rustler Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer and Futsal teams. Last but not least, Lakeland has many clubs for the alumni to their extracurricular time, such as Ag tour, Canine clubs, climbing, intercollegiate judging, rodeo, Ranch Horse, and other Outdoor Recreation activities.

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