Portage College Natural Resources Technology Program Offers Students Room to Grow

July 19, 2017

Portage College students, enrolled in the Natural Resources Technology program, can now grow their diploma into a Bachelor Degree in Applied Science from Lakeland College and Lethbridge College as well as other schools in Alberta.

Transfer agreements signed this year allow qualifying graduates of the two-year Natural Resources Technology (NRT) diploma program at Portage College entrance into the third year of the Bachelor of Applied Science: Environmental Management degree at Lakeland College.  New block transfer agreements with Lethbridge College bridge NRT students into the third year of the Bachelor of Applied Science: in either the Ecosystem Management and Restoration or Fish and Wildlife Management streams. The newest agreement with Lethbridge College provides an exciting pathway for NRT students into the Conservation Enforcement Bachelor of Applied Science Degree program.  

Natural Resources Technology program coordinator and instructor Al Bertschi is pleased to see the program that focuses on environmental sustainability branching out. The program is unique in Alberta with multi-prong content in all aspects of environmental studies from mapping and navigation, glaciation and wildlife to soil management and statistics and data management.  

"It's the only Environmental Sciences and Natural Resources program that focuses on the boreal forest, reclamation and the wildlife within it," said Bertschi, explaining that the program provides a foundation for further studies or direct employment.  "Our students are trained to be able to find jobs in the area of soils, vegetation, wildlife or water resources - all aspects of the environment where we work and play."  

The program's link to Bachelor of Science offers another opportunity for students to draw the attention of future employers, he said.  

"The government sector or private sector employers are looking for people that are multi-skilled with an education that covers many disciplines," said Bertschi. "Our program at Portage College is where it all grows from."  

For those interested in making a positive difference to the environmental challenges facing society today, and those wanting a post-secondary education that spends less time in the classroom and more time in the field, the Natural Resources Technology program may be the one for you.

The NRT program is currently registering students for first-year studies.  

For more information about applying to the NRT Program please contact:  

Mikaela Norton
Marketing Specialist

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