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You can take your pick from over 50 career-training programs, applied degrees, and apprenticeships and plunge into hundreds of classroom-based and online credit classes right away. As a Lethbridge College student, you’ll be active in your education and an important voice in classroom conversations. And at Lethbridge College, hands-on experience is truly hands-on – whether you’re studying carpentry or civil engineering technology or the culinary arts. You’ll move quickly from the classroom to the workplace as most programs can be completed in 24 months.
Get a glimpse of the choices that await you as a student at Lethbridge College. Don’t forget that you can contact us at any time by calling 403-320-3323 or 1-800-572-0103 ext. 3323.
There are seven routes for general admission: high school, mature, transfer, international, upgrading, open studies and pathways to advanced learning. The information below applies to general admission, but you should also check with your program as there may be additional program-specific requirements, too.
- High school: You must provide high school transcripts showing successful completion of a Canadian high school diploma from a publicly-funded institution.
- Mature: You do not require a high school diploma to apply through this admission route. However, you must be 19 or older by the first day of classes; have been out of high school for at least one year; and meet an English requirement.
- Transfer: You must provide post-secondary transcripts showing successful completion of at least three post-secondary level credit courses from a publicly-funded Canadian-accredited institution. You must be in good academic standing and have completed the courses within the last five years.
- International: Please refer to the international document assessment page for details on how you can qualify for admission as an international student.
- Upgrading: In some cases, you may require upgrading to be eligible for admission into programs. In this case, you can choose the College and University Preparation program. Read more on how to start upgrading at Lethbridge College.
- Open studies: You can register for credit courses without applying to a designated program of study by registering as an open studies student. Certain conditions apply. Learn more here.
- Pathways to advanced learning: Accessing laddering opportunities into advanced credentials ensures that your admission requirements for the next level program are met. Contact an academic advisor for more information on this admission route.
- No high school diploma/alternate admission routes: Four programs (Agriculture and Heavy Equipment, Automotive Services, Culinary Careers and Health Care Aide) may not require a high school diploma. For more information about this or alternate paths to admission, check with an academic advisor.
If you need help getting started, just contact us by phone (403-320-3200 (menu option #3) or 1-800-572-0103 ext. 3323) or by email. We are happy to help you.
Choosing a post-secondary program and a career path can be challenging. That’s why we offer Career and Academic Advising for students to learn about career fields that relate to our program offerings.
With over 50 programs to choose from, you’ll have no problem finding the right fit for your interests and skills. From day one of your first semester, you’ll be actively engaged in relevant, hands-on training in the program of your choice. You’ll be in, out and working in your chosen field, usually in less than 24 months.
Your education doesn’t have to end here either. Many of our programs transfer to universities in Canada and around the world. We give you the opportunity to customize your education and your career.
Yes! Stop by to visit our newly created Pride Lounge opening Fall 2018, located in AN1717, and get involved with our LCSA LGBTQ + club.
Lethbridge College’s LCSA/LGBTQ+ is an important resource for college students who may identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or any of the other diverse identities that make up our community. We offer educational programming and access to resources of interest, as well as a physical space for students and staff to meet and socialize with each other. As advocates for gender and sexual diversity, we are committed to providing LGBTQ+ students a safe and supportive campus, absent of discrimination, where the expression of one’s gender and sexual identity is welcomed and respected.
Our LGBTQ+ Club is a student initiative that focuses on creating a fun and safe place and hosts social events. All students who identify as LGBTQ+ and allies are welcome to join in at any time. Questions about the club or an activity? Feel free to drop by the Pride Lounge in AN1717 for more information.
There are lots of ways to get involved, and the calendar is always being updated. Stop by the LCSA LGBTQ+ Pride Lounge in AN1717 for a list of events that you can be involved in.
There are lots of great events and activities planned throughout the academic year for LGBTQ+ students and allies. You can learn about what pride events are happening on campus and in the community through the LCSA LGBTQ+ Club at Lethbridge College by contacting them by email.
Lethbridge College is committed to fostering an environment of inclusiveness and supporting students' preferred form of self-identification. Our faculty and staff members understand that allowing individuals the freedom to define their own identity, including the way in which they would like others to refer to them, is a vital component of respecting an individual’s gender identity.
