MHC and Portage College Create Opportunities in the Trades
April 24, 2023

Medicine Hat, Alberta - An exciting new program that will equip prospective apprentices with skills to obtain employment is now available, thanks to a partnership between Medicine Hat College (MHC) and Portage College.

Pre-apprenticeship welding is a one-year program which provides learners everything they need to enroll as a welding apprentice, including online academic upgrading, taught by instructors at Portage College, hands-on skills training at Medicine Hat College and a job placement once studies are completed. Upon completion, students will also have the knowledge and skills necessary to challenge their first-year Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) exam.

Earlier this year, MHC partnered with Portage College to jointly offer the steamfitter/pipefitter apprenticeship training, for rural Albertans in the Portage region, with online lectures from MHC instructors and in-person labs in each of the respective communities.

"Working with Portage College enables MHC to deliver an exceptional pre-apprenticeship welding program with a proven track record,” says Chad Flinn, Dean of Trades and Technology at Medicine Hat College. “This collaboration is a testament to our ongoing partnership and shared successes we’ve had with Portage, as we continue to combine our strengths to offer unparalleled educational experiences for rural Albertans."

Thanks to the support from the Ministry of Skilled Trades and Professionals, post-secondary institutions like Portage College and Medicine Hat College are able to explore unique ways for students to start their trades training.

“The Pre-apprenticeship Welding program builds new access opportunities for Albertans to enter into the high-demand welding trade, with both academic and career skills training as well as student placements as these new welders prepare to enter the field. We are pleased to partner with Medicine Hat College to support trades training across Alberta.” Said Donald Moore, Dean of Trades and Technology at Portage College.

The program begins in fall 2023 and is now accepting students. To learn more about the pre-apprenticeship welding program and to register, visit


About Medicine Hat College

Medicine Hat College is dedicated to growing a vibrant future with learners and our region. Proudly serving the communities of southeastern Alberta while welcoming learners from around the globe, Medicine Hat College offers more than 40 certificate, diploma, degree, trades, and university studies programs. We meet learners where they’re at and prepare them for success in college, in the workforce, and in life. To learn how we’re here for you, visit

About Portage College

Portage College is a public board-governed community College, operating seven strategically located campuses in northeastern Alberta. Collaboration, inclusion, and a commitment to success and accountability are at the core of the College’s values. Portage College has been serving the region for over 50 years and is proud to be the first choice for learners in northeastern Alberta.

Offering more than 30 certificate and diploma programs face to face and online in areas of business, accounting, arts, health care, food sciences and education, as well as apprenticeship trades training, university transfer and academic upgrading, Portage educates thousands of full-time and part-time students every year through their programs and continuing education courses.

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We acknowledge that Portage College’s service region is on the traditional lands of First Nation Peoples, the owners of Treaty 6, 8 and 10, which are also homelands to the Métis people. We honour the history and culture of all people who first lived and gathered in these lands.
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