With a regional labor force of 800,000, an estimated 62 per cent of the local Sturgeon County labor force has post-secondary education or apprenticeship training concentrated in the occupational fields that support key local industries. The diversity of skilled workers in Sturgeon County fuels productivity levels above the Canadian average (according to the 2015 Government of Alberta Production Report) and has created an economy with the third largest labor force size among counties within the Edmonton Capital Region.
In Sturgeon County, our schools offer an open and collaborative opportunity for enhanced quality of education. A strong focus on literacy and technology equip students with the skills and characteristics they need to create a solid foundation. The Sturgeon Public School division offers 16 community schools to serve 5,000 students including those with distinct needs. The Greater St. Albert Catholic School division serves over 6,000 students in 16 schools throughout the municipalities of Morinville, St. Albert and Legal.
Publicly funded post-secondary institutions are accessible throughout the region, including the University of Alberta, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), MacEwan University, Norquest College, Concordia University and King’s University College. These post-secondary institutions offer over 950 programs combined and serve over 90,000 full-time students. The University of Alberta is one of the top 100 universities in the world and NAIT is the largest apprenticeship trainer in Canada.