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Alberta Rural Development Network

The Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN) is a not-for-profit partnership of Alberta’s 21 public colleges, universities, and technical institutes, including Keyano College. ARDN members work together to support and enhance the well-being of individuals and the vibrancy of communities. It draws on the strengths of rural communities, post-secondary institutions, and community-based organizations to assist in the development of rural Alberta through education, research, collaboration, and networking. The organization assists with the creation of community-driven projects, provides opportunities to create new partnerships, share and supports applied research projects, and works with rural communities to identify and address gaps in education training. Visit for more information.


Labour Education Applied Research North(LEARN) is a joint initiative created in 1995 between the Northern Alberta Development Council (NADC) and a group of northern Alberta post-secondary institutions. Currently, the partner institutions are: Grande Prairie Regional College, Keyano College, Portage College, and Northern Lakes College.

The role of LEARN is to:

  1. Provide the partners with labour force and economic information to help them identify new training programs, or modify, suspend, or terminate existing programs. This research informs decision-making regarding student funding and related matters.
  2. Investigate matters of community and/or economic development as they relate to the member institutions’ business.
  3. Report and investigate industry trends, specific occupations, and training opportunities, as well as other related topics such as demographic trends and community needs.

 In addition to research, meetings with industry representatives are periodically held to inform the partners about current and future labour force needs. LEARN also serves as a potential forum for further communication and cooperation between the colleges.

 LEARN reports can be found here