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Pre-Employment Cooking

Portage College

Portage College

Established in 1968, Portage College serves over 1,000 full-time students each year. The corporate centre is located in Lac La Biche, with regional service centres in Cold Lake and St. Paul, and community campuses in Frog Lake, Saddle Lake, and Boyle. 

Portage offers more than 50 certificate and diploma programs in areas such as academic upgrading and job readiness, business, forestry and natural resources, general studies, health and wellness, human services, Native cultural arts, trades and technical, and university studies. In addition, many courses transfer to other colleges and universities.

Portage College provides small class sizes to allow more time with instructors. The Learning Assistance Centre offers educational support to help students achieve academic success. The Lac La Biche campus includes a student residence, full service cafeteria, family housing, and a student activity centre. The College is a strong competitor in ice hockey, and offers recreational facilities for students, as well.

Satellite Campuses or Offices

Boyle, Cold Lake, Frog Lake, Goodfish Lake, Saddle Lake, St. Paul


Box 417, 9531 - 94 Avenue
Lac La Biche, Alberta, T0A2C0, Canada

  • Program Type Pre-Employment
  • Credential Type Certificate
  • Length 1 Year or Less
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

Program Description: Take your first step to a rewarding career in the food service industry! The Pre-Employment Cooking certificate program provides the knowledge, skills and attitude required to give you that extra edge for professional entry into the exciting and dynamic food service industry. Enjoy a  tremendous array of work settings filled with opportunity for up and coming professionals eager to establish a career. This on-site format is a comprehensive training program designed to provide graduates with a solid foundation for a successful career in the culinary arts, equivalent to First Period Apprenticeship cook training. The program includes a combination of theory (both on-line and in-class), demonstration, and hands on practical training. Entrance Requirements: Successful Trades Exam A OR Math 10-3 and English 10-2 OR pass mark in all five Canadian GED tests. (supports entrance requirements outlined in the Alberta Cook Apprenticeship Program, August 2012). Recommended English 30-3, Physics 20 or Chemistry 20 or Science 20, Related Career and Technolog Studies courses. Must be able to function in Word Processing. Basic computer skills. Knowledge in internet useage and e-mail. Proof of above (transcripts). Career Investigation Report. May be required to complete one or more of the following tests to accurately assess current academic Students suitability to the program. CAAT-C, Stanine 5 in Reading Comprehension, Total Math. Recommend that students register as apprentices. Software Requirements: Please refer to the following link.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

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Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated October 22, 2022. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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