Your instructors want all students to feel comfortable in their classrooms, and using your preferred pronouns is one way they can signal their respect and support. We understand that it may be difficult to discuss your gender pronouns with someone new. But our instructors are approachable and appreciate knowing your preferences. We encourage you to contact your instructors before your first day of class and ask them to call you by your preferred name and pronouns.
If you need support with this, please contact the LGBTQ+ faculty co-chair and they will be happy to liaise with you and your instructors. You can also use this text as a template for sending an email to your professors if you are looking for help getting started.
Dear [instructor’s name],
My name is [preferred name], and I will be attending your course, [name of course], on [days] at [time] this [term]. My name will probably show up on your roster as [birth name], but I would prefer to go by [preferred name here] and to be referred to with [preferred] pronouns. I would appreciate it if you called me [preferred name] in class.
Thank you for your understanding, and I look forward to starting your course next week.
Program cost estimates for tuition and fees are posted on every program page under the "Your Investment" tab. We also publish as master cost estimate sheet for all programs. It may be viewed here: Program Cost Estimates.
Costs for tuition, fees, books and residence (if needed) vary depending on the program and choice of residence. Use our Budget Wizard to help estimate your costs. This is a free, self-service tool that can help you make sense of your finances and the cost of your education. With a bit of discipline and a good attitude, you’ll be able to stick to it. We suggest you then contact our Student Awards and Financial Aid office to discuss other financial questions.
Using Budget Wizard
- Input your income.
- List any amounts you’ve saved or received for your education along with any scholarships and awards received to date as well as potential income from employment.
- Calculate your costs.
- The budget wizard tool helps you determine the cost of your specific program as well as fees, textbook costs, accommodation rates and other living expenses while attending school.
- Consider your shortfall or excess.
- At this stage, you’ll be able to see how much funding you’ll have available after spending per month. If you do have a shortfall, this is the time to consider applying for student loans or getting a part-time job. Please stop by the Student Awards and Financial Aid office or contact us if you have any concerns about your finances.
Paying for your college education
Once you've used Budget Wizard to determine how much your education is going to cost, you'll want to figure out how you'll pay for it. There are a few different ways to access additional funds to help pay for your post-secondary education, including student loans, awards and scholarships, and grants. You can read more about these funding sources online.
Don’t rely on these to cover all of your expenses, though. Start preparing now by setting aside resources to help you cover the cost of your education. Then, get in touch with our Student Awards and Financial Aid office. Staff members there are experts in helping students make their college education as affordable as it can be and they can guide you through the process of applying for scholarships, grants, bursaries and student loans.
Lethbridge College students can live on campus in single or shared residences, or off campus with family, friends, other college students or on their own.
Living on campus is a convenient, budget-friendly housing option for your college experience. Living in residence means a lot more than just fast friends and a quick walk to class; you’ll also be part of a community. To help build a strong community and foster a home-away-from-home atmosphere, we balance fun with responsibility. Residence Life organizes a wide variety of events to promote shared values in residence, academic success and overall fun times. Keep up-to-date with what’s going on by regularly checking our events calendar.
In our shared accommodations, you enjoy the privacy of your own bedroom while sharing common areas and bathrooms in either four-bedroom or two-bedroom apartment-style units. If you prefer to live alone, Kodiak House may be the answer for you. This modern building offers single suites for mature learners. Each suite has a private bathroom and a kitchenette complete with microwave, hotplate and coffee-maker. Kodiak House has 15 barrier-free suites available for students who require wheelchair or other mobility access. We also have eight two-bedroom family suites that are suitable for families of four or less and two four-bedroom suites that are available only as needed. These suites are fully furnished and equipped with the same amenities as our shared accommodations.
There are numerous off-campus housing options available. We know you’re a pro with technology, so we’ll leave the Google search for apartments, houses or rooms up to you.
If you want to stay close to campus, look for places on the south side of the city. It’s not a necessity though, as most places in Lethbridge are only a 15-minute drive or 30-minute bus ride away. It’s part of the perks of living in a smaller city; Lethbridge has all the amenities of a larger centre – city transit, upscale shopping, dining and live local entertainment – but is small enough to remain a safe, secure and easy to navigate place to live.
