Assiniboine Community College (Manitoba)

Assiniboine is thriving and is the focus of a larger, far-reaching operation. Assiniboine’s Parkland Campus in Dauphin offers several full-time day programs and a large range of evening and off-campus courses. The College also has offices in several other communities offering a wide range of programming. Market driven courses are offered in Brandon and throughout Assiniboine’s catchment area, and distance-delivered training is an area undergoing growth.

About 75 full-time instructors and as many administrative and support staff offer 24 full-time day programs and 3 apprenticeship programs to a full-time enrolment of nearly 1,500. This is only a fraction of Assiniboine’s activities, however. A myriad of off-campus and evening programs contribute to an annual enrolment of over 10,000.

The College offers you:

  • a broad range of career directions;
  • affordable tuition fees;
  • more individualized instruction – small classes, accessible instructors;
  • ready access to student services and facilities – computers, library, gym, weight room;
  • an open, friendly environment;
  • home-style cooking in the main cafeteria or Crossroads canteen;
  • an on-campus government-supported day care facility;
  • a healthy, smoke-free environment;

Assiniboine Community College has an interesting 35-year history. It was originally called the Brandon Vocational Training Centre, opening its doors in February, 1961, with a staff of 2 administrative personnel and 2 instructors, 2 course offerings, and a total of 24 students.

Soon renamed the Manitoba Vocational Training Centre, it grew steadily. By 1966, a staff of 6 administrative personnel and 18 instructors handled 11 different program offerings with a capacity of 300 students.

The growth of the College was paralleled by an expansion of facilities. Originally, shops and classrooms were located at 11th Street South at Queens Avenue, with additional classrooms at two locations on 10th Street. In the fall of 1966, students moved into a new building at our present location.

On December 15, 1969, Manitoba’s three technical vocational schools entered a new phase of development when they became community colleges. The Manitoba Vocational Training Centre was renamed Assiniboine Community College, while the technical colleges in Winnipeg and The Pas became Red River and Keewatin Community Colleges respectively.

In 1982, an expansion to the original college building was completed, which included additional classroom space, heavy duty and general shops, educational support services and Students’ Association offices and store. The expansion allowed the College to consolidate its facilities.