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Apprenticeship Trades

Northern Lakes College has strategies in place to ensure students can safely complete any practical aspects of their programs.

Northern Lakes College has close ties with industry partners allowing us to align skills and knowledge taught with what employers need. We take the extra step to provide valuable technical trades training.

Not sure where to start in your trades’ career? See the Trades Pathway document to help you determine where to begin.  

Program Dates


Carpenter First Period: February - April
Carpenter Second Period: October - December
Carpenter Third Period: August - October
Carpenter Fourth Period: January - February

Electrician First Period: April - May
Electrician Second Period: October - December
Electrician Third Period: August - October
Electrician Fourth Period: January - March

Portage College Professional Cooking Certificate: August - May

Welder First Period: February - April
Welder Second Period: January - February
Welder Third Period: May - June

Delivery Methods Explained


Face-to-Face: Courses where the instructor and the students are interacting at the same time, at the same physical location. 

NLC LIVE Online™: Scheduled classes online, where students log in to a program (Blackboard Collaborate™) with instructors and peers on the same day, at the same time.

NLC Anytime, Anywhere: Courses where you do not have scheduled classes, but where you log in to a program online (Moodle) at any time and do your work. 

Blended: Courses where you have a combination of face-to-face and online (NLC Anytime, Anywhere and/or NLC LIVE Online).

Dual Credit: Students in high school can experience College programs while earning post-secondary credits.

Explore our Apprenticeship Trades programs

Carpenter Apprenticeship

Carpenter Apprenticeship

The carpentry trade can be a stepping-stone to unlimited possibilities. Carpenters play a vital role and are involved in every phase of the construction cycle. Get on board!

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Electrician Apprenticeship

Electrician Apprenticeship

If a voltage meter, channel locks, and needle-nose pliers are tools you would like to master, then electrical trade is for you. Electricians specialize in many areas, including solar energy!

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Welder Apprenticeship

Welder Apprenticeship

Welders have a wide variety of careers! They specialize in the joining of metal components, working in commercial, institutional, and industrial settings.

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