Set against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Lethbridge puts you in the heart of a four season playground. Running and hiking trails, parks and nature reserves are all within minutes of our campus while the mountains are just a short two-hour drive away.
Yes! On-campus day care is provided by the accredited Hands on Early Learning Centre. Since we first opened in 1975, we’ve been providing students with peace of mind – while you’re studying for your future, your child is just down the hall receiving high-quality child care.
Our philosophy is learning through play. We believe that children learn best through play, and we structure the day to allow for opportunities for both self-directed and teacher-guided learning. It’s a practice of relationships between children, families and educators, where educators and children are co-learners, co-researchers and co-imaginers. Discover more about our child care philosophy.
Spaces and fees
We offer 42 accredited spaces throughout the academic year and the summer months for children 19 months to school aged. Priority is given to Lethbridge College students, followed by staff members if space is available. There is a waiting list, so apply early for your spot.
Fees are set each year in August and are available upon request. Full-time care is charged a flat rate per month and is considered 100 hours or more a month. Anything less than 100 hours is charged on an hourly rate. Child care subsidies are available through the Alberta Ministry of Human Services. If you are applying for a child care subsidy, you can apply online.
The Hands on Early Learning Centre operates from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, during class and examination days as outlined in the academic calendar. Summer hours are dependent on enrolment. There may be some flexibility on the closing time depending on the number of parents needing extended hours.
We are located right on campus with easy access to classrooms. If you have any questions, if you want to stop by to learn more or if you want to enrol your child, just give us a call at 403-320-3430.
Yes! The friendly and knowledgeable people in our Accessibility Services office can arrange disability services that meet your needs. We provide flexible, innovative and collaborative support for the success of diverse learners while advancing a culture of universal teaching and learning.
We are able to support prospective and current students with disabilities, including:
- learning disabilities (e.g. math, reading, writing, processing)
- developmental disabilities (e.g. fetal alcohol effect and autism spectrum)
- ADHD – inattentive type (formerly known as ADD)
- sensory impairments (e.g. deaf/hard-of-hearing, blind/partially sighted)
- physical disabilities
- mental health impacts
- chronic medical conditions
- temporary mobility issues (e.g. broken arm)
We know you're unique. That's why we work with you to create your own pathway to academic success. Our key supports include:
- disability advising
- review of disability-related history and documentation
- disability-related funding applications
- requests for academic accommodations, including referrals to other campus services or community agencies; accommodated testing or additional support (such as tutoring, strategies and assistive technology).
For more information on services for students with disabilities, please stop by CE1340, call us at 403-320-3202 ext. 5400 or send us an email. We look forward to working with you.
Lethbridge College is proud to provide assistance to our First Nations, Métis and Inuit students – from prospective students to alumni – in achieving their career and personal goals.
Through our Circle of Services, you can access:
- information on programs, admissions, registration and study skills
- assistance with Indigenous funding, awards and scholarships
- personal, cultural, academic and career advising
- social, educational, cultural and sporting events
If you are considering coming to Lethbridge College, be assured that you’ll be supported throughout the process by our Indigenous recruiter, our Indigenous academic and career advisor, our Indigenous student advisor, our Indigenous Cultural Support program, our Indigenous Student Advisory Council and our FNMI Career Pathways program, and that you can find friends and support in our Indigenous Services and Student Lounge.
Situated on traditional Blackfoot territory, Lethbridge College recognizes and celebrates the rich heritage and culture of the Blackfoot people. Our Aboriginal Framework policy reads: The Blackfoot people welcome Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples to share in their rich heritage and culture. Lethbridge College is dedicated to providing high-quality education and support services with close links to the community through partnerships and being a fully engaged member of the local community.
Yes! We are delighted that you’re considering Lethbridge College for your post-secondary education experience. Lethbridge College is a home away from home for international students from over 40 countries each year. There are many reasons why students from near and far choose Lethbridge College. We can help you answer the question, "Why Lethbridge College?,” take the right steps to becoming a Lethbridge College student and support you during your time here. You can find detailed information online outlining all you need to become a Lethbridge College student. Here are a few highlights:
- Lethbridge is a safe, vibrant community of more than 95,000 people. It's large enough to provide many amenities found in larger centres – upscale shopping, dining and live local entertainment – but small enough to remain a safe, secure place to live. Set against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the location puts you in the heart of a four season playground. Running and hiking trails, parks and nature reserves are all within minutes of our campus while the mountains are just a short two-hour drive away.
- As a Designated Learning Institution (DLI # O19391056756 – begins with the letter “O”, not zero), Lethbridge College is able to offer all of its programs to international students. All of our credit academic programs (including ESL) are designated and open to international students. Browse our programs and find the right fit for your future or find out more about English language training.
- International students are charged three times the tuition fee amount. However, other fees are charged at the same rate as domestic students. Tuition fees and overall program cost estimates are listed in the tables online. More detailed program cost estimates can be found here.
Check out the Learning Café, Lethbridge College’s learning assistance centre. Whatever your skill level or program, we can help you develop the skills, strategies and behaviours needed to succeed in your coursework and professional life. Our qualified team of academic strategists and peer tutors provides a variety of academic services from workshops and presentations to face-to-face and online appointments.
Academic skills support
We can all benefit from a little expert advice from time to time. You can access face-to-face academic skills support from our academic strategists on a drop-in or appointment basis. Or, if you don’t have time to stop by the Learning Café, phone or online appointments may be available. Our academic strategists can assist with writing, research and APA documentation; math, sciences and basic computer skills; Canvas and online learning skills; group work; and presentation skills.
If you are experiencing difficulties with specialized course content not typically supported by our academic strategists, peer tutoring might just be the answer for you. We provide free one-on-one and small group learning assistance to students in credit courses at the Lethbridge campus.
Set yourself up for success with solid study skills. We offer individual appointments, workshops and class presentations on a variety of topics, including effective study practices, test taking, note taking, academic reading, time management and online learning skills. Join us for an upcoming workshop or assess your study skills online.
Can’t come into the Learning Café? No problem. We know students are extremely busy or studying elsewhere, so we started the eLearning Café. You can access online learning resources related to elearning and technology, writing and research, math and science, and study skills. You can even request online feedback for a written assignment.
For any other information, stop by CE1340 (the southwest section of the library), call us at 403-382-6952 or send us an email.
Yes! We have a team of registered nurses, doctors, psychiatrists and a counsellor who make your health and wellbeing their priority. Our Health and Shepell Counselling Services are available to all students and your families.
Our health care team of registered nurses, doctors and psychiatrists are here to provide services that positively influence your health and well-being. We can also connect you to the most appropriate support services. Our services include, but are not limited to, doctor clinics, immunizations, sexual health and first aid. And our registered nurses are available to answer your health concerns and questions.
Shepell Counselling services
Our Shepell Counselling Services offer a variety of services to help you meet the challenges of achieving your personal, professional and academic potential. The primary form of support is personal counselling, which provides an opportunity to work collaboratively with a professional counsellor to solve personal issues.
Counselling can be sought for many reasons, including:
- managing stress/distress
- mental health concerns (like anxiety or depression)
- suicidal thoughts
- substance use/addiction
- relationship stress
- career and academic issues
- any other personal issues you may be facing
A Shepell counsellor is also located on campus in Health and Shepell Counselling Services (CE1380), Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. And you can access Shepell’s Student Support Program (SSP) for immediate, confidential assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year both online and over the phone (1-855-649-8641).
In addition to on- and off-campus face-to-face counselling, you can access online, video, telephone or app-based counselling to discuss whatever is on your mind. There is also a wide variety of health and wellness information and articles available on the SSP website on topics like health, relationships, living away from home and student life.
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Lethbridge College Students' Association (LCSA)
As a student, you’re automatically a member of the Lethbridge College Students’ Association (LCSA). You’ll help elect the Students’ Council to represent student concerns to college administration. You’ll also have a compulsory student health and dental plan. The LCSA runs student clubs, campus recreation, contests and giveaways. The LCSA also operates the Cave, where students can relax over a game of pool, video games, ping pong or TV. For more information, visit mylcsa.com.